In George R. R. Martin’s latest Not A Blog entry, he confirms what our resourceful Winter Is Coming posters had already figured out:
You’ve nailed two more correctly.
“The bloody lash knows what it’s like to be dead. He’s met his waterloo and been a casualty, and seen his share of apparitions too.”
The bloody lash is Jhogo, one of Dany’s bloodriders. He’s the one she gives the whip too. In the series, he will be played by Londoner ELYES GABEL.
Yes, the horny-headed hammerhand is Gendry, the armorer’s apprenctice, who fashions a horned helm for himself, and is told that his hands were made for hammers. Portraying him in the series will be JOE DEMPSIE.
Fire And Blood: Game of Thrones is looking prettier and prettier by the day. Gabel will win a few hearts as Jhogo, mark my words; those who don’t take to Momoa’s power-surfer vibe have a puppy dog-eyed alternative now. He’ll help pull the younger crowd, I think (can’t hurt). The rest of the bloodriders will be extras in seasons one, GRRM informs us. As to Dempsie … well, Martin said it: they aged him up. And …
… while it doesn’t make a Gendry / Arya romance impossible, it certainly puts it on pause for about … oh … seven years or so. (Hey, shippers, don’t fret, the series could go the full seven.) It doesn’t matter; Arya is better off without random thoughts of boys (ewww) distracting her from her “evening prayers,” anyway.
Congrats to OzXaro (and friends) and Legion (again) for nailing these.