Asha renamed and cast?
By Winter Is Coming on in Casting, Rumors, Speculation.

Gemma WhelanOk, now we’re talking! From the same Twitter source comes word of another role leaked onto Spotlight. This time it is actress Gemma Whelan who is listed as playing the role of Yara Greyjoy. Now there is no Greyjoy named Yara in the books. But according to this post over at Westeros, a casting breakdown was sent out for a character to play Theon’s sister and her name was reportedly Yara Greyjoy. So unless they have invented a new sister for Theon, it would seem Asha has been cast and had her name changed (probably to avoid confusion with Osha).

Winter Is Coming: Another actor that fits the profile, young, just out of drama school, solid representation, etc. Obviously we will wait for official confirmation before listing it as a done deal, but it seems promising. She looks younger than I thought they would go for Asha. But I’m sure she is talented.


155 Comments

  1. Steve the Pirate
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

    She looks perfect for an Iron Islands woman, pretty but not dainty.
    Countdown til the first guy whining she’s not hot enough…

  2. Lex
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 7:12 pm | Permalink

    She looks pretty good, to me. But “Yara”? Why, because Asha sounds too much like Osha? Disappointing (I’d rather they changed Osha’s name), but at least Yara Greyjoy still sounds cool.

  3. Miss
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Permalink

    She’s not hot enough!!!1111111 Life is OMG OVAR! ;)

    Nice scoop! I find it interesting HBO is so concerned about name confusion, heheh.

  4. GaR
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Permalink

    Difficult to tell if she can pull off the baddassity required from that pic, but time will tell.

    I’m not surprised the name was changed; I know people who confused Asha and Osha when reading the books.

  5. Daisy May
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

    I like her, don’t care for the name change.

  6. Tom Hilton
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

    I understand changing it to avoid confusion. And they can’t change Osha’s name, because then she wouldn’t be able to investigate workplace safety violations. (She also wouldn’t own the Thai restaurant near my office, which would be too bad.)

  7. tracy
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 7:16 pm | Permalink

    i think she looks perfect! also, i totally get them wanting to change her name so we don’t have osha and asha, but yara seems excessively similar to arya, doesn’t it?

  8. userj
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

    seriously when I pronounce the two names they are identical, so it was a good move by HBO, IMO. Sort of like making Rakharo instead of Jhogo “the whip” in S. 1.

  9. Antti Peltokorpi
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Permalink

    There’s a new casting clue too.

    “The she-wolf of France has stormed the barbican. The Aussie turned her into a bunny.”

  10. Damryn of Dorne
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    elbows too pointy

  11. Veelo
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Permalink

    Here’s Gemma’s showreel:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1NUdb7lRD8

  12. Lex
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Permalink

    She looks very close to my mental image of Asha… except I picture Asha with more of a “hatchet” nose, and a little harsher. But it’s close…

  13. Jenny
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

    That’s Alanna of Trebond!

  14. Beth Crew
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

    Antti Peltokorpi:
    There’s a new casting clue too.

    “The she-wolf of France has stormed the barbican. The Aussie turned her into a bunny.”

    Juliette Binoche? Maybe Melissande?

  15. MustangJeff
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

    Gemma was a cast member of the move The Werewolf. I’m not sure about the rest of the casting clue.

  16. Veelo
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

    Casting clue! She-wolf of France is Isabella of France. That’s all I got so far.

  17. Knurk
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Permalink

    Damryn of Dorne:
    elbows too pointy

    too round in my opinion.

    But fucking hell: CASTING CLUESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!

  18. Felix Zschieschow
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Permalink

    There is a froggy clue on NaB!!!!

    Also, I am already in LOVE with this girl. Her video show reel even has a Mr Bungle song on it!!!!!

  19. Lex
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

    Froggy clues!

    The she-wolf of France has stormed the barbican. The Aussie turned her into a bunny.

  20. Feanor
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

    Antti Peltokorpi,

    The Barbican is a famous European arts venue, where French actress Juliette Binoche is appearing in a play next year, alongside the Australian Cate Blanchett. I’m not sure how “she-wolf” and “bunny” play into it though, but a possible Melisandre in Binoche?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juliette_Binoche

  21. Lex
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

    Felix Zschieschow:
    Her video show reel even has a Mr Bungle song on it!!!!!

    Okay, she just got 1000 times cooler!

  22. Mormegil
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Permalink

    HBO’s viewer guide lists Theons sister as Asha and while it’s possible that will be changed before Season 2 I wonder why they put Asha there at all if they were always planning to change it.

  23. Jessica C.
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Permalink

    Look at all the eye candy the boys will be getting next year. First Natalie and now Gemma.

    She looks the part, I could just imagine her with that smirk on her face when she first meets Theon.

    :D

  24. Jan Fennick
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Permalink

    Christopher Marlowe wrote “Edward II” who was the husband of Isabella of France and the Barbican is a theatre for the RSC. I can’t seem to find any notable productions of the play at the Barbican though — but it seems like a clue for our new actor?

    Gemma looks very good as Asha/Yara (don’t like the new name though — I get why she may be renamed but Yara’s kind of meh.)

  25. Adam Whitehead
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 7:30 pm | Permalink

    Tilda Swinton has played Isabella of France. She would annihilate the role of Melisandre from on high and would be an awesome choice. Can’t work out the Aussie/bunny connection yet, but she’s been in a ton of films.

  26. Mormegil
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 7:30 pm | Permalink
  27. Tom Hazel
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 7:31 pm | Permalink

    Not bothered at all about the name change. I hope this casting is true, she is pretty but not hot which is what Asha is always meant to be (as I always thought…) so very happy with this! (If its true)

  28. ck
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 7:31 pm | Permalink

    Pretty sure that GRRM’s casting hint is for Brienne, given the title of the blog post.

  29. Chris77
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

    Nice, she will make a nice Asha, err Yara. I would have preferred choosing a name closer to the original one though, like Sasha, or Tasha or Dasha or Kasha, but she fits my mental image. It seems though she is the first charcter who is younger than in the books…

  30. Adam Whitehead
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

    Sophie Marceau also played Isabella in BRAVEHEART, directed by Aussie Mel Gibson.

