'Game of Thrones' Round-Up: Season 3 Promo, Rap Theme and More
'Game of Thrones' Round-Up: Season 3 Promo, Rap Theme and More
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
The excitement around Game of Thrones season 3 is building as the March 31 premiere date approaches. Here is the latest from the Seven Kingdoms.

A Raven Comes to New York

In the latest promo for Game of Thrones, a three-eyed raven travels to the real world, an ominous message that the world of Westeros is coming back. You'll remember the three-eyed raven from Bran's dreams where it served as an ominous warning about the death of Ned Stark.

While there is no new footage, we do get to hear the haunting melody of "The Rains of Castamere," a song from the show that serves as a tribute to Tywin Lannister's victories and a warning to anyone who would dare cross the Lannister family. It certainly seems like the patriarch of the Lannisters will have a much bigger role in season 3, especially now that he's the Hand of the King.

The Stark Kids Rap the Theme

Remember the season 1 DVD commentary track when Isaac Hempstead-Wright (Bran Stark), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) and Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) hummed along to the theme song? It was incredibly awesome. Now, to top it, the season 2 DVD boasts a similar commentary track on episode 3 where the trio of awesome child actors rap. Hempstead-Wright knows how to lay down a mean beatbox.

Wilko Johnson Diagnosed with Cancer

On a sadder note, actor Wilko Johnson, who plays King's Landing execution Ilyn Payne, has been diagnosed with cancer. According to his agent he is refusing chemotherapy treatment, though he is currently in good spirits and may have several months of good health left.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the star who is so good at being so terrifying. Ilyn Payne was last seen in season 2's "Blackwater" where he stood guard with the women during the battle, prepared to execute them if need be.

Game of Thrones season 3 premieres Sunday, March 31 at 9pm on HBO.

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