Jaime LannisterJaime is played by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.
Brienne of TarthBrienne of Tarth will accompany Jamie Lannister on "Game of Thrones."
YgritteYgritte is a wilding who met Jon Snow in the second season.
Jon SnowSnow is played by Kit Harington.
Mance RayderRayder is known as The King Beyond the Wall.
Daenerys TargaryenWhat will happen to Daenerys' "children"?
Sansa StarkSansa is played by Sophie Turner.
Beric DondarrionBeric was recast for the third season when his role expands.
Olenna TyrellOlenna is the mother of Margaery Tyrell.
Bran StarkBran will be joined by two companions this season.
Jojen ReedJojen will join Bran Stark as he travels north.
Cersei LannisterCersei is the mother of Joffrey Baratheon, Myrcella Baratheon and Tommen Baratheon.
Talisa Maegyr and Robb StarkTalisa and Robb met in the second season.
Tyrion LannisterTyrion was injured during a battle in the second season.
Brynden TullyHis nickname is "The Blackfish."
Catelyn StarkCatelyn's uncle is Brynden Tully.
Joffrey Baratheon and Margaery TyrellMargaery was originally married to Renly Baratheon.
MelisandreMelisandre is a priest of the Lord of Light.
Stannis BaratheonStannis was just one individual seeking the throne during the second season.
Arya StarkArya escaped Harrenhal in the second season.
ThorosThoros will accompany Dondarrion in the third season.
Meera ReedMeera and Jojen are twins.
“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.