  31. Knurk
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

    Jessica C.: Look at all the eye candy the boys will be getting next year. First Natalie and now Gemma.

    it was long due, how the ladies were spoiled this season! Seriously though, I love her showreel. Interesting to see how she will handle the dramatic side of acting!

  32. Kit
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

    Agree with ck that the title “I’m Blue” refers to Brienne

  33. Kit
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Permalink

    (This because I’m fairly sure that Brienne’s cloak in the Rainbow Guard is the blue one)

  34. Khal Mojo
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Permalink

    She looks great, considering how I (and apparently others) pictured her: http://awoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/File:Asha_Greyjoy.jpg

  35. GrzebykK
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Permalink

    Osha, Asha, Asshai… It’s understandable, why they could change it.
    As for Gemma Whelan, on this photo she looks nice with beautiful smile of her. Too nice for Asha. I’ve portraited Balon’s doughter as fierce rather than hot, hence my feelings. But it’s only first impression taken from some photos. If they give her axe or two and soil her a little, she may fit.

  36. Feanor
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Permalink

    Another possibility: Sophie Marceau.

    She played Isabella, the “she-wolf of France” in Braveheart, and appeared in Female Agents, a film that was screened at the Barbican.

    Seems unlikely, but a huge name if true.

    EDIT: I see that Adam connected that before I did.

  37. Chris77
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Permalink

    Adam Whitehead,

    Wow Sophie Marceau as Mel would rock. never thought of her with all that talk about Monica Belluci…

  38. Jenny
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

    What if this simply refers to Gemma Whelan?
    See her showreel – She is in a movie called Wolfman and she also speeks french in it.

  39. burth
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

    Don’t forget to mention the title of the blog post, “I’m Blue”. I’m sure there’s some sort of clue in there… or George is listening to annoying 90s eurodance lately.

    edit: ok, some people have mentioned it by now.

  40. pryced
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 7:38 pm | Permalink

    Feanor,

    Sophie Marceau was my first thought. Not only did she play Isabella in Braveheart, but director Mel Gibson (Australian) was heavily criticized by historians for the portrayal of Isabella.

  41. Veelo
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

    I agree, the “I’m Blue” clue refers to Brienne. That’s the only part of the clue that could possibly tell us which character she’s playing.

  42. Cristian Far Arnedo
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

    To me she is more Brienne than Asha, I hope the character is not changed much and toned down (like Renly). Also, Yara? I understand the problem with having two characters in the show named similarly, but couldn’t they find a better name? Maybe a name that also appears in the book (like in the case Jhogo -> Rakharo)?

  43. Winter Is Coming
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

    New post for George’s casting clues. Would be funny if they were for Gemma as Yara!

  44. Jenny
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

    What if Gemma Whelan was cast as Brienne and this “Yara” Business is just some stupidity… From her showreel she’d be a great Brienne.
    Rather than Asha.

  45. Chrysee
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 7:40 pm | Permalink

    I like her and she has the right look for Asha. I don’t care about and am not surprised by the name change, however HBO’s viewer guide already has her listed as Asha, so that’s weird. Maybe Yara is the new fake name she will give Theon when she meets him? Anyway, if they change the name of the character, I don’t really care. Wouldn’t have picked “Yara” myself, but whatever.

  46. Lex
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Permalink

    Winter Is Coming:
    New post for George’s casting clues. Would be funny if they were for Gemma as Yara!

    Yeah, I can see George saying “SON OF A… that’s it, I give up!”

  47. Lex
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Permalink

    Adam Whitehead:
    Tilda Swinton has played Isabella of France. She would annihilate the role of Melisandre from on high and would be an awesome choice. Can’t work out the Aussie/bunny connection yet, but she’s been in a ton of films.

    Wow, never considered Tilda Swinton for this show, but she would be great! By far the best part of the Narnia films…

  48. Yan
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Permalink

    Only 37 comments? Let’s start another flame war everyone!

    Come on, engage nitpicking muscles!

  49. Whiskeyjack
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

    In many scenes on her show reel, Whelan’s face is much rounder and softer than I imagined Asha’s. Could just be a weight issue.

    I’m sure she’ll do a fine job regardless.

  50. Tenesmus
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Permalink

    Has a good look, and some snarkiness, but appears a little too soft. I hope they get her to tone up a bit for the role.

    BTW, the guy they got to play Loras also really needs to get to a gym. Not for bulk, just a little definition. He was not believable at all with his flabby girly arms

  51. Mirri Maz
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Permalink

    Well Yara is a beautiful name so i’m happy and her look is spot on.

    i have to say casting news and then pictures and trailers are just as exciting or even a bit more than the series itself.

  52. Ben
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Permalink

    Couldn’t people confuse the name Yara with Arya just as easily?

  53. Mirri Maz
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

    They are similar but they won’t be in the same conversations or storyline, while Asha and Osha will be part of the same stroyline so it makes sense to change it.

  54. Mirri Maz
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 8:35 pm | Permalink

    Also Asha and Osha look a bit similar while Arya is a 12 y/o

  55. Sansa's Lemoncakes
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 8:35 pm | Permalink

    I hate the pointless name-change and really dislike the casting based on pics and showreel. But I’ll grit my teeth and wait and see whether she can win me over.

  56. DaveB
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Permalink

    I can almost see how they came to this name…

    Asha is pretty close to Osha…
    How about Arra?
    Too close to Arya…
    How about Yara??

    Personally, I like the look of her. The show hasn’t disappointed me yet with any casting. And she obviously showed the GoT brass that she could play the type of person that Asha/Yara is. Just glad to finally get some more casting news!

  57. Knurk
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 8:42 pm | Permalink

    Sansa’s Lemoncakes: I hate the pointless name-change and really dislike the casting based on pics and showreel.

    well I assume she auditioned and they didn’t cast her for her pics and showreel…

  58. Sansa's Lemoncakes
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

    Knurk,

    I’m aware. I’m usually on the “wait and see” train with castings but Asha’s one of my favourite characters and one tends to be a little more nit-picky when it comes to one’s favourites. Based on looks alone, I hate this casting. She looks too soft and doesn’t convey the iron that Asha should possess.

    And yes, I fully acknowledge I’m being stereotypically fanboy/girlish about this.

