Casting for Vargo Hoat is in progress
By Ours is the Fury on in Casting, Speculation.

The menacing leader of the Bloody Mummers will be cast, it seems! WiC commenter The Rabbit spotted this video audition on Vimeo, from Irish actor Ned Dennehy.

The scene is a discussion between Vargo and Jaime Lannister. The audition video will contain SPOILERS if you have not read A Storm of Swords. The dialogue also contains references to Jaime’s difficulties with reading, as mentioned this season. The actor’s audition shows no signs of a lisp, which I suspect we’d see if it was mentioned in the casting character description. So I think Vargo’s speech impediment may have been phased out.

Ours is the Fury: Great news! I hope we see a whole band of creepy “Brave Companions” next season.


159 Comments

  1. Zack
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Permalink

    YES! The bear pit has a shot.

    I too hope they get the whole crew of the Brave Companions.

  2. patryn0
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

    Kingthlayer!

  3. Carol
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 7:05 pm | Permalink

    Wow, that first take was creepy. I don’t think the second take was nearly as well done.

  4. Carne
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Permalink
  5. Rose
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 7:09 pm | Permalink

    The Goat is in! Hurray! Between this and confirmation on Edmure, I hope I hope I hope I hope that we’re going to get the Reeds.

    EDIT: Wow, absolutely fantastic audition, too.

  6. Roger
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 7:09 pm | Permalink

    I Agree with Carol the first take game the creeps, I I don’t care if he’s not spitting all over the place when talking. I don’t often use the following but OMG!!

  7. lasadorian
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 7:09 pm | Permalink

    little detail but a small lisp wouldn’t hurt… not sure why we would phase that out.

  8. NoHeddardStark
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Permalink

    The lisp is one of those things that works great on the printed page but will come off corny as hell on the screen. I hope they leave it out and leave it to the actor to find the best way to bring him to life.

  9. Russ
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 7:13 pm | Permalink

    Glad the Goat is in..Not surprised the lisp is apparently being cut.

    Not feeling this audition tape for the Goat, however.

  10. Ours is the Fury
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 7:14 pm | Permalink

    The lisp is tricky. I don’t imagine they want people to think that they’re mocking people with speech impediments. It’s not a big deal if they toss it.

  11. TMWNN
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

    Given how this season is building up the Brotherhood for its debut, I wouldn’t be surprised to see it and the Hoat-led Bloody Mummers depicted as rival forces battling in the devastated Riverlands.

  12. Sanette
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

    Jason Flemyng would be perfect! Can’t really imagine anyone else. But he needs to lisp, that’s one of the main things that make the character so great.

  13. Tomer Segal
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

    I’m really far from being a book purist, really, but why cut out the lisp? I always felt so stupid trying to pronounce it and I have always wanted to hear it.

    We dont have budget for lisps now? :(

  14. chrisberez
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Permalink

    Rose,
    Yeah, I’m desperately hoping for the Reeds as well. Those are probably the roles I’m most anxious about at this point. Every day I hope for news of at least casting calls for a tall thin girl and a small boy. They have to be in. Have to. I refuse to believe they could be cut.

    Glad Vargo is in; Edmure had to show up eventually, though, considering future events. Really great audition by Dennehy. Based on that, I’d be very excited to see him as Hoat.

  15. Queensmoot
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 7:22 pm | Permalink

    He’s so creepy and perfect in the role.

    I just showed the audition video to my non-reader husband and he’s now refusing to watch the episode where Jaime loses his hand and citing the time I made him watch Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind as cause.

    All in all I think that makes that a great audition. Cast this guy!

  16. Claidheamh
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Permalink

    Queensmoot:
    He’s so creepy and perfect in the role.

    I just showed the audition video to my non-reader husband and he’s now refusing to watch the episode where Jaime loses his hand and citing the time I made him watch Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind as cause.

    All in all I think that makes that a great audition. Cast this guy!

    Why would you spoil such a major and surprising event for someone?

  17. DavidBC
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Permalink

    At first I wasn’t feeling it… but by the time he got to “Your Daddy ain’t here” he had totally replaced the Vargo in my mind’s eye. I think he is reading some of the early lines incorrectly though…that faux deepness makes it seem forced.

  18. Coltaine777
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Permalink

    Very glad Vargo Hoat and the Brave Companions are in ….as for the lisp ? why not include it ? it’s part of what made the character memorable ..

  19. DavidBC
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Permalink

    I REALLY REALLY thought that Vargo would get axed… such a surprise.

  20. Coltaine777
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 7:31 pm | Permalink

    oh and once again thankyou to that Rabbit Dog… da Rabbit …you kick ass !!!

  21. Pamoya
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Permalink

    Claidheamh,

    Not everyone cares about spoilers. I personally actively seek out spoilers for suspenseful movies and shows because I don’t like being fake-scared.

  22. Mean25
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

    Great! I guess lisp is not TV friendly, maybe he will have some other impediment to make him memorable?

  23. Felt Pelt
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

    I really like that creepy first take. What did it was the unblinking eyes. I would have told you I would miss the lisp but I don’t. It was what made the character fun in the books. But I like Dennehy here. Hire him. If not for Vargo then for some despicable person we meet along the way. It’d be like having Lance Henriksen in Westeros.

  24. Phix6
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Permalink

    Oh yeath!

  25. Claidheamh
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 7:44 pm | Permalink

    Pamoya:
    Claidheamh,

    Not everyone cares about spoilers. I personally actively seek out spoilers for suspenseful movies and shows because I don’t like being fake-scared.

    The whole point of suspense is to create tension and an impact in the viewer/reader. I really doubt that if I had known about Ned’s beheading beforehand, I would actually have enjoyed the books as much. In the show, however artful it was depicted, it didn’t really affect me by far in the same order of magnitude. So why do you watch suspenseful films?

    I’m asking out of curiosity, so don’t take it the wrong way.

  26. Carne
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 7:44 pm | Permalink

    Just because he’s not lisping doesn’t mean the character won’t.

    Remember, a lot of these actors have not read the books and know little to nothing about the character(s) they’re reading for.

    Like Cas Anvar prior to his audition. He asked his Twitter follower what kind of person Daario is because he didn’t know himself.

