"Game of Thrones" season 3 is coming, as the decapitated Ned Stark would have said, and although the premiere air date is still months away rumors are already flying about what will happen next to Arya, Tyrion, Daenerys and the rest of the characters. A recently released "Game of Thrones" Season 3 promo sheds some light on the upcoming plot through interviews with the cast and crew, but a few quotes also make us wonder if this may be the final season of HBO's incredible adaption of George R.R. Martin's epic series.
The "Game of Thrones" season 3 promo opens on David Benioff hinting that the third season may have always been the endgame for this phenomenal TV series.
"This is the season that Dan [Weiss] and I have been anticipating," Benioff, who directs, writes and produces "Game of Thrones," reveals.
"We always envisioned season three as sort of the place we needed to get," adds co-director, writer and producer Weiss. "If we made it through season three and we could do season three right then it would be all worthwhile."
This isn't the first time we've heard rumors that "Game of Thrones" season 3 might mark the end of HBO's bloody masterpiece, though it is the first we're hearing anyone involved with the show hint that said rumors might actually be true. It does make sense, however, considering that the first three books of George R.R. Martin's unfinished series fit together to form a story arc with a clear, usable ending. Then again, Weiss has previously hinted that HBO may likely decide to break the third book, "A Storm of Swords," into two seasons.
"As George and all his fans have said for a long time, there's no way to do it in a single season, so it's being broken into two," Weiss told Entertainment Weekly back in March 2012.
The new "Game of Thrones" season 3 promo also gives us a few brief but glorious moments with the show's stars, while promising that the third season will be better than ever.
"The game's been upped, there's so much more danger, there's so much more risk," hints Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen AKA The Mother of Dragons).
"The expectations are very high for season three and i think we've fullfilled them," adds executive producer Frank Doelger.
Season 3 of "Game of Thrones" will introduce a number of new characters to the expansive mythical kingdom of Westeros.
"There's such a constant influx of new chracters and new locations and sets especially," reveals Doelger. "It's just impossible not to be excited by that stuff."
We also get a glimpse at Tyrion Lannister (played by Peter Dinklage), who's still sporting a nasty scar across his face.
"It's always fun to come back to see what else they've created," he says. "All these new sets and costumes. it's just incredible"
It seems the entire "Game of Thrones" cast is happy to have returned for season 3--and likely hopeful that the show will continue airing for years to come.
"Coming back into it again, it's exciting," says Maisie Williams (Arya Stark). "You don't know who you're gonna be working with, where you're gonna be. I'm so surprised that they've managed to find so many locations."
According to Doelger, "Game of Thrones" season 3 will introduce "a handful of new locations," while shooting primarily in established sets including Croatia (King's Landing), Northern Ireland (Winterfell), Iceland (North beyond the wall), and Morocco (Essos).
"A lot of the time you're driving around going, this is just natural beauty, it's absolutely incredible, this is actually here," notes Clarke.
"Gemma [Jackson, production designer] and her team, they've outdone themselves this year," says Weiss, "and the costumes that Michelle [Clapton, costume designer] has created. It's all such amazing, fully realized work that looks like it's been there for 500 years."
In an interview with Adria's News last October, author George R.R. Martin talked about "Game of Thrones" season 3 and beyond, dropping a few juicy spoilers of his own.
He even noted that ever since the show began to air he's changed his writing style to adapt, at least slightly.
"I write as many scenes in castles as possible, I will create as many characters as possible, I will write about gigantic battles," Martin revealed. "I really didn't expect my novels to be adapted for television."
He also confirmed that his third book, "A Storm of Swords," will be split into two season of "Game of Thrones," ensuring that we can count on at least a fourth season of our favorite show.
"More or less the third season will talk about the first half of the third book and the fourth season will be about the other half and perhaps will also appear the first chapters of 'Feast for Crows' and 'Dance with Dragons,' because its action will be told chronologically," Martin explained. "The limits between every season and every book are not clear and, in fact, in the second season we saw some things of the third book."
The author added that splitting his third book into two seasons will also buy him time to finish writing the series.
"I don't want them to catch me up," he said, hinting that "Game of Thrones" could be put on hiatus if necessary.