  59. Dreamlife
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

    I am not very impressed with the showreel…except I didn’t think she was funny in the Footlocker clip. She looks more feminine than how I picture Asha. I trust HBO and assume they saw something they liked in this actress if she has been indeed cast for Asha…

    …er…Yara. I really love the name Asha, so I am a little disappointed to have the name changed. It’s actually a common Indian name. Yara is pretty, though, so I guess I can live with it.

  60. Knurk
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 8:58 pm | Permalink

    Sansa’s Lemoncakes: She looks too soft and doesn’t convey the iron that Asha should possess.

    actually agree with you there. But we haven’t seen her in tight clothes, plenty of girls around with nice round faces who have a killerbody. Asha (Yara…?) needs to have an athletic body to be convincing (and so we won’t have another ‘Knight of the Flowers can’t-lift-a-sword-with-my-girly-armes gate’) and I’m sure she can convey some Iron Born hard looks. I’m pretty convinced this girl can nail this role and I’m in love with her face.

  61. Starkgirl
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 9:03 pm | Permalink

    I don’t blame the producers for deciding her name needed to be changed. I just don’t like the name they picked for her instead. Yara is too close to Arya and I don’t like how it sounds. If they were going to rename her, I wish it had been something else. Oh well. I like how the actress looks in that photo and I’m sure she’ll do a great job. In Nina Gold I trust! :)

  62. Sansa's Lemoncakes
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 9:06 pm | Permalink

    Knurk,

    More than a killer body, she’ll really need to have shitloads of attitude to override the impressions her sweet, round face is giving me. She looks like she’d bake me cookies. Asha’s not a cookie-baking kind of person.

  63. ck
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 9:12 pm | Permalink

    For what it’s worth, the HBO Viewer’s guide still lists the character as “Asha”. But it may be that this is a recent change they decided on and the site just hasn’t been updated yet.

  64. paulgude
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 9:12 pm | Permalink

    I think I could see shades of Theon’s sister in the Foot Locker commercial.

  65. Lina
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 9:16 pm | Permalink

    Not at all what I imagined Asha to look like. Gemma has a “cute” look, and I always imagined Asha to look much more stern, and well, a little bit meaner. That said, I think there is something about Gemma’s smirk that is very Greyjoy-esque. And if she is indeed our Asha, then, as with all other casting, I will put my faith in D&D. They’ve given me no reason to doubt them thus far.

    The name change, however….I don’t want to sound like a bitch, but I think this is unnecessary. Asha and Osha don’t even really overlap all that much in the story; I don’t think the pronunciation of their names would really be an issue. And…people aren’t dumb. HBO clearly knows this based on how they made the first season (lots of characters and background referenced and audience expected to keep up), so this seems a bit “out of left field.” And, as someone already said above, doesn’t Yara sound similar to Arya?

  66. Yan
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 9:17 pm | Permalink

    Sansa’s Lemoncakes:
    Knurk,

    More than a killer body, she’ll really need to have shitloads of attitude to override the impressions her sweet, round face is giving me. She looks like she’d bake me cookies. Asha’s not a cookie-baking kind of person.

    Yeah I totally agree. Asha is respected enough by crazy viking-types that she even almost convinced them to elect her as their queen. You don’t get more badass than that.

  67. youandwhosearmy
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 9:29 pm | Permalink

    Interesting look for Asha, but at his point I trust their casting. Let’s remember these are the people that turned Jerome Flynn into a hardass sellsword, and Mark Addy into a Shakespearean king.

    The name change is a good idea, and I’m smirking at all the irrational responses here to the contrary.

  68. JA Abreu
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 9:40 pm | Permalink

    The name change, if confirmed, would be because of this:

    http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/OneSteveLimit

  69. Sansa's Lemoncakes
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Permalink

    youandwhosearmy,

    Renaming a popular secondary character something completely different is a bit contentious though. I’m not completely against a name-change but they could have kept it close to the original.

    I understand why they’re doing it – to avoid confusion between Osha and Asha – but I don’t think it makes much of a difference. The people who would be confused by the names aren’t the people who are up to date on every character name and relation, and don’t particularly care. They’ll call Osha “Tonks” or “The one with the hair” or whatever descriptive name they’ve come up with. When Asha shows up, she’ll get her own fun descriptor.

    The actresses look completely different and are in separate locations for most of the time. They don’t need to be distinguished nearly as much as the producers think they do.

  70. Justin Walsh
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 9:45 pm | Permalink

    Daisy May:
    I like her, don’t care for the name change.

    I understand the reason for changing it but still don’t like it.

  71. SergioCQH
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 9:50 pm | Permalink

    Terrible replacement name. Yara? Sounds like the name of an Eastern European witch.

  72. Ingemar Svensson
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 9:56 pm | Permalink

    I guess that even if they need to change the name then it’s not too late for them to come up with something better than Yara. They haven’t started shooting yet afterall. What would be a better name for Asha if we accept that they need to change it?

  73. Steve Hugh Westenra
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Permalink

    Are we sure they DIDN’T make up another Greyjoy sister for Theon? She just doesn’t seem at all like Asha. She does, however, look like she could pass for Alfie Allen’s sister, and he looks very different from Theon in the books. I’m not heartbroken if they’ve changed her all that much, but mostly because she was never one of my most favourite characters. I imagine if she was a favourite of mine I’d feel a little more strongly about it.
    The actress seems very talented from the clips, but I get nothing of Asha from her, and I agree with Lina about the name change. It just sounds kind of silly, and Asha is a very cool name (and honestly, what are these sites for if not for some good-natured nit-picking). Not entirely convinced by this casting, if it’s accurate, but I’m willing to wait and see.

    As to the possibility of Gwendoline Christie as Brienne…not entirely convinced about that, either. I feel like a terrible naysayer right now, as I’ve never really disagreed all that much with the casting and I don’t like to complain about actors/actresses, but I’m disappointed that the role didn’t go to an up-and-coming and less attractive actress. As I’ve said before, Brienne is a favourite character of mine, and I feel like casting a model/playboy bunny in the role ignores a lot of what sets her apart from your typical fantasy heroine. It’s quite disappointing and feels a little cheap (but I’m a bit overly sensitive about this character, so….).

