HBO Announces Start of ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 3 Production

The third season will add Morocco to its list of location shoots while the returning writers and directors are revealed.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

Although fans of HBO's "Game of Thrones" will likely have to wait until next spring for new episodes, the third season is about to be filmed.

HBO has officially announced that "Game of Thrones" season 3 will start production in early July, presumably after the San Diego Comic-Con International. The third season will adapt roughly the first half of "A Storm of Swords," the third novel in George R. R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" series.

Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will return as the main writers, alongside Martin, Vanessa Taylor and Bryan Cogman. With the departure of Alan Taylor to "Thor 2," Alex Graves and Michelle MacLaren have been added to the lineup of season three directors in addition to returning helmers Dan Minahan, David Nutter and Alik Sakharov. Benioff and Weiss are also slated to make their "Game of Thrones" directorial debut.

As in the first two seasons, "Game of Thrones" will be primarily filmed in Belfast, Northern Ireland while also returning to Croatia and Iceland. There will also be filming in Morocco during the third season.

Casting is reportedly underway with announcements to follow. Benioff and Weiss have previously revealed several new characters that will be added to this year's story, including Mance Rayder, Daario Naharis, Edmure Tully, Ser Brynden Tully, Lady Selyse Florent, Shireen Baratheon, Olenna Redwyne, Beric Dondarrion, Tormund Giantsbane, Thoros of Myr, Jojen Reed and Meera Reed.

"Game of Thrones" season 3 is expected to debut in April 2013.