"Game of Thrones" announces season 3's new characters

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'Game of Thrones' scoop: Season 3 character list revealed -- EXCLUSIVE
by James Hibberd

The Reeds are in!

EW.com has a list of new characters coming to HBO’s Game of Thrones in
season three. Fans have been wondering which names from George R.R.
Martin’s third Song of Ice and Fire novel A Storm of Swords will be
introduced next year, especially since the lengthy book is being
divided into two seasons.

We recently spoke to showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss about
some of the creative changes this year and next season’s plans “[Jojen
and Meera Reed] haven’t been written out,” Benioff says. “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.”

That said, get excited. Here’s who will appear  in season three:

– Mance Rayder: We’ve heard about him all season. 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

– 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

– Tormund Giantsbane: A Wildling raider.

Now, if a Book 3 character is not listed here, does that mean they are
not in season three? Apparently not. Because Benioff then added: “And
a few others…holy hell that’s a lot of new faces.”

So readers, who would YOU cast in these roles?
I figured HBO would drop these characters and have Osha carry
their parts, seeing as the TV series is past the point where they
showed up in the books.

Why?  Unless they play some critical role that the books haven't
revealed yet, this is a waste of the limited screen time.

And I figured HBO could drop/combine these characters with
Catelyn Stark's storyline.