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Season three teaser poster revealed!

On Facebook today, Game of Thrones unveiled the season three teaser poster, with a storm of- well, with a trio of swords.

Ours is the Fury: Very nice teaser! I love the reference to A Storm of Swords and the focus on threes. I’m wondering if the official season three poster will use a similar theme. I  like the starkness of it (pardon the pun), a nice change from last year’s focus on redness and fire.

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  • Finally a poster!!! Yeap, I agree, I like the contrast with last year’s posters. The three swords detail is pretty cool!

  • That seems rather a fitting poster for the book. A touch of class. And it definitely feels bleak.

    Good work :)

  • Awessssssssssssome.
    Hopefully will get a proper poster soon then. They should continue the sword theme. I never understood why the book has a helmet on the front ??????

  • This is the teaser poster, not the official poster for the whole season, the way the hand-with-the-crown was.

  • IT is not awe-inspiring exactly, but it sets the grim and dark tone of the upcoming season nicely….

    I like hte three swords in the zero bing similar to the title font “O”… 3 swords for 3 kins that will fall….. although may not fall until Seaso 4 I guess

    Let the promo season begin!
    Huzzah! Huzzah! Huzzah!

  • Awesome! Love it, it’s a great teaser. Although I would have rather they not use the American way of displaying dates (Yes I know HBO is American) but it would have looked cooler with the Sword part in the center.

    The apparent focus on 3 has me thinking, are we gonna see 3 big deaths, 3 weddings, 3 leeches this season?

  • I assume the “background” of this poster is supposedly the seat of the iron throne viewed from above? Quite nice details in this teaser actually, although I agree with Nick that it would have been nicer to have international date formatting and the swords in the center.

  • On the subject of “Three” – I had an idea for another Season 3 poster: On the poster show the three brides (Sansa Stark, Margaery Tyrell, and Roslin Frey) – perhaps not show their faces. In the background show particular characters watching them (for example, Tyrion overlooking Sansa on the left shoulder, Joffrey overlooking Margaery on the left shoulder, and Edmure Tully overlooking Roslin on the left shoulder), and also some kind of scheming character also (Tywin Lannister overlooking Sansa on the right shoulder, Littlefinger overlooking Magaery on the right shoulder, and Walder Frey overlooking Roslin on the right shoulder). And show blood splatter across their gowns. Most of it over Roslin, a bit less over Margaery, and even less on Sansa. It’s just an idea I had that I thought would look great.

  • Oh gods, it’s finally happening. Only 3 more weeks until we finally get our first trailer, probably.

    Quowala,

    Because George wasn’t thinking ahead and used a sword as the picture on AGOT.

  • Nick_Scryer,

    Yes, production has finished everywhere else and moved to Iceland. Cat Taylor’s tweeted about it a bit already. Time for the Night’s Watch and beyond the Wall.

  • I like it a lot. Striking and even ominous in it’s simplicity. The positioning of the swords evoke the pattern of the white walkers’ scene of carnage from S1 ..echoed again in the circular wear and tear pattern in the background just above ( which simultaneously might suggest a crown ,as well as the Fist )..

    The background itself might be a battle scarred wall .The dark splotches that trail down under the swords could be seen a s blood stains , while those at the top and bottom take on storm cloud-like patterns.

    I like the two light marks to the right and above that circle..they might almost be figures in an adversarial stance…while from under the 31 , moving diagonally to the lower right corner it’s easy to “see” an army on the move ..lots of head and shoulder-like shapes with lots of subtle vertical strokes that could suggest spears or swords..

    Very cool. Very spare , with a lot of intentional ( I’m sure ) subliminal messages/ images.

