How impatiently are we awaiting the March 31, 2013, premiere Season 3 of HBO's Game of Thrones? Enough to be geeking out over a sound-and-graphics-only teaser trailer that actually contains little and less.

The teaser ran tonight shortly before a new episode of Boardwalk Empire, and featured some portentous foreshadowing.

"The great war is between death and life, ice and fire," declares a disembodied female voice as three swords impale the "O" in GoT—which then morphs into the premiere date for the show: 03.31.13.

"If we lose, the night will never end," she concludes over booming drums. Now, was that Carice van Houten as Melisandre? Tough to tell, though that's exactly the sort of day/night, ice/fire, for-us-or-against us declaration she makes all the time. Loads of fun at parties, our Mel.

Whoever it was, kudos for working in the name of the George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" series of novels upon which the show is based. Also, major points to the graphics team for those three flying swords, suggesting the title of the third book, A Storm of Swords—which many fans think is best of the five so far.

Does this little taste get you even more fired up for the further adventures of houses Stark, Lannister, Baratheon and Targaryen? Sound off the comments!

The stars of Game of Thrones in and out of their costumes

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