  27. Peter
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 7:47 pm | Permalink

    Yessssss!!!!!!!!!!!! That is all.

  28. Mimsy
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

    Wow, this guy creeped me out!

    The lisp is a tricky thing. On one end, it’s so hilarious that a total psycho would have this speech impediment, but I can see how it might come across as too comical on screen. I’d rather just focus on his evilness.

    OMYGOSH!! As I’m typing, the video is playing and I’m hearing this total creeper through my earbuds. DAMN.. he sounds insane.. the “lick your boots” part gave me shivers. That was a good audition.

  29. funk
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

    Anyone else think this man would have made a wonderful Roose Bolton?

  30. Ours is the Fury
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Permalink

    No, it doesn’t mean the character won’t, I’m just speculating. But I would think they would mention a speech impediment when they’re asking an actor to read a scene to know if they can actually do one.

  31. Mormegil
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Permalink

    I wonder if they are simplfying the Vargo Hoat situation and are just having him fighting for the North (as said in the audition) and not being a former Lannister man.

    I doubt we will see Hoat and the BCs before they actually capture Jaime so we won’t be seeing them fighting on the Lannister side. I suppose there could just be a conversation with Jaime where Hoat tells him they’ve switched sides.

  32. GrzebykK
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Permalink

    Although this audition’s not bad, I still hope for Rowan Atkinson as Vargo Hoat.

  33. Turncloak
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 8:11 pm | Permalink

    Saphireth!

  34. Coltaine777
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

    GrzebykK:
    Although this audition’s not bad, I still hope for Rowan Atkinson as Vargo Hoat.

    Would anyone take Rowan Atkinson seriously though …

  35. the goat
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

    Thplendid newth to begin thith gloriouth weekend!!

    Lithp will happen.

    Turncloak,

    Thapphireth, you dolt. Thomebody cut his foot off.

  36. Joshua Taylor
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Permalink

    Rowan Atkinson! I remember suggesting him last year. I also suggested Dolorous Edd would be played by Alan Tudyk.

    Alan Tudyk for Vargo Hoat?

    If he’s not busy they should grab Jared Harris (David Robert Jones on Fringe, Moriarty in Sherlock Holmes 2 and Lane Pryce on Mad Men) with his fantastic raspy voice, intense stare and pockmarked face and theatrical charisma (he’s Richard Harris’ son) he would be an awesome Vargo Hoat.

  37. kingthlayer
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

    patryn0:
    Kingthlayer!

    yeth?

  38. the goat
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

    GrzebykK:
    Although this audition’s not bad, I still hope for Rowan Atkinson as Vargo Hoat.

    Like thapphireth, it wath only ever a lovely dream.

  39. Lanniter Droge
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Permalink

    Coltaine777: Would anyone take Rowan Atkinson seriously though …

    You don’t need to take Hoat seriously – until the point when you-who-have-read-know-what ;)… I think Rowan Atkinson would have managed the lisp pretty well. I guess.

    :)

  40. Joshua Taylor
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Permalink

    Carne,

    I agree, its probably the first tier of the auditions, they want to get the proper menace down first because despite his funny lisp Vargo Hoat is a monster. The lisp is the icing on the cake. The final pick will be those who can incorporate the best lisp into the character.

    Harris as David Robert Jones http://youtu.be/faMUph4GBlg

  41. Lordexplodeon
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 8:31 pm | Permalink

    Oh god, this is just the best news. First the Rains of Castamere and now Hoat. This has been a great couple of days Thrones-wise.

  42. House Snow
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

    I’m surprised people thought he would be cut (Blackfish too). Having foils for Jaimie is a must.

  43. Joshua Taylor
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Permalink

    Lordexplodeon,

    Don’t worry, the bitching will be back in full force after “Blackwater”.

    I agree though, its pretty awesome. :-)

  44. Remaal
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 8:48 pm | Permalink

    Yay! This is such good news. I was a bit worried that they might cut the Goat. So glad they’re keeping him. And that scene in the audition is one of my favorites. Also love the bit they added about Jamie using invoking his daddy to get out of trouble. :) it’s a nice touch.

    the actor in the audition isn’t bad, he’ll do in a pinch. However, I always invisioned Vargo as less Robert De Niro in “Taxi Driver” scary (whci is what this audition sorta reminds me of) and more Joe Pesci in “Goodfellas” batshit scary.

    Anyway, I’m sure whomever they cast will be fine. If there is one thing this show can do better than most, it’s casting.

  45. Queensmoot
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

    Claidheamh,
    lol – never have been able to keep a secret!
    In actuality -he refuses to read the books, and I provide spoilers. I’d refuse and make him read, but he’s in law school. His poor eyes have been through enough. I’ve not told him Arya gets her sight back though… might should get on that.

  46. Dan
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 9:09 pm | Permalink

    Well let me tell you something regarding doubts about Rowan Atkinson and his reception.

    Most people would of course think “Mr Bean” instantly. However…

    The same case applies to Jim Carrey – almost all his movies are comedies or semi-comedies (Ace Ventura, Bruce Almighty, Mask, Dumb and dumber etc.), BUT when I watched horror “The Number 23″ with him as the lead, I was absolutely stunned by his “serious” performance. All thoughts about Mask, Ace Ventura and his other creations just evaporated. So the point is – if actor has greats acting skills, he can convience viewiers despite common believe that he or she is good only for one genre).

  47. NewJeffCT
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 9:29 pm | Permalink

    Looks like a good audition… I agree with the post above that says while the lisp is good in print, it might sound silly on TV. Though, Roy Dotrice does it pretty well in the audiobooks…

  48. Mrs. H'ghar
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 9:38 pm | Permalink

    That was a good audition, maybe they’ll experiment with the lisp with a few people and decide if it works? Can’t wait for some of those really rich characters to arrive!

  49. Darth Valyria
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 10:01 pm | Permalink

    I hope the lisp is cut. It’s one of those ridiculous GRRM quirks like Mormont’s talking raven that would be even worse on screen than they are in the books.

  50. the goat
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 10:07 pm | Permalink

    Darth Valyria,

    Eat. Thit.