  74. Mike Chair
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 10:08 pm | Permalink

    JA Abreu: The name change, if confirmed, would be because of this: [One Steve Limit]

    Shit. What are they going to do with the Freys? :-)

    I like Gemma. From the YouTube stuff it seems she leans toward comedy. That’s good for Asha/Yara (oh no, here we go with the Namegate now) and the first scene with Theon (he’s still called Theon, right?) and the nuncle stuff and the queensmoot thingy.

  75. George DW
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 10:19 pm | Permalink

    JA Abreu:
    The name change, if confirmed, would be because of this:

    http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/OneSteveLimit

    Interestingly, ASOIAF has one of the longest examples on that page as an aversion of the trope.

  76. obsidian
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 10:28 pm | Permalink

    paulgude,

    I agree about the Footlocker commercial..Plus ..she does comedy ..which has the potential to help to make her reunion with Theon memorable..and she’s a trained dancer ( many forms ) and has horseback , water skiing and other athletic skils , so should take well to the more physical requirements of the role..I really like this .

  77. Steve the Pirate
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Permalink

    I think judging the casting when you haven’t even seen her play the role is a big mistake. Why get bent out of shape about it and spent the next nine months freaking out? In Nina We Trust, etc etc. She knows better than most of the fans. Honestly most fan-castings you see online are crap.

    As for the name change, yeah it was necessary. I trip over the names and have to correct myself occasionally, and I’ve been rereading the books for six years. How would a new TV fan deal? Confusion galore, and it’s easily solved with a simple name change. Osha and Asha also sound nearly identical in some accents. It’s a very small change, really.

  78. Charles
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

    this name-change thing is retarded. I didn’t mind robert>>robin all that much, but this is just stupid. Is like the have no faith that the audience will be able to tell two completely unrelated characters appart just because they have a similar sounding name

    Very disapointed.

  79. obsidian
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 10:38 pm | Permalink

    Here’s Gemma’s comedy CV

    http://www.comedycv.co.uk/gemmawhelan/index.html

    I’m sure they must have put her through a few paces in audition.

  80. GaR
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 10:40 pm | Permalink

    Charles,

    Were you similarly disappointed about Jhogo, or did you not even notice?

    Honestly, how anyone can worry about something so utterly trivial is beyond me.

  81. Ginny
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 10:41 pm | Permalink

    Usually if you can do comedy, you can do anything. Comedy is MUCH more challenging than drama.

  82. smilingsoprano
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 10:46 pm | Permalink

    I honestly think the combination of comedic training and dance is perfect for Asha/Yara (sad about the name change, but I’m not gonna bitch, I understand their reasons). She’s not a serious character; she jokes and pulls elaborate pranks (see her first scene with Theon, where the reveal of her as his sister is a comedic moment that could be slipped into any sitcom and not feel misplaced). The athleticism is also very important.

    I like her look too. She’s a little softer than I imagined, but her facial features could easily be sharp with very slight weight loss and some makeup magic. And she has the sort of easy grin I think will work beautifully. She also looks very much like she could be Theon’s sister.

    Basically, I’m excited. Asha/Yara’s one of my favorite characters, and I can’t wait to see what she does with the role!

  83. Charles
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 10:50 pm | Permalink

    GaR,

    Didn’t notice at all, but Asha is a major character, and has her own POV. And doesn’t matter how much you try to rationalize it, it just doesn’t sit well with me at all. Feels like the writers aren’t giving enough credit to the audience.

  84. Steve Hugh Westenra
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 11:02 pm | Permalink

    Ginny,

    Not that I mean to say that THIS actress can’t, as I know nothing about her really, but this is not necessarily true. I’ve seen a few actors in theatre who can’t play dramatic roles without accidentally giving them a more humourous slant than they were meant to have (and to their detriment).

  85. GaR
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 11:04 pm | Permalink

    Charles,

    Audiences constantly get characters with similar names mixed up. On this site I’ve seen people confuse Varys and Viserys, for example.

    They already changed Robert Arryn’s name and Jhogo’s name for that very reason.

    Now no one will confuse her with the sly cripple from Spartacus.

  86. Ginny
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 11:10 pm | Permalink

    Steve Hugh Westenra:
    Ginny,

    Not that I mean to say that THIS actress can’t, as I know nothing about her really, but this is not necessarily true. I’ve seen a few actors in theatre who can’t play dramatic roles without accidentally giving them a more humourous slant than they were meant to have (and to their detriment).

    I think that would mean they just aren’t a very good actor, and instead are just a funny person in some other aspect. That’s the difference between being able to tell a joke versus acting like someone who can tell a joke.

    If you think about it, everyone gets mad, serious, cries, etc. Not everyone can make you laugh. :)

    I’m speaking in general terms. Of course there are some exceptions.

  87. Fire And Blood
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 11:12 pm | Permalink

    I like Gemma’s mischievous qualities, but nothing about her screams “warrior” to me. It will be interesting to see what she looks like after she hits the gym, and what kind of confidence she can impose. Asha (Yera) didn’t gain all those loyal followers by sleeping with them. She’s a leader with swagger and a ready knife. So half of this feels like a home run (I could totally see this woman screwing with Theon’s head) and half feels like a real challenge. I’m intrigued.

    Yera is Yera. It’s not the most exciting name but i’m not offended by the change.

  88. HumMis1349
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 11:19 pm | Permalink

    GaR:
    Charles,

    Audiences constantly get characters with similar names mixed up.On this site I’ve seen people confuse Varys and Viserys, for example.

    They already changed Robert Arryn’s name and Jhogo’s name for that very reason.

    Now no one will confuse her with the sly cripple from Spartacus.

    They changed Robert to Robin, which is a nickname he has in the books. And it would be more accurate to say that Jhogo and Rakharo (as well as Aggo) were combined into one character. Most likely, I will continue to call her character Asha, much as I continue call a certain Italian power metal band just Rhapsody, not Rhapsody of Fire.

  89. Avalanche3319
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 11:54 pm | Permalink

    I’m not complaining, because if this girl has been cast I’m sure she’ll do a wonderful job, but it seems a little odd to me that Natalie Dormer who is a relatively “big” name gets such a tiny role as Margaery, then we get a no name actress for Asha… er Yara (not a fan of the name change, though I can understand it.) I could have seen Natalie as Asha, she certainly can do fiesty, though perhaps she’s a bit too pretty and not “warrior” enough. Though as FAB pointed out, Gemma doesnt really give off a “warrior” vibe either.

