‘Game of Thrones’ Season Three Characters Revealed by Showrunners
There’s just one episode left in this season of Game of Thrones, which is a very sad state of affairs for all converted fantasy nerds. That said, interesting news abound! Today, showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss provided a partial list of characters who will be showing up in the next season. Season Three will be adapted from the third book, A Storm of Swords, which will be split into two seasons on account of how much exciting stuff happens.
You can look at the list of characters, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly, right here:
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 grandmother.
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 Melisandre.
Tormund Giantsbane: A Wildling raider.
That is a lot of characters to add, which means keeping up could prove as tricky as killing a White Walker without fire. (Inside jokes for days, haw haw haw.) "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," Benioff told EW. 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."
Some quick analysis: Jojen and Meera Reed, siblings gifted with some vaguely defined sense of ESP, are prominent characters in the books, but their complete exclusion so far had led many fans to assume they’d been written out. Obviously, being explicitly named by the showrunners means that’s not the case; rather, it means that Benioff and Weiss are taking more and more liberties with molding the text into a better-paced TV show. That makes a lot of sense—as readers can attest, George R.R. Martin’s descriptive prose can sometimes feel overstuffed and procedurally complicated. With Martin as a producer on the show, it says that he at least implicitly approves of their creative process. (If anything, a better show leads to his books being taken much more seriously.)
Also, all of you are going to flip when you see where the Beric Dondarrion story goes. He got a brief shout out at the end of Season One when he was tasked to hunt down Sandor "The Mountain" Clegane, but hasn’t been seen since. Spoiler alert: He’s been up to some spooky, spooky shit. 2013 can’t come fast enough.