  51. Ingemar Svensson
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 10:10 pm | Permalink

    After the decision was made to make season 3 only cover part of SoS I think it became pretty clear that both the Mummers and the Brotherhood would need to be featured since otherwise it would be a rather empty season.

  52. the goat
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 10:15 pm | Permalink

    Also, Mormont’s raven is actually kinda important. Not IMPORTANT like Ned gettin executed, so they could get away with not having it in the show (more trouble/$$ than it was worth), but its not a gag that GRRM just threw in there.

  53. lasadorian
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 10:18 pm | Permalink

    i still think they could get the lisp in there at some point. maybe even if it was just a nod to that characteristic. Maybe one seen where he is “drunk”.

  54. Dennai
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 10:26 pm | Permalink

    If “Life of Brian” have taught us something is how hard is to take seriously an authority figure with a lisp.

    That and what the Romans have ever done for us.

  55. Wolfheart
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 10:31 pm | Permalink

    It would be sad to lose the lisp the Vargo Hoat has in the books. Its what made his character although despicable…entertaining to read.

  56. MW
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Permalink

    Dennai:
    If “Life of Brian” have taught us something is how hard is to take seriously an authority figure with a lisp.

    That and what the Romans have ever done for us.

    Was about to post the exact same thing.

    Hail Thaether!

  57. the goat
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Permalink

    Dennai,

    Exacthly.

  58. NewJeffCT
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 10:42 pm | Permalink

    MW: Was about to post the exact same thing.

    Hail Thaether!

    You will find yourself in gladiator school vewy quickly with wotten behaviour like that!

  59. Mrs. H'ghar
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 10:48 pm | Permalink

    Just watched that video again and it gave me the creeps AGAIN! brrrrrrrrr

  60. MaPandora
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 10:49 pm | Permalink

    I have to say I will miss the lisp; laughed my ass off reading the book during Vargo Hoat’s lovely chapters. Love the actor though.

  61. Hexonx
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 10:52 pm | Permalink

    Joshua Taylor: (he’s Richard Harris’ son)

    Wow, I did not realize that. I agree he would be an awesome Hoat. Loved his work in Fringe.

  62. Morgan King
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 10:55 pm | Permalink

    Wolfheart,

    Well, ‘entertaining to read’ is a world different from ‘entertaining to see and hear’ – I think they could pull it off if it wasn’t too cartoonish – the show is filled with quirky accents, really – but half the humor comes from GRRM typing out the lisped words and then decoding them. Thaphirths.

  63. Valyrian
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 11:17 pm | Permalink

    I don’t think I’ll miss the lisp, it really might sound cheesy onscreen. That first take was awesome!

  64. Ours is the Fury
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 11:31 pm | Permalink

    The problem with the lisp is that it’s treated in a comic way. Laughing at Hoat for lisping doesn’t go over well with a lot of people. I think I prefer seeing the menace in the character without being distracted by the impediment.

  65. Tyrion Pimpslap
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 11:35 pm | Permalink

    the goat:
    Also, Mormont’s raven is actually kinda important.Not IMPORTANT like Ned gettin executed, so they could get away with not having it in the show (more trouble/$$ than it was worth), but its not a gag that GRRM just threw in there.

    Especially considering he flies around caling Jon ‘King Jon Snow’ and that it is likely BloodRaven warged into the raven.

  66. Tom Hedwyn Savage
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 11:40 pm | Permalink

    That was amazing!!! I literally felt i was watching season 3 episode 5 or whatever, then and there. The script was also amazing, the lines, in my mind i could hear nikolaj saying them, I hope they keep that script and that actor. It almost makes me want the lisp gone, as he did it without and it sounded so awesome. Can’t wait! XD

  67. Jordan Healey
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 11:43 pm | Permalink

    That was an alright take hey, there will probably be someone better though.

    Sounded a bit like Geoffrey Rush from Pirates of the Carribean there.

    To be honest the lisp was the best bit about Hoat, it just won’t be the same without it.

  68. Thiago Slash
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 11:45 pm | Permalink

    but, but… no THAPPIRETH?

  69. Valyrian
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 11:50 pm | Permalink

    Actually, the one thing I’ll miss about the lisp is Jaime telling Brienne he yelled because he wanted to hear Vargo saying “thapphireth” lol

  70. Mrs. H'ghar
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 11:51 pm | Permalink

    Maybe it would be cool if Vargo only started to lisp when he had a few cups of mead…sure could use an occasional comic relief bit at that point, even for a few seconds!

  71. David
    Posted May 26, 2012 at 12:20 am | Permalink

    Wake me up when they cast Shagwell.

  72. Nimble Dick
    Posted May 26, 2012 at 12:36 am | Permalink

    So excited for this

  73. Joshua Taylor
    Posted May 26, 2012 at 12:46 am | Permalink

    Just to clarify I love the series, but you can’t make a perfect television series with all the bullshit that goes on in Hollywood, in the writer’s room, in the boardroom.

    I would love/hate to write for this show….

    Screenwriting Wunderkind (SW): Let’s take this and this and this and this from the novels.
    David &Dan ( D & D): Oh can’t you use that.
    SW: Why?
    D &D: Because people will be offended.
    SW: Okay, but what about this?
    D & D: No, racist.
    SW: How about this part?
    D & D: Too dated.
    SW: Alright then how about if we use this aspect?
    D & D: No can’t afford it.
    SW: Then how about…
    D & D: Not all our viewers are intellectuals.
    S W: Well we have to use this!
    D &D: Too expensive. And were killing that character early.
    SW: What-
    D & D: We don’t want to alienate the newbies already.
    SW: What if we expand-
    D &D: HBO doesn’t want to take that risk.
    SW: Then what about-
    D&D: Might be good on paper, but in a live action TV show? Kind of cheesy.
    SW: And-
    D &D: Over the top. Campy
    SW: Then what about this character’s-
    D & D :Give it to Esme.

    Etc.

  74. Steven Swanson
    Posted May 26, 2012 at 12:58 am | Permalink

    David:
    Wake me up when they cast Shagwell.

    I always found Shagwell a more terrifying character than Hoat, reminds me of Heath Ledger’s Joker. Find Hoat sort of annoying, and I’ll be happy if they thkip the lithp.

