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Game of Thrones Season 3 character posters

HBO has unveiled a series of character posters that they will be using to promote season 3. You should start seeing these at bus stops, on billboards and in print next week.

Winter Is Coming: These look great! They sort of tie in to the ‘Chaos’ preview. Can’t wait to start seeing them out in the wild.

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  • These are bloody awesome.

    Right: Arya, Catelyn, Sandor, Sansa and Tyrion.
    Left: Bran, Dany, Jaime, Joffrey, Jon and Robb.

    Let’s develop an elaborate theory as to why their blue is on which side.

  • Watson:
    Right: Arya, Catelyn, Sandor, Sansa and Tyrion.
    Left: Bran, Dany, Jaime, Joffrey, Jon and Robb.

    Let’s develop an elaborate theory as to why their blue is on which side.

    Left: going to die
    Right: going to live*

    *for certain definitions of live

  • Little bit too much photoshop.. Especially the one with Sophie. But still like it anywayz. The light effect is pretty though.

  • Wonder how long before the Joffrey ones get spray painted with obscenities hehe.
    That or a certain bus stop will have it’s glass broken by an angry mob.
    These are nice. Now… where is the full-length trailer?!

  • Left: going to die
    Right: going to live

    That would be interesting if true; but barring major deviations from the book, it is not true.

    Besides, they wouldn’t do that. If the code were cracked, it would be public within days, and the non-readers would have major spoilers before the season even starts.

  • these are awesome, and I do wonder thei choice for the dark side of their face…
    they should have done more of these:
    LF, Varys, Tywin, Stannis, Melisandre and Margaery

  • Beautiful! Yay, one more month! This might be the most populous season yet… But they’re gonna have less posters to make every season if GRRM continues with what he’s doing.

  • The look terrible reduced due to cropping and all of the texture being removed. Much better full-size.

    Jaime looks like a boss. Tyrion is amazing. But they all look great, really.

  • These are wonderful! Can’t wait to see them out and about!

    I don’t know if it’s the colouring of the poster or a reference to warging, but Jon and Bran both seem to have one eye that’s gold and one that’s not.

  • They all look good. Dany and Jon do look very photoshopped.
    Probably the best thing they’ve done to advertise the season so far. Nice to see Joffrey, The Hound, Bran and Arya included too.

  • Isabelle:
    I don’t know if it’s the colouring of the poster or a reference to warging, but Jon and Bran both seem to have one eye that’s gold and one that’s not.

    It’s just their eye coloring. They are the only two with Hazel eyes, so when you mix the yellow-ish brown with blue it looks green.

  • Rockin’. Jaime and Bran look especially fierce – one leonine and one practically wolfish. I’m missing mah girl Brienne, but we can’t have everything.

    Side note: Sansa’s wearing something in her hair. It looks a little like a jeweled hairnet?

    e: And Jon even has his mouth closed! Good job, Kit!

  • Not a fan. Way too much photoshop and the colorscheme is pretty used in movie posters. There are multiple pictures in the internet where they criticise those colors that are in lots of movie posters.

    Also Jon looks like he is high with something illegal.

    Not bad, but not a fan. They fit to Jaime and Hound but others don’t have enough “grit” in them.

  • I’m gonna get arrested for stealing posters off of bus kiosks and the subway.

  • See everyone was worried, look what HBO has done in one week’s time. We’re right where we should be one month out.

  • Looking at the pictures from this angle, my gosh Sophie and Maisie have almost identical noses! How can you get such a perfect cast, show. O.o

  • Chibarin:
    Looking at the pictures from this angle, my gosh Sophie and Maisie have almost identical noses! How can you get such a perfect cast, show. O.o

    Must be twins, i’m a twin and we all have the same nose!

    Fantastic cast isn’t it? None better

  • I know its off topic but has anyone in the UK pre order Season 2 Blu Ray from Amazon? I am waiting for it to be dispatched but now notice that it says ‘Sign up to be notified when this item becomes available’ when i click on the link. I have already ordered it so does anyone know if i will get it or have to wait a lot longer?

  • These are pretty cool. My first reaction was: ‘Eww, big fail!’ But, remembering my first reaction to the crown poster from last year, I will wait to let these sink in before I totally dismiss them.

    I am surprised they went with the HDR look that was super popular two years ago but now is just cheesy photoshop eye candy. I have said this about every s3 poster thus far: It looks like something a first year art school student would design.

