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Game of Thrones: Season 3 new characters revealed

Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister

Story by Jack Foley

HBO has revealed which new characters are to join the third season of Game of Thrones.

The next series will be based on the third book in George RR Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series, namely A Storm of Swords.

And the new list of characters is as follows…

The list of new characters is as follows:

Mance Rayder: A former member of the Night’s Watch who became known as the ‘King Beyond the Wall’, and the leader of the Wildlings.

Daario Naharis: A seductive warrior.

Jojen Reed and Meera Reed: A teenage brother and sister with “special insights”.

Edmure Tully: A young member of the Tully family.

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

Lady Selyse Florent: Stannis Baratheon’s wife.

Shireen: Stannis’s daughter.

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

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

Thoros of Myr: A red priest.

Tormund Giantsbane: A Wildling raider.

As yet, it has not been revealed who will play anyone in those roles but showrunner David Benioff said that careful consideration has been given to which characters to bring in and which to leave out given the epic nature of the show and its massive cast.

Pointing out that Game of Thrones already has the largest cast on television right now, having introduced dozens of new characters in season two, he added: “If you hurl 300 characters at an audience, the story collapses under the weight of too many faces, too many names, and too many sub-plots.

“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.”

The second season of Game of Thrones is due to come to a close with an extended finale on Sky Atlantic on Monday, June 4, 2012 – one day after its US air date.

Related: Read our review of the season 2 finale

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