  75. KG
    Posted May 26, 2012 at 1:04 am | Permalink

    As long as he has his long, repulsive goat-beard (God, I hate those) I’ll be happy.

  76. KG
    Posted May 26, 2012 at 1:08 am | Permalink
  77. Steven Swanson
    Posted May 26, 2012 at 1:18 am | Permalink

    KG:
    David,

    Steven Swanson,

    In my head, Shagwell will always be played by Ronald Lacey
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7mYypKpUAA
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ME4nV7yELnU

    He scared the shit out of me as a kid in Raiders.

  78. freoduwebbe
    Posted May 26, 2012 at 1:20 am | Permalink

    Dennai: If “Life of Brian” have taught us something is how hard is to take seriously an authority figure with a lisp.That and what the Romans have ever done for us.

    THIS is why I love it here.
    well, there’s the roads…..

  79. KG
    Posted May 26, 2012 at 1:33 am | Permalink

    Steven Swanson,

    He was a decidedly creepy fellow onscreen.

  80. Stannis4life
    Posted May 26, 2012 at 1:49 am | Permalink

    BRING IN THE LISP!!!

  81. KG
    Posted May 26, 2012 at 1:56 am | Permalink

    Stannis4life,

    It was ridiculous in the book, it would be ludicrous in the show.

  82. Jon C
    Posted May 26, 2012 at 2:07 am | Permalink

    Oh my gosh.

    This was magnificent. I can’t wait to see -whoever- they cast for this, but this guy did a great job.

  83. Ed
    Posted May 26, 2012 at 2:09 am | Permalink

    Yeah he was – that was awesome.

    KG:
    Steven Swanson,

    He was a decidedly creepy fellow onscreen.

  84. Ed
    Posted May 26, 2012 at 2:10 am | Permalink

    What an awesome post!!! LOL!! Well played Joshua Taylor, well played.

    Joshua Taylor:
    Just to clarify I love the series, but you can’t make a perfect television series with all the bullshit that goes on in Hollywood, in the writer’s room, in the boardroom.

    I would love/hate to write for this show….

    Screenwriting Wunderkind (SW): Let’s take this and this and this and this from the novels.
    David &Dan ( D & D): Oh can’t you use that.
    SW: Why?
    D &D: Because people will be offended.
    SW: Okay, but what about this?
    D & D: No, racist.
    SW: How about this part?
    D & D: Too dated.
    SW: Alright then how about if we use this aspect?
    D & D: No can’t afford it.
    SW: Then how about…
    D & D: Not all our viewers are intellectuals.
    S W: Well we have to use this!
    D &D: Too expensive. And were killing that character early.
    SW: What-
    D & D: We don’t want to alienate the newbies already.
    SW: What if we expand-
    D &D: HBO doesn’t want to take that risk.
    SW: Then what about-
    D&D: Might be good on paper, but in a live action TV show? Kind of cheesy.
    SW: And-
    D &D: Over the top. Campy
    SW: Then what about this character’s-
    D & D :Give it to Esme.

    Etc.

  85. dunne10
    Posted May 26, 2012 at 3:21 am | Permalink

    funk:
    Anyone else think this man would have made a wonderful Roose Bolton?

    I had the same thought within the first couple of lines he spoke!

  86. ph2586
    Posted May 26, 2012 at 3:27 am | Permalink

    Please please please D&D keep the lisp!!!!!!
    Thaphireth is the most hilarious line in the books….
    Just imagine NCW saying it!!!!!

    {crying here….}

  87. WhiteWolf
    Posted May 26, 2012 at 3:56 am | Permalink

    funk,

    Yah, this dude would have made an awesome Roose Bolton. Good call.

  88. Blaat
    Posted May 26, 2012 at 4:08 am | Permalink

    Best news in a while. Finally the Bloody Mummers are confirmed. Rorge + Biter were already quite ‘lovely’ this season, now they get to meet their friends. Can’t wait for Shagwell, Septon Utt, Urswyck, Fat Zollo and the gang. Vargo Hoat is just one of those characters from a nightmare. I wonder if they keep the zebra though…

  89. Jackol
    Posted May 26, 2012 at 4:23 am | Permalink

    Ours is the Fury,

    The problem with the lisp is that it’s treated in a comic way. Laughing at Hoat for lisping doesn’t go over well with a lot of people. I think I prefer seeing the menace in the character without being distracted by the impediment.

    I’d say you’re missing the point. Vargo Hoat is a bit like Rattleshirt – both clownish and menacing, and that’s what makes them stand out as characters. There’s plenty of cold menace from all number of characters in GoT. Vargo Hoat doesn’t have power because people respect him – most people would laugh at him if he wasn’t the vicious brute that he is. It may even explain why he is the vicious brute that he is – some people might become meek and powerless after being mocked for a speech impediment, some might nobly rise above it, some like Vargo Hoat probably hated being teased as a child and turned his hate into vicious power.

  90. The Kingslayer
    Posted May 26, 2012 at 4:29 am | Permalink

    You can’t have Hoat without his lisp !!!!!!!!!!!!! D & D stop tampering with my beloved series.

  91. Balerion
    Posted May 26, 2012 at 4:43 am | Permalink

    No. This actor did not do it for me.

  92. Balerion
    Posted May 26, 2012 at 4:50 am | Permalink

    Kingthlayer .. You are my captifth

  93. HouseLark
    Posted May 26, 2012 at 4:59 am | Permalink

    Ewan Bremner. Go go go.

  94. the goat
    Posted May 26, 2012 at 5:54 am | Permalink

    Youth don’t underthand.

    I thwear to R’hllor . . . they can not learn.

  95. Tytos Blackwood
    Posted May 26, 2012 at 6:02 am | Permalink

    Mckenzie Crook….. audition no one else

  96. Macha
    Posted May 26, 2012 at 6:17 am | Permalink

    Jackol: Vargo Hoat doesn’t have power because people respect him – most people would laugh at him if he wasn’t the vicious brute that he is. It may even explain why he is the vicious brute that he is – some people might become meek and powerless after being mocked for a speech impediment, some might nobly rise above it, some like Vargo Hoat probably hated being teased as a child and turned his hate into vicious power.