  • sunspear,
    Publishers choose book covers. Also thse are the 2011 editions, the 2005 or maybe 06 I forget did have a sword on the cover. The original ’96 haardcover of AGoT had a metalic foil cover with the Iron Throne on it. The original hardback of ASoS had a scene depicting Hoster Tully’s funeral. And that’s just the American edditions, UK and other foreign markets will usually have their own covers

  • The excitement I have is so great I think i may have a bit of an obsession…I need a GOT support group .just to find someone more obssessed Than me and make friends for comparative purposes…

  • Perfect as a teaser. I love its simplicity and…yes, the “starkness” of it. Communicates that tough, dark days are ahead. Well done!

    Much better than the crown with the disengaged hand from last year.

  • sunspear,

    Ahh that’s great! Disappointed that Boardwalk Empire is almost finished (I’ve really enjoyed this season even more than Season 1 and Season 2), but obviously more excited for a teaser trailer for Game of Thrones: Season 3.

    I suspect that we will see this years In Production video first. So, a reasonable expectation for that would be sometime/anytime in the next 18 days!

  • I think the background is supposed to be the Wall, which makes sense:

    Putting that slight crack in it is supposed to be omnious, although ultimately meaningless (ice cracks and melts off the face of the Wall continuously, only to be replaced later on). It also makes sense as the Wall is the ultimate destination for a lot of characters this season: Jon, Sam, Bran, Stannis & Melisandre, (though that may not be revealed until Season 4) and of course the wildling army.

  • what I love about the poster besides the 3’s is the fact that the swords in the 0 looks like a Lyre… which hints at certain ‘events’ where music and ‘swords’ are invloved…. CANNOT WAIT!!!!!!

  • I see a piece of grey metal with the numbers on , the date and a few swords . ..
    If there’s messages there I must be dim or you guys are looking at a different poster?
    Anyhoo, still happy time is going by ..

  • Rygar,

    I think the Grey represents the walls of the cell in the Red Keep that Tyrion is languishing in. Because those walls are grey. And Tyrion is fun.

  • Nice TEASER of a poster. Book 3 has A LOT going on in it and something as simple as that sums it up pretty nicely

  • Ya know, if you add up the numbers, it comes out to 11. Which means Season 3 is going to be wicked awesome. Or the drummer dies.

  • In hindsight, I think I see dragon claws in the background image. And a flaming sword. And a bunny. Oh, and George W. Bush’s face.

  • *Bows to you Ser*

    Or I would if I didn’t have an armadillo in my trousers.

    Atreyu:
    Ya know, if you add up the numbers, it comes out to 11. Which means Season 3 is going to be wicked awesome. Or the drummer dies.

  • Seriously, you guys know what the three of swords represents in Tarot? Heartbreak. We are doomed. go read: Three of swords. It’s like they’re telling us our hearts will be broken by something this season.

  • I posted about the Three of Swords. It seems I provided a link that probably didn’t get through the spam filter. In any case, the three of swords is the heartbreak card in Tarot. It’s like they’re planning some kind of heartbreak for us or something. The card has a heart on it.

    Atreyu,

    The human heart weighs 11 ounces. It all fits.

  • Darquemode:
    IT is not awe-inspiring exactly, but it sets the grim and dark tone of the upcoming season nicely….

    I like hte three swords in the zero bing similar to the title font “O”… 3 swords for 3 kins that will fall….. although may not fall until Seaso 4 I guess

    Let the promo season begin!
    Huzzah! Huzzah! Huzzah!

    Your comments read the same as my thoughts……..

    Huzzah indeed !

  • Oh my god it’s so obvious…
    The 3 swords are actually Azor Ahai reborn after Hot Pie wargs into them in tWoW

  • Hear Me Roar:
    To add my two cents, the background texture looks very much like metal to me.

    The numerals certainly are, the background appears as slate or stone grey.
    No argument from me though, the tiny swords that darquemode pointed out,
    give the poster some edge. Appreciative, that this was shared for us fans,
    Thanks :D

  • This poster made me think of a gravestone for some reason. Hmm. Can’t imagine why.

    Wow, Season 3 is getting closer and closer. If they can blow my mind with Blackwater Bay, I can’t imagine how I’m going to feel after Season 3.

