Casting begins on Game of Thrones Season 3 with The Blackfish

Season 2 has only just finished, but with the third season slated for a Spring 2013 release on HBO, filming for the new season won't be too far off. And of course, in true George RR Martin style, a new season means a host of new characters.

Script reading began on June 27th, so for the next few months we're going to be inundated with news and rumours on new characters and of course the actors who'll be playing them. And already we have our first confirmation.

Scottish actor Clive Russell will play Ser Brynden 'The Blackfish' Tully, the uncle of Catelyn Stark. Russell will be well known to fans of British TV drama, with appearances in Waking the Dead, Silent Witness and Cracker to name but a few. In Hollywood he has appeared in Sherlock Holmes and The Wolfman.

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