    This is an interesting perspective. The speech impediment really made him stand out from all the other characters, especially when correlated with his viciousness, and I think an assembly of writers and directors as talented as the ones currently working on the show would definitely find a way to make it work on-screen, as not to diminish the character in any way.

    Either way, I thought that audition was fantastic, even if it didn’t fit with my vision of the character. I’ve seen Ned Dennehy in other roles, albeit minor ones, and my impression is that he’d make a fine addition to the show.

  97. Oi!
    Posted May 26, 2012 at 6:45 am | Permalink

    Yeah a lisp is great…… in a Monty Python skit.

  98. Tom
    Posted May 26, 2012 at 6:47 am | Permalink

    Dont forget Maester Qyburn.. we will need him!!!

  99. alex
    Posted May 26, 2012 at 7:06 am | Permalink

    was does vargo hoat seem to be fighting for the norht somehow? It’s been some time sice I read the books but I dont remember nay part where Hoat fight for the North…

  100. Langkard
    Posted May 26, 2012 at 7:31 am | Permalink

    Dennehy is a solid choice, but I’ve been advocating Mackenzie Crook for the role for 2 years now and I stand by that choice.

    And there has to be a lisp! Otherwise we don’t get Jaime telling Brienne that he only saved her by telling Hoat her father was rich because he wanted to hear Hoat say “Thapphireth”.

  101. the goat
    Posted May 26, 2012 at 7:53 am | Permalink

    O ye of little faithh

    Verily will i appear. Your feet be the poorer.

    “Aye! Today we hunt no sheepherder! Today we hunt no pith-poor outlaw! Aye, today we hunt the golden goose, today we hunt the Kingthlayer!”

  102. charles
    Posted May 26, 2012 at 8:27 am | Permalink

    i listen to the audiobooks by roy dotrice. In them, Hoat always spits when he talks and that freaking hilarious. “Kigssssslayer”

  103. ...
    Posted May 26, 2012 at 8:33 am | Permalink

    Wow, they should totally cast Dennehy… He’s creepy as hell! (especially the first take, it’s better)

  104. Siham
    Posted May 26, 2012 at 8:37 am | Permalink

    I like that they’re keeping Jaime unharmed intially to build up the tension, instead of just -you know- right away. It gives Jaime some time to think he’s just to be dragged back to Kingslanding unharmed because he’s a Lannister and untouchable.

  105. Jenna
    Posted May 26, 2012 at 10:10 am | Permalink

    Yes. We absolutely need the lisp. Without it, the character is nowhere near as memorable.

  106. Blaat
    Posted May 26, 2012 at 10:17 am | Permalink

    Tom,

    Haha, I always forget he’s part of the Brave Companions. Wonder who would be the best actor to play him. A grandfatherly figure, with a friendly face and sweet voice…yet so unnervingly evil with his ‘projects’. Dr Death in medieval form.

  107. Wigwam
    Posted May 26, 2012 at 10:36 am | Permalink

    Queensmoot:
    I just showed the audition video to my non-reader husband and he’s now refusing to watch the episode where Jaime loses his hand and citing the time I made him watch Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind as cause.

    To be fair to your husband, Eternal Sunshine is one of the single most draining movies I have ever watched. It’s like a majorly depressed Scott Pilgrim without the promise of hip comic relief. Great movie, but a nasty trip all the same.

    I’m sorry he knows about Jaime’s hand already. It was among the most interesting developments in the books for me as it reinvented Jaime on the page.

    Personally, I’d like Vargo Hoat to retain his lisp. It set him apart as the Brave Companion’s motley garb did. It also made him a lot scarier and less predictable.

  108. Salty Sea Dog
    Posted May 26, 2012 at 10:50 am | Permalink

    I didnt think the audition was anything to write home about until the close-up. It looks like he would be a great Hoat. Vargo Hoat shouldnt be anyone too intimidating in appearance, but should have a sort of “loose cannon” look about him. Ned Dennehy does have that look in this audition.

  109. Varamyr Fourskins
    Posted May 26, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

    Kingthlayer!

    I’ll thlay him mythelf.

  110. houndlover
    Posted May 26, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Permalink

    Can’t even watch the whole thing…. RAPEY! haha. He’ll be good as the Goat, but in my head he was always a bit fatter, so when he says certain words his chins wobble :/

  111. MRR
    Posted May 26, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Permalink

    I always pictured Roose as much more calm than this – he threatens not through a show of anger, but instead through a cold-as-ice demeanor combined with a reputation for not flinching whatsoever when he needs to do horrible, horrible things. That said, I’m not especially familiar with this actor’s body of work at large, so I’m not sure what he’s capable of outside of this audition.

    Concerning the role of Vargo Hoat, I liked the audition a fair bit. Hoat is the type who’s always just a bit off the rails, and his cruel tendencies push him to make unwise decisions (rather than the cold cunning of the Boltons).

  112. Ours is the Fury
    Posted May 26, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

    Jackol,

    I’m completely aware of the point, thank you. The fact remains that people may have a huge problem with a lisper being ridiculed for it onscreen every week next season. When you’ve read the books, the totality of the character is very understandable and I wasn’t angered by his portrayal. But TV adaptations have limitations, and I don’t think the lisp would come off as understandable without being able to spend a lot of time with the character and perceiving him through Jaime’s filter, you know?

  113. zerowolf
    Posted May 26, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

    Give him the job.Forget the lisp – it would take away the feeling of menace.In fact,forget everything from the books aside from the story arc.The fetishists who would like every minor detail from the novels included in the series are beginning to bore me.

  114. Nagga's Kin
    Posted May 26, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

    Tytos Blackwood:
    Mckenzie Crook….. audition no one else

    Hey, I remember him from Skins! He played the cartoonishly scary gangster whose lieutenants were too provincial to do some nasty deed, I forget which. IIRC, Mckenzie later lost a chili-chomping contest to a black kid. I guess I could see his gaunt face pulling off an actual gangster struggling to be taken seriously because of a speech impediment.

  115. Nagga's Kin
    Posted May 26, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

    Ithn’t LIThP a programming language? Thith could confuthe the nerdth!

    I thuppose tha.tha.thammering ith out of the quethtion?

