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George provides fresh casting news: Rickon and MMD cast

GRRM is back, baby! Dealing with heaps of work and correspondence awaiting him upon his return from Australia, he came around to updating us on the progress of the show. At least the bits he’s familiar with after the long absence. First of all, his comment on the latest trailer video and the behind-the-scenes footage:

Parris and I saw these on her laptop in Sydney, in the middle of the Australian night, the night they aired, but it was not until we returned home that we were able to see them on a full-size screen. I hope you enjoyed them as much as we did.

Now to the exciting part of George’s post. They have cast the roles of Rickon, Mirri Maz Duur, and switched the character of Elyes Gabel to Rakharo.

We have a couple new castings to announce. The part of Rickon Stark will be played by ART PARKINSON, a Belfast native son. Rickon will be older than he is in the books, but still the yougest Stark. And MIA SOTIRIOU has been cast as the maegi Mirri Maz Duur. Also, a small change for Elyes Gabel. He will now he playing Rakharo rather than Jhogo. It was felt that Jhogo and Drogo sounded too much alike when spoken aloud, and might cause confusion.

Hear Me Roar: That’s just the Not A Blog update I have been waiting for. You can depend on George to provide us with news on minor character castings, and now we can fill some more gaps. Aging up Rickon is in line with the strategy so far, and it’s all good since he still remains the youngest one. Switching to Rakharo is an elegant solution, I have no beef with that, and the name of our maegi sounds Greek, which – I guess – promises a suitable look for the character. More to follow when we dig up info on the new actors …

UPDATE: There is an Art Parkinson profile at IMDb which seems to be a match, he played Young Kenneth in the British horror Red Mist two years ago. This film would probably be our best chance at the moment to get some visuals. [Thanks to Lex for providing a screencap.] Things are a bit more complicated in the case of MMD. I could not find anything on Mia Sotiriou, but my best guess is GRRM or someone he got the info from has made a typo and her surname is actually SOTERIOU. [It has been confirmed that this is indeed the case.] Mia Soteriou was the vocal coach on Mamma Mia! and played the minor role of Arina in that same flick. Her credits include a familiar list of British productions such as Soldier Soldier, Mersey BeatEastenders, and The Bill, as well as Eastern Promises. The photo of Mia Soteriou shows that she matches the character of the maegi quite well, in my opinion.

UPDATE 2: We have now got a good photo of Art Parkinson. The credit (and our thanks) goes out to Screenterrier who dug it out of the interwebs, and to the extra Two Feathers who confirmed that this is indeed the boy who is playing Rickon in the series, and is much loved by everyone involved. The readers agree he looks just like Isaac’s youger brother, which he should. Another inspired casting, I may add.

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  • That is exciting. I don’t think Jogo and Drogo were too confusing (Sauron and Saruman were distinct enough) but I like the new name as well. Most of all, I’m glad that GRRM is still chuffed about the casting and the trailer.

  • PS I just got two new friends to read the first book this week (one is listening to the Roy Dotrice audiobook). That makes 3 converts for me (not much, but it’s something!).

  • Glad to have another Greek actor on board. (The last name is spelled different than GRRM spelled it, but I think it’s probably the right person).

  • Larry D Curtis: I must comment that it is great fun to be on here at night and see a news-filled update. Great fun to be a fan!    

    Definitely! So different from a daytime update. Glad I checked before bed. (Sorry for so many posts! It’s late, I’ve had a few beers, and this is exciting). :)

  • GRRM has returned and it feels like we’re back in our usual rhythm. Chuffed about Rickon; could pretty much guess they weren’t going to cast a 3-year old, seeing as everyone else has been aged up.

    Have a feeling they’re going to be uglifying Ms. Soteriou up big-time. But that’s show biz. I wonder if they’ll age her to a proper crone-like state. We sure are collecting more than a few Greeks on the show.

    Not bothered at all by Jhogo becoming Rakharo. Amalgamation is the watchword of the year. I do wonder if there will be a Jhogo with no lines in the background, or if the last of Dany’s bloodriders will get a name change … or if they’ll just whittle the number down altogether.

    Lastly, condolences to the family and friends of Ralph Vicinaza. According to GRRM, every foreign-language translation of ASoIaF has Ralph to thanks for making it happen. This guy will be missed.

