Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones Season 3 Sneak Peek Photos: Lannisters, Starks, and Lots of New Faces

Game of Thrones Season 3 — based on the first half of George R.R. Martin’s third novel in the series, A Storm of Swords — premiered on ;March 31, 2013, on HBO. (Did you miss the premiere? For shame! Read our recap here.) To get you ready for the rest of GoT's adventure-filled third season, ;we’ve pulled together over 20 sneak peek stills.

In a this behind-the-scenes featurette, executive producer and writer David Benioff teases, “This is the rise and fall season, because there are so many characters who come into this season with power of some kind who lose everything, and other characters who enter with almost nothing and achieve great power.”

New faces include Ciaran Hinds as Mance Rayder and Diana Rigg as Lady Olenna Tyrell. Peter Dinklage, who plays short-of-stature Tyrion Lannister, says, “The show keeps expanding and breathing more deeply. You know, we kill a lot of characters, but for every character we kill we add two more.”

Click through for the first-look photos of characters new and old.

04.1.2013 / 07:22 AM EDT by Laura Case
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