  116. OldGran
    Posted May 26, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

    Dennehy is pretty creepy, but he reminds me of my son-in-law who is not at all creepy. (my daughter is married to someone 20 years her senior).

    I was looking forward to the lisp, but it’s not crucial. I will miss Thapphires and Kingthlayer however.

  117. Nicole
    Posted May 26, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Permalink

    Please lose the lisp. I don’t think people realize how annoying and cheesy it’s going to be. I think I might have to mute his scenes.

  118. Lizzie
    Posted May 26, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

    I agree that the lisp could come off cartoonish and offensive to TV audiences and think they’ve made the right choice by losing it if that’s the case.

    This is probably the only GoT audition tape I’ve personally seen that I properly enjoyed watching for the acting’s sake as opposed to just seeing snips of dialogue, so I wish this guy the best of luck.

  119. chico
    Posted May 26, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Permalink

    Joshua Taylor,

    I disagree with this. D & D have done everything they can to bring as faithful an adaptation as possible. I would argue that they are the ones making the suggestions, instead of opposing them.

  120. Stannis Baratheon
    Posted May 26, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

    But Vargo MUST have the Igor Talk! Tht’s what makes him Vargo!

  121. stevelabny
    Posted May 26, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

    Vargo Hoat without a lisp is like Tyrion being 6 feet tall.

    It was bad enough Varys didn’t titter.
    It was worse when Roose didn’t whisper.
    But Vargo not lithping would be horrible.

  122. Jaime Lannister
    Posted May 26, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

    stevelabny,

    Or not. Some aspects of a good book character become fucking stupid when translated onto TV.

    Like a guy in a pink cape whispering everything. Yeah, it’s cool and atmospheric in the books.

    It would be stupid as hell on TV.

  123. KG
    Posted May 26, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

    stevelabny:
    Vargo Hoat without a lisp is like Tyrion being 6 feet tall.

    It was bad enough Varys didn’t titter.
    It was worse when Roose didn’t whisper.
    But Vargo not lithping would be horrible.

    No, people laughing at the show as it sheds every ounce of respectability for the sake of a goofy lisp would be horrible

  124. persephone88
    Posted May 26, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Permalink

    I have also been picturing Mackenzie Crook – but put a long ropy beard on Dennehy, gaunt him up, and he could make a scary Vargo Hoat.

    Is it just me or are there certain phrases that stand out that keep getting repeated? Jaime telling Hoat “You’re a smart man!” the way Tyrion did with Mord. Or the ever present “This is a dangerous place!” which has been said by Tyrion, Ned, etc. I kind of feel like some are getting over used.

  125. Wigwam
    Posted May 26, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

    Joshua Taylor,

    I posted on this earlier (as WompWomp), but I wouldn’t be so quick to point fingers at D&D for distancing the show from its roots. GRRM said it himself in an interview. D&D are the main reason HBO’s series takes so much after the books in the first place. Contractually speaking, neither they nor HBO are bound to faithfully adapt ASOIAF. GRRM was joking when he said S2 could feature an alien invasion for all the say he has over its creative direction, but there was a tinge of truth to that comment that ran deeper than the humor. HBO has a standard TV contract with Martin that includes no obligation on its part. It’s only the passion of the showrunners and their staff for the source material that makes the show as familiar as it is.

    I know you take a fairly moderate stance on the quality of the series. I just hope clarifying that reality dulls the edge of some particularly vehement book-thumpers. The people most put-down regarding the show are the ones most deserving of appreciation. I don’t think they take any change they make lightly. After reading the D&D EW.com interview about “Blackwater” it became even more apparent how much active compromising they’ve had to deal with to realize the show as we know it. I also came away from that interview believing they had to cut Tyrion’s chain out entirely from the sequence, though they really, really wanted to keep it. It’s no casual process for them, and I believe a lot of people mischaracterize their attitude since they distance themselves from the fanbase online. Bryan Cogman sort of showed us why this is so. :(

  126. Wigwam
    Posted May 26, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

    stevelabny:
    Vargo Hoat without a lisp is like Tyrion being 6 feet tall.

    It was bad enough Varys didn’t titter.
    It was worse when Roose didn’t whisper.
    But Vargo not lithping would be horrible.

    I’ve grown fond of the first two quickly enough, but Vargo Hoat isn’t nearly as memorable without a lisp. I believe a lisp can be done menacingly. There would be something incredibly droll about it, especially if the motley crew aspect of the Brave Companions was played up enough. I found the lisp interesting in the books since it begged a question: how can a man with a speech impediment be the uncontested leader of such a bloodthirsty band of honorless scum? If anything, I found his lisp bizarrely empowering, suggestive of other qualities he may possess that put him at the top of a bloody heap of ruthless whoresons. Without the lisp I see him being about as remarkable as the wildling man who led Osha’s group last season.

  127. MRR
    Posted May 26, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Permalink

    I think there are a number of things that could be done to give Vargo an interesting way of speaking that wouldn’t be a totally cartooney lisp. Text is limited in the way it can convey accents, but a talented actor can bring a lot of subtlety into a vocal performance.

  128. Joshua Taylor
    Posted May 26, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Permalink

    chico,

    Wigwam,

    Just so people don’t misread me, I am down with D and D 100%. They have a done a fantastic job adapting the series, I was more or less making fun of the creative process of adaptation while showing that as in control as they possibly are they also have to answer to the powers that be. I am conveying how some of their creativity is curtailed by the nature of the beast that is the television industry.

    I respect and understand the changes made for television in adapting a series of this magnitude. If anything my satirical slant stems from my wanting to throw a bone to the more polite and eloquent of the Purists on this site. To give them an idea that no matter how great the source material, it’s not just budget and artistic expression that hampers the fidelity of adaptation but the grinding gears of the entertainment industry and the socio-political economic construct in which it exists.

    Off topic: listening to Game of Thrones Season 2 soundtrack for the fiftieth time now. I can’t wait for the Blackwater! Wonder if the Rains of Castamere will appear in episode 9 or 10? If the rumour are true that Sophie will be doing her hymn than maybe the Rains will appear near the end of the season finale?

