Season three casting announced!
By Hear Me Roar on in Casting, News.

At the Comic Con tonight a slew of season three roles were announced (a few of them we have learnt about already earlier). Here is the video shown at today’s panel which features some of those new cast members.

After the break, a full rundown of all the announced season three cast with headshots and brief descriptions of their characters.

Diana Rigg as Lady Olenna Tyrell. Also known as “The Queen of Thorns,” Lady Olenna is the grandmother of Margaery and Loras Tyrell and is, in many ways, the true leader of their powerful family. The actress is best known for her role as the iconic Emma Peel in “The Avengers,” and for playing Teresa di Vincenzo in “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.” Rigg won an Emmy in 1997 for her role as Mrs. Danvers in “Rebecca.”
Mackenzie Crook as Orell. A wildling raider, Orell is a “warg” or “skinchanger,” with the ability to enter the mind of an animal and control its actions. Crook is best known for playing offbeat characters such as Gareth in the original UK version of “The Office” and the pirate Ragetti in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” film series.
Clive Russell as Bryndon “The Blackfish” Tully. Known far and wide as “The Blackfish,” Brynden is a famous knight and the uncle of Catelyn Stark. He quarreled bitterly with his brother, Lord Hoster Tully, and the two were estranged for many years. Russell is a mainstay in British film and television, appearing in dozens of productions in the last forty years. Recently he appeared as Captain Tanner in the Guy Ritchie “Sherlock Holmes” films.
Nathalie Emannuel as Missandei. Originally from the peaceful island of Naath, Missandei was sold into slavery as a child, along with her brother. She received education in various languages and became a translator to the slave trader Kraznys in Astapor. Emmanuel played Sasha Valentine on the British soap opera “Hollyoaks” from 2006-2010.
Kerry Ingram as Shireen Baratheon, the only child of Stannis Baratheon. An avid reader, she escapes her lonely life through myths and stories – her books are her most treasured possessions. The young actress won the Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical in 2012, after playing the starring role in “Matilda.”
Paul Kaye as Thoros of Myr. A key member of the outlaw band known as the Brotherhood Without Banners, he is a Red Priest, in service of the Lord of Light, and originally hails from the Free City of Myr, in Essos. The British comedian is best known for creating the character of Dennis Pennis on “The Sunday Show.”
Thomas Brodie-Sangster as Jojen Reed, a mysterious and enigmatic young man who becomes an important ally to Bran Stark. The 22-year-old actor starred in the films “Nanny McPhee” and “Love Actually” as a child, and he voices the role of Ferb on “Phineas and Ferb.”
Ellie Kendrick as Meera Reed. The eldest daughter of Howland Reed and a staunch Stark loyalist, Meera and her younger brother Jojen seek out Bran Stark to protect him on his hard journey north. Kendrick starred in the 2009 BBC adaptation of “The Diary of Anne Frank,” and has appeared in “Being Human” and “Upstairs Downstairs.”
Richard Dormer as Beric Dondarrion. Once the lord of Blackhaven and a celebrated warrior, Lord Beric has now become the leader of the Brotherhood Without Banners, a band of vigilante outlaws. Dormer wrote and starred in the one-man play “Hurricane,” and played the lead in the film “Good Vibrations,” the story of Belfast punk legend Terri Hooley.
Kristofer Hivju as Tormund Giantsbane. A famed wildling warrior and chief lieutenant of the “King Beyond the Wall,” Mance Rayder, Tormund is fearsome and strong, with a large build and a beard to match. The Norwegian actor co-starred in the 2011 version of “The Thing,” and will be appearing in “After Earth,” a new film by M. Night Shyamalan.
Philip McGinley as Anguy, an extremely skilled archer and key member of the outlaw band known as the Brotherhood Without Banners. The actor is best known for playing Tom Kerrigan on the British soap “Coronation Street” and recently had a role in the movie “Prometheus.”
Tara Fitzgerald as Selyse Baratheon. The wife of Stannis Baratheon, Selyse spends much of her life in seclusion, shut away in a gloomy tower. A veteran of British television, Fitzgerald played Kat Ashley in “The Virgin Queen” and starred as Eve Lockhart on the show “Waking the Dead” and on its spinoff, “The Body Farm.”
Tobias Menzies as Edmure Tully. The younger brother of Catelyn Stark, Edmure has recently become Lord of Riverrun in the wake of his father’s death. Menzies has worked with HBO before, appearing as Brutus on “Rome.” He’s starred in several British shows over the last few years, including “Eternal Law,” “The Shadow Line,” and “The Deep.”
Anton Lesser as Qyburn, a former maester of the Citadel, who was stripped of his chain many years ago. Lesser has performed many roles with Royal Shakespeare Company and appeared as Exeter in the Henry V portion of “The Hollow Crown.” Recent TV roles include Gideon on “Primeval” and Clarence Fendley in “The Hour,” co-starring Oona Chaplin.

