Speaking on behalf of the cast and crew of The Dark Knight Rises, I would like to express our profound sorrow at the senseless tragedy that has befallen the entire Aurora community.
I would not presume to know anything about the victims of the shooting but that they were there last night to watch a movie. I believe movies are one of the great American art forms and the shared experience of watching a story unfold on screen is an important and joyful pastime.
The movie theatre is my home, and the idea that someone would violate that innocent and hopeful place in such an unbearably savage way is devastating to me.
Nothing any of us can say could ever adequately express our feelings for the innocent victims of this appalling crime, but our thoughts are with them and their families.
Expect to see tons of video game posts over the next week. E3 is upon us and all the big names are revealing their new products and I’m gonna see every bit of it. Thanks to IGN, I’ll be able to watch the whole Expo on my 360’s app. I’m sorry if you don’t like video games, but I’m not sorry at all.
While we’re still basking in the afterglow of the awesomeness of this past Sunday’s Game of Thrones episode, “Blackwater”, and looking forward to next week’s Season 2 finale, work is already underway on Season 3 of the series.
With production set to resume this summer, Entertainment Weekly have a list of characters from the books slated to appear in Season 3. Executive Producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have made it clear in the past that due to how jam-packed the novels are, they will not necessarily be doing exact book-by-book adaptations as much as pulling different elements at different times. This includes a couple of characters on the list below, who fans of the books know were introduced in the second novel, “A Clash of Kings,” but didn’t make it into the second season.
Benioff tells EW, “[Jojen and Meera Reed] haven’t been written out. It’s important to point out that that we have the largest cast on television right now. We introduced dozens of new characters in season two. If you hurl 300 characters at an audience, the story collapses under the weight of too many faces, too many names, and too many subplots. We need to be just as mindful of the audience members who have never read the books as we are of the readers; the series will fail if we only appeal to those who already know the characters. So we try to be parsimonious about how many new roles we introduce to the story and when we introduce them.”
While the showrunners stress there will be more beyond this, characters certain to show up in Season 3 include:
Mance Rayder: Former Night’s Watch member turned the Wildling “King Beyond the Wall.
Daario Naharis: Captain of the mercenary group, Stormcrows.
Jojen Reed; Meera Reed: A teenage brother and sister with connections to the Starks.
Edmure Tully: Catelyn Stark’s brother.
Ser Brynden Tully (The Blackfish): Catelyn Stark’s uncle.
Selyse Baratheon: Stannis Baratheon’s wife.
Shireen Baratheon: Stannis’ daughter.
Olenna Redwyne (The Queen of Thorns): Margaery Tyrell’s grandmother.
Beric Dondarrion: Leader of the guerrilla group Brotherhood Without Banners. [It’s been pointed out in the comments that we actually did see Beric once in Season 1, played by David Michael Scott. It’s not clear yet if Scott will reprise the role in Season 3 or a different actor will play the character.]
Thoros of Myr: A red priest.
Tormund Giantsbane: A Wildling raider.