Meet 3 new characters who'll shake up season 2 of Game of Thrones

Things are gearing up for the second season of Game of Thrones as the Emmy-nominated HBO fantasy series, based on George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire novels, casts three more actors in important lead roles.

British actor Stephen Dillane (John Adams, King Arthur) has been cast in the role of Stannis Baratheon, King Robert Baratheon's eldest brother (and brother of Renly, the youngest Baratheon brother, who also wants to be King), Lord of Dragonstone and one of the pretenders to the Iron Throne.

Stannis is a humorless, authoritative man with a strong moral code. And he strongly believes he is the true heir to the throne. He really does.

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Dutch actress Clarice van Houten (Black Book, Valkyrie, Black Death) has been cast in the role of Melisandre, a powerful sorceress and priestess of R'hllor who counsels Stannis in his quest for the Iron Throne. She's a seductive woman possessing prophetic powers, and she's more than willing to impose her monotheistic religion on the people. She'll slowly have Stannis under her spell, so to speak.

Melisandre is also called the Red Priestess, as she always dresses in red and has red eyes. Should be a stunning sight to behold on TV.

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And last but not least, awesome actor Liam Cunningham (Camelot, Outcasts, Centurion) has been cast as Davos Seaworth, a family man and former smuggler who's also known as "the Onion Knight" because he managed to get food into Stannis Baratheon's besieged castle during the war that got Robert the Iron Throne.

Davos received a knighthood from Stannis for his efforts, but this one also had some of his fingers shortened as punishment for his criminal past (with friends like these). Davos will help Stannis wrest the Iron Throne from that very bad King Joffrey.

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What do you think of this casting news? Do you think all three actors are right for their respective roles? Or would you have wished for someone else, and if so, whom?

(via EW and EW)