Hear Me Roar: Lots to discuss here, I know you are all excited. Mind that this is not the ultimate list, there may (will) be further roles and actors announced down the line.


722 Comments

  1. Henry
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Permalink

    LOOK AT ALL THOSE NAMES AHHHHHH

    …wait, where’s Mance?

  2. Harry The Heir
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Permalink

    WOO FIRST! SO EXCITED!!! I hope they have Orell in it for even more!!!

  3. Wolf of the North
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Permalink

    I LOVE the actor they got for Jojen, he looks perfect. The actress playing Meera reminds me of Kristen Schaal and it’s distracting.

  4. Omar Brown
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Permalink

    Mance ?!? Vargo? Where are youuu? Oh my God such a good day! What a great new cast!

  5. Andrew
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Permalink

    Personally a bit sad Kaya wasn’t announced as Meera, but as always, in Nina Gold we trust and all that. I’ll have to look more in depth at all these actors and check to see if I’ve seen them in anything. So glad the announcements finally came!

  6. Mrs. H'ghar
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Permalink

    A woman is pleased! But where is Mance? King Beyond the Wall??????

  7. Lynn
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

    Thomas Brodie-Sangster as Jojen Reed, a mysterious and enigmatic young man who becomes an important ally to Bran Stark.

    He is a great young actor — fellow geeks may remember him as Tim Latimer in the Doctor Who episodes Human Nature and The Family of Blood. He’ll be great.

  8. Claudiu Gherganu
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

    RAMSAY ! My Ramsay where are you ?

  9. Conor
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

    Liking all of these! Some are even fan cast!

    Now give me Ramsay and Mance!

    Surprised the rumor of Asim Ashad (Sp?) was a fake, or else the actor was replaced and not told, poor guy.

  10. Rimshot
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

    Richard Dormer is a fantastic local actor. He plays Terri Hooley in ‘Good Vibrations’ which will be out soon and is also a great theatre actor. I saw him being interviewed a few months ago. He had a full beard and remember thinking he should be in GOT. Glad to see he finally made it.

  11. Adrian
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

    I really thought McGinley looked a lot like Roose, thought he’d be a good Ramsay. Oh well.

  12. Robbet
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

    Only know Mackenzie Crook and he is a very good actor. But in Nina Gold we trust!

    VERY EXCITED!!! AGAIN!!

  13. Direhound
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Permalink

    Go watch It’s All Gone Pete Tong to see the brilliance of actor Paul Kaye. Maybe the casting I’m most excited about. I’m excited about it all.

  14. Hi-Fi
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Permalink

    Great casting all around! So exciting.

    So I guess Hoster is already dead when we get to Riverrun next season.

  15. Álvaro Rojas
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Permalink

    What about Ramsay Snow?