    I do like the concept of warm colors and cool colors referencing Ice & Fire, but the execution is less than agreeable.

  • Photoshop overload!

    I’m not sure why they felt the need to lighten Jon and Bran’s eyes to make them hazel.

  • Jaime and Robb…just amazing! Will these posters be sold anywhere? If not, they will start “disappearing” from display venues.

    Agree about the use of Photoshop on these images…less is usually more.

  • Is anyone else disappointed with Tyrion’s scar ?? I was expecting something more gnarly.

  • Russell Glasser:
    Left: going to die
    Right: going to live

    That would be interesting if true; but barring major deviations from the book, it is not true.

    It’s consistent with what we know for sure as of the end of the last book. I’ll eat my copies of the books if that’s how things turn out though.

  • Eric:
    Off topic, but has this site been running slower than normal for other people as well?

    Can’t help you there. I have Comcast…every site runs slow for me.

  • Holy photoshop, Batman!! These look more like fan-art than professional posters. The blue makes a lot of the faces look skewed. The one that looks most human is Richard Madden.

    I take it the blue is meant to signify the shadow of darkness falling on Westeros?

  • You’ve really got to hand it to Nina Gold on casting. Jack Gleeson as Joffrey was a stroke of genius (Westerosi translation — It was well struck).

  • I saw the Arya poster before I saw all of the other character posters and initially i thought the shadow on her face pertained only to her poster as a nod to when she’ll be going to the House of Black and White.

    But then I saw all of the other posters and realized it wasn’t. :(

  • I predict these will be on the Season 3 DVD.
    And the one’s they will show will be:
    Tyrion, Jon, Daenerys, Robb (or Jaime), Arya (or Catelyn), and Cersei.
    I know it’s a random prediction, but I just have a good feeling about it.

  • ChristineMarie:
    Photoshop overload!

    I’m not sure why they felt the need to lighten Jon and Bran’s eyes to make them hazel.

    I honestly think it may be a warging thing. That was my first impression anyways. Seriously, just google werewolf eyes.

  • Lex:
    I’m confused by the blue. My first thought was “Avatar”.

    I may be showing my age but my first thought was Braveheart.

  • Love that Sandor one. So unexpected to get one, but…very cool. Rory’s take on the character is marvelous, it’s all in the eyes really, and it even comes across in the poster.

  • For a show that never skimps on visual quality, these posters are pretty bloody terrible. What’s the point of assembling such a great looking cast if you’re going to airbrush the shit out of their promo materials? They look like overdressed escorts from Pandora.

  • This woman likes them, especially Arya with the “Imma F*@* you UP” look on her face. Priceless! Also think Tyrion’s and Jamie’s look pretty good considering they’re nasty Lannister people.

    From a beginner watercolor class, Blue = COLD, Red = WARM/hot, hence the contrasting shadows of blue and the warm light on the other side…ice and fire. It would have been more symmetrical if they had all the blue on one side and all the red on the other, but maybe would have been more boring? Hard to tell unless somebody flips some of the images.

  • Mrs. H’ghar:
    This woman likes them, especially Arya with the “Imma F*@* you UP” look on her face. Priceless! Also think Tyrion’s and Jamie’s look pretty good considering they’re nasty Lannister people.

    Definate caption needed on Arya’s poster then! Can’t wait to see who she F@*#’s up this season!

  • Mrs. H’ghar:
    This woman likes them, especially Arya with the “Imma F*@* you UP” look on her face. Priceless! Also think Tyrion’s and Jamie’s look pretty good considering they’re nasty Lannister people.

    Definate caption needed on Arya’s poster then! Can’t wait to see who she F@*#’s up this season!

  • Uh, WiC, did you just flip some of the images so all the blues are on one side in each row of portraits??? Or is a woman hallucinating? Looks cooler this way! Lolz

    OK, now put the Lannisters in one row, Starks in their own rows if you would be so kind! You know, rows should be:

    Tyrion, Cersei, Jaime
    Cat, Arya, Sansa
    Robb,Jon,Bran
    Hound, Dany, Joff

  • PS…Arya really resembles Cat in these shots, love it! Even though in the book they said she resembles Ned, it’s cool to see some vague resemblance.

    Also, if you click on the thumbnails, you get the BIG picture and it’s SO MUCH MORE AMAZING FOR REALZ!

