'Game of Thrones' Season Three Cast Revealed: What To Expect From The New Season [SLIDESHOW]

on January 25 2013 6:53 PM
  • Jaime Lannister
    Jaime is played by Nikolaj Coster-Waldu. Helen Sloan/HBO
  • Brienne of Tarth
    Brienne of Tarth will accompany Jamie Lannister on "Game of Thrones." Helen Sloan/HBO
  • Ygritte
    Ygittre is a wilding who Jon Snow met in the second season. Helen Sloan/HBO
  • Jon Snow
    Snow is played by Kit Harington. Helen Sloan/HBO
  • Mance Rayder
    Rayder is known as "The King Beyond the Wall" Helen Sloan/HBO
  • Daenerys Targaryen
    Daenerys trades a dragon for an army, but turns out there's a contract loophole called "burn everything down." Helen Sloan/HBO
  • Sansa Stark
    is played Sophie Turner. Helen Sloan/HBO
  • Beric Dondarrion
    was recast for the third season as his role expands. Helen Sloan/HBO
  • Olenna Tyrell
    OLenna is the mother of Margaery Tyrell. Helen Sloan/HBO
  • Bran Stark
    Will Bran Stark meet the Three-Eyed Raven this season on "Game of Thrones?" Helen Sloan/HBO
  • Jojen Reed
    Jojen will join Bran Stark as he travels north. Helen Sloan/HBO
  • Cersei Lannister
    Cersei is the mother of Joffrey Baratheon, Myrcella Baratheon and Tommen Baratheon. Helen Sloan/HBO
  • Talis Maegyr and Robb Stark
    Talis and Robb met in the second season. Helen Sloan/HBO
  • Tyrion Lannister
    Tyrion Lannister was injured during a battle in the second season. Helen Sloan/HBO
  • Brynden Tully
    His nickname is "The Blackfish." Helen Sloan/HBO
  • Catelyn Stark
    Catelyn's uncle is Byrnden Tully Helen Sloan/HBO
  • Joffrey Baratheon and Margaery Tyrell
    Wedding bells are ringing for Joffrey and Margaery. Helen Sloan/HBO
  • Melisandre
    is a priest of the Lord of Light Helen Sloan/HBO
  • Stannis Baratheon
    Stannis was just one individual seeking the throne during the second season. Helen Sloan/HBO
  • Arya Stark
    Arya escaped Harrenhal on the second season. Helen Sloan/HBO
  • Thoros
    will accompany Dondarrion in the third season. Helen Sloan/HBO
  • Meera Reed
    Meera and Jojen are twins. Helen Sloan/HBO
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“Game of Thrones” is set to return for its third season on HBO March 31. While the show's marketeers have been rather guarded in divulging anything about the new season, they revealed on Friday the cast for the third season, giving some clues as to what fans should expect to see.

In doing so, HBO released photographs of the entire cast for the third season of “Game of Thrones.” Many fan-favorites will return, including the characters Tyrion Lannister, Jon Snow, Arya Stark, Bran Stark, Catelyn Stark, Robb Stark, and Daenerys Targaryen. Many not-so-fan-favorites will also return, including the characters Joffrey Baratheon, Cersei Lannister, Jaime Lannister, and Tywin Lannister. Also back will be important characters from the second season, including Brienne of Tarth, Margaery Tyrell, Melisandre, Stannis Baratheon, Talisa Maegyr, and Ygritte.

There is not too much to be gleaned from the cast photos. Daenerys looks to be commanding an army, while fans can get a glimpse of Tyrion's scars after his wounds have healed.

There are also plenty of new characters who will make their appearance throughout “Game of Thrones.” While his name has been constantly mentioned, Mance Rayder, played by Ciaran Hinds, will first appear during the third season. Fans saw a different Beric Dondarrion in the first season of “Game of Thrones.” That was just a quick cameo, and the character was recast, with Richard Dormer set to play the Lightning Lord.

Thoros, or Thoros of Myr, will make his debut in this season of “Game of Thrones.” Thoros was mentioned in the first season, as Eddard Stark ordered him to accompany Dondarrion as they looked for Gregor Clegane. Margaery's mother, Olenna Tyrell, will also make her debut in the third season.

Catelyn Stark's uncle, Brynden Tully, played by Clive Russell, will make his first appearance on the show this season. Tully is better known by his nickname The Blackfish. Finally, the twins, Jojen and Meera Reed, will appear in “Game of Thrones.” The Reed twins will be companions to Bran Stark.

It seems as though Hodor, Lord Varys, Petyr Baelish, Rickon Stark, Samwell Tarly, and Theon Greyjoy will not appear during the third season.