  16. Woop
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Permalink

    Jojen and Meera are PERFECT. Missandei is a bit big, but then again (book 6 speculation: If Arya is to ‘take her face’ to get to Dany, Missandei doesn’t need to be a pre-teen, Maisie will be all grown up by then)

  17. Erik
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Permalink

    Tobias Menzie has been in quite a few things. I’ve seen him in Rome and most recently The Shadow Line. He kinda seems like a good Edmure.

  18. Baramos
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:28 pm | Permalink

    Paul Kaye seems kind of young for Thoros. Wasn’t Thoros like 50 or something? Oh, well, don’t really care much.

    The rest all seemed pretty fitting.

  19. Queensmoot
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:28 pm | Permalink

    So exciting!!! I never thought we’d get this much at once!

  20. J
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Permalink

    Maybe the guy everyone thought was going to be Thoros is actually going to be Strong Belwas! #Pray4StrongBelwas

  21. Rimshot
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Permalink

    I worked with Paul Kaye on ‘WAZ’ a few years ago. Really nice guy. He’s famous for ‘Dennis Pennis’ of course (check out YouTube!)

  22. Michel
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Permalink

    Sad that Mackenzie isn’t Mance or Vargo, but fuck it, he is in the show, i think they will combine Varamyr and Orell, since we get Anguy, I hope we get Harwin, Lem and Tom..at The Wall I hope we get Styr and Varamyr too (if he isn’t mixed up with Orell)..For me the best choices were Tormund and Qyburn..The actress of Meera needs to change her her, don’t she ? I’M TOO ANSIOUS ABOUT RAMSAY, MANCE AND VARGO BUT TOO WORRIED TO ABOUT BELWAS

  23. Felt Pelt
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Permalink

    Menzies seems like a good choice. And Crook certainly looks more swashbuckling in that video than as a comic relief pirate or office dweeb. I hope there’s a concentration on him standing around looking creepy. He was good at this in the Pirates films but here would be without the pratfall humor.

  24. Hi-Fi
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Permalink

    Meera and Jojen seem like absolutely perfect casting.

  25. Tamsin Cleo German
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Permalink

    Long time reader …. never posted here before … but I was moved to shriek like a little girl to see Thomas Brodie Sangster cast as Jojen.

    He played Sam in Love Actually and was utterly awesome…. he’s perfect for Jojen. Best news EVER!

  26. The Kingslayer
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:32 pm | Permalink

    Tobias Menzies as Edmure has made me happy, sure he’s not how I pictured him when reading the books but Tobias impressed me alot with his work on Rome.

    BTW Paule Kaye ??????? lol I don’t know what to make of that choice.

    The rest of the casting is pretty meh to be honest, well Riggs is a good choice for Olena.

  27. Claudiu Gherganu
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:32 pm | Permalink

    Holy shit Paul Kaye is Strutter himself ! I just realised this .

  28. Mirri Maz
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Permalink

    The kid playing Jojen looks perfect for the part, very elf like.

  29. Baboocole
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Permalink

    Hooray for Tobias Menzies! He was awesome in Rome.

  30. Lukas Filzer
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Permalink

    bloody hell, will there be barristan selmy in season 3 or not ?!

  31. Multimasking1
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

    Woop,

    I imagined Meera being prettier honesty, tho maybe it’s just the actresses hair that bugs me. And they both should have green contacts but the Jojen kid looks the part otherwise

  32. Ed
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

    If they don’t have Jojen and Meera this season, I will quit watch…. Huh?

    Oh!! Hah!! Perfect! I think they have hit another Home Run with these two – they are PERFECT!!!

  33. Arthur
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Permalink

    Meera and Jojen look like that can really by siblings. How tall is Ellie? If she is really short it will be a perfect casting…

  34. LordStarkington
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Permalink

    I’m with those who think Asim Ahmad might be Belwas (although wouldn’t they have announced it?).

  35. Adrian
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Permalink

    People wanted Mackenzie Crook as Mance? Like, seriously, or just as some kind of ruinous joke?