  • Lex,

    Thanks a lot Lex, I was just about to go to bed and everything. Now I have to go make sure my house is completely secure and no creepy little kids with blood all over them can’t get in.

  • Ahimsa Kerp: That is exciting.I don’t think Jogo and Drogo were too confusing (Sauron and Saruman were distinct enough) but I like the new name as well.Most of all, I’m glad that GRRM is still chuffed about the casting and the trailer.    

    Say them both out loud, they sound almost exactly alike when spoken. On the page they are, of course, completely different. It may not matter for scenes where there are subtitles, but when the dialogue is in English, then there will be problems.

    Sauron and Saruman are different enough (an extra syllable goes a long way), that they really can’t be confused.

  • Actually, Saruman and Sauron WERE thought to be too confusing, which is why in the 1978 animated version of Lord of the Rings they refer to the wizard as Aruman (no “S”). However, they decided this quite late, and were did such a sloppy half-ass job that it ends up being Aruman about half the time, and Saruman the other half.

  • Lex,

    OK thats a much less creepy picture. Now I can go to bed not worrying that some creepy little kid is going to come kill me… I already have my little brother in the next room to worry about.

  • sjwenings,

    No confirmation yet. Characters mentioned at different points, but not yet cast as of this morning are: Tobho Mott the blacksmith, Jeyne Poole, a stable boy (the Arya encounter scene), and Lommy Greenhands.
    Furthermore, there was that pornstar rumour we don’t know which character to link to.

  • Always nice to wake up to some fresh casting news. :)

    Mia Soteriou seems like a great MMD. With a little make up and costuming, she will be perfect.

    A little surprised they aged up Rickon as much as they seemingly did. He looks to be pretty close in age to Bran now. I guess it’s not a big deal though.

  • Regarding Jhogo/Rakharo, I just have to put this out there.
    So you know how Dany starts thinking about getting a new male bedmate in books 2 and 3? If Jhogo/Rakharo was around and looked like this guy, I’d certainly never look Daario’s way… and hasn’t it been said somewhere that bloodriders sometimes share their Khal’s bed? So anyway… I’m glad we’ll have some male eye candy in Dothraki world, but I think viewers might start to wonder why no one is hitting that. :lol:

  • Screenterrier was able to turn up this photo from 2008 of an Art Parkinson (left) that lives in Donegal.

    You think this might be the same kid? I know GRRM said he’s from Belfast, but GRRM has been wrong before. Plus, the kid could have moved and Donegal is not that far from Belfast. I hope this is him, because I can definitely see this kid as Rickon.

  • Winter Is Coming: Screenterrier was able to turn up this photo from 2008 of an Art Parkinson (left) that lives in Donegal.
    You think this might be the same kid? I know GRRM said he’s from Belfast, but GRRM has been wrong before. Plus, the kid could have moved and Donegal is not that far from Belfast. I hope this is him, because I can definitely see this kid as Rickon.    

    Wow. In that photo he looks ridiculously like Isaac H-W. Really well cast (looks wise) if this is the correct photo.

  • Yea, funny the Sauron / Saruman thing was brought up because I know more than one person who didn’t read the books and were confused by the similarity of those two names – including my wife who brings it up just about every time we watch the movie.

    On paper the names look a lot different so I don’t think it confused any of us who read the books, but for people who didn’t read the books I think it was confusing.

  • Hiya!

    Long time fan de-lurking, here.

    I was excited to hear that Mia S. was a voice coach, because right away I thought about the maegi’s bone-chilling wail atop Drogo’s funeral pyre. Striking the right note on this will MAKE the scene, if you ask me.

    On a totally different subject, since I’m re-reading Clash of Kings with the wife, I noticed what a large and instrumental part is given to the black brother Yoren. What a great character: principled, but uncouth. Cautious, but confident. Harsh, but loyal. And filthy, to boot. The actor cast as him fits my mental image precisely. I cannot WAIT to see this guy peel a sourleaf from the bale and start drawing maps in the dirt with a stick.

    Keep up with this amazing web-site, y’all.

    -McKee

  • So glad we got GRRM back and feeding us juicy info!

    Winter Is Coming: Screenterrier was able to turn up this photo from 2008 of an Art Parkinson (left) that lives in Donegal.

    This little guy is so cute!
    And thanx to Lex for the screencap!
    He does look a lot like a perfect little brother to Isaac Hempstead-Wright! Love it!

