1:56pm PT by Michael O'Connell
'Game of Thrones' Offers First Look at Season 3 With 23 New Images (Photos)
The clock is ticking closer to the March 31 return of Game of Thrones, and before the first revealing trailer hits the airwaves, HBO has released 23 new images from the forthcoming third season.
PHOTOS: 'Game of Thrones' Season 3 Preview
The lengthy roster of returning characters is all accounted for, though dragons are sadly not included. Most notably, the pictures also serve as an introduction to several of the series' many new additions.
Long-discussed "King Beyond the Wall" Mance Rayder (Ciaran Hinds) is included, as are Olenna Tyrell (Diana Rigg), Brynden “The Blackfish” Tully (Clive Russell) and Jojen and Meera Reed (Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Ellie Kendrick).
There's not much in the way of "spoilers," but Joffrey Baratheon (Jack Gleeson) and Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer) could seem to be getting awfully comfortable together, and Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie) is still swinging a sword.
Scroll through this gallery of season three art to catch up on where the series left most of the characters.