  36. Baboocole
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:37 pm | Permalink

    The actor playing Jojen was Paul McCartney in Nowhere Boy…I’ll have to rematch his scenes.

  37. Sekandar Martell
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:37 pm | Permalink

    Fantastic castings, all of them. Peter Kaye as Thoros is inspired. Perfect Reed siblings castings as well, Ellie Kendrick was amazing in Being Human recently.

  38. Claudiu Gherganu
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:37 pm | Permalink

    Just as i was expecting. Instead of people being happy that they are even casting the Reeds at all we have more bitching at the casting decisions _._

  39. The Rabbit
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:37 pm | Permalink

    I am so, so happy that I can not express it enough by a choice for Jojen!
    I liked little Thomas since I ve watched Love Actually for the first time. Yay!!!

  40. Andrew
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:37 pm | Permalink

    The Kingslayer,

    I don’t remember Meera ever being described in the books as anything more than a bit pretty, and besides, her looks don’t really effect her character at all.

  41. Ross
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:37 pm | Permalink

    The Kingslayer: Not digging the choice for Meera at all, she’s a bit ugly to be honest

    WTF? Why is that necessary?

  42. dmf
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

    I AM SO HAPPY ALL THE CASTING IS GOOD NO UPSETS GOOD JOB TEAM!

  43. Robbet
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

    Where is Strong Belwas?

  44. John Webster
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

    Yay for Tobias Menzies as Edmure! I loved his work on Rome and have been hoping to see him in something else big ever since. I’m very happy he’s joining GoT. :)

  45. Lin Beifunk
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

    Andrew:
    Personally a bit sad Kaya wasn’t announced as Meera, but as always, in Nina Gold we trust and all that. I’ll have to look more in depth at all these actors and check to see if I’ve seen them in anything. So glad the announcements finally came!

    If you mean Kaya Scodelario, like Skins’ Effy, then I think I read somewhere she has a reunion series of the aforementioned show to do this summer. Too bad.

  46. João Amaral
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

    Thomas Sangster is AMAZING. i should be geeking out about Diana Rigg but i can’t. I really like this guy.
    He was in the same episode of Doctor Who as Harry Lloyd. You should see it.

  47. The Kingslayer
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

    Well it wouldn’t hurt to have an attractive actresss in the role considering Bran develops a crush on her, Sarah Bolger was the perfect choice for Meera and they blew it.

  48. Pepper
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

    The Kingslayer:
    Not digging the choice for Meera at all, she’s a bit ugly to be honest.

    Say What?

    I am so impressed with all these choices – how can you say a young girl is too ugly?

  49. Lex
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

    Oh my god!

    I watched the video first, before reading the announcements, so it was just one big surprise after another!

    Almost makes the long wait for casting news worth it, for this one big announcement!

  50. J
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

    The guy playing Qyburn looks like he can do the normal looking but creepy grandfather thing pretty well.

  51. Multimasking1
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

    The Kingslayer,

    This. Bran talks about Meera like she’s some kind of exotic beautiful goddess or something lol

  52. Jay Sutherland
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

    Conor,

    Look at the guy’s IMDb – it wouldn’t surprise me if he announced it himself to stoke up publicity and IMDb hits. As an actor myself, I know all the tricks of the trade, but wouldn’t do it myself. I think it’s pretty unprofessional if that is the case.

  53. Macha
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

    I can’t believe we’re getting all this talent. Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Tobias Menzies, Anton Lesser, Ellie Kendrick – check her out in The Diary of Anne Frank, she’ll be a great Meera! – my mind is BLOWN.

  54. Phoenix_torn
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

    The kid playing jojen is great! I’m so happy about these announcements!

