‘Game of Thrones’ Season 3 Images Show Off New & Returning Characters

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One of the major stepping stones for (and one might say, roadblocks to) the enjoyment of Game of Thrones is its gargantuan cast of characters. Newcomers to the HBO series can easily become lost in the web of dozens of names, family allegiances, secret agendas, and sometimes difficult-to-parse backstories. No matter how many characters the show seems to gleefully kill off, there always seems to be a new face or faction waiting in the wings.

Things will only get more complicated for Game of Thrones as it kicks off its third season. As if in celebration of the show’s ever-expanding cast list, HBO has released a bevy of new images from the production of season 3 to highlight all the faces new and old we can expect to see this March.

EW has shared a small army of new images from the upcoming third season of Game of Thrones. These consist of 23 character portraits, including many first-time looks at faces new to the series. You can browse these brief glimpses of the show’s future in the gallery below.

While none of these pictures give us a clue as to any twists Game of Thrones will be throwing into its formula, they do serve as great looks at old characters and exciting introductions to the new. Each image of a returning character seems like reminders of their status at the end of season 2. Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) nurses a nasty scar and a grudge; Catelyn Stark (Michelle Fairley) is under house arrest in her ancestral home; Jon Snow (Kit Harington) finds himself among an army of Wildlings; Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) is on the run through the northern wilderness; and the grotesque King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) finds himself wooing a new prospective queen in Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer).

As interesting as the looks at familiar faces are, the photographs of new ones are the real coup here. The Brotherhood Without Banners – mentioned in snarled Lannister whispers in season 2 – gets a big shout-out with the first clear shots of the knight errant Beric Dondarrion (Richard Dormer) and fighting priest Thoros of Myr (Paul Kaye). The guerrilla fighters will almost certainly play a large role this season, especially with concern to the journey of Arya Stark (Maisie Williams).

Also of note are Jojen (Thomas Brodie-Sangster) and Meera Reed (Ellie Kendrick), allies of the Stark family that are set to come to Bran and company’s aid as they flee north. Many fans of both the Song of Ice and Fire novels and its attendant show speculated that the Reeds would be excised completely from the adaptation, as the pair originally showed up in the second book.

Game of Thrones Jojen and Meera Game of Thrones Season 3 Images Show Off New & Returning Characters

With the hype machine for Game of Thrones running at full tilt, these images are only the latest evidence that production on season 3 seems to be going well. The number of new characters is slightly worrying, as the show’s second season sometimes had difficulty juggling the rapidly multiplying number of faces and plotlines. Hopefully, the show’s newly acquired extra runtime and the move into a season that showrunner D.B. Weiss describes as, “…the place we needed to get,” will help smooth any clunkiness caused by a much larger cast.

Game of Thrones, much like winter, is coming to HBO on March 31, 2013.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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  1. I’ve been waiting for this season since I read the books after season 1 had just concluded.

    I can’t wait to see Beric, I doubt many people even realised he was in season 1.

    • maybe because he was completely unimportant.

      • You don’t say…

  2. This is probably one of the worst shows i ever seen

    • I guess you must have much better TV where you come from, because it is one of the best TV-series that ever existet.

      • I have my opinion, you have yours & in my honest opinion, this is one of the worst shows i have ever seen. The show receives too much hype. You don’t like my opinion? then that’s on you.

        • Like Norrin Radd, a man who based his name off of a lame character in comics who stole the show in an even lamer movie, I too hate Game of Thrones and prefer PBS programming, Arthur, Barney etc…

          Game of Thrones has a story that can get confusing if you are not paying attention, but Arthur its all like “What happened?” and they are like “Arthurs sister thinks she is dying because she ate a green chip”

          See how much easier it is to understand? Like seriously. Arthur is kick ass.

          • +1

          • PBS programming? That’s a little embarrassing, how old are you again?

            • I guess you can’t have your own opinion on this site

              • But my opinion is the same as your opinion, so why are you so mad? I think that GoT is too confusing for anyone to understand, and therefore, a bad TV show. :)

                I mean, who likes a plot that is complex? Filled with twists and turns? I sit on folding chairs, DO YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENS TO FOLDING CHAIRS WHEN YOU ARE ON THE EDGE OF YOUR SEAT?!?!?!?!

                (They bend and break)

                Barney? Now Barney was a show I can really get behind. Mostly because they didn’t use big words. I mean, what is a Lanister? I think they made that up! And what is up with a small person that is not in a circus? Where is the simplicity in that?

                I prefer TV shows where I do not have to think! Which is why I (and I assume yourself, because we are so much alike) prefer 16 and pregnant and Tellitubbies. :)

            • Why are you so mad? I agree with you.

              • Hacked!!

                • I agree with the fact that sometimes things can become a little confusing in GoT, but I my opinion the great acting and writing make it worth a second, third or even fourth watch! Then you can grasp the major plot points and devices and, in my opinion, get really and immensely immersed in this fantasy saga! More than once, I’ve stopped an episode to take in a camera angle or a shot with multiple characters and more than once I love to just observe everything that’s happening. I think what “guy who mocks” is trying to say is that you can watch series with an more simple execution, I mean I really enjoy watching Bones or Arrow, but when I’ve seen an episode like that, I don’t generally have the desire to watch it again within the next 6 months. That for me is the reason I like this show! Amen :)

            • I am 26. That is 729 in Rollie Pollie Ollie years. 😀

    • Maybe you should stick with “Dancing With the Stars” or “American Idol” then. “Game of Thrones” has proven itself to be what it is, an award winning show that attracts millions of new fans each season. I believe they will survive without your endorsement. “Game of Thrones” is great entertainment!

  3. I’ve read the books, everything is explained and it makes the HBO series even better! I can’t wait for this season!

    • I TOTALLY agree. Almost done with book 5. Jon Snow is boss :)