'Game Of Thrones' Season 3 Photo Suggests Winter Is Still Coming

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Winter is coming, and with it the first still from "Game of Thrones" season three.

The image comes courtesy of HBO's Making Game of Thrones blog and shows an actor (with his back facing the camera unfortunately) filming a scene in Northern Ireland. The blog post says they're filming a very important fight between "two main protagonists" who become an "unexpected pairing" and that it is a "character-defining scene, for more than one who is involved, so it has to be done well."

We have a couple of theories about who it could be (Jaime and Brienne? Sandor Clegane and Beric Dondarrion? Arya and The Hound?) but the folks over at HBO aren't spilling anything. Fortunately, that's why we have actors. After the jump you can read a bit more about season three, straight from the lips of Gendry.

Our favorite bastard of King Robert Baratheon has spoken out about the new season. Joe Dempsie recently caught up with Radio Times to talk about season three and also what elements of the books we'll see over the next 10 episodes.

“The third and fourth books are essentially the same time period split into two separate narratives, so [showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss] are incorporating both books – weaving the strands together – but making them into two series," Dempsie said. “They do stick fairly closely to the books but one of their main talents is in identifying which elements will work well on screen and which won’t – as well as which characters they can bring more to the fore to make it more engaging.”

The first part about there being elements of the third and fourth book in season three is especially interesting, because from what we know "A Storm of Swords" and "A Feast for Crows" don't take place at the same time. Instead, "A Feast for Crows" (book four) and "A Dance with Dragons" (book five) tell parallel stories, so maybe Dempsie meant that those two will become enmeshed. If not, our guess is that we'll see some of the Dornish and Iron Islands storylines brought into season three from "A Feast for Crows" so the transition to those characters doesn't feel as jarring as it did in the novel.

"Game of Thrones" returns to HBO on March 31, 2013.

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