Patrick Malahide cast as Balon Greyjoy
By Winter Is Coming on in Casting, News.

Patrick MalahideWe have some exclusive casting news for you, the House Gatewatch faithful. British actor Patrick Malahide has been cast as Lord Balon Greyjoy.

Balon Greyjoy is the head of House Greyjoy and father to Theon and Yara. He rules the Iron Islands and is a hard and fierce leader. He plays a small but pivotal role in season two. Malahide is a British character actor with dozens of roles on both the small and big screens. He has had appearances in films such as The World Is Not Enough, Billy Elliott, and Quills. On television he starred in the early 90s TV series The Inspector Alleyn Mysteries and more recently appeared in the HBO mini-series Elizabeth I and the BBC sci-fi show Survivors.

Winter Is Coming: And another piece of the casting puzzle falls into place… slowly but surely we are getting this cast filled out. This probably completes the casting for Ironborn speaking roles this season as it looks like Aeron and Victarion will be shuffled off to later seasons. Malahide looks to be a solid choice for the role, being an experienced character actor and one that tends to play the villainous roles. Balon isn’t a villain per se, but he definitely has an edge to him. As a Greyjoy fanboy, I approve of this casting.


59 Comments

  1. Obsidian
    Posted August 24, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

    I adore this !!!!

  2. Franny Bee
    Posted August 24, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

    Yep. Gaunt. Asshole. Proud. Theon’s loser-in-denial dad. I see it! Looking good HBO.

  3. cyloncaprica
    Posted August 24, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

    I adore this man. He was brilliant and so heart-breaking in Five Days.

  4. Bro
    Posted August 24, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

    He certainly looks hard enough to be Balon Greyjoy! I have seen both The World Is Not Enough and Billy Elliot but can’t remember his roles in either. That’s just my sieve of a brain though.

  5. Julian Walker
    Posted August 24, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

    Krakken for the win!!

    :D

  6. Vagabond
    Posted August 24, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

    Great choice. That look on the picture above fits Balon to a T.

  7. Josh Parker
    Posted August 24, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

    Oh, that is so AWESOME! And it’s so good to finally get some real casting news.

    I’ve seen Malahide in a couple of things and he is a great choice!

  8. OhWhoCares
    Posted August 24, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

    Faboosh. Now Ygritte pleeez hbo

  9. Obsidian
    Posted August 24, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    I know I’d squirm if he asked me what price I paid for my accessories. ;)

  10. Paco
    Posted August 24, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

    He looks the part, perfect for my father-in-law-to-be.

  11. Obsidian
    Posted August 24, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    Paco,

    So, you’re into Polygamy , then ?..:)

  12. Alexander Dubrovsky
    Posted August 24, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

    Another Greyjoy fanboy here.
    The Drowned God will be pleased with this casting.

  13. Butter Bean
    Posted August 24, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

    No Johnny Phillips eh,?

    Oh well, I will be looking forward to Daddy Greyjoy and his brothers as well!!!

  14. Paco
    Posted August 24, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

    Obsidian,

    lol Sharing is caring, after all. =’D

  15. world_dancer
    Posted August 24, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    Looks good from the picture. And I would expect the person playing Balon to have a background in villainy, not because I’m expecting him to be portrayed as a villain, but just because the kind of people who play the strict, ambitious authoritarian ruling by might and violent charisma usually end up with villain roles.

  16. Johan Sporre
    Posted August 24, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

    He looks great for the part, and he must have had a great audition to beat out Johnny Phillips.

  17. Justin
    Posted August 24, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

    He definitely looks very Balon-y.

  18. austin_sleep
    Posted August 24, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

    another ‘into the storm’ alum….we have ser jorah, craster, greatjon, and now balon all from one little HBO movie.

  19. Superdeluxe
    Posted August 24, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

    Great look about him, Unfimilar with his work, but I will be caught up very soon!

