Game Of Thrones Season 3: Access' Guide To Episode 302's New Characters (Updated)
AccessHollywood.com's guide to the new characters in 'Game of Thrones' Season 3, Episode 302 -- Jojen Reed, Lady Olenna, Meera Reed and Thoros of Myr -- Helen Sloan/HBO
The "Game of Thrones" universe got even bigger on Sunday, with a hefty dose of new characters entering the realm of the HBO television show.
For those who are trying to keep up on the show (and not already an expert thanks to reading George R.R. Martin's books), AccessHollywood.com presents our weekly roundup of new characters from the latest episode (Season 3, Episode 302).
Jojen Reed (Thomas Brodie-Sangster)
How He Was Introduced: Just after Bran Stark attempted to take aim at a three-eyed raven hopping from branch to branch (with a little help from his brothers - Jon Snow and Robb Stark), Jojen Reed made his first appearance in the dream sequence, offering sage advice to the youngster. He later appeared (along with his weapon-wielding sister Meera) when Bran was awake.
Characters He's Tied To: Bran Stark, Rickon Stark, Hodor, Osha and Meera Reed
Where You've Seen Thomas Before: Every holiday season, Thomas can be seen across the cable dial on repeat airings of 2003 film "Love Actually," playing Sam, the love struck son of Liam Neeson's Daniel. He also played Simon Brown, who caused some trouble for Emma Thompson's "Nanny McPhee" in that 2005 film. He also voices - well, when he's heard anyway -- Ferb in the animated series "Phineas and Ferb."
Lady Olenna, aka The Queen of Thorns (Dame Diana Rigg)
How She Was Introduced: Greeting Sansa Stark and offering her condolences for the loss of her father (Ned Stark) before quickly becoming the fantasy TV series equivalent of Dame Maggie Smith's "Downton Abbey" character, the Dowager Countess, by tossing out barbs at the expense of the late King Renly, her grandson Ser Loras, and her own son, The Lord of Highgarden.
Characters She's Tied To: Her granddaughter - the ambitious Margaery Tyrell (who is engaged to King Joffrey) and The Knight of The Flowers - Ser Loras Tyrell (Renly's lover in Seasons 1 and 2).
Where You've Seen Diana Before: Dame Diana played Emma Peel in 1960s British television series, "The Avengers," a program a young George R.R. Martin was a big fan of, something he told Access Hollywood about at Comic-Con last year. The Dame was also, rather famously, a "Bond" girl, starring alongside one-time Bond portrayer George Lazenby in 1969's "On Her Majesty's Secret Service."
Orell (Mackenzie Crook)
How He Was Introduced: Sitting on some snow in the territory North of The Wall, Orell was first seen using his abilities as a warg (a skinchanger) to go into the mind of a raven (his eyes were completely white as he inhabited the creature). When he came back to his body, Mance Rayder, the King Beyond the Wall (Ciaran Hinds) asked him what he saw while scouting. His answer, "dead crows," (as in dead men from the Night's Watch).
Characters He's Tied To: Ygritte, Jon Snow, Tormund Giantsbane and Mance Rayder
Where You've Seen Mackenzie Before: Playing Gareth in the British version of "The Office" (the character Dwight Schrute was based on). He also plays Ragetti in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise, a pirate who has quite lot of trouble trying to keep his glass eyeball in while sailing the seas. But, despite his comedy background, don't expect Mackenzie to bring the laughs as Orell. In an interview earlier this week, the British actor told Access how much he enjoyed being called on for this serious role.