  • The thought of the show gives me chills while the actual poster is a huge zero. What? A stone wall and some numbers? The art direction of the poster is terrible to say the least. The swords at least pique some interest but even those are kind boring designs.

  • Rk76:
    The excitement I have is so great I think i may have a bit of an obsession…I need a GOT support group .just to find someone more obssessed Than me and make friends for comparative purposes…

    Tell me where to sign!

  • On the higher resolution image I can make out a Wolf head to the left of the H in HBO and to the right of the O and slightly above I can make out a Lion’s head. You have to let your eyes relax, like in those optical illusion posters.

    Above the 3 swords, it looks like old cave drawing images of either wolves on their hind legs or the dragons. My eyes were getting crossed so I stopped for awhile.

    There are probably other images hidden within the teaser.

  • Rk76:
    iRaven,

    Haha…winteriscoming.net….(jk)

    I was in one of my accounts for work today, and the owner’s daughter had her baby sleeping in a baby stroller in her office. She told me, “Don’t want to wake the dragon,”. Of course, my eyes widened and I said, “you watch game of thrones??!!” to which she looked at my like I was completely insane. Turns out it was a complete coincidence, and further proved my obsession growing out of control.

  • tysnow,

    If you look close enough, pray to the old gods and the new, and say seven hells backwards, you can see “Always Support the Bottom” all over the poster! ;-)

  • I’m actually kind of disappointed. I guess it’s neat that it’s bleak and stark, but it also just seems… plain. I don’t know if gray words on a gray background is the best way to build hype.

  • Cary Storm:
    Seriously, you guys know what the three of swords represents in Tarot?Heartbreak.We are doomed.go read: Three of swords.It’s like they’re telling us our hearts will be broken by something this season.

    Thanks Cary, this looks interesting. I would not have made the connection,
    having no interest in the occult, but I see your logic at play here.

  • Winter Is Coming:
    Abyss, I just posted the higher-resolution version as well, plus I cropped out the weird margins.

    From this and Abyss’s link, the grey background beyond the numbers do appear
    now as weathered metal. Whether stone or steel, the silent ( grimm ? ) impact
    remains the same. We’ll likely receive more gruesome symbolism as the
    season approaches.

  • BTW can’t believe no one spotted this!

    If you turn the poster 90 degrees to the right and then draw (mental) lines across from the two downward pointing swords, and look closely, you’ll see faint letters in the Exocet font reading “Always support the bottom.”

  • tysnow,

    Yeah, I may be crazy, but it looks like a wolf’s head on a man’s body(GreyRobb?). Maybe I am just looking for what I want to see, but it is definately a wolf’s head.

  • I like it, it’s just a teaser.

    Though if my reaction to this is anything to go by I think I may actually pass out when they finally post a trailer.

  • So close, yet so far away…

    Must…Keep…Patience…! A few more months of waiting won’t hurt…At least I hope not…

    Anyway, I prefer this teaser over last year’s, for sure.

  • I agree that the date would look much cooler in the 31 03 13 format. Much more symetrical and the swords would be in the middle

  • Perfect teaser. HBO’s publicity team is second to none.

    It appears powerful and intriguing … yet remains minimalist… with just enough simplistic art that basically says, “this show kicks so much ass that this is all we need to display for you to know what it’s referring to … and if you don’t know, then you’re a fool for missing this awesome series and you should feel much shame to go along with your confusion!”

  • Oh and there’s no way they would have used the Euro/Intl dating system. GoT is a show made by an American network, with US producers, writers, most of the directors, etc. They of course sell it overseas but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s a U.S. production that just films overseas. I’m not diminishing the contribution of the other countries, they’re a huge part of the success. It’s just the poster is originating from the U.S. HBO network, so it’s unsurprising they’re going American style.

  • “There will be no shelter from the storm” is a great tagline. The word shelter subtly references the laws of hospitality. Bonus points if they work this into Mellisandre’s incantation while during the rite of leeches.