    And excellent news for Mirri Maz Duur too.

    this is exciting!

  • The Rabbit: Sigh of relief!Can talk freely about my nightmare now.
    I was afraid they were going with Sahara Knite for MMD.This MMD is spot on!    

    If that rumor is true, I’m guessing she’s been cast as Jhiqui, Dany’s other handmaiden (well, maybe “maiden” isn’t the right word…). She has the right look and since the role might involve a fair bit of nudity and sexuality, I could see them going in this direction for the part. It seems that Irri will probably have most of the lines for these two, with Jhiqui perhaps interjecting the occasional, “it is known.”

  • I hope the rumor is true. Ive ben looking into miss Knite…haha quite litteraly I suppose :-P
    She has a way about her, a certain air of enjoyment about what she does for a living which is pretty rare out there…and also hard to fake.
    Besides, all of these girls deserves only the best.
    I think it could be a spot on cast

  • Okay, so this may blow your freaking mind, but if you rearrange the letters in “Art Parkinson,” you get…

    Iron Nap Stark!!!

    What’s more, if you use “Arthur Parkinson,” you get…

    Stark Orphan I Run!!!

    So from his name alone, you already know that Rickon will be “killed” by a Greyjoy and that he will become an orphan on the run.

    I may need to lie down after all this excitement.

  • Hmmm… it’s hard to tell if that is the same kid. I actually think the shorter kid on the right looks more like the Art Parkinson from my screen cap (especially his hair)… but who knows.

    Technically we don’t even know if my screen cap is the right kid either.

  • A funny something on a side note….
    Just tried to write a little something in a thread over at blastr.com.
    I was rejected for foul language so I looked over and did some small adjustments and tried again. Still rejected.
    Even more changes followed by more rejects.
    In the end I gave up. Must have been some hidden “bad” words in my text.

    Then came to think about what if that was the case here?
    A news-forum dedicated to the HBO version of GRRM’s work.

    In the sake of HBO, GRRM,litterature, language, television, art and free speach I would just like to say:

    Fucketi, fucketi fuck

  • Winter Is Coming: Screenterrier was able to turn up this photo from 2008 of an Art Parkinson (left) that lives in Donegal. You think this might be the same kid? I know GRRM said he’s from Belfast, but GRRM has been wrong before. Plus, the kid could have moved and Donegal is not that far from Belfast. I hope this is him, because I can definitely see this kid as Rickon.  Quote  Reply

    Good call WIC, this is the little guy I met briefly on set last week. He is perfect as Rickon. He is really popular with all the cast and crew. And like Rickon, he seems like a happy go lucky boy, totally believable as the youngest Stark.

  • So to continue the pronunciation discussion can we assume “maegi” will be pronounced “may-ji” similar to “may-ster?” Personally I’ve always thought of it as “mah-ji” (rhymes with guy)

  • Not terribly excited about the Rickon casting. I would’ve preferred they go with a 6-year-old or thereabouts. Instead of somebody who will probably look Bran’s age or a year younger. Rickon’s direwolf being the most unstable of them, reflecting the immaturity of a three-year-old trying to manage a wild creature…I feel like that dynamic won’t translate to screen very well. He’s hardly a focus at all in book 1, and is only given slightly more to do in the next one before disappearing entirely for 2 books…a 6-year-old Rickon in GoT could mean a 10/11-year-old in ADwD, presumably where he will be needed to have more of a role in the plot. This just seems unfortunate casting.

    Mirri Maz Duur, however, I couldn’t be more pleased with.

  • Avalanche3319: So to continue the pronunciation discussion can we assume “maegi” will be pronounced “may-ji” similar to “may-ster?” Personally I’ve always thought of it as “mah-ji” (rhymes with guy)    

    Well, as the word has always seemed to me an alteration of the word “mage” I’m hoping they go with the former…

  • Two Feathers,

    Well, technically speaking he should have the Tully look… But I am absolutely the last person to start complaining about family looks in the show, I’d rather have a good actor.

  • Bear in mind that when we first meet MMD, she is in the process of being raped. There could be some sex and violence involved with this performance too.

  • Okay, at first I wasn’t convinced that the two photos were the same kid… but now I see it, especially in the nose and eyebrows. That’s our Rickon!

