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Game of Thrones preview: Season 3 premiere

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The war isn't over

Game of Thrones returns for Season 3!

Game of Thrones season 3 premiere preview

It's been a long, cold fall and winter. But, spring is here (in certain parts of the country anyway) and with it comes the Game of Thrones Season 3 premiere!

When we last visited the game, Tyrion had just helped King's Landing secure itself against Stannis Baratheon's attack and taken an ugly gash to the face. Arya had escaped Lord Tywin's gates and was on her way to seek revenge. Catelyn had freed Jaime Lannister and her son was treating her like a traitor because of it. Jon had been taken captive by the Wildlings and Sam had a terrifying encounter with the White Walkers.

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Now? It's been weeks since Stannis was forced to retreat and everyone's lives are in a state of upheaval.

Despite Tyrion's heroic efforts, his father has sent him off to smaller, well-hidden quarters (once again the ugly, unwanted, mother/wife-killing son). Will he ever earn his way into his father's graces? And, barring that, will he ever at least be allowed a quiet, happy life somewhere where he can't be tormented and dragged into the middle of Jaime and Cersei's games?

The Stark sisters are on rocky ground, too. Most of the realm isn't even positive that the tomboy Arya is alive. And, despite her desire to return home, she's tempted to the learn the ways of her friend Jaqen, who helped her escape from Harrenhal. Meanwhile, there's a new queen-to-be at King's Landing and Sansa is in desperate need of an escape before she becomes nothing more than a "toy" for Joffrey when he's bored with his pretty new love. Will she find a way out?

Catch up before the Season 3 premiere >>

What of the rest of the players in the Game of Thrones? You'll just have to watch to find out (or, you know, read our recap!). If you're not yet excited about the return of the game, make sure to check out the big preview Jimmy Kimmel premiered last month!

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