  55. The Kingslayer
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Permalink

    Pepper,

    I am direct and honest. Forgive me for not fawning all over Nina Gold’s choices, she doesn’t walk on water. Some of her casting has been genius ( Liam as Davos) and some has been awful ( Gemma for Asha/Yara)

  56. Andrew
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Permalink

    Lin Beifunk,

    Aye, that’s who I meant. Not knocking Ellie Kendrick at all, it was just kind of my dream casting for the role.

    My favourite actress announced a new role today, and we got a tonne of GoT casting news, so all in all i’m not too torn up about it. Friday the 13th is always a good day.

  57. Michel
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Permalink

    Does anybody has a feeling that Belwas is going to be cut ? I’m gonna cry..Daario is going to be in this Season (why ? Because he mets Dany on her way to Meeren..only to fill up the role of Belwas)..Missandei that is from Essos is confirmed..why no Belwas cast ??? :(((

  58. Claudiu Gherganu
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Permalink

    The Kingslayer:
    Well it wouldn’t hurt to have an attractive actresss in the role considering Bran develops a crush on her, Sarah Bolger was the perfect choice for Meera and they blew it.

    I guess someone is a bit butthurt that their favorite actress didn’t get cast so he lashes his anger at the one who got the role.

  59. Ivan Popić
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Permalink

    I loved Thomas Brodie Sangster in Love Actually, I think he will be a good Jojen. Man, he did grow up since that movie…

  60. Arthur
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:44 pm | Permalink

    The Kingslayer,

    I don’t care how Meera looks on the “pretty” scale. Just as long as she is in good shape and can wield a frogspear and throw a net as well as shoot an arrow from a bow. It is also important she has good chemistry with Bran

    I’m happy with Meera, if she is like 5 foot it will be perfect…

  61. Lin Beifunk
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:45 pm | Permalink

    Loving all the casting, by the way! I have to imagine some of these smaller roles are getting beefed up. I had to remind myself who Anguy was, for instance…

    I’m wondering if Mance, Ramsay, etc. are going to be ‘big’ names? Hmm.

  62. Danielle
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:45 pm | Permalink

    Thomas Brody-Sangster (the voice of Ferb on Phineas & Ferb) as Jojen Reed is going to be a little distracting for me but I can’t wait. (Can’t wait for Phineas & Ferb to reference it too, I’m sure they will) :)

  63. Tom Hilton
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Permalink

    They all look great to me (and I’ve been a fan of Diana Rigg since I was just a child–man, was Emma Peel hot!). But I think my favorite thing about this is the introductory clip, which makes it a lot easier to visualize how they’ll look in character.

  64. Joshua Taylor
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Permalink

    Nothing like a casting announcement to reveal how shallow some people are.

  65. The Kingslayer
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Permalink

    Claudiu Gherganu,

    I am not angry at all, I just feel Ellie isn’t a great choice for the role.

    Why is it so forbidden to disagree with decisions regarding this show ? you get labeled butthurt or a book nerd, I am just passionate about the series.

  66. ck
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Permalink

    All you people who wanted James Purefoy, guess you’ll have to be happy with Menzies (for now, anyways…) :D
    Bit of an interesting choice as he doesn’t really have the Tully “look” as described, however he does play the role of the haughty, kind of clueless guy pretty well.

  67. J
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:47 pm | Permalink

    Michel,

    Relax, this is obviously not the full list of new parts. We know we’re getting Ramsay, Vargo, Daario, Mance, etc and they weren’t announced today.

  68. Turn cloak
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:47 pm | Permalink

    Claudiu Gherganu: I guess someone is a bit butthurtthat their favorite actress didn’t get cast so he lashes his anger at the one who got the role.

    Actually, Theon discribes meera as rather plain to look at

  69. Mr.Bolton
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:48 pm | Permalink

    Dennis Pennis as Thoros of Myr? Now that’s going to be hard to get over.

  70. Lex
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:48 pm | Permalink

    First impressions: I LOVE Beric, Thoros, and the Reeds!

