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Posted by DarkUFO at Friday, June 22, 2012
Jojen and Meera Reed, 'Teenage Crannogmen':
The Reed siblings are introduced in George Martin's 'A Song Of Ice and Fire' book series in the second book, A Clash of Kings.
The Reed's father is a bannerman to the Starks and his children go to Winterfell to renew their pledge. The Reeds are there for almost everything that happens to Bran in season 2 including when Theon took over Winterfell. Meera Reed protects the children while Jojen Reed helps Bran with his visions. How they’re going to be introduced in season 3 is still a mystery, but these two characters are pivotal in Bran’s story and give some much needed spice and sense of adventure as well.
Important character traits to know about: Crannogmen
The Crannogmen are so called for their habit of living in small villages formed of reeds and thatch that sit atop floating islands in the mire ('crannogs'). They are a poor people and seldom leave their lands subsisting on fishing and frogging.
They are talented hunters and warriors and despite their short stature and somewhat primitive lifestyle, the crannogmen have proven a notoriously difficult people to conquer.
They use nets, bronze knives, frog spears, and round leather shields. They fight with poison, guerrilla tactics, and a mastery of their difficult terrain.
According to those who have fought them, their houses, even their castles move. They are disparaged as "frog-eaters, swamp-dwellers, mud-men and bog devils" by most other people of the Seven Kingdoms and are looked down upon for their tactics, which are viewed as cowardly.
The histories say that the crannogmen grew close to the children of the forest in the days when the greenseers tried to bring the hammer of waters down upon the Neck.
Since that time, they have sworn their oaths of fealty to the Starks thousands of years ago.
They are ruled by House Reed from Greywater Watch. Other families of crannogmen are House Fenn, Peat, Boggs, Cray, Quagg, Greengood and Blackmyre.
They have an ages-old feud with House Frey, who rule the lands immediately to the south.'
Up through ASoIaF book#3, neither of the characters that Kit Harington ('Jon Snow' ) or Emilia Clarke ('Mother of Dragons, 'Daeneys Targaryen') play, have met 'the Hound.'
GIF Credit: FY Sandor Clegane
Sandor Clegane (a.k.a. The Hound) played by Rory McCann: Where will we meet him next? And, through which completely unexpected ASoIaF character will we meet him?
The last the Kingsguard saw of The Hound, he said this:
[the Hound's fear of fire is renewed watching people burn to death, and refuses to keep fighting] Sandor Clegane: I lost half of my men. The Blackwater is on fire. Joffrey Baratheon: Dog, I command you to go back up there and fight! [the Hound shakes his head] Tyrion Lannister: You're in the Kingsguard, Clegane. We must beat them back or they're going to take the city... your king's city. Sandor Clegane: F*ck the Kingsguard. F*ck the city. F*ck the king.' [the Hound walks away] (IMDb)
During the Battle of the Blackwater, Clegane fled King’s Landing and offered to take Sansa with him. Although she denied him, his story is definitely not over. He doesn’t get POV chapters though, so he reappears in another character’s storyline and is actually a welcome and frightening addition. The interactions between this POV character and Clegane are “different” and are definitely worth the wait.
The Return of Barristan Selmy:
I do remember this scene and I'm familiar with the character but I cannot picture the actor (Ian McElhinney) who portrayed Barristan Selmy on Game of Thrones.
In case viewers have forgotten, Barristan Selmy was the Lord Commander of the Kingsguards until Joffrey humiliatingly dismissed him. He vowed to find the rightful king to serve and stormed off without ever being seen again…until now. Without giving away too much, he certainly thought long and hard about who he was going to look for because his return is quite the surprise, even to the readers. He actually returned much sooner, but was not revealed until book three through the eyes of a POV character who readers thought would never meet him. Hopefully the show gives him the justice he deserves.
Source: Full Article @ whatculture
After the jump: A map of Westeros and The Neck!:
New charcters to Game of Thrones next season (3) include Jojen and Meera Reed from the Neck (above, map detail). The Reeds have been loyal to the Starks for 1000 Years (!)
Click open the map of the North and see what an interesting location the Neck is in!