  • Lex,

    Okay, seeing that shot of Parkinson has me reassured significantly. How recently was that particular photo taken, do you know? If it’s not significantly outdated, and he still looks like that, I don’t foresee a problem. Looks like an awfully small guy to be raising a wolf :)

  • Totally off-topic, but I just finished watching the second episode of Boardwalk Empire. It reminds me why I love aSoIaF so much, and in tv the Sopranos. It all starts with characters first, story second. BE has a decent enough story, but all the characters are boring as hell, only Al Capone and the agent Nelson could slightly interest me. Even Nucky isn’t that interesting. It’s maybe too soon to judge, but I remember with the Sopranos that I was hooked after 15 minutes of the pilot. What annoys me the most about BE is that it seems they’re trying to go the same route with Nucky and Jimmy as they did on the Sopranos with Tony and Christopher.

    I think Buscemi is a fantastic actor, but his character is doing nothing at all. He fucks some whores, cashes in some money and that’s that. I bring this up because I think it’s a good example that a show needs interesting characters, and thank god we have some great characters on script already.

  • Lex,

    I know it’s a bit too early, but I kind of hoped this show would hook me from the get-go. There are examples enough of shows becoming great after a few episodes (I started to like Spartacus towards the end of the season), but my all-time favourites always have me from episode 1. For example, Treme had me hooked from episode 1 while nothing was actually really happening, but almost all the characters triggered something. Another example of a show that has just started is Terriers on FX, the premesis sounds boring and overdone, but the characters are so cool you keep watching.

    I actually tried to say that nothing was happening to Nucky (I always have trouble phrasing my dutch thoughts into english words), as in he doesn’t have a lot of problems. Of course, that I don’t find him interesting is personal opinion. It seems though that he’ll be busy enough with the New York guys in the next episodes, hopefully they’ll pick up the pace.

  • Lex,

    Lex: Incidentally, here’s my updated cast gallery.
    When I started this gallery, over a year ago, I never really stopped to think how big the list was going to get! It’s impressive that Amok has created portraits for so many of the characters.    

    I just LOVE your cast gallery i can pass ours looking how awesomely cast these actors were (at least concerning the looks)
    keep with the good work!!

  • Nice, Lex. 76 roles cast. How many left?

    Tobho Mott and Jeyne Poole, officially… and that’s only if they decided to go with a Jeyne. GRRM mentioned Walder Frey a while back, but we’re not sure whether he’ll be in season 1 rather than later (like the Tullys).

    Roose Bolton? I always thought he’d be a nice counterbalance to the Greatjon, but he could still be staved off to season two.

    Hm, sounds like it’s time for another Final Cut post…

    (It’s never really final, is it?)

  • Knurk,

    I can’t speak for BE as I havent seen any of it yet, but from HBO’s record I’d say give it some time. It took almost the whole first season of the Wire before I even started to get into the characters. Now I can’t think of any other tv series ever made that even comes close to having characters as deep as the Wire.

  • Damn, 76 roles? I used to go to the glossary so often when I first read the books and even then I lost track who was who. I’m really curious how this is going to work out.

    Avalanche3319,

    funny you mention the Wire, because after I watched that first episode I bought the whole boxset. I was blown away by McNulty and Bunk, and they managed to introduce the rest of the police (poowlice) in such an interesting way I was hooked. That you pick the Wire as a slowdeveloping series shows how characters can grow on people in very different ways.

  • And the thing about the wire was that they squeezed amazing performances out of ‘lesser’ known actors, because those actors were made for their roles perfectly.
    And being HBO, I can only assume it’ll be more of the same here.
    ( even if the ‘fantasy’ elements seem a bit amateurish and they may well do ( It’s not LOTR with LOTR’s budget )
    the story and acting will be top notch.

  • Boštjan Gorenc:
    “Hear Me Roar: sjwenings,
    Furthermore, there was that pornstar rumour we don’t know which character to link to.”
    Ron Jeremy as Walder Frey? :)     

    Bwahahaha.

  • I’m glad we’ve got a confirmation about Rickon’s appearance and that everyone loves the little guy.

  • I’ll say it again, The Wire’s Idris Elba’s a pom, what role would he suit from the later books? – how awesome that would be

  • I’m gonna blow a little whistle here, because we have a local celebrity on this board, I just noticed. Boštjan Gorenc translated ASoIaF for Slovenia :D Awesome to have you here m8 :)

  • The thing is, you can’t NOT have a Roose. He’s significant enough in season 2 (Arya) to need him then. Plus, you can’t be betrayed by someone you’ve never met. And I’m not talking about Robb, so much as the audience. Plus, Ramsay only makes sense with Roose around. Season 1 is the only real opportunity to introduce Roose as one of Robb’s guys, since he rolls out on his own for a book and a half after that.