  90. GaR
    Posted July 8, 2011 at 12:01 am | Permalink

    HumMis1349,

    The nickname was Sweetrobin, actually.

    It would be more accurate to say that the three khas were combined into one character, Jhogo, who was later renamed Rhakaro.

    I will continue to call her Asha also; it’s the people saying the change actually disappoints them that baffle me. How could that disappoint you? Will the show be less enjoyable now?

  91. Pastor_of_Muppets
    Posted July 8, 2011 at 12:23 am | Permalink

    I personally don’t mind one bit that they’ve changed the name from Asha to Yara, however what does bother me is the people saying that Yara sounds more like Arya than Asha to Osha (not necessarily here, but a number of complaints over at Westeros.org regarding this sentiment).

    Let’s try this phonetically:

    Ar-E-Ya vs. Yar-Ah

    Oh-Sha vs. Ash-A

    Seriously, it may just be me, but what an asinine reason to complain regarding the name change. If you dislike it based on principle alone, that’s one thing, but… I don’t know, just annoyed me, is all.

    Anyway, very happy with all of the recent casting announcements (and not bothered by the name change), and excited for the news (both casting and shooting) in the days to come.

  92. The Dragon Demands
    Posted July 8, 2011 at 12:57 am | Permalink

    “Yara Greyjoy”?!

    ****”Yara” is what its come to?!***

    We can tell the difference between “Osha” and “Yara”!

    Fire and Blood!

  93. Caedes
    Posted July 8, 2011 at 1:15 am | Permalink

    She doesn’t fit my mental image of Asha at all…

    So, following Season 1 experience, she will knock the role out the park :-)

  94. Cranscape
    Posted July 8, 2011 at 1:31 am | Permalink

    Wouldn’t it have been easier to change Osha’s name instead? Asha is a bigger role. Now her identity will be split in fandom too. Two different names for a pov sized part is a pain in the ass for a fandom that goes back this far. Maybe that’s just the archivist in me. I know I won’t switch to the new name. I am iffy on the casting but add in the name change and it rankles. Makes me wonder what else about her will be changed.

  95. jude
    Posted July 8, 2011 at 1:45 am | Permalink

    The name change doesnt make much sense. Why would people confuse Osha and Asha? In the books, maybe, but when has Osha’s name even been mentioned on the show? She has never said her name, as far as I know. Anyway, doesn’t Yara sound really similar to Arya?

  96. paulgude
    Posted July 8, 2011 at 2:02 am | Permalink

    This name thing is so simple!

    Asha -> Tasha -> Tasha Yar -> Yara

    Also, the moon landing wasn’t just faked, it was faked in 1847!

  97. Schlafmohn
    Posted July 8, 2011 at 2:11 am | Permalink

    Somehow this namechange sounds so wrong to me, that I won’t even believe it is true. Don’t change the name of a POV- character, please.
    Not that it would be SUCH a big thing, but somehow it bugs me. I’d continue calling her Asha…

  98. sjwenings
    Posted July 8, 2011 at 2:24 am | Permalink

    I don’t really find her pretty at all. Exept for that pic above here. But thats okey. It was never important.

    I find it more problematic that she looks rather soft, and girl next doorish. Wheres the young warriorwoman? And that showreel did not impress me.

    But in Nina Gold we trust and so on.

  99. Mario Mjoed
    Posted July 8, 2011 at 3:01 am | Permalink

    does anyone know how old she is?

  100. Icegaze
    Posted July 8, 2011 at 3:07 am | Permalink

    Asha Greyjoy fanboy here.

    I am sold by this casting. :D
    Couldn’t care less about a friggin’ name change either as long as they don’t modify any single aspect of her personality and relationship with lil bro Theon.

    Spring 2012 cannot come soon enough..

  101. Tar Kidho
    Posted July 8, 2011 at 3:16 am | Permalink

    If this is true, then this cute little girl must be one hell of a powerfull actress if Nina Gold believes she can play Asha! Er…Yara!

    (btw, wouldn’t have been surprized if it had turned out Ros was in fact Asha Greyjoy*)

    *edit: sorry, didn’t think of what that would have meant for the Theon-Ros scenes… That would have been too vile even for GRRM! Twins, ok, but regular brother and sister? No way! :-)

  102. Flouride
    Posted July 8, 2011 at 3:37 am | Permalink

    Doesn’t look much of a warrior to me, but in Nina Gold we trust.
    The thing that bothers me though is the name change. Yara just sounds so weird.

  103. Erlend
    Posted July 8, 2011 at 4:00 am | Permalink

    Yara already has her own personal sigil:

    http://www.yara.com/media/multimedia_library/logo/index.aspx

  104. Hear Me Roar
    Posted July 8, 2011 at 4:16 am | Permalink

    I like her looks and her showreel. It will be fun to see her in character. And I’ll get used to the name change, which I understand.

  105. Deluxe
    Posted July 8, 2011 at 4:59 am | Permalink

    Is it just me or isn´t asha supposed to be tall, lean and hard? This girls looks soft, not like an ironborn at all…

  106. clemintine
    Posted July 8, 2011 at 5:41 am | Permalink

    Yeah, I pictured Asha as being leaner of face and her nose more of a hook. But if Nina cast her, I’m sure she’ll do as well as all the other actors who didn’t quite match the descriptions but still blew up away.

    But Yara? WTF! Now that’s something contentious. Asha and Osha hardly overlap and I don’t think people will confuse them. The Robert–>Robin thing I understand since their names were identical and Robin sounds close to Robert and it was his nickname in the books anyways. But Yara sounds horrid and seriously I didn’t get them mixed up at all the books they are so distinct, and it’s such a departure from her book name. Couldn’t they have kept something with an ‘A’ and made it more Iron Islands-sounding. I pledge my support to Yara-gate!

    Jenny: That’s Alanna of Trebond!

    lol, random Tortall reference?

