Game of Thrones: Season 3 Premiere Date, 13 New Actors Announced!

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HBO's Game of Thrones revealed its Season 3 premiere date and at least 13 additional cast members at Comic-Con this afternoon. The acclaimed, epic drama will return March 31, 2013.

A long time to wait, but it should be worth it, especially since network announced that Diana Rigg is joining the Game of Thrones cast as Lady Oleanna Tyrell, a.k.a. the Queen of Thorns.

Rigg will be joined by these 13 additional new actors next spring:

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  1. Clive Russell (Bryndon “The Blackfish” Tully)
  2. Kerry Ingram (Shireen Baratheon)
  3. Tara Fitzgerald (Selyse Baratheon)
  4. Paul Kaye (Thoros of Myr)
  5. Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Jojen Reed)
  6. Ellie Kendirck (Meera Reed)
  7. Richard Dormer (Beric Dondarrion)
  8. Nathalie Emannuel (Missandei)
  9. Tobias Menzies (Edmure Tully)
  10. Anton Lesser (Qyburn)
  11. Philip McGinley (Anguy)
  12. Kristofer Hivju (Tormund Giantsbane)
  13. Mackenzie Crook (Orell)

Filming for Game of Thrones Season 3 will take place in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Croatia and Iceland later this year. Here's a video introducing some of the new cast members as well:

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Wow for you guys rooting for faction x or y get used to being disappointed! no one wins in this war winter is coming


cant wait for the season 3.


cant wait for the season three.


I hope they break away from the books. Martin is a great writer but I think he had a mad scientist moment while writing these books and had no way to redeem himself. I am watching the series either way, books were great, the show is great, I cannot wait for the third season.


I meant things were omitted in the 1st and 2nd book


Kell, I wouldn't say they follow the books exactly. There are several parts in both the second and third book that were omitted. They also explained a part of the 3rd book in the second season. But I agree it is an unbelievable story and as you said this 3rd season will be the best one yet. People gonna get maadddddd!!!


I'm glad I recently got HBO. I didn't realize how high quality the HBO and Showtime mini series were. Thrones enthralled me. It was easy to see all 20 or so episodes in about a week. But now I have to wait till March 2013. Love Arya and John Snow, Tyrel also. I really hope to see Joffry's head on a spike soon, maybe with a hot poker sticking out of his ass. Please castrate him too.


This series follows the books almost exactly. Those of you saying that you was unhappy with Neds death and surprised at Drogos will be going nuts when you watch the 3rd series. Those who have read the books will understand. Brilliantly made series and hope they make all the books into tv!


This is the best series ever! The costumes are so realistic and look exactly like clothes from a medieval time and place. The fabrics used are plausible and do not appear out of place. Also, I love, love, love the plots. Even though Ned Stark died too soon, the series shows the fallibility of people. People are realistic – they are not “saints� or “bad guys� – each character has a realistic mix of both good and bad in them – with the exception of Joffrey, who in my view, is staying around for too long. In any case, the series is exceptional and I can’t wait for Season 3! Keep up the good work!


This is one of my personal favorite shows. This show is so beautifully bult and crafted. The acting, the the realism, the authenticity, the locations, and everything else are simply amazing. The direction and production are amazing as well. While this is my most anticipated show on TV, there are some rebuttles I do have. Like Ned Starks death, so soon. Kahl Drogos death was a surprise as well and the fact that King Rennley was killed so esily by the shadow of Stanis. Another thing (Spoiler), is how Theon Greyjoy betrayed the Starks was a big time disappointment. However, with those rebuttles in the story line, the show is great!