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Learn which characters will be joining the third season of Game of Thrones

05.30.2012

As GAME OF THRONES wraps up it's second season, showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss have already compiled a list of the characters who will definitely be in the next season. As to avoid spoilers of any sort, I am only including new characters and not referencing any characters who will not be coming back.

Here is the list:

Mance Rayder: A former member of the Night’s Watch who became the “King Beyond the Wall,” the leader of the Wildlings.

Daario Naharis: A confident and seductive warrior.

Jojen Reed; Meera Reed: A teenage brother and sister duo with special insights.

Edmure Tully: A brash young member of the Tully family.

Ser Brynden Tully (The Blackfish): Catelyn Stark’s uncle.

Lady Selyse Florent: Stannis Baratheon’s wife.

Shireen: Stannis’ daughter.

Olenna Redwyne (The Queen of Thorns): Margaery Tyrell’s sharp-witted grandmother.

Beric Dondarrion: A skilled knight who is the leader of the outlaw group Brotherhood Without Banners.

Thoros of Myr: A red priest who follows the same religion as Melisandre.

Tormund Giantsbane: A Wildling raider.

According to Benioff and Weiss “It’s important to point out that that we have the largest cast on television right now. We introduced dozens of new characters in season two. If you hurl 300 characters at an audience, the story collapses under the weight of too many faces, too many names, and too many subplots. We need to be just as mindful of the audience members who have never read the books as we are of the readers; the series will fail if we only appeal to those who already know the characters. So we try to be parsimonious about how many new roles we introduce to the story and when we introduce them.”

I myself have not read the books (they are currently in my Top 50 out of the 1400 books on my tablet), but please let me know if any vital characters from A Storm of Swords are missing.

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7:30AM on 05/31/2012
wherez Ramsey Snow?
wherez Ramsey Snow?
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10:27AM on 05/31/2012
There isn't much to say about him without getting spoilery. The less said about Roose' son, the better. If you blinked, you missed Roose himself this season.
There isn't much to say about him without getting spoilery. The less said about Roose' son, the better. If you blinked, you missed Roose himself this season.
9:24PM on 05/30/2012
Not criticizing in a writing standing point- but as a "what if this was real" type of situation- but the Knights Watch would be a lot more prestigious and loyal if they were allowed to wed and have children. (I haven't read the books, so I'm not sure what happens when Jon returns)
Not criticizing in a writing standing point- but as a "what if this was real" type of situation- but the Knights Watch would be a lot more prestigious and loyal if they were allowed to wed and have children. (I haven't read the books, so I'm not sure what happens when Jon returns)
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7:24AM on 05/31/2012
for the most part, the Nights Watch isnt about prestige. the majority of the guys there are criminals and outcasts who are sent to the Wall to serve and die. its the shittiest duty they can imagine and its usually an alternative to the death penalty. no glory for rapists, mate.
for the most part, the Nights Watch isnt about prestige. the majority of the guys there are criminals and outcasts who are sent to the Wall to serve and die. its the shittiest duty they can imagine and its usually an alternative to the death penalty. no glory for rapists, mate.
7:07PM on 05/31/2012
They don't wed or have children becuase that can split loyalties. Its just part of hte vow and Joh nbelieves himself too proud to break it.
They don't wed or have children becuase that can split loyalties. Its just part of hte vow and Joh nbelieves himself too proud to break it.
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5:22PM on 05/30/2012
The plan was always to split the 3rd book in two.
The plan was always to split the 3rd book in two.
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4:26PM on 05/30/2012
Just glad to see Jojen and Meera entering the fray... I understand why they didn't bring them into the 2nd season. I only hope they decide to split the third book into two seasons. That's an awful lot of craziness for just 10 episodes.
Just glad to see Jojen and Meera entering the fray... I understand why they didn't bring them into the 2nd season. I only hope they decide to split the third book into two seasons. That's an awful lot of craziness for just 10 episodes.
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4:12PM on 05/30/2012

ummmm.....

Beric Dondarrion was in the first season so i'm not sure how he's a character add

Also it's nice to see characters like The Blakcfish and Meera and Jojen getting added seeing as they should have already been in the show.
Beric Dondarrion was in the first season so i'm not sure how he's a character add

Also it's nice to see characters like The Blakcfish and Meera and Jojen getting added seeing as they should have already been in the show.
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4:23PM on 05/30/2012
ummmmmm... he was a minor character in the HBO series, and will likely be recast. He made less of an impression on the show than the Mountain, and they recast him for season 2. Considering the role he'll play - I'm guessing they are going to cast against what he becomes, not what he was at the beginning of the novels or the series.

You'd really want them to dilute the 20 minutes of time they spent in Winterfell for the entirety of season 2 by shoehorning the Reed kids in there? Sounds like
ummmmmm... he was a minor character in the HBO series, and will likely be recast. He made less of an impression on the show than the Mountain, and they recast him for season 2. Considering the role he'll play - I'm guessing they are going to cast against what he becomes, not what he was at the beginning of the novels or the series.

You'd really want them to dilute the 20 minutes of time they spent in Winterfell for the entirety of season 2 by shoehorning the Reed kids in there? Sounds like you want a slide shot of the novels converted to production stills, not an adapted series.
7:04PM on 05/31/2012
What hte fuck are you talking about? All i said was he was already in the show so how would it be a new character. The person playing makes no difference, i doubt the Mountain was said the be a new character for season 2 just cause they decided to not pay the guy from season 1 and use the guy they dress up as the White Walker instead.

As to the chracters im saying that i'g glad they are getting put in, regardless of season, as they are cool characters that i didn't want to see done away with
What hte fuck are you talking about? All i said was he was already in the show so how would it be a new character. The person playing makes no difference, i doubt the Mountain was said the be a new character for season 2 just cause they decided to not pay the guy from season 1 and use the guy they dress up as the White Walker instead.

As to the chracters im saying that i'g glad they are getting put in, regardless of season, as they are cool characters that i didn't want to see done away with which they were already leaning towards with things like Bran having the dream about the Sea coming to Winterfell when it was Jojen in the books. Just don't want cool characters left out, especially important ones.

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