As the cast and crew ramp up to begin production this month, HBO has released information on some of the new characters that we’ll be meeting this season.
Set to be based on the novel A Storm of Swords, the third book in George R.R. Martin‘s series, it looks like we’re going to be treated to a whole slew of new characters, including some that fans have been waiting a long time to see on screen.
Check out the list below, courtesy to Screen Rant.
Ser Brynden “The Blackfish” Tully: Catelyn’s Stark’s uncle.
Edmure Tully: A brash young member of the Tully family.
Mance Rayder: The former member of the Night’s Watch who became the leader of the Wildlings and “King Beyond the Wall”.
Daario Naharis: A confident and seductive warrior.
Myranda Royce: A young lady who lives in a great castle called The Gates of the Moon
Jojen Reed and Meera Reed: A teenage Crannogman brother and sister duo said to have “special insights”. They are the children of Stark bannerman, Howland Reed.
Lady Selyse Florent: Stannis Baratheon’s wife.
Shireen: Stannis’ young daughter.
Olenna Redwyne (The Queen of Thorns): Margaery Tyrell’s sharp-witted grandmother.
Beric Dondarrion: A skilled knight who is the leader of the outlaw group called Brotherhood Without Banners.
Thoros of Myr: A red priest who follows the same religion as Melisandre.
Tormund Giantsbane: A Wildling raider.
As for casting, all we know right now is that Clive Russell will play Black Fish, Charlotte Hope will portray Myranda and Kerry Ingram will be Shireen.
Having never read the novels, I can’t exactly say I’m familiar with any of the above mentioned characters. That being said, I am worried. As it is the show already has an extraordinary amount of characters, most of whom still have plotlines that are wide open.
Adding even more faces into the mix may mean that some characters may find themselves with less screen time, as the focus shifts from the old storylines to the new ones.
It also means that there will be less time to give each character their own, well thought out and well fleshed storyline. We saw this happen a bit in season 2 with characters like Daenerys Targaryen and I fear we may see it continue in season three. As it is I think the writers struggled to give everyone a fair amount of time for their story to be told.
What do you think? Are showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff going to be able to juggle all of the character and storylines?