  • In English, might that translate as “There’s no shelter from the storm?” I know the tenses are a bit different, just trying to think of what typical taglines sound like.

    I’d say we have to wait and see if that’s the actual tagline. it could just be the Spain Facebook page being witty and throwing a line out there.

  • Tenesmus:
    I agree that the date would look much cooler in the 31 03 13 format.Much more symetrical and the swords would be in the middle

    31.03.13 Wow, that’d have been so cool! With the swords on the zero it would almost turn the number into an image and visually you’d see 31.3.13 and that looks so mysterious, cryptic, and full of impact. Maybe they will release a poster like that for the rest of the world. Here’s to hoping!

  • If S1’s tagline was “Winter is Coming” and S2 was “War is Coming”…maybe S3 will be “The Storm is Coming”?

    Think they’ll keep the pattern? “Swords are Coming”? I don’t like that.

  • I’m guessing that “No shelter from the storm” is not the official tagline. I thought they would use some variation of “Clash of Kings” for the tagline last season, but they went with “War is Coming”. So it seems like they aren’t typically looking to the book titles for inspiration. The status with the poster was probably just someone from Canal’s marketing team who has read the books being clever.

  • Deme, season one’s tagline was “You Win or You Die”.

    “Winter is Coming” was used in a couple of the trailers, but not on the official poster.

  • Thankfully nobody who suggested ideas for a season poster in this thread actually get to call any shots. So many horrible ideas, no troll intended. Anyways, I love this! And I hope they continue to keep 3 swords as a recurring theme throughout promotion leading up to the premier.

  • i find it very interesting reading what people see when they look at this poster. It’s kind of like a rorschach test for GoT fans. what do yoooouuuuu see?

  • Rk76: The excitement I have is so great I think i may have a bit of an obsession…I need a GOT support group .just to find someone more obssessed Than me and make friends for comparative purposes…

    Isn’t that what WiC.net is for? ;o)

  • Rk76:
    The excitement I have is so great I think i may have a bit of an obsession…I need a GOT support group .just to find someone more obssessed Than me and make friends for comparative purposes…

    if you need an extra fix of game of thrones geekness, you’re welcome to hang out in this forum. We’re all quite obsessed over there. But pretty friendly. So feel free to stop by for a chat. :D

  • Ok so I have been trying to figure out the whole numerology thing. Since they used a US date (month.day.year) and the numbers add up to 11, we can surmise that the 11th letter in the English (US) alphabet is K. Three lines form a “K”. These lines look like swords. Three swords in the poster. Swords can kill. Kill begins with “K”. K is for Kings. Three Kings. K is for Kraken. All things revolve around the Kraken.

  • “No shelter from the storm” best tagline ever for season 3! Could be applied to a lot of the characters! Even the realm!

  • King DBC,

    They could use Gimme Shelter by the Stones in the season 3 trailer like they did with Florence Welch in season 2.

    Which would be unoriginal.

  • I’m really hoping that the tagline for this season focuses on rain, and that they save storms for season 4. Rain would make a nice tie-in to The Rains of Castamere, which I also hope they use in trailers.

  • I dunno if anyone else has noticed this, but the smoke rising in the background definitely resembles at lease one dragon. Take a close look. regardless, intentional or not; it’s a definite nice, yet subtle poster.

    p.s. It wouldn’t let me edit/delete my previous comment so disregard that. : )

  • Off-Topic:
    I was watching Baelor again last night and I noticed that Ned is saying something in his last seconds. I turned the volume to max and I am pretty sure it’s “I promise”. Tell me I am not crazy.^^

  • My eyes went right to the swords… niiiice!

    Then, I noticed the 3 stags behind another stag that’s standing on his hind legs.

    Oh wait, I think I saw Ros at the bottom. ;-P ..seriously.. I see a lady with arms above her head.

    I’m pretty sure if I stare at it long enough.. all of the characters will pop out at me. Cool.

  • Creepy as heck, but top right corner.. I see a sad bride holding a bouquet of flowers. I wasn’t even looking for that.