  20. LL
    Posted August 24, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

    Love him but doesn’t he look like the guy who plays Roose Bolton ? Put him some hair, make the difference^^

  21. Igor Veloso
    Posted August 24, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

    Great! They must be having a hard time choosing the remaining characters or else they at the same time they want some suspense? haha who knows…

  22. Delta1212
    Posted August 24, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

    He has a great Balon face.

  23. Jericho
    Posted August 24, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Permalink
  24. dizzy_34
    Posted August 24, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

    That’s cool, Balon only had like three ‘scenes’ in the books right? Meeting Theon, a party where Asha/Yara reveals herself and a war council of sorts.

  25. Elena Amici
    Posted August 24, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

    Paco:
    He looks the part, perfect for my father-in-law-to-be.

    don’t YOU dare try to marry theon! He’s MINE u.u

    I’m going to blackfish all the same. Where the heck is my ygritte?

  26. knowsomething
    Posted August 24, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

    I’ve calmed down about Ygritte, I know they’ll cast her, but they don’t really have to cast her into later in the season. I’m really worried about the Reeds now.

  27. Josh Atreides
    Posted August 24, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

    Fantastic! Loved his Walsingham in HBO’s Elizabeth I. Can’t wait for his dressing down of Theon. The Lord Reaper of Pyke indeed!

  28. Idaan
    Posted August 24, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

    Interesting how they went for a clear familial likeness for all the Greyjoys: the oval of the face, rounded features, a bit of fleshiness (to borrow from GRRM’s vocabulary). Here it’s visible too, but with more of a hard, weathered edge to it.
    Not necessarily how I imagined Greyjoys while reading, but the casting is remarkable in how consistent it is: they could all really be a family.

    OTOH, they could have just cast the entire Allen family – Keith is as Viking as it gets.

  29. NoxAeturnus
    Posted August 24, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    knowsomething,

    I have a sneaking suspicion, and here’s hoping I’m wrong, that the Reeds’ place will be filled by Osha. Ygritte could get bumped to next season. These are my doom and gloom predictions. Still, they did such a wonderful job with season one I have a lot of hope for the quality of season two.

  30. Anonymous
    Posted August 24, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

    Apparently they’ve cast Pod too.

  31. knowsomething
    Posted August 24, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

    NoxAeturnus,

    I read the books because I loved the tv series, so no complaints about quality from me. I just think there are things that the Reeds bring that Osha can’t. Mainly their connection to the past. I suppose Osha can talk about what she’s heard about warging and greenseeing, but I think there’s a difference between telling a story like Old Nan and actually demonstrating the ability like Jojen did.

    Anonymous, where did you hear Pod was cast?

  32. Anonymous
    Posted August 24, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

    I know someone whose friend was up for the part, he didn’t get it and was told it had been cast.

  33. Tar Kidho
    Posted August 24, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

    Just on my way out to catch a movie, but based on that picture alone and Winter’s short summary of his curriculum, that seems like another GREAT casting indeed!

  34. Steve
    Posted August 24, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

    Grim, hard look… awesome! Love it!

  35. SJGIM
    Posted August 24, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    I like the casting though I haven’t seen much of him. My imagining of Balon was Bill Nighy (Victor) alla Underworld, and Paltrick Malahide seems to give off that same old school, revenge will be mine, you want to impress me type of vibe.
    (I hope this comment makes sense.)

  36. GrzebykK
    Posted August 24, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

    SJGIM,

    You’ve told exactly what I was thinking.

    I know, that budget of the series is limited and I know that these limited money would rather be spent on CGI or extras, but I’d love to see some first league actor (with all due respect to Mr. Malahide, I know nothing about him), even in small role. Bill Nighy as Balon Greyjoy’s would satisfy my apetite for Hollywood.

  37. Nimble Dick
    Posted August 24, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

    Like this Alot

    They need to move up the start of the season to September 25

    just be careful on the bridges in Pike buddy

  38. OhDanyBoy
    Posted August 24, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    So Westeros says Pyat Pree has been cast as well. Ian Hanmore.

    http://www.westeros.org/GoT/News/Entry/New_Casting_Pyat_Pree_and_Balon_Greyjoy/

  39. C2
    Posted August 24, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

    They also say Pod has been cast:

    ADDENDUM: Access Hollywood has just revealed that Podrick Payne has been cast, played by young (Scottish?) actor Daniel Portman. As the article notes, Podrick (or Pod, as he’s often known) appears briefly in the first novel as a young squire assigned to Tyrion Lannister, but did not appear in the first season of the show. Also as noted, Podrick is a young boy whereas it appears Portman is well into his teens.