  • salty,

    I definitely agree. I would think that Roose as well as Walder Frey are essential characters. I guess theoretically they could just show the outside of the Twins and have Catelyn ride back with his demands, but that seems a little awkward – plus you lose the third confirmation of Arryn’s intention to foster Sweetrobin with Stannis.

    Most of the actors are signing on for multiple seasons anyway, so why not get your Roose and Frey now? Seems to me the producers are going for broke here (multiple seasons or this show is a failure) so might as well put in the casting effort now for the sake of continuity later.

  • I could see them postponing Walder Frey until season 2 and just have the exchange happen off screen. If you look at the Walder scene in the book, it’s not just him but the entire Frey family. Some of those characters become somewhat important later on so you’d have to cast them as well.

    I couldn’t agree more about Bolton. Not only is he one of my favorite characters, but establishing him early as a Stark bannerman is important. When Rob says that he’s scared of him, when we see him again in season 2, we’ll say,”Ewww that guy!”

  • It might happen they postpone these characters, but they really need to establish their presence and role firmly. Otherwise they come across as an ad hoc plot invention later when they are properly introduced. Not an easy job to do that elegantly, but I’m sure they can pull it off.

  • I think we have a fair few castings left yet.

    Jeyne Poole- I think she’s vital, Sansa needs someone to talk to- Arya certainly won’t sit with her and gush about how gorgeous Loras is and if the favourite theory about fake Arya is correct, she’s needed later on

    Roose Bolton- He could be put off to series 2, but I’d rather not, I think his betrayal would be more shocking if we see him in series 1 with Robb’s other supporters.

    Walder Frey- I don’t want to lose the scene where Catelyn negotiates with him, but it would be an easy cut to make. However, it needn’t involve lots of Freys being cast- he can be surrounded by extras, and tell them all to get out when Catelyn arrives, leaving the other members of the family to be cast later- just assume they weren’t with him at the time.

    Tobho Mott- Not vital, in that Ned could turn up at the forge and just encounter Gendry, but it would be better with him in. Doesn’t necessarily need many lines though.

    Beth Cassel- I think she needs to feature in the Winterfell scenes, given what happens to her later on but doesn’t necessarily need any lines, could be played by an extra.

    Eroeh- We know Dany claims lots of women to stop them being raped, at least one of them probably needs to have a few lines, even if only ‘thankyou Khaleesi’ and be killed when the Khalasar splits, could be a featured extra but I see her as a similar status to Masha Heddle (there had to be an inkeeper, might as well be as described in the books)- likewise someone has to fulfil Eroeh’s place in the story.

    Should there be flashbacks, we also need a fair few characters for those, plus possibly younger versions of characters we know.

  • Fire And Blood: Two Feathers, That’s probably the first time I’ve ever heard Rickon described as “happy go lucky.”Book version is a wild little howler.  Quote  Reply

    I know what you mean but as Rickon is now twice as old as he is in the book it might come across a bit odd if he acted like a “howling” three year old. I can only judge from what I have seen, and that was just one short scene and he didn`t have any dialog. Maybe I described more Art`s personality than Rickons,we shall have to wait and see how he is portrayed in the show.

  • Hear Me Roar: It might happen they postpone these characters, but they really need to establish their presence and role firmly. Otherwise they come across as an ad hoc plot invention later when they are properly introduced. Not an easy job to do that elegantly, but I’m sure they can pull it off.  Quote  Reply

    I can certainly see Bolton being played by an Extra during Season One either helmeted or with his back to the camera as long as he is name checked a couple of times. His distinctive colours should make him recognisible when he reappears in Season 2.

    Walder Frey I think we have to see his conversation with Catelyn but it could easily be modified from the book so that we don’t need to see any other Freys till later seasons.

  • Weighing in on Art, I’d say he’s going to be a great fit into the Stark family. He reminds me alot of Isaac.

    As to the pronunciation of maegi I actually pronounce it as a combination of your choices Lanche. When I read the books the word comes out as May-guy. Sometime May-jee I guess.Now that I am thinking about it, I guess the second choice would fit better witht he whole Maggy the Frog buisiness in Feast.

