Qotho cast?
By Winter Is Coming on in Casting, Rumors.

IMDb is listing Danish actor Dar Salim to be playing the role of Qotho, one of Khal Drogo’s bloodriders, in Game of Thrones. Now, we know that IMDb isn’t always accurate. However this one has a ring of truth to it. First off, Salim has the right look. Interestingly, he also happens to be repped by the same agency that reps Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.

Winter Is Coming: I have a feeling this might be legit. His agent probably submitted the credit to IMDb without waiting for any sort of announcement. It seems to be HBO’s M.O. to only announce the major roles and let the minor ones go to GRRM and if GRRM doesn’t have time to do the clues we don’t get any word until a fact sheet is released. I’m sure a number of the minor roles have probably been filled since we got the first fact sheet a couple weeks back. At any rate, I’m trying to get confirmation on this and will let you know what happens.


33 Comments

  1. humusTaster
    Posted July 30, 2010 at 12:08 am | Permalink

    Nice find.

    He looks ok to me.

  2. Grimtuesday
    Posted July 30, 2010 at 12:41 am | Permalink

    Looks good. isn’t he the one who doesn’t like Dany.

  3. Lex
    Posted July 30, 2010 at 1:17 am | Permalink

    SPOILERS:

    Isn’t Qotho one of the two bloodriders who remains loyal to the Khaleesi (along with Jhogo)?

  4. Lex
    Posted July 30, 2010 at 1:19 am | Permalink

    Lex: SPOILERS:Isn’t Qotho one of the two bloodriders who remains loyal to the Khaleesi (along with Jhogo)?    

    No, I’m wrong.

  5. Hear Me Roar
    Posted July 30, 2010 at 3:26 am | Permalink

    Looks good. Hope for a confirmation soon.

  6. Nymeria
    Posted July 30, 2010 at 8:16 am | Permalink

    Looks like a Qotho to me!
    Maybe his contract wasn’t finalised and that’s why GRRM didn’t give us clues on him yet…

  7. Fire And Blood
    Posted July 30, 2010 at 8:43 am | Permalink

    Either way, Qotho is a good role – a mean, hard dude that makes other mean, hard dudes in a land full of mean, hard dudes look weak by comparison.

    His fight with Jorah was epic, and if his sword hadn’t gotten stuck in Mormont’s freaking ribcage, he’d have won.

  8. DragonStargazer
    Posted July 30, 2010 at 10:07 am | Permalink

    Lex: SPOILERS:Isn’t Qotho one of the two bloodriders who remains loyal to the Khaleesi (along with Jhogo)?    

    I could’ve sworn it was Aggo, Rakharo, and Jhogo? Isn’t Qotho one of the guys that was really mean to her? I have to recheck the book.

  9. DragonStargazer
    Posted July 30, 2010 at 10:08 am | Permalink

    Oops forgot to click the sign in with Twitter button…

  10. Caedes
    Posted July 30, 2010 at 10:08 am | Permalink

    Poor Dar Salim, to be outed at the same time as a little, unknown character like Tywin. Nobody speaks of him. No wonder Qotho is so upset all the time!.

  11. Adrian
    Posted July 30, 2010 at 10:33 am | Permalink

    If Dothraki only cut their hair after a defeat this guy must be a real scrub

  12. Katrina Brooks
    Posted July 30, 2010 at 10:45 am | Permalink

    He certainly looks the part.

  13. Aoede
    Posted July 30, 2010 at 10:54 am | Permalink

    Adrian: If Dothraki only cut their hair after a defeat this guy must be a real scrub

    Pfff haha. I suppose he’ll be bewigged.

  14. dizzy_34
    Posted July 30, 2010 at 11:40 am | Permalink

    How badass would Dany Trejo be as a blood rider? I know it’s not likely but he’s who I kind of imaged them looking like.

  15. izakmo
    Posted July 30, 2010 at 11:47 am | Permalink

    dizzy_34,

    Yeah, I was hoping they’d get some crazy scary Dany Trejo type guy for Quotho. I hope Salim is at least a big guy.

  16. Adam
    Posted July 30, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

    Not tough enough looking for me.

  17. Josh K
    Posted July 30, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

    dizzy_34,

    See I think Trejo is best typecast as the bad guy/villian criminal/druglord. It’s what he knows and what he’s familiar with. As a physical specimen he might fit the bill but I don’t think he’s got the flexibility to play a role like this.