  129. the goat
    Posted May 26, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Permalink

    Queensmoot: I’d refuse and make him read, but he’s in law school. His poor eyes have been through enough

    Oh, my sweet summer child…

  130. Mrs. H'ghar
    Posted May 26, 2012 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

    There is a possible compromise re: Vargo’s lisp. What if he had a mild lisp with an accent more in the manner of a Castillian Spanish speaker? Remember how Gloria Estefan sounds when she says certain words, and even Antonio Banderas? Pretty sure it’s part of the Spanish language to pronounce some “s” sounds as a mild “th” in certain dialects, or am I way off base? Anyway, using that type of pronunciation with somebody with a Spanish-type accent would accent the fact that Vargo is from a far-away land, not another local-yokel villain. I’m thinking Zorro and Antonio Banderas mixed with Jack Sparrow…mmmmm. Could work without looking cartoonish or demeaning to those with speech issues, and we’d still get THAFIRETTTHHHH and KingTHLAYER!

  131. Salty Sea Dog
    Posted May 26, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Permalink

    KG: No, people laughing at the show as it sheds every ounce of respectability for the sake of a goofy lisp would be horrible

    thats the point. keep the lisp, let people laugh, then show hoat doing something extremely brutal. that is who vargo hoat is.

  132. rorschach-
    Posted May 26, 2012 at 10:22 pm | Permalink

    Salty Sea Dog: thats the point.keep the lisp, let people laugh, then show hoat doing something extremely brutal.that is who vargo hoat is.

    I have to agree. Vargo is the guy who people go for “hahaha, that guy sounds so silly, whoever could take him serio…. *chop chop*… OH WTF DUDE!” I can understand why lisp would be cut because it is really hard to convert into serious acting and would require a really good actor, but I think without it Vargo is incomplete.

  133. Hollyoak
    Posted May 26, 2012 at 10:47 pm | Permalink

    Zack:
    YES! The bear pit has a shot.

    I too hope they get the whole crew of the Brave Companions.

    Why would anyone want to see that, even if it is a fake bear or CGI?

    It’s one of the cruelest scenes GRRM has written. Not saying it’s not effective, but do you really want to see a bear being tortured by humans?

  134. Wigwam
    Posted May 26, 2012 at 11:01 pm | Permalink

    rorschach-: I have to agree. Vargo is the guy who people go for “hahaha, that guy sounds so silly, whoever could take him serio…. *chop chop*… OH WTF DUDE!” I can understand why lisp would be cut because it is really hard to convert into serious acting and would require a really good actor, but I think without it Vargo is incomplete.

    Call it a case of limited imagination, but I would consider it a reduction of the character to have him played in a way similar to the first crack at the character on the audition tape. I’m not discounting the man’s acting ability, but Hoat the Goat is supposed to be a lethal laughingstock of sorts. It’s not beneath the show to have him speak in a strange or even ridiculous way. If anything, knocking out a speech impediment altogether demotes the role into Creepy-As-Shiiiiiiit Medieval Dude #26. Rorge and Biter’s roles have already been diminished and the Mountain’s men aren’t quite as prominent as one would expect either. The show doesn’t have the luxury of dwelling on them much. Hoat’s masterstroke of self-destruction is one of the most memorable twists in the story. I’d hate for the show to individualize him less by relieving him of one of his defining qualities.

    And to the rational posters who’d seek to deconstruct my passion for the lisp, I ask you this: how could you resist hearing him sputter out “THAPPHIRETH!” on-screen? For shame. It is truly the simple pleasures in life. :]

  135. Weirwood
    Posted May 26, 2012 at 11:34 pm | Permalink

    If the fans want a creepy lisp so badly, the producers should just hire Andy Sirkis…..

  136. Joshua Taylor
    Posted May 26, 2012 at 11:46 pm | Permalink

    Weirwood,

    HOLY SHIT! That’s perfect!

  137. Mrs. H'ghar
    Posted May 27, 2012 at 12:07 am | Permalink

    Weirwood: Andy Sirkis

    That would work….don’t know if he’s available though, looks like he’s locked up for a few years.

    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0785227/

    How about Giovanni Ribisi?

    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000610/

  138. Zack
    Posted May 27, 2012 at 12:16 am | Permalink

    Hollyoak: Why would anyone want to see that, even if it is a fake bear or CGI?

    It’s one of the cruelest scenes GRRM has written. Not saying it’s not effective, but do you really want to see a bear being tortured by humans?

    1-lol, “even if.” As though there’s a chance it would be handled any other way?

    2-And, well, this show features humans being tortured by humans, and humans take precedence over bears on the Zack Importance Scale, and yet I still manage to be entertained just fine by those scenes even so.

    3-That’s not why the scene is important. It is to show Brienne in a terrifying moment of true weakness and peril, and one of the most badass Jaime moments in the series with the rescue. And, of course, for the Goat to get his in one of the most memorable deaths in a series full of them.

    I just don’t think these guys should be too worried about the PETA crowd. With Gregor’s horse thing from last season, though, I don’t think they’re too concerned. They’ll do what it takes for an entertaining show.

  139. KG
    Posted May 27, 2012 at 2:54 am | Permalink

    Hollyoak,

    LOL never mind the people being tortured via the bear, eh? Hypocrite. It’s vitally important to the story because it signals the sea change in Jaime’s outlook.

  140. Blaat
    Posted May 27, 2012 at 4:35 am | Permalink

    I think it’s entirely possibe, like suggested above, that the first round of auditions didn’t include the lisp. First make sure you’ve got an actor that is actually capable of Vargo’s sickening personality and then try to find someone who does a believable lisp. As some stated above, I think the lisp is crucial to his character. Still, while a substantial role, he’s not a main character and it might be a hard to get an actor for the Goat who can pull of a lisp convincingly.

  141. Dan
    Posted May 27, 2012 at 5:12 am | Permalink

    KG,

    I agree, I never found his lisp even funny in the book. On screen, it would be ridiculous in my opinion.

  142. Langkard
    Posted May 27, 2012 at 6:16 am | Permalink

    While we’re being all PC about the show, let’s just remove all of the violence, sex, intrigue, insults, short people, tall people, fat people, white people, brown people, skinny people, people with blemishes, people without blemishes, blonds, redheads, brunettes, the purple-haired and bald people. Pirates are bad, so no pirates. We might offend both pirates and victims of pirates! Slavery is bad, so no slaves or slavers. And let’s remember to take up the cause of the poor, mistreated fake frigging dragons while we’re at it.

