HBO’s Game of Thrones is currently one of the biggest and best shows on TV. Not only is it done on an epic scale, but it also features a consistently high level of quality in its storytelling, so it’s no surprise that the show’s panel drew a massive audience at Comic-Con earlier today.
The panel, which was moderated by the books’ author, George R.R. Martin, included appearances from producer Carolyn Strauss as well as stars Michelle Fairley (Catelyn Tully), Richard Madden (Robb Stark), Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy), Rose Leslie (Ygritte), and Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen).
The main highlights of the panel were several casting decisions for the show’s upcoming third season. Those that were announced include:
- Clive Russell will play Brynden “The Blackfish” Tully, uncle of Catelyn Tully
- Tobias Menzies will play Edmure Tully, brother of Catelyn Tully
- Diana Rigg will play Olenna Redwyne, “The Queen of Thorns”
- Anton Lesser will play Qyburn, a former maester
- Nathalie Emmanuel will play Missandei, a slave
- Mackenzie Crook will play Orell, a wildling
- Kristofer Hivju will play Tormund Giantsbane, a wildling
- Kerry Ingram will play Shireen Baratheon, daughter of Stannis Baratheon
- Tara Fitzgerald will play Selyse Baratheon, wife of Stannis Baratheon
- Thomas Brodie-Sangster will play Jojen Reed, brother of Meera Reed
- Ellie Kendrick will play Meera Reed, sister of Jojen Reed
- Richard Dormer will play Beric Dondarrion, leader of the Brotherhood Without Banners
- Paul Kaye will play Thoros of Myr, a member of the Brotherhood Without Banners
- Philip McGinley will play Anguy, a member of the Brotherhood Without Banners
We’ve also included a look at the new faces in the cast as they introduce themselves and the parts that they will be playing:
The last big piece of news announced at the panel was the show’s season three premiere date, which has been set for March 31st, 2013.
Seasons One and Two encompassed entire books on their own, but with the increasing length of the novels and only ten episodes per season, Season Three is reportedly set to be based on the first half of book three. The almost-certain Season Four would obviously be based on the other half.
The new premiere date seems like an awful long way away, but for a show as good as Game of Thrones, we can be sure that it will once again be worth the long wait in between seasons.
Only eight and a half more months to go folks.