  107. Gravedigger
    Posted July 8, 2011 at 6:00 am | Permalink

    Steve Hugh Westenra,

    Casting a playboy bunny would miss the point of Brienne, I wholeheartedly agree. But Christie wasn’t a playboy bunny, she was part of an photographic art shoot by Polly Borland in which she and the artist undermined the plastic image of Hefner- celebrated femininity, making something much more vulnerable and a bit disturbing. And her look is unconventional and interesting rather than glamazon. Don’t get too down, too early! :) She’s a great actress.

    Let’s support her bottom!

  108. Alwyn Joseph
    Posted July 8, 2011 at 6:10 am | Permalink

    She seems way too cute, its almost hard to take her seriously, I guess we will see.

  109. Loraslookslikeabitch
    Posted July 8, 2011 at 6:19 am | Permalink

    Whiskeyjack:
    In many scenes on her show reel, Whelan’s face is much rounder and softer than I imagined Asha’s. Could just be a weight issue.
    Tenesmus,

    Sansa’s Lemoncakes:
    youandwhosearmy,

    Renaming a popular secondary character something completely different is a bit contentious though. I’m not completely against a name-change but they could have kept it close to the original.

    I understand why they’re doing it – to avoid confusion between Osha and Asha – but I don’t think it makes much of a difference. The people who would be confused by the names aren’t the people who are up to date on every character name and relation, and don’t particularly care. They’ll call Osha “Tonks” or “The one with the hair” or whatever descriptive name they’ve come up with. When Asha shows up, she’ll get her own fun descriptor.

    The actresses look completely different and are in separate locations for most of the time. They don’t need to be distinguished nearly as much as the producers think they do.

    Deluxe,

    I’m sure she’ll do a fine job regardless.

    I have to agree here, the characters are completely different, both in location, appearance and personality. I don’t know but as a reader this feels dumbed down given the huge differences in the characters and their screen time. Asha fanboy here but I just liked the name and feel that Yara is a stretch too far in just sounding..well silly.

  110. Steve Hugh Westenra
    Posted July 8, 2011 at 6:22 am | Permalink

    Gravedigger,

    Yes! I saw that awhile after I’d posted my initial thoughts. I definitely wouldn’t want anything I said about her to come off as a critic of the actress, who I’m sure is talented and seems (from the little about her dotting the internet) like a genuinely nice and cool person, but I’m just disappointed that the role didn’t go to someone who might have had a harder time breaking into the business, and that Westeros seems to be being de-uglified all around (which I wasn’t expecting from HBO).

    George has since stated that she didn’t look like herself at her audition and that she looked more like Brienne, which eases my mind a little, but it’s still something that, to me, feels a bit cowardly.

    As to Asha…still not convinced this is an Asha casting and not someone else (even an invented character). That’s not to say I wouldn’t be excited to see what Gemma can do with the part of Asha, if it is her, but she just seems so completely different (especially for a character with very memorable features in the books), and the name change is very odd for a PoV character. Mostly, if an actor who doesn’t look the part has been cast in a role, they’ve still matched most of the description (accept in the case of a couple more minor characters like Jorah and Bronn).
    Again, not that I wouldn’t be happy with Gemma, but I think she must be playing another part.

  111. Astalnar
    Posted July 8, 2011 at 7:12 am | Permalink

    I’m a bit disapointed by renameing Asha to Yara. Besides the obvious reason beeing something realy trivial.
    With that, Theon also loses some of his lines comparing Asha to Osha.

  112. Icegaze
    Posted July 8, 2011 at 7:35 am | Permalink

    On HBO’s viewers guide website, it reads ‘Asha’ Greyjoy in the family tree of House Greyjoy. http://viewers-guide.hbo.com/game-of-thrones/#!/guide/houses/greyjoy/asha-greyjoy/
    Maybe Yara is a codename or simply a mistake.

    My argument is also supported by the fact that in this same guide Lysa Arryn’s son is called Robin instead Robert (name change to avoid confusion with King Robert). http://viewers-guide.hbo.com/game-of-thrones/#!/guide/houses/arryn/robin-arryn/

  113. Kingthlayer
    Posted July 8, 2011 at 7:56 am | Permalink

    I’ll accept another name change for now but if they alter the name of one of my beloved Kettleback brothers so help me god…. ;)

  114. Laura
    Posted July 8, 2011 at 8:18 am | Permalink

    Pastor_of_Muppets,

    Arya is pronounced AR-ya. Two syllables, not three. Of course, she’ll be Arry (and maybe Weasel and Nan too, if they don’t think that’s too confusing).

  115. Astalnar
    Posted July 8, 2011 at 9:14 am | Permalink

    Icegaze,

    Yes, but his mother and everyone else always refered to Robert Arryn as sweetrobin or Robin.
    Nobody ever called Asha Yara.

    If they realy changed this, how about Arya and all her names. If I counted correctly Arya has more then 7 different names as time pases. Will they skip that as well?

  116. Kimsie
    Posted July 8, 2011 at 9:32 am | Permalink

    Man, that picture of her is HOT! (an’ i’m a girl!)
    That girl’s got game — the whole picture sizzles with energy.
    That does NOT look like a cookie-wieldin’ mama, that looks
    like the girl on a horse (or motorcycle)

  117. Maxwell James
    Posted July 8, 2011 at 10:02 am | Permalink

    youandwhosearmy,

    Interesting look for Asha, but at his point I trust their casting. Let’s remember these are the people that turned Jerome Flynn into a hardass sellsword, and Mark Addy into a Shakespearean king.

    Exactly. I was completely baffled by the Jerome Flynn casting when it was announced, and it turned out to be one of the most inspired choices in the production.

    By comparison, Gemma Whelan is easy to see as Asha/Yara. She looks fine for the role – those complaining about her “softness” should note that in the showreel she exclusively plays modern women in makeup. Yeah, she’s not bone-thin, but how essential is that to Asha’s character really? With the right costume and makeup she will be convincing enough as a woman warrior. Plus she looks a bit like Lily Allen, who had been recommended for the role in some circles.

    FWIW, her mostly comic cv makes sense for the role. Asha’s main scenes in book 2 involve her completely humiliating Theon time and again. They’re funny (if highly awkward) scenes and should be played by someone with good comic timing.

    I do agree that Yara, if that is her name, is a poor choice. Understand why they might want to change it, but I’d prefer they’d do as before and simply choose another name from the books. Why not Esgred?

