It has been a wait almost as epic as the sword and sorcery saga itself.
But fans of Games of Thrones are going to be rewarded with the most dramatic season yet if the latest trailer is anything to go by.
It looks like queen-in-waiting Daenerys Targaryen is finally ready to reclaim the Iron Throne, with a little help from her dragons.
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Great balls of fire: Daenerys Targaryen's ever-growing dragons look set to play a big part in the third season of Game of Thrones
As her companions soar and breathe fire, she is heard saying: 'I shall show you no mercy.'
And just to underline how far she has come from the meek teenager from the show's first series, in another part of the teaser she shows her new boundless confidence.
The blonde dragon maiden, who is played by English actress Emilia Clarke, dismissively tells an enemy: 'Explain to me how you propose to defeat us.'
It is clear the once adorable creatures are becoming ever more powerful as they mature, and show creator David Benioff said this will become a key thrust of the plot.
Ready for action: It seems Daenerys Targaryen is ready to reclaim her birthright and sit on the Iron Throne
You and whose army: But if these soldiers stand in her way it will not be long before they are turned extra crispy
Sic em Fifi: Men in armour have no chance if they go up against her rapidly growing dragons
He said: 'This is an interesting time for the dragons. When they were born they were adorable.
'Last season, as you say, they were still kind of cute. But now they’re turning into proper flying dragons.
'One of the interesting things about the books, and hopefully the show, is that the weapons of mass destruction in this world are living breathing things. And as they get older that presents problems.'
Motley crew: Daenerys finally makes her way across the sea with her right hand man Ser Jorah Mormont, played by Scots acting titan Iain Glen
Plum role: Prior to Game of Thrones Emilia Clarke's most notable appearance was in BBC show Doctors
But there are plenty of other thrilling plot thrusts addressed in the clip, not least of which is the ever increasing mania of King Joffrey.
Increasingly beyond the control of the Lannister family, he is becoming ever crueller as he seems to lurch closer to madness.
He says: 'I am the king! Everyone is mine to torment'
Battle is still ripping through the land of Westeros, and it seems the tide is finally turning on the armies of the north and their leader Robb Stark.
The increasingly desperate self-styled King of the North says: 'Take his home, take his gold, take his power. If we don't do this now, we're lost.'
Desperate: The tide of battle finally seems to be turning of self-styled king of the north Robb Stark
Weary: It seems battle fatigue and tactical blunders could spell the end of their journey south
The madness of King Joffrey: Everyone's least favourite royal seems to get even more unpleasant
Key to the kingdom: But his relationship with fiancee Sansa Stark could yet prove vital to peace
But it seems Tyrion Lannister is getting tired of the constant fighting, telling his sister Cersei, 'How long does it go on?;
But he does not get the answer he is looking for when she replies, 'Until we've dealt with all our enemies.'
Several other thrilling plot threads are also hinted at, including a dramatic duel between Jaime Lannister, believed to be the finest swordsman in the land, and Brienne of Tarth.
And there is also a tantalising glimpse of Night's Watch member Jon Snow having an exchange with Mance Rayder, the much feared leader of the people who live in the wilderness north of the kingdom.
The new series of Game of Thrones kicks off on HBO on Easter Sunday, March 31.
Will it never end: Even schemer Tyrion Lannister is tired of the constant war engulfing the nation
Til the end: But his sister Cersei will not be happy until all of her family's enemies are crushed
Spectacular: The land of Westeros looks better than ever thanks to the successful show's high production values