  40. GaR
    Posted August 24, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

    Access Hollywood says Daniel Portman is Podrick Payne. Never heard of him, personally. Googling brings up a musician of some kind.

  41. GaR
    Posted August 24, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

    OhDanyBoy,

    and Ian Hanmore is white, so the ethnicity of the Qartheen in general remains a mystery.

    I look forward to further arguments about race.

  42. Elena Amici
    Posted August 24, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

    i’ll ask it here to: why pretty much everybody blames pod? xD i mean, how did it start?

  43. world_dancer
    Posted August 24, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Permalink

    dizzy_34,

    I don’t recall him having that many scenes (I think you have them all), but I expect they’ll expand it a little to emphasize how out of place Theon is. And also to set up Aeron, Eureon, and Victarion if they’re not in it.

  44. GaR
    Posted August 24, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

    Elena Amici,

    blames him for what? o_O

    Pod is awesome. He saves Tyrion’s life on the bridge of boats and nails Shagwell in the head with a rock, allowing Brienne to gut him like the animal he is.

  45. dizzy_34
    Posted August 24, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Permalink

    world_dancer,

    Well now that I think about it the war council could have been a Theon recolection or something. I’m sure they have to have a scene where Balon tells Theon that he’s relegated to reaving the Stoney Shore with a small fleet while Asha gets to command a larger attack.

  46. Richard Weetabix
    Posted August 24, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

    Excellent choice! He’s a good villain–or, at least, good at being villainous. He’s usually more patrician than rough-hewn, from what I recall, but I’m sure he’ll do great.

  47. loco73
    Posted August 24, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

    Great news! Another fine actor added to what is shaping out to be a fine gathering of talent….

  48. Pippo La Breche
    Posted August 24, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtyY7siYBlQ

    Here’s a young Patrick Malahide playing Arthur Daley’s nemesis in Minder… :)

  49. Dreamlife
    Posted August 24, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Permalink

    I was really beginning to wonder why they hadn’t announced more Greyjoy castings. Considering how important Theon becomes in season 2 and the fact that the series will move to the Iron Islands for parts of the season, I thought Aeron and Victarion would also be cast. Balon is arguably the most important male (aside from Theon) Greyjoy to the story of A Clash of Kings, and I’m thrilled that Ash—Yara will be part of the season. Mr. Malahide looks great for the part.

  50. Abyss
    Posted August 24, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Permalink

    Johan Sporre,

    That was exactly my thought when I saw the casting. Philips was great but probably this guy was even more great – which is great!^^

    Off-Topic:
    I tryed to post something on the “Podrick Payne and Pyat Pree cast”-thread, but it dosen’t show up. Any ideas why?

  51. NewJeffCT
    Posted August 24, 2011 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

    What is dead can never die, but rises again harder & stronger.

    He certainly has the look I’d imagined for Balon…

  52. Winter Is Coming
    Posted August 24, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Permalink

    Abyss: Off-Topic:
    I tryed to post something on the “Podrick Payne and Pyat Pree cast”-thread, but it dosen’t show up. Any ideas why?

    For some reason it got caught by the spam filter. I approved it so it should be showing up now though. Sorry about that!

  53. Abyss
    Posted August 24, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Permalink

    Winter Is Coming,

    Thanks Winter! – Spam filters can be strange sometimes…

  54. Queen Snake
    Posted August 25, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Permalink

    woohooo
    that’s him!!

  55. andrea
    Posted August 25, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Permalink

    I´m not a Greyjoy fan but this actor is great and looks the part, no doubt.

  56. Jens
    Posted August 30, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Permalink

    I expected them to change his name because it sounded too much like Balon Swann.

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