‘Game of Thrones’ Season 3 Details: New Filming Location & Characters

Published 3 years ago by , Updated August 8th, 2012 at 9:42 am,

Game of Thrones Season 3 DetailsTV Game of Thrones Season 3 Details: New Filming Location & Characters

HBO is treating fans of the Emmy-winning drama Game of Thrones with some tantalizing new details on the upcoming third season, which begins production this month. The network has released info on new characters and cast that will appear this season – as well as the addition of a brand new filming location.

In addition to Dubrovnik, Croatia, the series will be adding Morocco to the list of filming locations, and will continue to film scenes set north of the Wall in Iceland, on the Vatnajökull glacier. Game of Thrones’ key production hub will remain in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and will again receive support from the Northern Ireland Screen fund.

Consisting of ten episodes, season three will be adapted from parts of A Storm of Swords, the third of the A Song of Ice and Fire novels written by George R. R. Martin. Fans of the novels will notice that some characters long overdue will be making their first appearance next year:

Game of Thrones Season 3 Characters

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.

Series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss claim that in order to keep some mystery this is not a complete list and certain casting announcements are going to be withheld for now; it has been revealed that Clive Russell (the Sherlock Holmes films) will take the role of Black Fish. Joining Russell are relative newcomers such as English actresses Charlotte Hope (playing Myranda) and Kerry Ingram (playing Shireen).

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Right now there are plenty of unconfirmed rumors buzzing around, and despite how awesome they sound we’ll just stick to what we know. But with the Game of Thrones Comic-Con panel taking place on Friday, July 13 from 2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. in Hall H, we might just get a few more tidbits to chew on.

This year, the Game of Thrones panel will feature: Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen), Michelle Fairley (Catelyn Stark), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), and Richard Madden (Robb Stark). George R. R. Martin, who also serves as a co-executive producer and writer on the series, will moderate the panel with executive producer Carolyn Strauss.


Keep your eye on the main page for more info on the upcoming season third season of Game of Thrones and catch the new season next April.

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  1. Any word yet about Ramsay Bolton?

    • Don’t call him Snow or else he might cut off a few of your appendages ;)

      • After he flays them.

  2. “If your name is Rob, you’re gonna have a bad time” – SouthPark Ski-Instructor

    • bahaha nice. Stan Darsh.

  3. My Lords, I’m afraid this show has lost its spark.

    • Haven’t read book 3 have you?

      • I’m gonna say he hasn’t.

        • Hopefully they do Book 3 justice and don’t try to drag it out

      • My Lords, I have read all the books. My knowledge of ASOIAF is paramount. but that is not the issue. I have no investment in the show any longer.

        • You are telling pork pies to everyone. You and I both know you will be watching the show when it comes out. If you say that you aren’t, then you would be lying.

        • my dear lord varys : while i appreciate your reading proweress and knowing literary versions of any movie (series) is generally better , i (and i would think the majority of game of thrones watchers) could give a two-bit-hootie on your investments . maybe your readings made the show disapointing to you , maybe you were depressed (as i was) that ned stark was beheaded , maybe you thought the excuse hbo used for having an ex-presidents likeness being impaled on a pole as a form of political commentary a complete farce . but , of all the absolutely great series hbo has offered throught the years (many of them discontinued way to soon) , game of thrones is a terrific , innovative , gruesome , filthy and suprise-filled series to the point where i just can’t stop watching it . you may have lost your investment in this show , but i’m keeping my account and can’t wait for III.

          lord timothy

    • One line for you sir,


      • I’m getting extremely tired about people like you constantly complaining about the length of time it takes to film. People like you are extremely thick headed. Why oh why would it take a year to film one season of Game of Thrones? Um, let’s see:

        1. Scripts take time to write. Yes, I know, there’s already a book, so why do they need to bother writing screenplays? Because unlike the book, the show doesn’t do first person narration, so character’s random thoughts that can just be brought up for exposition in a book needed to be presented differently than the show (the audience needs to be SHOWN things, whereas the book has a shortcut of people’s thoughts). Also, there’s no way they can include everyone of the minor characters and events from the books – stuff needs to be cut, while still keeping the spirit of Martin’s series – figuring out what to cut and what to retain/modify is not easy. It takes time to write quality scripts, even if they are adapting it from a book.
        2. The show films in four different locations, one of which is in the friggn’ mountain ranges in Iceland – think about the logistics of filming something of that scale – no other production has been this complex before, save for perhaps the LOTR series, which even then was only filmed in New Zealand.
        3. The amount of actors to cast (and schedule in), the amount sets to build, props, weapons, clothing, landscaping, make up, hair, CGI, etc. etc. Again – not something that is easily rushed. Whatever your complaints about GoT are, it’s never ever looked CHEAP.
        4. All of the cast and staff actually need you know, lives. Do you realize it took them about 7 years to get the show up and running? And since then they’ve been churning out the show at a break neck pace? Since the show’s started, they have been doing extremely tight production deadlines – season 1 only ended for about a month before they started filming season 2, and season 3 has already started filming again. The cast and crew also do a lot of other things besides filming, like writing those scripts mentioned in item #1, doing press promotions/interviews to generate hype, recording DVD commentaries, attending conventions like ComiCon, etc. At some point, they too need vacations.

        Think about any other show on TV right now – is there anything as epic in scale or expensive to produce while still being as critically and commercially successful as GoT out there now, or even in the recent past? Let’s see, Sopranos was a huge hit, The Wire and Mad Men are critical darlings, Breaking Bad is what everyone’s talking about now. Those shows don’t even come close to the scale of production as GoT, and seasons of those shows sometimes took 2 or more years to come out. In comparison, GoT will have done 3 seasons in about 3 years of production. So give them a break already. I think it’s HIGHLY likely that after they finish filming books 3-5 (which will be at least 3 seasons, seeing as how book 3 is already being split into two seasons), they’ll take a break from production so Martin can write the next two books.

        I’d even guess that they’d take a break sooner, after filming the second half of book 2, you know, to give the cast and crew a much deserved break after 4-5 years of constant filming. So if you think ONE YEAR to produce one season of GoT is a long time, you are wrong.

        Or else I have no clue what I’m talking about and the HBO folks should be all about serving your watching schedule, and should just screw off with the complexities of their business operations.

        • Correction – meant to write: I’d even guess that they’d take a break sooner, after filming the second half of book THREE, you know, to give the cast and crew a much deserved break after 4-5 years of constant filming.

  4. Next April?!

    How on earth can it take nearly a year to make 10 episodes…

  5. i wonder if they’ll be splitting ASOS into two seasons since it is so detailed and intuitive.

    • I heard they are going to split it into two seasons, with the Red Wedding in the 3rd season.

  6. Myranda Royce? Don’t remember that character fro ASoS.

    Beric Dondarrion? Awesome.

  7. the show got stupid after season 1. season 2 was horrible. and yeah if they take to long to have season 3, they will loose business. they should rush it. put them people to work

    • Rush it? No thanks. GOT is the most highly polished show compared to every other show on TV ever made on this planet, imho. Quality takes time. Plus I don’t think Season 2 was “horrible.” That’s a bit of hyperbole. I do agree that they tended to stray too far from the book in some of the scenes, which was to the detriment of the scene, but overall, it was still better than anything else on TV.

    • If the show “got stupid” and is now horrible as you say, why would you want them to rush it?

      Also, hate to break it to you, but HBO doesn’t make it’s scheduling decisions based on anonymous people on the internet.

  8. Nice that the Reeds and Tullys are finally making an appearance. No Dorn though?

    • Dorne….

      • What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten?

    • Dornish characters are in the third book, but Dorne itself is never actually featured as a location in the books until A Feast For Crows (the 4th book). Plus, you figure with all of the places they are already filming in, they could probably do with saving some money and not feature a place until they need to.