  143. Steve Hugh Westenra
    Posted May 27, 2012 at 8:53 am | Permalink

    I was impressed by this audition, especially as he nears the end in both versions and speaks those lines about Jamie’s father. There’s something about his smirk and the intensity in his eyes (and the way the light hits them) that makes it that much more powerful and ominous.

    Count me as one who hopes the lisp stays. I don’t find the fact that people (Jamie, haha) mock Hoat for it anymore offensive than the fact that some characters mock Tyrion’s size. If anything, I think it’s used to turn the tables on the deceptively comedic aspects of the character, when he eventually cuts Jaime’s arm off, etc. For me, that was kind of the whole point of the Bloody Mummers (hence the name). They were all people who had little quirks like that, or features/backgrounds that would have made them fit for professions as fools and entertainers in Westeros, but it’s all this mad, carnivalesque show that hides (and sometimes accentuates) something ugly and dangerous and brutal. I think what’s masterful about the fact that we see them through Jamie’s eyes is that he doesn’t take them seriously and does mock them. He thinks he’s above them all because to him these are the people who, literally and more generally, toil under his father. We, as the readers, either watch transfixed knowing that Jamie has to engineer his own demise (because we know how brutal the Mummers can be), or we buy Jamie’s dismissive attitude as the correct one, and are then surprised by what ultimately happens.

    I also think it really sets apart Hoat and the Mummers from the other randomly sadistic and nasty characters that turn up throughout the novels. There are so many characters that are just there to be vicious assholes that even amazing lines and acting in some of those roles on the show start to seem less individual. In contrast, I think Hoat should be funny at first. I think he should trick the audience that way, and have more of a presence than some of the two-for-one sociopaths on the show.

  144. Zack
    Posted May 27, 2012 at 8:59 am | Permalink

    Langkard,

    I agree. If they feel like they can only feature disabled or ‘different’ characters if those characters are heroic, I find that offensive. A physical condition doesn’t bestow sainthood on a person, so why should television pretend otherwise?

  145. Weirwood
    Posted May 27, 2012 at 11:58 am | Permalink

    Mrs. H’ghar: That would work….don’t know if he’s available though, looks like he’s locked up for a few years.

    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0785227/

    How about Giovanni Ribisi?

    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000610/

    Why should we let a little thing like REALITY get in the middle of our demands at this point????? :P

    I also think Crispin Glover can do creepy and lispy really well too…… ;)

  146. Mrs. H'ghar
    Posted May 27, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

    Antonio Banderas, he’d be awesome, he could pull off the Castillian lisp so it would seem like more of an accent issue than a disability, and he could be menacing, yet hot and sarcastically humorous, which would be an excellent combination. You want to hate him, but feel some dimension other than pure evil too.

  147. Gay for Cersei
    Posted May 27, 2012 at 7:28 pm | Permalink

    NoHeddardStark:
    The lisp is one of those things that works great on the printed page but will come off corny as hell on the screen. I hope they leave it out and leave it to the actor to find the best way to bring him to life.

    Sadly, I tend to agree. But that doethn’t mean I won’t mith it!
    And thumbs up on that audition.

    Nope! Nope…changed my mind. Gotta have the lithp. Gotta. If done properly it would make him all the creepier.

  148. caro herrera
    Posted May 27, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Permalink

    well, if they choose this actor i’m sure he’ll do a great job, but he is slightly older than what i pictured vargho to be. and his appereance isn’t that menacing either, the only unsettling things about him are his eyes, his body language and his voice at times (but even that’s wrong cause he does not have the accent from qhohor thing). i pictured vargho not that skinny, and with dark hair and a a goat’s type of beard. but that can be fixed with wigs, make-up and hair dye, so we’ll see…
    but i think edmure tully’s audition was more accurate

  149. Ray Lewis
    Posted June 5, 2012 at 8:53 am | Permalink

    The video is marked as private, apparently I need to enter a pw to see it. Is this pw an open secret or written down somewhere?

  150. lance wilson
    Posted June 14, 2012 at 2:15 am | Permalink

    How about John Ross Bowie, from Big Bang Theory….he could reinvent Barry Kripke.

  151. Ivan
    Posted June 14, 2012 at 11:52 am | Permalink

    Hey, apparently I need a password to see this video, any tips?

  152. Roose Bolton
    Posted June 26, 2012 at 5:36 am | Permalink

    1. Vargo needs lisp or isn’t Vargo. Kind of like Roose is 1/2 a Roose on the show right now over no leeches and other omissions. When I see people “thank goodness he’s less creepy than the books” I am disappointed.

    2. We need more Mummers, or at least Vargo, Qyburn, Shagwell, Rorge, Biter, Urswyck the Faithful, and a random Dothraki or two. If they don’t bring in those named ones, they might as well not even call them the effing Brave Companions, because that’s the full psycho-boyband there. Blah blah, cost too much, not enough time. Bull. If they’re cutting it into 2 seasons they might as well bring all those beastly caricatures in. There’s plenty of decent actors out there who would be willing to cameo an episode or two to bring a cool interpretation of these guys to the screen.

  153. stephen
    Posted July 3, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Permalink

    Zack,

    Carne,

    whats the password for the video ?

  154. Joe O.
    Posted July 4, 2012 at 12:27 am | Permalink

    For people wondering the password is “ned” to watch the video

  155. Zach mullin
    Posted July 30, 2012 at 10:55 pm | Permalink

    Jason Flemyng or this guy
    I cant imagine Vargo without a lisp, dunno why people think its corny.

  156. Tormund Longmember
    Posted December 5, 2012 at 11:37 am | Permalink

    I can’t say that this audition was very good – he seems confused and frightened. Vargo is self-assured and conniving – nothing in this reading suggests such.
    oh and the LISP LISP LISP! keep the BLOODY LISP – it’s HBO for crying out loud, and this character’s most memorable trait.

    - Har!

  157. Steve
    Posted March 5, 2013 at 10:28 am | Permalink

    But “I wanted to make the goat say ‘thapphireth.’”

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