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Comic-Con 2012: 'Game of Thrones' Welcomes New Cast Members to Season 3 

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Jul 13, 2012 | 1:33pm EDT

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One of the most sought after panels at the Con is, of course, HBO's Game of Thrones. The panel, along with AMC's The Walking Dead that preceded it, had fans lined up in an almost futile line that wrapped around the bay front. Those inside, however, were treated to a conversation with author and executive producer George R.R. Martin and members of the cast, including Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen), Michelle Fairley (Catelyn Stark), Rose Leslie (Ygritte), and Richard Madden (Robb Stark). 

The biggest news to emerge from the panel — aside from the fun announcement that the show will be filming in Belfast, Croatia, Morocco and Iceland this year — is the casting of a host of new, fantastical characters that will make their debut in Season 3. Of course, if you're a fan of the show yet unfamiliar with the Song of Ice and Fire book series upon which the HBO fantasy is based, the new cast won't mean anything to you until you see them slashing, drinking and — most likely — shedding their robes onscreen.

The new characters and their portrayers include Clive Russell (Brynden "Blackfish" Tully), Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei), Mackenzie Crook (Orell), Kerry Ingram (Shireen Baratheon), Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Jojen Reed), Ellie Kendrick (Meera Reed), Richard Dormer (Beric Dondarrion), Paul Kaye (Thoros of Myr), and Diana Rigg (Lady Olenna Tyrell). Watch the new faces discuss their characters and the future of the series below:

The series also set a premiere date for March 31, 2013, so mark your calendars now (feel free to simply write "Winter is coming" in all caps).
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