  9. How many Dornish men does it take to shoe a horse?

  10. Why do they make 10 episodes a season, it should be like 15. 10 episodes makes the season’s go really fast.

    • Well, they could make a 15 episode season if you’re willing to wait until next August for it to start.

  11. Um… nearly every show takes a year for each season to start…. I don’t see how that has anything to do with anything.

    I think that GoT is one of the best shows on cable tv in a long time. I can not wait to see how they do season 3.

  12. When the popular subject of our discussion is dismissed or insulted without any insights or specific (preferably constructive) criticisms, I doubt the sincerity of these comments. Lord Varys thinks the show sucks? Way to add to the conversation! And cal, how about an opinion oth than thumbs down? We might appreciate what you have to say if it is more than a quick dismissal of a show that the rest of us clearly enjoy. Are these just trolls, or are they just trying to rain on the GOT parade for the heck of it?

    Missy, the issue with the seasons is that this is one of the shows that takes at least as long to renew its seasons as others while delivering less than half the episodes of most shows. Quality clearly has a lot to do with it, but I wish they could give us more episodes without compromising the show. I would think it is possible, so I wond what all the other concerns are. One may be that HBO likes having the show for the status it brings much more than they like hurrying new episodes to the impatient audience. Several shows have artificially lengthened their air schedules just to retain the existence of the show. Battlestar Gallactica got spread overa stupid amount of time so that the scifi network could continue to lay claim to “the best scifi show ” years after the eps should have been aired.

    Anybody guess why the Imp looks unhappy here? Here’s a hint: look how tall he is! I bet he gets tired of standing on crates for unplanned publicity shots… He’s a heck of an actor though. My favorite on the show. dragon lady is getting tiresome I think. Anyone notice what a bad person she really is? I feel bad for the guy who loves her… they should eat her!

    • Josh,

      Where does it say that I think the show sucks?? I’mv debating whether or not I should even respond to every point you made in your latest…erm excerpt. I have read all of the books and I’m a huge fan of the SOIAF series. My choice to no longer watch the show comes from my dissapointment of how they did a multitude of things. But the show, no matter what I say is a quality show. Just on production value alone its great. My issues are simply my issues. Too much to type to be honest. People are talking about book 3 should be split into two season… umm try 3 and book 2 shouldve been split into two seasons itself. But you cant always get what you want with these adaptations. Bottom line this show has the same problem watchmen had, there isnt enough time. 10 episodes isnt enough. (i hope we can all agree on that). Now before anyone comes back at me and says Watchmen was good….. I’m talking about capturing the actual complexities of the text. Which the movei did NOT do. Same case with GOT. Again too much to go into…. Is there anyway we can have a radioshow discussion about this on blogtalkradio?

      The Spider

      • Bullcrap. You will be watching the show when it comes out. You might say that you won’t and you might tell everyone you meet that you won’t be watching. But I would bet a million golden dragons that you will be watching when it comes out. Don’t try to say that you are above everyone else and say that the show isn’t good enough for the likes of you.

      • Lord Varys, aside from mentioning my “erm…excerpt” in clearly dismissive terms, you managed to respond without being needlessly disrespectful, so that’s more than I expect from most people. It’s not my intention to be a jerk to you or anyone else, just to use this format for an actual discussion. That’s why it frustrates me all the more that you don’t offer more to the conversation. You seem to be more knowledgable and interested than many folks, so if you are gonna bother to speak up how about actually saying something? I’d like to hear your thoughts, not your dismissal of mine or the show I came to talk about. Go ahead and disagree, preferably without being disagreeable. I don’t mind if you love the dragon lady and hate the Imp, or whatever it is you take exception to in my post. I encourage you to contribute your expertise rather than just claim it and then deprive the world of whatever you can add to this topic. And by the way, I think the Watchmen movie improved the story in several respects, though not reading the original does handicap viewers’ understanding of the subtleties. Monster alien squid puppet? Good edit in my opinion.

