Season three to premiere on March 31, 2013!
By Winter Is Coming on in News.

As if all that casting news wasn’t enough, they closed today’s Game of Thrones panel at San Diego Comic Con by announcing the season three premiere date. It debuts on March 31, 2013!

Winter Is Coming: Get excited, people! We’ll have to get our countdown clock up soon!


42 Comments

  1. dolorous al
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Permalink

    sweet! that feels so soon all of a sudden!

  2. Andrew
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Permalink

    A day earlier than last year! Huzzah!

  3. Red Priestess
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    Time to step into that fast-forwarding time machine again!
    or maybe just have myself frozen until that time so I won’t miss a thing!

  4. Bridget
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Permalink

    Cool, that’s my birthday! And I can tell it’s gonna be an AWESOME birthday!

  5. Omar Brown
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Permalink

    Mark your Calendars kids!

    Can someone PLEASE invent a hyper sleep chamber already?

  6. The Kingslayer
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

    So does that mean a possible Jan or Feb date for the season 2 Blu Ray ?

  7. Lex
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Permalink

    It’s funny that we think it’s so soon, but all the comments on facebook are complaining that it’s so far away.

  8. Red Priestess
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Permalink

    Omar Brown:
    Mark your Calendars kids!

    Can someone PLEASE invent a hyper sleep chamber already?

    Yes please!!!

  9. Carolina H
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:14 pm | Permalink

    march 2013: so close & yet so far away..!

  10. Rad1999
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:42 pm | Permalink

    Best Friday the 13th ever!!!

  11. janarchy
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:53 pm | Permalink

    I appreciate that HBO is giving me a belated birthday present. I can wait a month for them to bestow it upon me!

  12. sunspear
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 8:06 pm | Permalink

    Is it me, or are they trying to force Martin to write the books faster?

  13. JamesL
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

    The bad news is that there is a chance the season premiere will have to air against the ratings monster the Walking Dead at the same time.

  14. Al Swearengen
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 8:47 pm | Permalink

    I can’t wait.

  15. John G
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 10:28 pm | Permalink

    Slightly OT: I just want to go on record saying I expect Edric Storm’s storyline to be absorbed by Shireen. Not sure if anyone else has thought of this yet but it’ll be a neat little fix.

  16. Al Swearengen
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 10:31 pm | Permalink

    John G,

    I could see that working, it would make Davos risking everything to save her from Melisandre more believable

  17. Mrs. H'ghar
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 11:12 pm | Permalink

    Al Swearengen:
    John G,

    I could see that working, it would make Davos risking everything to save her from Melisandre more believable

    A woman agrees that would be a neat fix, but what if GRRM has future plans for the other guy?

  18. janarchy
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 11:55 pm | Permalink

    Mrs. H’ghar: A woman agrees that would be a neat fix, but what if GRRM has future plans for the other guy?

    Agreed. It seems to me that GRRM has let us get to know three of Robert’s bastards: Edric, Mya and Gendry for specific reasons. Possibly to prove that Myrcella and/or Tommen aren’t true Baratheons

  19. LordEddardStark
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 12:21 am | Permalink

    Awesome, really can’t wait! I’m expecting a late February release date for the season 2 DVD. Wish they’d have given a release date for the DVD along with the season 3 premiere.

  20. glenn
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 12:47 am | Permalink

    JamesL,

    thought walking dead was coming out in october? its only been about ten eps long both seasons so should be wrapped up by the time got airs.

  21. Chump Force 1
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 12:59 am | Permalink

    glenn,

    Walking Dead is going to have 16 episodes for Season 3 and I’m sure AMC will split it up like season 2 and air the back 8 in Feb-Mar 2013.

  22. John-Michael Lelievre
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 2:09 am | Permalink

    Another excellent B-day gift! well, missed by 2 days but still.

  23. Stannis for King
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 3:23 am | Permalink

    I would guess if AMC are savvy they will finish The Walking Dead the week before GOT starts to get maximum viewers. Are they shown in the same timeslot normally? As they could easily be on one after the other

  24. David
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 3:56 am | Permalink

    Andrew:
    A day earlier than last year! Huzzah!

    And we won’t have to suffer through February 29th!

  25. the mighty hodor
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 4:53 am | Permalink

    This is kinda off topic, but did no one film the comic con panel? I know there was no official filming of it…but this seems kinda strange that no one filmed it… :(

  26. sjwenings
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 5:26 am | Permalink

    the mighty hodor: This is kinda off topic, but did no one film the comic con panel? I know there was no official filming of it…but this seems kinda strange that no one filmed it… :(

    I’m sure someone did. It was expected to be up shortly after. I suppose it will be when its saturday morning in the US.

  27. The Queen's Hand
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 7:22 am | Permalink

    We want Arstan, We want Arstan!

  28. Mormegil
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 7:44 am | Permalink

    the mighty hodor: This is kinda off topic, but did no one film the comic con panel? I know there was no official filming of it…but this seems kinda strange that no one filmed it… :(

    From the Casting Thread.

    darquemode: Full Comic-Con Panel in 3 parts:http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=sZxCMFyPLXQ

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Di04J5BrfW0

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=s7-YBwW_Ssk

  29. blackbird7309
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 7:58 am | Permalink

    Time enough to re-read book 3 until March 31st…
    I´m still childishly hoping for a DVD release for Christmas :)

  30. Dreamlife
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 9:32 am | Permalink

    I hope every year they move the premier date to earlier. Having watched the panel, I thought it was much better than the Hitfix live blog made it seem. I didn’t find George’s question as pervy as Feinberg; he was just trying to be fun.