  118. Damian Aquino
    Posted July 8, 2011 at 10:18 am | Permalink

    hey great idea to rename asha to yara to avoid confusion with osha, because it is not like there is a character named arya

  119. sal
    Posted July 8, 2011 at 10:20 am | Permalink

    pathetic

  120. Jason Snodgrass
    Posted July 8, 2011 at 10:26 am | Permalink

    Ok, now she needs to hit the gym a bit. We dont want Ash…..errr Yara being a soft chick.

  121. Icegaze
    Posted July 8, 2011 at 11:40 am | Permalink

    Guys, the name Yara is NOT officially confirmed. It’s all in the realm of speculation based on a website info. If they renamed Asha I’m sure GRRM would have already said something about it. And again, check the HBO viewers guide; Asha Greyjoy is the confirmed name according to that official source. Nothing about Yara..

  122. Sam's pink mast
    Posted July 8, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

    You people do realize That Asha is a made up name right? Asha is not going to be pissed ’cause her name was changed to Yara. I don’t understand this requirement some seem to have for the show to slavishly follow the books. It’s two letters, y’all. It doesn’t change the character at all. I think this negative name change knee-jerk reaction is pretty damn stupid. It won’t affect the plot. It won’t make you like the character less. Have you lost all faith in the people running the show in the few weeks since the finale? I mean, I’m as big a nerd as anyone, but sometimes, man… Damn nerds.

  123. Hippocras
    Posted July 8, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

    She is a little on the plump side, hope she hits the gym and loses some weight.

  124. Sam's pink mast
    Posted July 8, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    And I think she looks fine too. Pretty without being super hot. She and our Brienne do both need to hit the gym. They could take Loras with them. If they don’t, though, I pray that I will somehow find the strength within myself to still watch this piece of shit show wherein they have the unbelievable gall to change a tertiary character’s name.

  125. Sansa's Lemoncakes
    Posted July 8, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

    Sam’s pink mast:
    You people do realize That Asha is a made up name right?

    And? So is everything else about the books. You could use that argument about literally any aspect of the show. It won’t affect the plot but it’s a ill-advised, dumbed down cosmetic change that makes little sense. I love the show and I have faith that it’ll continue to be awesome but it’s not perfect and I’ll criticise the shit that they get wrong.

    And come on, we’re all pretty nerdy just for posting on this site. Are you really asking “Aren’t you being just a little bit nerdy here?” when you’re posting on website dedicated to following the making of a fantasy TV show in microscopic detail? We are House Gatewatch. This is what we do.

  126. Sam's pink mast
    Posted July 8, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

    Sansa’s Lemoncakes,

    It’s the rediculously strong reactions that I think take the nerdiness to a level I just can’t get to. You said you hated the name change. That, to me, is overreacting to what you yourself admit to be a cosmetic change. The name they chose is in general agreement with the tone of the books. It isn’t like they changed it to Gertrude. I get that GRRM didn’t name her Yara, but I think you jumped all the way off the deep end when you started spouting off about you hate this change and you hate this casting. Overreactions of this sort rub me the wrong way. I don’t think hate was really the emotion you were feeling. Maybe it was. I might be mildly annoyed at something like this. I recommend you take several deep breathes. I shall try not to post while I’m quitting the nicotine.

  127. Sansa's Lemoncakes
    Posted July 8, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

    Sam’s pink mast,

    Eh, it’s internet hyperbole. I won’t lose sleep over it and it won’t affect my life outside of watching the movies and commenting online. But it’s an aspect of the show that I don’t like and this is a forum for expressing our views on that kind of thing. I don’t think I posted anything that can be construed as particularly inflammatory or came off that Comic Book Guy. If you or anyone disagrees, they can quote where they felt I was out-of-line.

    I get annoyed at some of the endless nitpicking at times myself, but it’s the nature of the online fandom. We do overanalyse shit and focus on minutiae.

    PS: She’s not a tertiary character, she’s a POV character and I would say fairly popular. Maybe not the most important on the show, but we’re not talking about Mathos Whatsisface from a few posts back.

  128. Sam's pink mast
    Posted July 8, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    Sansa’s Lemoncakes,

    I would say she’s tertiary. Tertiary being third level. She’s not a minor character by any means, but she’s not as important as, say, Jorah or Samwell. She is a POV mostly to give Ironborn exposition and provide a view and commentary on Euron and maybe Victarion. I know she does other stuff and she’s pretty cool. I liked her chapters, but I think she’s like Catelyn in that Catelyn was the only view of all the stuff that Robb got up to. Cat actually propelled a lot of story, though. Maybe Yara’s story will continue to grow, but until then, I still see her as a third tier character. Out of like 7 total levels.

  129. obsidian
    Posted July 8, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

    I’m betting Gemma had the swagger down for her audition. That would be one of the major attributes apparent in the script.

    And name game aside ..I’m really looking forward to this character.

    Someone with so many types of dance ( at a professional level )to her credit , plus the more sporty physical skills listed in her CV, ought to be able to adapt well to another physical activity and choreography really well.

    The “thin” part of Asha’s description and the hooked nose are really immaterial…remember Robert Baratheon…

  130. Sansa's Lemoncakes
    Posted July 8, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

    Sam’s pink mast,

    I consider anyone with multiple POVs to be at the very least secondary, whether they’re driving the story or not. I don’t see how you can rate someone like Jorah above her as he too exists as a secondary character in someone else’s narrative . Cat would be primary, no question, and if you dismiss her chapters as being all about Robb, I’d say you missed the point spectacularly.

    If you’re looking at importance from strictly a plot-driven perspective, a lot of “major” characters would be considered extraneous. I’ve seen some people say they’d like to see Brienne cut from the show, which is crazy to me.

    I guess what I’m trying to say is everyone has their favourites and rates the importance of the various characters differently. You’re looking at it from your metric and deeming it overreaction but for some people, it is a big deal because she’s a fairly big character.

  131. Brad
    Posted July 8, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

    She is seriously gorgeous, and her look is going to work great for Asha. Too bad about the name change. HBO is seriously going for the broadest audience possible.

    ETA: seriously.

