Meet The Newest Faces Of Westeros

You ever just have one of those days

We're near on exactly two months away from the beginning of Storm of Swords, the third season of Game of Thrones. We've already had little teasers and production videos released, but expect the marketing to kick into high gear right about now (last year they started in January, and for four months released reedit after reedit of the same footage). We haven't gotten a proper trailer yet, but expect one soon. Instead, HBO has released some official images of the new characters we'll be introduced to this year.

Up top is Stannis wallowing in his own pity, after the Battle of Blackwater last season. After the jump, see some Brothers Without Banners, an old fish, and and a King-Beyond-The-Wall.

Up first is Dame Diana Rigg as Olenna, The Queen of Thornes and grandmother to Margaery Tyrell. She'll come to King's Landing for the wedding of her granddaughter to Joffery, and get caught up in Sansa's story as well. I assume her role will be greatly increased for the series, considering who they've got to play her, as the books is little more then a cameo.

With perhaps three exceptions, I haven't had any major issues with the casting on Game of Thrones. But Clive Russell (a fine actor) just doesn't fit my mental image of Brynden Tully aka The Blackfish, Catelyn's uncle.

Now we come to two of my least favourite characters from the books, and ones they've managed thus far to avoid having on the show, by shifting their plot over to Bran and Osha. Why, oh why couldn't they kept going that way? Too much to hope for, I guess. Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Ellie Kendrick play the Reed siblings Jojen and Meera, and I expect Jojen to be just as annoying as he is in the books.

Ciaran Hinds in a fine actor, when given the right material (Political Animals wasn't his best ever). However, I do think he's entirely wrong for the role of Mance Rayder, the King of the wildlings and foil to Jon Snow this coming year. Again, expect his role to be increased from his few appearances in SoS.

Paul Kaye is not what I expected from Thoros of Myr, a Red Priest of R'hllor like Melisandre. But I suppose if he's filling the friar Tuck role in this Robin Hood allusion, he could look worse.

Beric Dondarrion, played by Richard Dormer, really should look worse. I imagined Beric, by the time we encounter him here (he had a brief moment in the first season played by a different actor), he'd be barely held together from his various wounds. The eye patch is far too small to conceal what I pictured as a much larger wound.

Via Den of Geek.
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