David and Dan checked in over at the Westeros forums to thank the fans for all their help and support in the casting process. They also tease a possible George R. R. Martin cameo.
This is just to say thank you, from both of us, for all the excellent casting suggestions posted on the board. We hope you like the group we’ve assembled. Seeing them together for the first time was surreal: watching the Stark children whispering in the corner; seeing Jaime and Tyrion gossiping at the bar; staring up at the Hound as he loomed over the crowd…
Gods be good, we’ll get to do this again soon. Littlefinger, Renly, Varys, Ilyn Payne– all great roles in need of great actors. But we’ve got a lot of work before we get there. Keep your fingers crossed for us.
And now to figure out George’s Stan Lee moment…
Winter Is Coming: The cast for this project was about as close to perfection as one could have hoped. Honestly, I didn’t know what to expect when David & Dan first asked for fan suggestions. A part of me expected them to check in once or twice and then get wrapped up in pre-production for the pilot and not really take into account the fans’ choices. But to their credit not only did they listen to the fans, they remained active in the community.
Many of the names among the cast were first mentioned over at Westeros (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Jennifer Ehle, and Harry Lloyd to name a few). And a number of them were actually the fans’ top choice (Sean Bean, Peter Dinklage, Ian McNeice and Jason Momoa in particular). I think the amount of input and interaction amongst the fans’ and the shows creators here is pretty impressive. And all this before it is even officially a series. David & Dan are to be commended for helping foster this relationship. So hats off to them for sticking to their word and delivering a great, great cast!
Also, a cameo for George would be awesome. Who should he appear as? I’m thinking seeing him at the feast in Winterfell or maybe at Illyrio’s mansion would work.