'Game of Thrones' Season Three Will Premiere March 31, 2013; New Cast Members Including Diana Rigg

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July 13th, 2012


Update; Game of Thrones season three will premiere March 31, 2013. The announcement was made at the show's Comic-con panel.

The cast of Game of Thrones is expanding. HBO has announced that Diana Rigg will play Lady Olenna Tyrell, known as The Queen of Thorns. She is the powerful matriarch of the Tyrell family, grandmother of Margaery and Loras Tyrell. Other new cast members include Mackenzie Crook, Clive Russell, Nathalie Emannuel, Kerry Ingram, Paul Kaye, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Ellie Kendirck, Richard dormer, Kristofer Hivju, Phillip McGinley, Tara Fitzgerald, Tobaias Menzies and Anton Lesser. You can read more about their characters here.

  • Barbarossa

    and its starting 03/31/13. Thats much more important

  • Neil

    Dame Diana Rigg! not too sure about the casting of Paul Kaye.

  • Observer

    If I watched GoT I’d be thrilled by this! She’s a classic.

  • rafi

    season 3 will premier in the past? cool.

  • scifi


  • Dr Z

    LOL. Good one Rafi.
    Tvbythenumbers.com would benefit by having a copy editor on staff that *actually* does their job who proofreads and fact checks articles BEFORE they are posted. Kinda keeps embarrassments like this from making the site look like amateur journalism at best.

  • Lucazzy


  • Lucazzy

    What to look forward to in Season 3:
    -Jaime and Brienne Adventures
    -Meeting Catelyn’s Family
    -Sansa’s storyline in KL begins (Started in book 2 but pushed into S3)
    -Arya..and the Brotherhood
    -Thoros of Myr (Book readers know the importance of this character)
    -Jon Snow Undercover
    -Sam and the Night’s Watch running from White Walkers
    -Of course…RW

    Man, I’m just remembering how awesome Book 3 was. All of that stuff is in the first half of the book alone…nothing compared to the epicness that occures after the RW.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Haven’t seen Diana in anything since…lord…sometime back in the ’70’s. I think. Back then, she was one of my favorite actresses, despite the God-awful sitcom she had for one season on US television. :-) I was a huge Avengers fan (the original, not the superheroes! :-) ) and also liked her in the Bond movie “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” and also the terrific action-comedy “The Assassination Bureau (Ltd)”.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Just looked up Nathalie Emannuel in Google image search – that babe is smokin’ hot! :-)

  • AvengersFan

    Always a pleasure to see Diana Rigg on television. Such a shame it’s in this show, though. Her being in Game of Thrones is kind of like trying to sit down and enjoy filet mignon in McDonald’s.

  • Lucazzy

    @AvengersFan – Are you saying Game of Thrones is like McDonalds? Because McDonalds is the worst, lowest quality cheap food you can eat. Game of Thrones is one of the highest quality and most entertaining series on television.

  • AvengersFan

    In your opinion, Lucazzy. To answer your question, though, yes I am saying Game of Thrones is like McDonald’s. Your description of McDonald’s pretty much fits how I see Game of Thrones to a “T”.

  • James

    What is your issue with Game of Thrones? It is one of the best shows on TV. What shows do actually think are good if you consider Game of Thrones so bad?

  • Other Than That Mrs. Lincoln How Was The Play?

    I thought Game of Thrones was about a Mafia owned company cornering the New Yak/Jersey toilet market. Every business needs toilets.

  • Other Than That Mrs. Lincoln How Was The Play?

    This show would be cool if they added robots and lasers.

  • WideLoadComingThrough


    I agree. I do actually watch Game of Thrones but that doesn’t mean I’m under any illusions about what it really is. It is McDonald’s. Low level fluff disguised as something better, jammed packed with lowest common denominator stuff meant to appeal to the masses. There’s entertainment value in it, but not much else. The books the show is based on are exactly the same as well. Or at least the first 2 and first-half of the third which is where I stopped reading.

  • AvengersFan

    James, why does it even matter what other shows I might find entertaining? I’m sure that whatever I would list here, you’d find fault with them and tell me that I’m crazy to like this or that as they aren’t anywhere near as good as Game of Thrones. My issue with Game of Thrones is there is no substance to it. No characters worthy of my wanting to continue watching to see how their lives turn out (even as short as a character life apparently is on that show) and a story line that is weak and full of the same old fantasy humdrum. I just don’t find it to be a very good show.

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