  31. Bgap
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Permalink

    Yes!!! Season 3, 3-31-13.

    I decided to read SofS again, partly to see where they might end the story lines in season 3 and still make it feel like a complete season. There are some ideal moments 1/2 – 2/3rds through the book…obviously there’s the infamous RW, and then there’s Sam leaving Crastor’s with Gilly after the deaths of Crastor and Mormount, Jon escaping from the Wildings, Jamie rescuing Brienne from the bear pit and Dany riding through the freed slaves as they chant “Mother, mother.” Less sure about the characters in King’s Landing, Stannis/Davos, Bran/the Reeds and Arya. I don’t think I’d like it to end with her getting hit with the axe.

    I’m anticipating lots of insightful speculation on this at WIC over the next 9 months.

  32. Turn cloak
    Posted July 15, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

    Bgap:
    Yes!!! Season 3, 3-31-13.

    I decided to read SofS again, partly to see where they might end the story lines in season 3 and still make it feel like a complete season. There are some ideal moments 1/2 – 2/3rds through the book…obviously there’s the infamous RW, and then there’s Sam leaving Crastor’s with Gilly after the deaths of Crastor and Mormount, Jon escaping from the Wildings, Jamie rescuing Brienne from the bear pit and Dany riding through the freed slaves as they chant “Mother, mother.” Less sure about the characters in King’s Landing, Stannis/Davos, Bran/the Reeds and Arya. I don’t think I’d like it to end with her getting hit with the axe.

    I’m anticipating lots of insightful speculation on this at WIC over the next 9 months.

    I’m pretty episode 10 will end with Arya stabbing Polliver to death as she asks him “is there gold in the village?”

  33. loco73
    Posted July 15, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Permalink

    Most excellent news! To see “Game Of Thrones” return at a given date, fills me with joy and hope in what is turning to be quite a rough year personally…to have my two favourite shows “Game Of Thrones” and “The Walking Dead” return in a triumphant fashion is a cure for my ails…..LOL!

    Well Winter, get that countdown clock up and running…

  34. Jaison Biagini
    Posted July 16, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

    I’m so dumb!!! i got super excited thinking it was starting a month earlier than last season. then i remembered april 1st is only a day after march 31st!!!

  35. Jaison Biagini
    Posted July 16, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

    adding to this when will season 3 end…

    i have to say i think they really messed up the end of both season’s so far. if they wanted to sell more books for george, season one should have ended as the sword was about to drop on eddard’s head. perfect cliffhanger. is he dead? did some one intervene? i need to buy some books!!! season two was better but it maybe should have ended during the battle of the black water when all hope was lost. then the would have had an extra hour in each season to add more story that was cut. they are very smart now in not following the books exactly or 1 book 1 season.

    as far as season 3 i think we all know it should be the RW. but who knows what they will do??

  36. DaughterOfCheyk
    Posted July 17, 2012 at 6:53 am | Permalink

    Jaison Biagini,

    Well, you may be dumb, but at least you are not alone. I did the same thing!

  37. Durkadurka
    Posted July 17, 2012 at 10:59 am | Permalink

    You guys should get to work on the Season 3 cast picture breakdown in the media section, I need to start training my gf who is who well in advance of the introduction of another 15+ characters.

    If such action has already been taken, please disregard.

  38. Griffin
    Posted July 17, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Permalink

    Bgap,

    I think the RW will be episode #9, and everything else you listed will happen in #10

  39. Pablo Jainaga
    Posted July 18, 2012 at 4:41 am | Permalink

    Just a minute to share this http://www.lavanguardia.com/television/20120718/54326870457/fabuloso-arranque-juego-de-tronos-antena-3-aaudiencia.html

    Yesterday Game of Thrones debuted on a mainstream channel in Spain and it was a total success! Almost 3 million viewers and 20% share in prime time. Good news indeed!

  40. Joshua Taylor
    Posted July 18, 2012 at 11:04 am | Permalink

    Bgap:
    Yes!!! Season 3, 3-31-13.

    I decided to read SofS again, partly to see where they might end the story lines in season 3 and still make it feel like a complete season. There are some ideal moments 1/2 – 2/3rds through the book…obviously there’s the infamous RW, and then there’s Sam leaving Crastor’s with Gilly after the deaths of Crastor and Mormount, Jon escaping from the Wildings, Jamie rescuing Brienne from the bear pit and Dany riding through the freed slaves as they chant “Mother, mother.” Less sure about the characters in King’s Landing, Stannis/Davos, Bran/the Reeds and Arya. I don’t think I’d like it to end with her getting hit with the axe.

    I’m anticipating lots of insightful speculation on this at WIC over the next 9 months.

  41. Kirel_Redhand
    Posted July 18, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Permalink

    Has anybody else noticed the irony in the tagline of the show compared to when it airs?

    Spring officially starts on March 20th.. Winter is coming on the 31st? heh…


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