    I also like Missandei and Shireen, and of course the Blackfish… hell, they’re all good.

    EDIT: Please don’t tell me people are complaining about Meera’s looks? I don’t even want to read the comments. She seems so sweet.

  71. Michel
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:48 pm | Permalink

    Not that that actress from Meera is ugly, i think people isn’t associating her with Meera because of the waved short hair..i always imagine her hair as long straight

  72. Andrew
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:48 pm | Permalink

    The Kingslayer,

    I think it was mostly just the fact that the only complaint you voiced was that she was too ugly, instead of disagreeing based on her acting abilities, wildly difference physical traits compared to the book version, age, or something else of a bit more consequence.

  73. Empedocles
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Permalink

    I’m so happy that Tobias Menzie is in the show. He stole every scene in Rome. I haven’t seen him in much after that but he’s fantastic.

    The kid that’s playing Jojen is spot-on.

  74. Pepper
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:50 pm | Permalink

    The Kingslayer:
    Well it wouldn’t hurt to have an attractive actresss in the role considering Bran develops a crush on her, Sarah Bolger was the perfect choice for Meera and they blew it.

    Beauty is i the eye of the beholder !

    And how dare you put a young aspiring actress under your magnifying glass! I am sorry, I am new on these boards but I think your attitude is appalling!
    I am sorry if I offended anyone, but the original poster.

  75. Rero
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:50 pm | Permalink

    I am a bit dissapointed that there aren’t any Dutch actors among the cast additions.
    Despite from that, they all seem well casted.

  76. mrnomad
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

    I keep reading she is the perfect cast, he is the perfect cast but no one is mentioning Kristofer Hivju. He IS Tormund.

  77. Claudiu Gherganu
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

    The Kingslayer:
    Claudiu Gherganu,

    I am not angry at all, I just feel Ellie isn’t a great choice for the role.

    Why is it so forbidden to disagree with decisions regarding this show ? you get labeled butthurt or a book nerd, I am just passionate about the series.

    It’s annoying because we haven’t even seen her in the role and you already are bashing her because it isn’t who you wanted to be in the role . Everybody has their favorite actors but we don’t get angry just because they aren’t cast , you have to be realistic .

  78. Lynn
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

    The Kingslayer,

    You do know that Nina Gold does not have final say over who gets cast, yeah? That decision is made at the executive producer and network level.

  79. Multimasking1
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

    Honestly that’s probably it for me. Facially she’s not ugly, her hairstyle is just a bit off putting to me. But half the female cast of this shows don’t have their real hair anyway

    I like the Jojen kid tho, and pretty much everyone else.
    Michel,

  80. Turn cloak
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Permalink

    Robbet:
    Where is Strong Belwas?

    Getting cut as he should be. He has about as much importance to the series as Cheswyck does

  81. The Kingslayer
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Permalink

    ck,

    Tobias’ portrayal of Brutus in Rome has some similar charistics that Edmure displays.

    There’s still time for Purefoy to land a role !! Mance or Crows Eye :-)

  82. Robbet
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:53 pm | Permalink

    Season 3 premieres 31 March 2013!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  83. Claudiu Gherganu
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:53 pm | Permalink

    Turn cloak,

    And, what does that have to do with the comment that i made ?

  84. Macha
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:53 pm | Permalink

    Arthur,
    Here’s Ellie Kendrick next to Iain Glen. She’s not exactly tall. :)
    http://cache.boston.com/resize/bonzai-fba/Globe_Photo/2010/04/09/1270830787_9580/539w.jpg

  85. Lynn
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:53 pm | Permalink

    The Kingslayer,

    Sarah Bolger was no longer available. She’s going to be on Once Upon a Time, which films in Vancouver and would overlap GoT’s schedule almost completely.

  86. Arstan
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Permalink

    I Think they’ll mix Orell with Styr and make him go w/ Jon over the wall

    Great casting really excited, and Ellie Kendrick isn’t ugly at all.

