While we await word from Martin on the solution to the casting clue, some much bigger casting news has broke. Via James Hibberd of Entertainment Weekly, the castings for Stannis Baratheon and Melisandre have been announced!
Melisandre will be played by Carice van Houten, a Dutch stage and film actress. She’s appeared in the movies Valkyrie and Repo Men. I think you’ll agree she looks just about perfect for Melisandre.
And Stannis will be played by British actor Stephen Dillane, best known to U.S. audiences by playing Thomas Jefferson in HBO’s John Adams.
For those who haven’t yet read A Clash of Kings, Stannis Baratheon is the late King Robert’s younger brother who makes a claim for the Iron Throne based on the assertion that Joffrey is not Robert’s son. Melisandre is a mysterious priestess and sorceress from the distant lands of Asshai who aids Stannis in his push for the throne.
Winter Is Coming: Van Houten is a great choice. I remember her being in the discussion as a potential Cersei. She will make a great Melisandre. Not as familiar with Stephen Dillane, but he has the right look and has been cast by HBO before which means he must be a talented actor. Excited to see these two in costume! Now who will be their Davos?