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Curious about what major characters from the A Song of Ice and Fire series will appear in Game of Thrones‘ third season? Look no further!

Two of the characters that fans are most anxious to see are Jojen and Meera Reed, who were introduced in the second novel, A Clash of Kings, but were left out of season 2. So, will they appear? Showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss confirm to EW that yes, they will indeed! They explain:

[Jojen and Meera Reed] haven’t been written out. 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 2. 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. 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.

That’s great news, right guys? Let’s take a look at the rest of the list, and EW’s non-spoilery descriptions:

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.

Which of these characters are you most looking forward to meeting in the HBO series?!

Image credit: The Misanthropologist.

  • http://twitter.com/Neela149 Tova Rich

    Obviously the Reeds, but also The Queen of Thornes!!! I always pictured her as either Dame Maggie Smith or Frances Sternhagen (Gamma Carter from ER). http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0827973/

    • http://www.hypable.com/author/lauracristiano/ LauraBC

       Oh I like your choices for Olenna Redwyne!  And I’m very glad the Reeds are in. Without spoiling I feel like the Reeds could easily meet Bran and company on the road so to speak it’s a very long walk other wise.

      • Shelby Walker

        That’s exactly what I was thinking when I considered how they could bring the Reeds in later. It makes sense. 

    • http://hypable.com Selina

       I pictured her like the woman from Titanic who was rich but also kind of cool. :P

      • Shelby Walker

        Wait, do you mean Kathy Bates?  http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000870/ Cause if so, I’m not sure she’s old enough. lol. However, she could totally pull that character off. Easily.

    • Shelby Walker

      I love the idea of Maggie Smith! 

  • http://www.hypable.com/author/lauracristiano/ LauraBC

    I have to say I LOVE the Blackfish one of my favorite characters.

  • Kate

    I’m interested to see who they cast as Daario, and if they dye his hair blue. They really toned down Jaqen’s hair so I wonder if they’ll do the same for Daario.

    I’m not quite sure why they’re now choosing to introduce the Tullys, unless they have greater importance than what we’ve seen in the five books out thus far.

    Definitely excited for The Queen of Thorns and Beric Dondarrion (particularly his appearance).

    • http://hypable.com Selina

       I’d say we need the Tullys… I think they’ll be relevant down the line, plus, we need them for A Storm of Swords!

      • Kate

        I can’t believe I forgot Edmure’s importance in RW….

    • http://www.hypable.com/author/lauracristiano/ LauraBC

       I’m actually hoping they do tone down the hair color. I found it really distracting for me. I kept thinking it too anime.

  • Kathryn Norton

    Wasn’t Beric Dondarrion briefly in an episode of Season 1? When Ned Stark was acting as Hand, he received complaints about the Mountain and so he called forth Beric Dondarrion to take some men to apprehend him. Will they be using the same actor?

  • Marly

    Oh thank the gods! I was so worried they would cut out Meera and Jojen entirely and gahh they’re some of my favorite characters. 

    I hope they put a lot of focus on the Tyrells. They were always so interesting in the book but never had a huge(POV) part to play.

    I’m ehhh about the Tullys but also ohmygodwe’regoingtoseeRWonscreen. 

    • aaron

      yes with the Tullys is for sure we´re gonna have the RW!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/Lorentio16 Lauren Dipple

    i totally pictured Maggie smith as the queen of thorns:D i can hope!

    • Gary65

      Holy f!!!ing shit I would actually kill to make that happen :D

  • stark447

    REEDS AND TULLYS!!

    So happy right now. 

  • Jeb

    So happy about the Reeds and Olenna Redwyne! But I’m confused about them introducing Shireen now…wasn’t it stated earlier this season that Stannis was childless or am I remembering it wrong?

    • http://twitter.com/thenerdycostar i will have orderϟ

      I believe that he stated that he had no true born heirs, as in sons, when talking to Melisandre, because she said she’d give him one. Not too sure on that though:)

    • Gary65

      No Melisandre actually states that he only has daughters and no sons.

  • http://twitter.com/thenerdycostar i will have orderϟ

    Really happy about the Queen of Thorns, Queen Selyse and Shireen (I don’t know why, I guess I’m hoping for some children interaction with Shireen/Edric/and Davos’ son, don’t remember his name). I am excited for Meera, but I didn’t like Jojen much. I just finished A Storm of Swords so I wonder what will happen…anyway, glad to expand on the Tullys…everything is just awesome!

    • Marly

      Davos’s son is Devan. (Not very creative. Heh.)

  • hopelesslynerdy

    Haha when I read about Jojen and Meera, I knew Selina would be happy from her rantings on Game of Owns (:

  • http://twitter.com/LauraK483 Laura Krause

    Queen of Thorns and Mance for sure!

  • http://twitter.com/TokoMasho Matthew Potter

    I am so excited about this, but also kind of sad that this information was released this early. Now the wait for the next season is going to be even more unbearable! haha

  • Gary65

    I can already foresee the plethora of Owns Olenna Redwyne will provide us with. The fact that it’s 10 months away is nigh on unbearable :(

  • hyp: The Owl

    I guessing we wont meet any of the Dornish in season 3… :(

  • http://twitter.com/ValeKementari Valeria Kementari ♫

    the queen of Thorns of course. Will Maggie Smith be available? 

  • stark447

    Waiit. Are we not getting Oberyn?

    • moonshoespotter1712

      Not yet maybe?

      • stark447

        That’s what I’m thinking might happen. Since ASoS is going to be two seasons, maybe he won’t be introduced until season 4… (?) I don’t know though.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=607519910 Catherine Lai

    Yay!  Meera and Jojen, definitely the most exciting!  I accept the producers’ explanation for not including them so far :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/cmoorepats Cameron Moore

    Jojen and Meera for sure, though I have to admit I’m also excited for some great quotes from The Queen of Thorns!

  • http://twitter.com/ClaudioCatino CCMASTER_01

    Will season 3 include any part of book 2?

  • aaron

    QUEEN OF THORNES!!!! YEEEEIIIIIII

    and obviosuly the Reeds, I’m looking forward to more Bran’s dreams :)

  • Martin95coloma

    So… no Bloody Mummers?

  • Tardyssey

    Jojen and Meera because I was waiting for them this season.

  • coolstory

    can anybody else see the Queen of Thornes being played by whoever was Auntie Muriel in Deathly Hallows Part 1?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dilip-Kumar/100000233465159 Dilip Kumar

    wen wil 3rd season come out? very curious!!!

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