George R. R. Martin has a blog post that touches on a variety of topics. In it he gives us an update on Game of Thrones casting.
D&D have cast one more role and have an offer out to a wonderful actor on another. Sorry, no clues, I’m clued out for the present. One of the roles that was yet to be filled has been written out of the pilot. No huge thing, he wasn’t in that part of the book in any case… though we did have a world-class thespian lined up to play the part. Character and actor will both be back if we go to series.
Winter Is Coming: No more clues? What are we gonna obsess over now? I guess we could speculate over what role was written out of the pilot and who they have lined up to play said role. I’m 95% certain they’ve written out Pycelle. He originally only appeared in one short scene with a few short lines. With the knowledge that they have a “world class thespian” lined up to play the role, it’s possible they didn’t feel the need to force said actor to show up for a couple days of shooting. Or maybe the actor they really wanted is unavailable during the time they are set to shoot the pilot so they wrote out his scene.
Now I wonder if they will still have a scene introducing Cersei at all. We know they still have the Tyrion and Jaime brothel scene because Martin has referred to the Red-Headed Whore numerous times. Will Cersei first appear in Winterfell? Or have they come up with another scene to introduce her with? Or maybe they kept the Arryn deathbed scene but have Cersei delivering her lines to someone other than Pycelle?