    BE is aces as far as I am concerned so far. I just can’t shove it down my pie hole fast enough. Nucky hasn’t done much, but he’s hella interesting to me. I actually like how he is reserved and is at the center of every single thing going on around him.The one slow spot for me is Jimmy’s character. Its not that I don’t like him. He just seems a tad stiff so far. Something tells me that won’t last too long however.

  • I just made a slightly disappointing connection. GRRM’s site has him listed as going to Ireland next month. While he definately deserves to return to the sets (and hit the con he is attending) it makes the chances of Dance hitting the bookshelves before GoT comes out start to look pretty remote. Knowing the limited amount I do of GRRM’s writing process, I don’t think he did anything on his trip to Australia. He mentions he has a mountain of work (which I read as other than Dance) to catch up on. Its football season now and he has Ireland coming up. I hope he enjoys it all, I just don’t think Dance will get done before the show comes out at this rate.

  • They can do the Walder Frey scene without the rest of the Frey clan present. It’s really just about Catelyn and Walder but I think it’s important to set them up in the first season. The Tully’s can wait I can see that. Roose Bolton would be nice to have, but he’s about as important as Beric Dondarrian in book one.

  • Tobho Mott would be an even more interesting character onscreen than he is on the printed page, I think, if he is well cast. He is an educated man with speech patterns similar to a nobleman’s, and he’s a little bit of a snob. Yet he is also an artisan of considerable skill, a magician, and a blacksmith. You need an actor who can combine all of that to good effect, including the physicality of being able to hammer out a sword from the molten metal. Remember he shows up again in Storm of Swords for a scene with Tywin.

    And who have we just mentioned in this very thread who is about the right age and who could pull all of that off? And who could also suggest a semi-fatherly attitude toward his apprentice, Gendry, mostly by means of body language?

    Ron Jeremy!

  • Hear Me Roar: Furthermore, there was that pornstar rumour we don’t know which character to link to.

    When i first saw the pictures that came with the rumour i immeadiately thought of Chataya/Alayaya.
    Have they been mentioned thus far? Do we know if they will or won’t be part of Season1?

  • Deidre K,

    I’d give all your walnuts for Roose Bolton as a named, helmeted extra in season 1, followed by a glorious reveal of the actor in season 2. He lifts his visor in a pivotal moment to reveal.. Brad Dourif.. or Willem Dafoe.. or Ron Jeremy..

  • Brad: Deidre K, I’d give all your walnuts for Roose Bolton as a named, helmeted extra in season 1, followed by a glorious reveal of the actor in season 2. He lifts his visor in a pivotal moment to reveal.. Brad Dourif.. or Willem Dafoe.. or Ron Jeremy..  Quote  Reply

    I would add all my walnuts to yours and give them ,to be that named,helmeted extra who plays Roose.

  • Two Feathers,

    You have my vote, Two Feathers! :-) Congrats on being an extra, and thanks for continuing to share your experience here and there.. like your observations on Rickon.

  • Brad,

    Thanks , I nearly typed ,I would give all my walnuts to be Ron Jeremy .But that would have been a mistake , ……….wouldn`t it??

  • Phoenix_torn: Off Topic:
    Vol 2 of A Song of Ice and Fire Art Book by Fantasy Flight has popped up in this month’s Previews Catalogue, and will be released this winter.    

    Isn’t Vol 2 A Clash of Kings?

  • We can be pretty sure Bolton will be on the show this year in some form. Remember this from the Making Of web site?

    When we spend two hours discussing the details of the House Bolton sigil …

    No reason to do that if he’s not going to be in there.

  • pualo,

    I kinda got the feeling they were just spitballing with that comment, that it wasn’t literal; they probably didn’t actually spend two hours discussing the Bolton sigil, they were just trying to give a for instance type of example. I didn’t take it as confirmation that Roose would be in season one.

  • Lord ned’s Head,

    Yeah it is a little disheartening knowing George probably won’t be working much on Dance in the near future. I’ve never been a huge football fan, but I’ve actually gotten to the point that I like it less soley because of his obsession for it and the attention he gives it in place of writing. Sad, I know…

  • Brad,

    Isn’t Ron Jeremy a porn actor? (Or former porn actor, now touring college campuses and writing how-to books?)