  87. The Kingslayer
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Permalink

    Claudiu Gherganu,

    I am not angry, just not convinced yet.

  88. tysnow
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Permalink

    WoW! Talk about overload, well we asked for casting news and we got it. Although the two BIG names are still a mystery. It is known that big names require separate big announcements. Surprised (not really) with Crook’s role, but a good match, I guess an expansion (merging) of the character is in order. Kudos to whomever first guessed Emmanuel as Missandei, if her first episode is the sixth, then looks like Dany will be spending a couple of episodes in Qarth, were she will come across a certain someone while wandering the docks. :)
    “Et tu Brute” as Edmure, can’t wait, Tobias is an outstanding Thespian and should bring a fresh and multi-faceted look to the character.

    Cillian for Ramsey and Viggo for Mance.

    Oh! Standing ovation for Nina, again.

  89. darquemode
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Permalink

    The Rabbit,

    I got one! XD
    MY favorite for the role too.

    If I had listened to Carne(?) I would have had Kristofer Hivju as Tormund too, but I thought he was too young for the role personally.

    AWESOME casting choices and I am excited and forgive HBO for their tight lips the past few weeks! XD

  90. Jaison Biagini
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    i think the girl cast for meera is very cute and looks like a good match for bran.

  91. sunspear
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Permalink

    Yay! Are we thinking they will merge Orell and Varamyr?

  92. darquemode
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Permalink

    John Webster,

    I saw Tobias as Tom O’ Sevens myself, but if he is in the series I am happy!!!

  93. Carne
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Permalink

    I’m rather disappointed that they didn’t get Sean Harris for Beric Dondarrion, seeing as he’s about the same age as Richard Dormer. But I guess Borgias was in the way :/

    I’m 95% sure he would have ended up in the role if he had not been busy with another show.

  94. J
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Permalink

    sunspear,

    This is my guess. I imagine they might use him to develop Jon’s warging with Ghost a bit?

  95. Red Priestess
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

    Rero:
    I am a bit dissapointed that there aren’t any Dutch actors among the cast additions.
    Despite from that, they all seem well casted.

    Carice wasn’t enough for you? ;)

  96. Michel
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

    Arstan:
    I Think they’ll mix Orell with Styr and make him go w/ Jon over the wall

    Great casting really excited, and Ellie Kendrick isn’t ugly at all.

    I was thinking about a mix with Orell + Varamyr and now that you said these two + Styr..Mackenzie can’t be in the show for like 2 or 3 episodes ? But i think he will be only in this season

  97. Ser Lemon Cakes
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

    How flawless are my Reed? I think Ellie is perfect. Happy for Kristofer as he was so keen!

  98. The Kingslayer
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

    Carne,

    Thank R’holler Sean wasn’t available.

  99. Tessa Leonie
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

    ahhh baby Paul mcCartney as Jojen, this is joyous news. And now I can’t wait wait to see everyone in character.

  100. darquemode
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

    I saw this o nTwitter a few minutes ago.

    Asim Ahmad says he took a much smaller role than Thoros due to “scheduling conflicts”.

    https://twitter.com/asimaahmad/status/223910578857590784

    I still have hopes for Belwas, but less and less….

  101. Woop
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

    Meh, this is Tamzin Merchant as Dany all over again.. Some posters should really watch what they say, the younger aspiring actors especially follow this site and the comments – and you calling them UGLY when they are definitely not, and that being your only criterion for saying that someone doesn’t fit a role is downright appalling. Look in the mirror, you obviously lack tact and sensibility.

    Personally, I think Ellie is gorgeous, but that doesn’t matter – if she can act, I’ll dig her!

  102. summer_stark
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

    re: Meera — I mean the actress has the cuteness quality to her. She’s just not this spritely little pixie that I imagined her being. Even if she’s short, she doesn’t have that delicate quality to her, which I always imagined Meera as having.