    When I think some of the blood riders I think about Naveen Andrews. I’m sure that just like Jason he could bulk up and bring some power to some of Dany’s blood riders.

  18. izakmo
    Posted July 30, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

    Josh K,

    I wonder how they’ll handle Drogo’s three blood riders and Dany’s Khas. In the books they’re all basically background characters. Qotho is the only one of the seven who ever stands out.

  19. dizzy_34
    Posted July 30, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    Josh K,

    How much flexibility is needed to ride a horse, kick some ass, and stand there and look intimidating? (Oh, and speak a few lines of Dothroki)

  20. Josh K
    Posted July 30, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

    dizzy_34,

    True… I guess I just can’t look at Trejo and really see him as a blood rider, maybe I’ve just never seen him in anything where he hasn’t played the same hispanic bad guy with the same accented English. I try to picture him saying “It is known” and it just doesn’t fit for me. Maybe I just haven’t seen any other movie where he has played a role different from most of his others.

    Then again like
    izakmo, said I don’t know if such a small possibly background role would be something Trejo would even be interested in. I imagine the Khas would get a bigger role for the 2nd season but I can easily see them as non-speaking parts for this season.

  21. oh-bb
    Posted July 30, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

    This guy must look like someone else, because I could swear I’ve seen him before, and a lot, but I don’t recognize anything on his credits.

  22. Steve B
    Posted July 30, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    He looks alot like Billy Zane to me, who was the badguy in Titanic, amongst many other movies. Perhaps that’s who you were thinking of.

  23. Kelsey Catherine Schmitz
    Posted July 30, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

    Off Topic
    But can I just say that our Syrio is possibly the coolest guy ever? He tweets back, and is such a charming guy!

    *excited, crazed fangirl eeeeee*

    Haha, Ahem…now, back to being a mature, responsible adult. Blah.

  24. Lord Ned's Head
    Posted July 30, 2010 at 5:50 pm | Permalink

    Love all the casting news. With just about every role now cast, I want to make a plea to D&D. Please sneak us out a cap or two?!? ;) Here’s an idea. Give Milos permission to throw out a few leaks. I’m pretty sure the guy would be more than happy to throw us a bone!

  25. Damyrn of Dorne
    Posted July 31, 2010 at 12:41 am | Permalink

    Trejo is like 4’5″, he is scary looking, but I don’t really want to see him in this.

  26. Vohdre
    Posted July 31, 2010 at 12:50 am | Permalink

    Interesting Not a Blog post by GRRM. The most GoT relevant part:

    Got a couple other castings I should talk about as well… but it has dawned on me that there’s no way I can talk about them ALL. Not if I want to do anything else. There are just so many.

    The first week of shooting in Belfast went well, I hear, although the weather screwed with them a bit and pretty much confined them to the Paint Hall. Wish I could have been there.

  27. Lex
    Posted July 31, 2010 at 1:08 am | Permalink

    Vohdre,

    GRRM also mentions having finished two DANCE chapters for a character called “Fred” (based on his recent posts I’d say it’s Jon Snow), and having a third one still to write before he’s done with the character for this book. He also says these three chapters were supposed to be one, but they grew longer (as usual).

  28. Cat of the Canals
    Posted July 31, 2010 at 10:33 pm | Permalink

    Am I the only one who really wants to see Trejo as Shagga? I’m sure he wouldn’t be interested in such a little role, and I’m not sure we’ve even had confirmation that they’re keeping Tyrion’s wildlings (though in my opinion, cutting them would be a huge mistake), but throw a big shaggy beard on a guy like Trejo and I think you have a perfect Shagga…

  29. Josh Parker
    Posted July 31, 2010 at 11:34 pm | Permalink

    Cat of the Canals,

    There was a dude who tweeted that he auditioned for the role of Shagga, so that’s confirmation that he’s in, at least. The rest are likely backgrounded, like the Stark household guards.

  30. Damyrn of Dorne
    Posted August 1, 2010 at 3:41 am | Permalink

    Cat of the Canals,

    No… no Trejo. Srsly I would rather have an unknown. Trejo is just too well known, his persona would overwhelm the character. I like Danny Trejo, but I would prefer the character that GRRM put forth be the overwhelming influence in this TV series, rather than the actors which portrayed them.

  31. Avalanche3319
    Posted August 4, 2010 at 11:16 pm | Permalink

    Looks like Dar Salim has now been removed from the Game of Thrones cast list on IMDb…

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