It’s the closest thing to casting news we’ve had in a while. In George R. R. Martin’s latest Not A Blog entry, after a quick ADwD mention (always good news), George mentions he is working on the episode 8 script and intimates he is also “spending spare time with” a few notable characters from A Game of Thrones … which really can only mean one thing: he is poring over audition tapes for these roles.
On other fronts, I am writing on DANCE WITH DRAGONS, writing on episode eight of the HBO series, waiting for three more rewrites to come in on FORT FREAK, looking at some spectacular art by John Picacio, and spending my spare time with Varys, Littlefinger, the Old Bear, Jory Cassel, Septa Mordane, Bronn, and some other old friends. Need more hours in the day, please.
Fire And Blood: What this means, my friends, is we now have a better idea of some of the characters not getting cut from the show. Opinions below, and [SPOILERS] abound. You’ve been warned.
Varys: Next to Littlefinger, likely the biggest no-brainer of the series. The Spider is needed.
Littlefinger: The biggest no-brainer of the series. Littlefinger had almost zero chance of getting cut.
The Old Bear: Also assured of a place in the series, pretty much, and now all we need are Maester Aemon and Donal Noye. Really, you could amalgamate nearly any of the other Castle Black leaders (though I too would love to see who might be cast as the Old Pomegranate).
Jory Cassel: I was hoping we would see him; Jory even had a few lines in the leaked pilot script, and I was surprised he wasn’t cast for the pilot. In my never-humble opinion … unless you have a Jory slated to die at the Kingslayer’s command, the confrontation between Ned and Jaime on the streets of King’s Landing means so much less. Ned losing Jory is a vital and sobering moment.
Septa Mordane: Looks like we have ourselves an actual Septa Mordane — and now Sophie Turner gets another fine severed head to look upon. A joy for her, I’m sure.
Bronn: More important than any other mercenary, I’m glad they’ve got the Snide One scheduled for casting. He needs to be quick of wit and word.
Rest assured, this announcement does not guarantee we will see these characters in the series. Anyone can fall victim to the dreaded Cutting Room Floor. It does, however, give us more of an insight as to what Dave, D.B., and co. see as important to the series.
Once these characters have been cast, we will then look forward to any of George’s infamous casting clues. We stand ready, as ever.