New character: Brienne (Gwendoline Christie)
This warrior serves as one of Renly’s protectors. “Brienne is a woman who is as good at killing as pretty much any of the men in the story. She’s a great fighter and is stronger than the typical male by far,” Benioff says. “She has to try to overcome natural prejudices. People see this very tall woman in armor and she’s a laughingstock and has had to deal with that her entire life. She’s really the first female knight.”
Where you've seen her: In Heath Ledger's final film, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.