    I wasn’t aware Roose had those kind of walnuts. In fact, I was sure he was compensating for something…

  • Steve B,

    He seems to spend far more time than a few hours a week watching, recording, discussing, and dwelling on football. I want to be clear though, I don’t think theres anything wrong with him watching football. He has every right to spend as much time as he likes on football. As some would say, GRRM is not my bitch. I’m just saying I enjoy football less because of his obsession with it, knowing every time football season rolls around we’re going to see more blog updates on the G-men then on ADWD.

  • I’ll be looking for football tactics in is battle scenes now… isn’t that where it came from in the first place? West Point? Every time I see those blocks I imagine casualties.

  • Avalanche3319,

    Fascinating. I would never imagine he spent more than a few hours. He posts each week there’s a game, and occasionally when there’s incidental news. It never seemed more than any typical fan of a few teams. But to each their own. Bummer it spoils the fun for you.

  • Football games last three hours. He watches two games per week. He spends maybe an hour writing about them. That’s seven hours. Not a huge amount. And if he wasn’t watching football, no doubt he’d be spending his leisure time doing other leisurely activities.

  • What’s more frustrating for me is the traveling (especially since he seems to hate it, and always comes home sick). GRRM was on a roll in July, but then the traveling started and August/Sept basically became a complete write-off. October will mostly be a write-off as well, since he’s going to Ireland. Sigh…

  • If George R. R. Martin didn’t take time to be a football fan, and to travel to the set and to conventions, he wouldn’t be the same marvellous writer whom we all love to read so much. He might be just as good, but he wouldn’t be the same man.

    Hope for the book, pray for the book, donate money to a worthy cause in its name. But if George comes here and sees the unhappiness, it will be a poor reward for what he’s given us. He knows that people are impatient. Let him enjoy reading these boards if he does visit this site.

  • Maester Tcost,

    Yeah, I know. I try not to be too negative. There are other places on the internet specifically devoted for complaining about the delay of ADWD. Sometimes it’s hard, though. I want to read the book so badly! :)

  • It would be kinda funny to see what’s left of this site if every negative thing said about anyone who’s anyone were deleted

  • It’ll be funny to see how many people are still parroting “George RR Martin is not your bitch!” and being all “take your time, George!” when we’re still waiting for Dance in 2015.

  • Two Feathers: I would add all my walnuts to yours and give them ,to be that named,helmeted extra who plays Roose.  Quote  Reply

    You have a better shot at that than me! I never seem to get the cool roles that involve armour or uniforms. I think I’m stuck with the – ‘peasant/minion/scumbag’ label for life.

    (I did try on a Kingsguard helmet though so that’s something!)

    I hope we meet again on Set Two Feathers. I’m just waiting for the phone to ring again!

  • What do we make of the story that the new premiun Sky channel, Sky Atlantic will be showing “Games of Thrones”? I was really hoping it would be on Sky 1 as we get that as part of our Virgin deal. Ah well, I guess it’s watch it via unscrupulous means and get the DVD’s subsequently…

  • Bashful, why didn’t you say the most important thing?

    The article claims that Game of Thrones will premiere on Sky Atlantic channel in April.

  • I gave up on the books recently. In not-a-blog it sounded as if ADwD was just about done….was it this summer?
    Got my hopes up for the onehundred eleventh time.
    Then nothing again.
    I look forward to the show instead. Spring 2011. Even “2011” is kinda enough for me to know.
    The books seems like a lost case. Seems as if there is no joy in them for GRRM either.
    Just as I stopped waiting for “Chinese Democracy” I wont wait for ADwD any more and if it actually do come out I will pick it up when it seems as if the writing continues.

  • McKee: On a totally different subject, since I’m re-reading Clash of Kings with the wife, I noticed what a large and instrumental part is given to the black brother Yoren.What a great character: principled, but uncouth.Cautious, but confident.Harsh, but loyal.And filthy, to boot.The actor cast as him fits my mental image precisely.I cannot WAIT to see this guy peel a sourleaf from the bale and start drawing maps in the dirt with a stick.Keep up with this amazing web-site, y’all.-McKee    

    Yay! more Yoren love.

    It’s not just clash of kings. He’s the glue that bonds the three westeros stories together in Game of Thrones as well. Frankly, his part is bigger than the Hound’s while he’s on stage, and I could easily see him being set up as one of the “New Main Characters” of season 2.

