Game of Thrones Season 3 Scoop: New Characters Revealed!

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Days away from the Game of Thrones Season 2 finale, showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss have come out and already dropped a few hints regarding 2013 and the third season of this HBO epic.

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Specifically, the pair has announced just which characters will be present next year, largely in response to complaints from fans of George R.R. Martin that many have been missing from action so far.

"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," Benioff tells EW. "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.”

With that in mind, here's a look at who viewers will see in action on season three:

Mance Rayder: Heard about so far, but not yet seen. A former member of the Night’s Watch who is now “King Beyond the Wall."

Daario Naharis: A confident and seductive warrior.

Jojen Reed and Meera Reed: Siblings with unique 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 grandmother.

Beric Dondarrion: A 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.

Any casting suggestions come to mind already? Chime in now and watch the official trailer for this Sunday's Game of Thrones season finale.

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When is the next season coming on?


just can't wait for season 3 to come out...Game of Thrones is just damn brilliant


Wat about the Dwarf, Robb stark's Uncle, Snow and small lady Arya, the little wild princess!


Seriously, tck! stop being a tool. It is (mouth this) IMPOSSIBLE to perfectly translate ANY book to other media without ANY changes and making it just as good. Considering the crazy-ass size and scope of these novels, be impressed and damned grateful over what we get. Apparentely Martin is satisfied. And if his satisfaction about their take on his vision is not good enough for you, then what the hell is?


They've already introduced Beric Dondarrion way back when Ned Stark sends him after Gregor Clegane. Does this mean they're gonna change who plays him? Also, how are they going to introduce Meera and Jojen after Winterfell has fallen? If memory serves, they should all be traveling North together by now. As much as I like this show, I'm becoming more disappointed in this complete re-working of character arcs and events.


lol read the books.


Do not kill off Robb Stark. He is the heart of the story


Finally, the Blackfish makes an appearance! And unless they change the character, Edmure isn't just "brash young member of the Tully family", he's Cat's little brother.


Wait where's Raegar Targaryan? He starts to appear in major memories and flashbacks! You can't leave him out!


I don't see the name of Ramsay Snow in the list, so I'm still hoping that he appears in the season finale!

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