Now Here’s an Ominous Teaser Trailer for Game of Thrones Season 3

GAME OF THRONES - Season 3 - Promo Poster

“A Storm of Swords”, the third book in George R.R. Martin’s “Game of Thrones” series (to you TV folks), is really where the two major stories finally converge for the first time — that whole mess around the Iron Throne and the shenanigans up at the Wall with Jon Snow. The book will comprise the third season of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” when it returns next year, and here’s a quick teaser trailer. (And oh, a teaser poster above, too.)

I like it. There’s no footage, just a very ominous voiceover. It very much captures the spirit of “A Storm of Swords'” Wall sequences, though not necessarily everything else happening below said Wall. One of the more intriguing points about the books is just how disconnected everyone is. Here’s Jon Snow and the Watch trying to save everyone’s soul from, literally, the walking dead up north, and almost absolutely no one below the Wall even realizes it, but are instead going on with their squabbling over sex and love and the Iron Throne. In today’s world of cellphones and YouTube, that’s almost unthinkable.

The two separate plot threads continue right up to the latest book, “A Dance of Dragons”, in case you’re wondering. (Or three separate plot threads, I guess you’d say, including the girl with her dragons overseas.) Things are starting to come together, but man, how faster would they have come together if Martin hadn’t wasted a few thousand pages on the Godawful “A Feast for Crows”?

Mark your calenders: “Game of Thrones” Season 3 returns March 3, 2013 on HBO.