  • OT but since it’s getting close I thought I’d ask. Has anyone heard if HBO is going to be doing anything GOT related at NYCC? You still planning on going Winter?

  • Critical Geek,

    THERE you go! I was starting to wonder if anyone else gave a fig about Yoren.

    I’ve been following discussions about ASOIAF for years, and Yoren seems to go underneath the radar, which I guess is appropriate, since that’s arguably what Yoren does best, having ferried new recruits to the Wall who-knows-how-long.

    Now I’m starting to see him as a diamond in the rough, an overlooked underdog.

    I have a feeling he’s going to translate extremely well to the screen, and be regarded as the unexpected treasure that he is.

    I never noticed that fans were inclined to debate too much about Yoren, who comes off as one of the more transparently “good guys” in Westeros. The fact is, his actions have a tremendous impact on events, and unlike most other characters, he seems to know it. It is a blast to watch him in Clash, carefully weighing his options.

    Oh, and bonus points for catchy vernacular.

  • Rimshot,

    I was stuck with the peasant/scumbag/joe public typecast until my luck changed on the pilot last year. I love medieval history and since GoT was given the green light in March, I was hoping and praying to be cast as a knight. Well my recent role came pretty close, although it wasn`t quite what I had visualized I did get to wear some plate and carry a sword and shield. I was also working in close company with all of the Starks and some of the other main characters.Couldn`t have been much better really.Sorry don`t mean to rub it in. I am a bit worried they may have reshot our scene from the pilot, I was on our old set (which is now extensively re-modelled) not shooting the same scene, but they did have a background blacksmith working,and it wasn`t me ! Hope this is not the case, but I guess we will have to wait and see.Fingers crossed. Any way, keep positve, you were in the Hands Tourney after all. That has to be one of the best scenes in series one,I would have loved to have been part of that. Hope your phone rings again soon.

  • Deidre K,

    Yeah, you’re right about Ron Jeremy. Some folks had mentioned as a joke earlier in this thread, so I was just continuing the joke. :-)

  • Two Feathers,

    Lol. It is nice to know that I’m not the only one typecast as the peasant. XD And hope the phone rings again for both of you. Not going to happen for me, as I’m on the wrong spit of land (England), but I hope more work comes for you and Rimshot.

  • The Rabbit: New set photo. Hand’s chair     

    Very nice detail and texture. I’m not sure if I love the half-closed fingers, but I guess if they hadn’t done that it would have looked exactly like the Hand of Saruman from LOTR. Looks good! Can’t wait to see the Iron Throne!

  • Real cool picture, even though we already had a good look in the Raven teaser.

    One thing that stands out is how detailed and textured it looks, which doesn’t show on the washed out teaser we saw. This reaffirms for me that I can’t judge what I see in the teasers and the behind the scenes too much because there will be a world of difference when we see things in proper lighting and in full HD color corrected display.

  • Dom,

    Can’t wait to see the Iron Throne. Given the name of the show, I wouldn’t be surprised to see it incorporated into an official trailer. An empty throne room and the Iron Throne could be a very iconic image to go along with the Game of Thrones logo at the end of the trailer.

  • Samantha Hirst: Two Feathers, Lol. It is nice to know that I’m not the only one typecast as the peasant. XD And hope the phone rings again for both of you. Not going to happen for me, as I’m on the wrong spit of land (England), but I hope more work comes for you and Rimshot.  Quote  Reply

    Thanks for the kind words.

  • Two Feathers:
    Thanks for the kind words.    

    You’re welcome. I just know how quiet the business can be, so it’s always nice to have your phone ring and get work, especially for people you know (even if it is just through a board. lol). As I can’t get work on GoT, I’m personally eyeing up a certain production down in London and hoping I get called for that. XD

  • Just saw this! It is bad news for me!

    My son played Rickon in the first pilot. He was 3 at the time. It was an awesome day on set and he got on really well with the other Stark kids. Isaac in particular was fantastic with him and kept him very well behaved. Massive shame we’re not going to see him on the screen!

    From other extras I’ve been speaking to, they do seems to have a minimum age policy on set now :(

  • Ross,

    Hmm, that’s too bad. I personally hoped they sticked with a 3-year old because it would make more sense that the wolf would turn into an almost uncontrollable beast. I wonder why there is a minimum age policy all of a sudden.

    I’m wishing you all the best on future (extras) jobs!