  132. Pastor_of_Muppets
    Posted July 8, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

    Laura,

    I’m going according to the show here, as I realize that G.R.R.M has stated before that there are no canonical pronunciations, and it is very clearly three syllables – Ar-E-Ya is how it is pronounced. Not Ar-Ya. All you’d have to do is say it out loud to gather that (again, based on how it was used in the show – if you have a different way of saying the name that wouldn’t really apply to what I was saying).

  133. Adam Whitehead
    Posted July 8, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

    It may be worth bearing in mind that for a while HBO seemed to want to rename Victarion as ‘Vickon Greyjoy’ and even had that on their website for a while before they seemed to see sense and reverted it to ‘Victarion’.

    So the fact that they were considering changing the name doesn’t mean they actually have done it. In fact, they don’t need to make a final decision until filming starts. If she’s officially announced as Yara or Asha, that name won’t necessarily stick until it’s commited to in dialogue in an episode.

  134. Sam's pink mast
    Posted July 8, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

    Sansa’s Lemoncakes,

    The thing about these books is that most of the bigger characters will eventually get their moment int the spotlight. I don’t think Asha has had that yet. (if she ever will) I’m not going to tell you she shouldn’t be one of your favorite characters, but just because she had POV’s doesn’t make her a huge deal. Damphair was a POV character. He mostly moped and set up kingsmoots. He might do more later, but to date, I don’t consider him one of the primary players in the story. Just because a character has a POV doesn’t make ‘em the shit, and vice versa.
    I didn’t say Catelyn’s chapters were all about Robb. I said her chapters were the only time the reader got to see what he was doing. And I’m gonna stick by my guns on Cat not being a primary character. Even if she took up half a book, she’s still secondary at best.
    And Jorah influences shit on two continents. He’s done more to move the series forward and his character has more depth than Asha’s does right now. As I said before, most folks get their time out front. We’ll have to see what Asha does in this next book.

  135. sndwurks
    Posted July 8, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

    I’m liking the look and the feel of this actress for the character of Asha Greyjoy, whatever they wind up renaming her. I can see the need to differentiate? Especially when introducing a character would will likely see two or three episodes in Season 2, and then much more if there is a Season 3 and onwards.

    However, I’m not pronouncing it “YAR-a” in my head when I’m reading it. I’m closer to how FaBio put it, in “YAY-ra”. It would be its own distinctive sound, and separate it from Arya.

  136. Sansa's Lemoncakes
    Posted July 8, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

    Sam’s pink mast,

    Illyrio also influenced shit on two continents. I don’t think that’s necessary the best matrix for determining the importance of a character. He is certainly well-drawn, but depth of character doesn’t determine it either. Sandor’s a very well-rounded character for example but I wouldn’t consider him anything more than a very interesting (and popular!) tertiary character. At any rate, we’re never going to agree on the exact level of importance of disparate characters, so I’ll leave it there.

    Out of curiosity (and because the name convo has gotten old), who do you consider the primary characters if Cat is only secondary? One assumes the Jon/Tyrion/Dany triumvirate. Anyone else?

  137. obsidian
    Posted July 9, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

    sndwurks,

    How about ” Ee- AR- ah ” , beginning like Ygriite ? Or has that been run up the flagpole already ?

    So, no official confirmation of this casting yet ? I’m getting nervous , because the more I think about it , the more I’m liking it…

  138. MW
    Posted July 9, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

    JA Abreu:
    The name change, if confirmed, would be because of this:

    http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/OneSteveLimit

    You’re name is Doug too? Classic mix-up!

  139. Langkard
    Posted July 9, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Permalink

    I like this choice, if true. She may not fit the majority opinion of how Asha should appear, but she certainly looks related to Theon and she can obviously act. Good comedy actors seem to make fine dramatic actors. The first scene with Theon should be even funnier, too.

    In Nina Gold we trust.

  140. Zack
    Posted July 9, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Permalink

    Assuming she can pull off a hardened raiding sort, she seems fine. I’m going to look forward to her reunion with Theon.

  141. kamillus
    Posted July 10, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

    I thought this show is not for idiots who are not able to see the difference between Osha and Asha and remember which is which. And what with being faithful to the book,
    something has changed after it turned out that Eddard has not survivde the first season
    hahahahaha . I hope that Martin will not agree to this.

  142. HandmaidenofDany
    Posted July 11, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

    I can’t wait to see her chuck that husband of hers at someone! LOL

  143. Emma
    Posted July 11, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Permalink

    Okay, this probably has nothing to do with anything, but when I read that Asha’s name had been changed to Yara, the first thing that popped into my head was the Brazilian fairy tale “The Story of the Yara,” about a water-demon called the Yara, who would lure young men to their doom. Considering that Asha/Yara is a Greyjoy, and the symbol of House Greyjoy is a kraken (a mythical sea monster), and also that Asha has, I’m sure, been the instrument of many a man’s doom… hey, the new name makes sense to me.
    Of course, the connection to the fairy tale is tenuous at best, but what can I say, it’s the folklorist in me. Just thought it was interesting. :)

  144. Kyle
    Posted July 24, 2011 at 9:16 pm | Permalink

    I was hoping for Melanie Papalia http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1750524/ She is perfect she was on a Canadian show called end game.

  145. John Snyder
    Posted July 25, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Permalink
  146. Julian Walker
    Posted August 2, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

    Awww c’mon man, I don’t think that name change is that serious…….

    A facebook page, are you kidding me?

  147. BRN
    Posted August 7, 2011 at 11:58 am | Permalink

    fuckin UNACCEPTABLE. Asha is Asha, PERIOD.

  148. Miguel
    Posted April 11, 2012 at 6:28 am | Permalink

    Steve the Pirate,

    Oh, come on, don’t blame others for something you just pointed out in an insufficiently indirect way, my friend.

  149. Miguel
    Posted April 11, 2012 at 6:41 am | Permalink

    I wouldn’t complain so much about that change of name. It is the best thing they could have done, that way you can picture the REAL Asha sailing somewhere else. Isn’t that a relieving thought?

  150. Jeff O'Connor
    Posted December 21, 2012 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    If it weren’t for that spam comment I’d have never known there was literally a fan campaign to get Yara’s name changed back to Asha.

    Kind of glad that Facebook page went nowhere — I really don’t think having an Asha and an Osha in the middle of an already TV-enormous cast would have gone over so well.

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