  • I think the most likely explanation for the blue is that sometime just before the photo session, as they were lining up, papa smurf strode by and gently touched peoples cheeks offering blessings. Left or right cheek, depending on what side you were on, obviously.

    Seriously, what happened to Dany? She looks exactly like if Edvard Munch came by and did her portrait.

  • For everyone complaining about the photoshop/airbrush quality of these pics – please click on them to look at the full size pictures.
    There’s no airbrushing going on in the full size posters, that’s just an artefact of the shrinkage.
    It wouldn’t surprise me at all if the colour is real and not photoshopped either. They have the actors to hand, it would be the work of 10 minutes per actor to sit them in front of two different coloured stage lights and take a bazillion photos. Photoshopping the colour would actually be more work.

  • Gorgeous. I hope I don’t get Joffrey at my bus stop-I hate dodging glass!

    OT: Community- the last hold out of the current great comedy shows to make a GOT reference did it at last. Now for the return of Arrested Development!

  • Hate them, to be honest.
    Way too much Photoshop, to the point where I could barely recognise Sophie and Maisie’s face looks really weird. Richard Madden looks like he’s made of wax and Emilia looks like she had the wig photoshopped into the poster.
    The only one who looks decent and cool is Nicolaj.

  • I like them, but wish there was one for Stannis (though I realize he prob wont be a major player this season), and maybe one for Mance (though again I can understand not wanting to make one for a character not yet introduced)- glad to see the Hound made it in though.

  • Amanda Zahorik

    There’s one scene where Kit will HAVE to keep his mouth open this season… (Hint: it’s the one where the wolf eats the red pudding.)

  • Ax0r: For everyone complaining about the photoshop/airbrush quality of these pics – please click on them to look at the full size pictures.There’s no airbrushing going on in the full size posters, that’s just an artefact of the shrinkage.It wouldn’t surprise me at all if the colour is real and not photoshopped either. They have the actors to hand, it would be the work of 10 minutes per actor to sit them in front of two different coloured stage lights and take a bazillion photos. Photoshopping the colour would actually be more work.

    I was going to say the same thing. Full screen Jaime is EPIC, and my new screensaver.

  • No Stannis, no Melisandre, no onion knight. But Dany and a lot of Lannisters and Starks. Looks loke HBO took side against the only rightful claimant of the Iron Throne. Shame on you HBO!

  • Ax0r,

    Try to find one pimple on Dany’s face, or a blackhead, or any imperfection that we all have. HBO ain’t the only ones photoshop, but to say it’s not photoshopped, that’s just bs.

  • These are terrible images: they’re just zoomed-in headshots that don’t show us their costumes, nor their actions. There’s no Tyrion sitting on the Iron Throne, just Robb Stark staring straight into the camera — I already know what Richard Madden looks like.

  • Yep. Purdy…

    Terrible.

    (Even in full size for all you fools who think people are judging the cropped pics without opening them for some reason?)

    Way overcooked, everyone looks warped and inhuman. Except for Jaime, as his long hair manages to save his dignity.

    Well a bunch of ordinary posters can’t beat the elegance of Ned on the iron throne or the (not official I know) bloody direwolf outline on grey fur posters.

  • These are ridiculous. It’s amazing how well this show does considering how terrible the posters are every year.

    In general, the marketing team is great, but for some reason they just can’t do posters worth a damn.

  • When you zoom in on Sansa’s poster, it kinda looks like Ned’s Head (or someone elses perhaps??) in one of her eyes in place of the pupil….

  • These are absolutely beautiful! Blurs the line between digital art and straight-up photography, and I like that they’re not really intended to look realistic.

    The meaning is kind of on-the-nose/obvious: that all the characters, whether we love them or loathe them, are afflicted by something very, very dark–and will this darkness overtake them completely?

    My only complaint is that there weren’t more of the portraits! Would have loved to see Stannis, Brienne, Melisandre, Jorah, Sam, Ygritte and just about anybody else.

  • Leuf: It’s consistent with what we know for sure as of the end of the last book.I’ll eat my copies of the books if that’s how things turn out though.

    Well, I don’t think this is it because Cersei is on the “live” list. Assuming the prophesies are true, Cersei has to die. Also, Jon did die, though I don’t know *anyone* who thinks he’ll stay that way. And Catelyn died, though she’s sort of alive now.

  • The series of pictures is just Jaqen looking in the mirror while practicing his face changing routine…

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