Game of Thrones season 3Holy. Crap. It's finally here. March 31, 2013, the season 3 premiere of Game of Thrones is on tonight at 9 p.m. ET. Whew. Deep breaths. The third season, based off A Storm of Swords, should be the greatest one yet, as the third book was the best in the series. There are so many twists and turns and, of course, unexpected deaths, it's going to be a roller coaster ride all the way to the finish!

Please beware that the Internet is dark and full of spoilers. You don't want to ruin this for yourself. Still, we can't help but speculate what we're going to see in the first episode, "Valar Dohaeris." This is the traditional response to the greeting "Valar Morghulis," the phrase Jaqen H'ghar teaches Arya back in season 2. It means "all must serve."

To catch us up with Jon Snow, Cersei, Tyrion, Daenerys, Arya, Sansa, Bran, Joffrey, Catelyn, Robb, Littlefinger, etc., etc., etc., this episode has a lot to get through. Here's what we're (probably) going to see:

From numerous reports and critics who have already seen the first episode (damn them), Jon Snow is going to meet Mance Rayder, King beyond the Wall, right away in the first episode. Catelyn Stark has to deal with the fallout of releasing Jaime Lannister in order to get her daughters back and will answer to her son Robb. Tyrion will demand a reward from his father Tywin after rallying the men during the Battle of the Blackwater -- but expect him to be very disappointed by the outcome. Still, watching these two try to out-wit each other is surely going to be quite a treat.

We'll also get a good look at Daenerys's three dragons (one reviewer says, "This is easily the best looking show on television", so I'm sure they'll look badass) while she sails across the sea to buy an army. But Emilia Clarke may have some competition as the fan favorite from yet another scene stealer: Natalie Dormer, who plays Margaery Tyrell. She's betrothed to the absolutely despised King Joffrey, but we'll soon find out she's got far more up her sleeve. Can't wait to see how she fits in the whole Joffrey/Cersei dynamic. She probably won't put up with Joffrey's shit nearly as much as Sansa had to, but we'll have to wait and see how she deals with this incredibly screwed up family. All reviewers are saying that Natalie's fantastic.

Between seeing the White Walkers again and the dragons, the reviews are also saying we'll see yet another mythical creature at the end of the episode. What is it going to be? I actually have no idea and am literally drooling at the mouth with anticipation. I'm going to go get a napkin and try to distract myself for the rest of the day so I don't lose my mind before this premiere. Can't. Freaking. Wait.

Here's the 90-second trailer in case you wanted to see it again:

How stoked are you to see the season 3 premiere of Game of Thrones?

 

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