Apparently the third book in George R.R Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series will be divided into two seasons for the show, because the book (A Storm of Swords) is so long. The producers have confirmed the list of new characters for the third season of Game of Thrones. We’ll get to see some of Catelyn Starks’ Tully relatives (finally!), the often mentioned Stannis’ wife, and apparently Stannis has a daughter. Wow, that made his dalliance with Melisandre even worse in my eyes; it’s not that his wife couldn’t bear children, she just couldn’t give him a son. The wildling king we’ve heard so much about (Mance Ryder) will also be making an appearance, as well as the leader of the group Brotherhood Without Banner that Tywin Lannister and the people at Harrenhaal were obsessing about. I haven’t read the books, so I have no idea who the other characters are.
One thing I’ve been wondering, do women change their last name when they got married in this universe? Catelyn Stark, but not Selyse Baratheon, or Cersei Baratheon for that matter. Can the women choose whether to change their last name of not? Surely not in this quite medieval world? Or are the rules different for Northeners and Southerners?
– 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.