        • Fair enough. Man,.. you and I need to talk. You a fan of Blogtalkradio?

          • Mutual respect!? This can’t possibly be the real Internet! Baffling… I don’t know what that radio thing is, but maybe I should, eh?. Meantime I can at least look out for your comments and hope for some insight. I’d like to refer you to a review of the GOT game , in case you care, but I haven’t written it yet! Got to finish the game first, then I’ll post a review on my blog (gamehermits.wordpress.com). Simply put, the original story and cool world lore make the weak script and ugly graphics bearable, but that means its geared to GOT fans more than gamers. So if you cant get enough of Martin’s world then you may dig it. (If you are a gamer then I hope you see the site someday or better yet comment on something and add to the discussions!) Peace out and all that. 8-)

  13. For those that are complaining that Season 3/Book 3 will not have enough time to include all the details of the third book, then I assume that ya’ll have not heard about HBO’s announcement. Storm of Swords will be broken into 2 seasons, season 3 and season 4.

  14. Myranda Royce is daughter of Lord Nestor Royce, High Steward of the Vale. Honestly, she didn’t have a part in A Storm of Swords though.

    I can’t wait to see who they cast for the Reeds. So far, for the cast, all the key characters, i.e., Stark children, Margaery Tyrell, “Baratheon” children, etc. have all been too old based on descriptions by Martin. Let’s hope they choose ones a little closer to what he’s described.

    I hope this season there will be a little slower pace so that we get to know the characters better. Of course, that would mean more episodes, which I’m sure we won’t get.

    • Wrong aged actors can be annoying. Anybody see and also read Children of Dune? Not even close to correct! On the other hand, what’s worse by far is terrible acting, and I am amazed that they found kids for GOT that have some actual talent. I would rather have good actors than appropriate ones, but having to choose between those alternatives is frustrating. I think the Stark kid with the needle sword is surprisingly capable of acting. Most kids are unwatchable though.

    • There is a very good reason why the characters are older in the TV series than in the books, If you used characters of the same age you would have the Targarien girl getting married and haveing sex and getting pregnant at 13 with a 30 year old man, Stansa Stark getting married at about 13, Arrya Stark killing people at age eight, and Tommen Barathien getting married and seduced by a sixteen year old girl whilst only eight.

      The series would be slated as violent child porn, and could never get onto TV, the series does follow the spirit of the books, and although some of the caracters are a little older it does in no way effect the story.

      If you want to be picky in the books the Targariens had violet eyes, this again could not be carried into the series as the poor actress would have had to spend monthes with contact lenses for a detail that all but the most anally retentive would not have noticed, So relax, enjoy a great series and if you do not like it, go watch something else, after all there is this “amazing” invention called the off button.

  15. What a sad little man you are

    • Wow are you freaking kidding me! I’m in the middle of reading ASOS and this guy ruins the part that everyone has been telling me is the best! Screen Rant can you please do something to this post so someone else who isn’t at the Red Wedding yet doesn’t get it spoiled for them too.

      • @DT – I get what you’re saying and I’ve removed the comment but no need to call names. I don’t read the books or watch the show so if another spoiler drops just contact us through the CONTACT PAGE and we’ll take care of it as quick as we can.


        Paul Young

        • @Paul Young – I appoligize for the name calling and will make sure not to do so in the future. Obviously, my emotions got the best of me because I was looking forward to that part in the book very much and now I feel like I won’t be able to enjoy it as much as everyone else who has read the book. (or watching the show)

        • Judging by your photo, Mr.Moderator, I can tell why you don’t watch the show. ‘to infinity and beyond’ or is that some other stupid super hero? Captain America is the worst movie of all the Marvel movies. Even Thor was better. (Buzz Lightyear baby !!!!)

