Game Of Thrones Adds More Characters. Because Enough Is Never Enough

GoT creators David Benioff and Dan Weiss have rambled off the first of what I expect to be many character announcements for the agonisingly far off third season of the show. These aren't casting announcements, just a heads up of which characters from the books, the third of which is awesomely named A Storm of Sword, will be appearing on the show.

I've included the list, with my own annotations. I've avoided spoilers. If you've read the books, you know this stuff already, and more. If you haven't read the books, there are good days ahead.
  • 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. - When he's first introduced, I really dug Rayder in the books. He's like Ned in a lot of ways. He's a calm, subdued kind of leader, but willing to do what is necessary to keep his people safe. I always picture Christopher Eccelston in my head when I'm reading his character.
  • Daario Naharis: A confident and seductive warrior. - Part of Dany's storyline. 'nough said.
  • Jojen Reed; Meera Reed: A teenage brother and sister duo with special insights. - Two characters I never liked, and was hoping they would write out of the show, what with the increased role of Osha. Benioff and Weiss better make them interesting, because otherwise they'll be worse then Dany.
  • Edmure Tully: A brash young member of the Tully family. - Cat's brother, actually, and head of the Tully family. His role as one of Robb's more powerful lieutenants plays a big part in the events of The Storm of Swords.
  • Ser Brynden Tully (The Blackfish): Catelyn Stark’s uncle. - yet another damned awesome character, in a show that already has an embarrassment of riches in that department. I'm sure no one else would picture him this way, but I've always figured him as Brendan Gleeson-esque.
  • Lady Selyse Florent: Stannis Baratheon’s wife. - a prim, bitchy, Lady Macbeth type. If Carice Van Houten had been cast as Cersei, as the producers originally wanted, Lena Headey would have been the perfect choice for Selyse.
  • Shireen: Stannis’ daughter. - So, despite what I thought they were doing, they aren't merging the characters of the Stannis' wife and daughter. So, that dialogue between him and Melisandre was just wrong? A mischaracterization? What? Also, the daughter won't be important for three or four seasons, much like Cersei's brood.
  • Olenna Redwyne (The Queen of Thorns): Margaery Tyrell’s sharp-witted grandmother. - A great character who I always picture as Maggie Smith from twenty years ago. She'll easily become a fan favourite, as she's essentially an older, more womany version of Tyrion.
  • Beric Dondarrion: A skilled knight who is the leader of the outlaw group Brotherhood Without Banners. - Was already cast in season one. He's the knight Ned charges to go out and find The Mountain. Of course, they've changed the actor who played The Mountain, so maybe we'll see someone different as Bedric.
  • Thoros of Myr: A red priest who follows the same religion as Melisandre. - it oddly leaves out that he is the co-founder of the Brotherhood, and basically the force that keeps it going.
  • Tormund Giantsbane: A Wildling raider - essentially Rayder's second in command. They need someone in the role who can be both a physical presence, and be capable of diplomacy. John Rhys-Davies would kill it.
Via Warming Glow.
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