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Stars come out for 'Game of Thrones' screening (pictures)

The Starks and Lannisters -- and their creator -- get together on the red carpet at a special screening in San Francisco for the start of season 3.

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James Martin
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"Game of Thrones" stars talk to the press last night in San Francisco where the red carpet was laid out at the Palace of Fine Arts for a special screening to kick off the series' third season. The hit HBO show held its official premiere earlier this week in Los Angeles.
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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, better known as Jaime Lannister, at the Palace of Fine Arts last night in San Francisco.
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Rose Leslie

Rose Leslie, who plays Ygritte on the series, at last night's screening in San Francisco.
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Rose Leslie

Leslie at the Palace of Fine Arts.
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Kit Harrington

Kit Harrington, better known as Jon Snow, attends the screening to kick off season 3 of "Game of Thrones."
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Maisie Williams

Maisie Williams, better known as Arya Stark, was also in attendance.
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Maisie Williams

Maisie Williams
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George R.R. Martin

George R.R. Martin is the author of the epic fantasy "Game of Thrones" books, which were adapted for the hit HBO series.
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Sophie Turner

Sophie Turner, better known as Sansa Stark, at the Palace of Fine Arts last night.
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Natalie Dormer

Natalie Dormer plays Margaery Tyrell on the show.
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John Bradley

John Bradley poses for photos on the red carpet.
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HBO CEO Richard Plepler

HBO Chief Executive Richard Plepler at the "Game of Thrones" special screening in San Francisco.
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Take the throne

Fans at the VIP premiere for "Game of Thrones" season 3 posed in an ominous replica throne.
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House chocolates

Chocolates were decorated with the emblems of the family houses from "Game of Thrones."
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'Game of Thrones' costumes

"Game of Thrones" costumes were on display at the VIP premiere event.
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'Game of Thrones' wear

More "Game of Thrones" wear on display.
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Party at the Palace

After the screening, there was a short Q&A as well as a decadent after-party.
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DJ of Thrones

The DJ at the party is all decked out in "Game of Thrones" period costume.
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Eating like a king

Eating like a king at the "Game of Thrones" event.
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Exit through the castle gates

The door to the event was decorated like a castle gate.
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Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger

Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger was on the red carpet, too, lending some tech geek cred to the event.
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Craig Newmark

Craigslist founder Craig Newmark was on the red carpet, too.
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'Game of Thrones' screening

The screening of "Game of Thrones" season 3 premiere at the Palace of Fine Arts last night in San Francisco.

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