          • @dashmasha – Actually Mr. Commenter, I just don’t have time to watch one more show…no matter how good people say it is. I work 14-16 horus a day at my day job, sometime 6 days a week. So when I DO get some down time I choose to spend it with my two kids, doing yard work or putting together a new article for Screen Rant.

            And is there some reason I’m supposed to care what you think of the Captain America movie? I have nothing invested in that film but time and it happens to be my 6 y/o son’s favorite comic character and movie.

            Glad you enjoy the show though.

            Paul Young

            • Paul Young
              That’s just a lot of lame excuses! It figures a Captain America fan can’t even spell the word “hours”! TOTALLY KIDDING, I promise. Just pretending to be intolerant and rude so I can fit in! That’s easily the best reason I’ve heard to like Captain America. I don’t have any such excuse, I just like what I like (including the Captain) and respect your right to do the same. Wild stuff! We can’t all survive on Shakespeare and fine wine anyway. Although those things are nice, too… Thanks for contributing to this cool site! I dig it! (Way to not lose your cool, btw.). GOT will still be around when you get around to seeing it, and maybe you won’t have to wait like all us chumps between seasons.

              • @Josh – HAH! I’m always typing hours wrong and usually see it. whoops :)

                I’ll more than likely watch the show but will wait for it to come out on Netflix so I can just do a marathon. It’s how I watch Sons of Anarchy heh


                • Another cool show! It gets better, too. So glad they scooped up Charlie Udder actor from Deadwood to play the police chief. Most shows suffer from even a week of delay, much less 10 to 18 months. Marathon is the way to go, but I don’t always have the patience to wait. It’s like not playing a great game until the trilogy is complete so you can play them all in a row. I don’t pull that off very often either… Oh well.

            • HAHAHA Just saw this! Win Young!

  16. Beric Dondarrion appeared in Season one. Very, very briefly, Eddard speaks a command to him.

  17. The passionate generated debates and dissections proves that the global support for the Game of Thrones means it should be co-screened in cinemas for the rabid fans and everyone else can view it on the tv. Imagine, one night a week, for ten weeks, seeing this brilliance and enjoying a social event dinner, drinks with fellow GoT ers. Most movies suck and make huge money. This deserves a big screen viewing and then the re-invested profits would further the production values, the creative cycle. so can the passionate fans get on board my suggestion, email HBO and make this a global event. No other series in the history of tv has the love that this has. People are reading, viewing and creativity rules. Ps. Love you Mr Martin, now get back to writing!

    • I on board! I can not get enough Got!!

  18. Have the producers ever considered “Sting” of the Police, to be a new cast member for the third season? I think he is Mance Rayder hands down no ??? asked. Loved his character in Dune. Also how about the former lead singer of Spandau
    Ballet, or the actor who played “Davey Jones” in

  19. Having former lead singer of Spandau Ballet or the actor who played “Davey Jones” in Pirates of Carribean could be leader of the White walkers. Two Potential great

  20. The sexiest women on Games as of now Danny Targarian & Osha the Wildling woman hope to see more of them in Third season!!!

  21. It isamazing to me how Martincan conceivea world with so much detail and depth. If you read the books, not only is heconstantly bringing in new characters, but he is alsoalways giving detailed family histories. The books arealmost as much about the rich history of westeros as they are about current events.

  22. It is amazing to me how Martin can conceive a world with so much detail and depth. If you read the books, not only is he constantly bringing in new characters, but he is also always giving detailed family histories. The books are almost as much about the rich history of westeros as they are about current events.

  23. I really don’t know what all the fuss about Charlotte Hope being in this is. Her publicity people must be doing a good job because she is a bit part actress who gets her clothes off in one scene. LOL

  24. When you consider the huge number of locations, in several different countries, where shooting takes place for each season, it’s a miracle they get as many episodes filmed as they do. Most of the studio and some of the location shooting takes place in Northern Ireland, (list of Game of Thrones location here), but they still go to Morocco, Iceland, Scotland, and parts of Eastern Europe for each season.

    Can’t wait for next season!