George R.R. Martin has confirmed our four guesses were 100 per cent correct, both concerning the characters (two shady men, Shagga, Greatjon) and the actors portraying them. He reveals a fifth casting decision, which we shall take to be a reward for our prowess in the game of clues: Susie Kelley has been cast in the role of the innkeeper Masha Heddle. This minor role we were not sure about whether it would be included in the adaptation. By way of a passing mention, George also confirms Mirri Maz Duur is in the process of casting. As he is soon travelling to Melbourne, Australia, for the Worldcon, this is likely the last guessing game (at least for a month or so).
In other news, Conan Stevens has written a new post where he updates us on his Game of Thrones prepping adventures. He is back in Ireland after the riding lessons in England, practising sword fighting (particularly for his duel with brother Sandor), and fraternizing with the cast and crew. Of particular interest is the concluding paragraph, where Conan reveals that his sword practice has been visited by the making-of crew. He hopes they are using the footage to advertise the show before it is released.
Hear Me Roar: Congratulations all around! We made no mistake even on guessing nameless minor roles. I share Conan’s hope to see some of the behind-the-scenes material in the build up to the first season. We are in the fourth week of filming now, and some promotional material of one sort or the other is bound to be ready soon. Fingers crossed!