    Love the actor for Tormund — that’s pretty much exactly how I pictured him. Can’t wait to hear him say “Har!”

    Jojen — love that kid, worried it will be distracting, but he’s a great actor. I think Meera should have had the same coloring, but *shrug*

    Qyburn — great. total creep factor

    Olenna — was unsure about her, until I heard the clip of her speaking. Her voice is f’n perfect. now I’m excited about her.

    Orell — glad crook is playing him as opposed to some of the other characters people were speculating about. and would be even better if he doubled as varamyr imo.

  103. Carne
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:02 pm | Permalink

    The Kingslayer,

    How come? He’s a good actor and he fits the description of Beric much more than Dormer. But I’m happy with everyone else :)

  104. Jackie
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:03 pm | Permalink

    The Rabbit,

    I loved him in that too. Grown up a bit now. ;)

  105. Omar Brown
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:03 pm | Permalink

    The Kingslayer,

    Maybe you should , ya know, watch her act the role out first.
    Extra douchebag points for calling a young actress “ugly”. :-/

  106. Rudy Veldhuis
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Permalink

    I think they will all do a great job! Good casting done here.

    And I hope Lem Lemoncloak will be in season 3!

  107. Clabog
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:05 pm | Permalink

    I think the girl playing Meera looks spot-on, especially once we see her in full costume and makeup. If someone like Sarah Bolger got cast instead, she would have been almost distractingly beautiful.

    As long as Ellie has a lot of charm (which I’m sure she does) she’ll be perfect.

  108. Michel
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:05 pm | Permalink

    Liked very much: Jojen, Beric, Qyburn, Tormund,
    Liked: Selyse, Shireen, Blackfish, Missandei, Olenna, Thoros
    Didn’t like : Meera (only if she use a fake hair), Edmure (only if he beard grows up)

    I don’t remember how is the appearance of Orell and Anguy

    BTW, IM JUDGING THIS CHOICES FOR THEIR APPEARANCE, NOT FOR THEIR PERFORMANCE

  109. The Kingslayer
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:05 pm | Permalink

    Carne,

    Ever since catching Harry Brown the guy just makes my skin crawl. I know Sean was playing a drug addict but something about him rubs me the wrong way.

    I can see why you’d want him for the role as physically he’s got the gaunt appearance of Berric.

  110. Ye Olde Wolfe
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:05 pm | Permalink

    I implore everyone to go look at the actor for Tormund’s IMDb page, and I DARE you to say he’s not perfect! That beard! He’s gonna be great!
    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1970465/
    Incredibly excited for all this news!

  111. Ser_G
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:05 pm | Permalink

    Wow, some serious names here. Tobias Menzies was a *phenomenal* Brutus in Rome, and has the perfect look, cadence, and tone of voice to pull off Edmure.

    Tara Fitzgerald has a pretty serious resume, and I remember her as playing one of the leads in “Brassed Off”, so … it seems like a bit of a stretch at first glance, to me, to cast her as the fanatical and decidedly unattractive Selyse, but past that first glance the choice could prove to be inspired (and, knowing Nina Gold, almost certainly is).

    Then there’s Diana Rigg as the Queen of Thorns. Inspired choice. Former Bond girl back in the day, with an impressive resume ever since, named as one of Playboy’s 100 sexiest stars of the century in their 1999 anniversary issue, now just about right to play the crafty matriarch.

    As far as the others, I only have their looks and the brief interview snippets to judge, which of course isn’t enough, but it looks like they’ve done well with Jojen & Meera, by that standard, at least.

    Nobody needs to worry about whether or not they’re going to cast Mance IMO. He’s been built up far too much for them to ignore it. As for Ramsay, he’s MIA in Book 3 so it depends if D&D are crafting ways for him to enter the story at this point. Could go either way.

  112. Marc Blazel
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:06 pm | Permalink

    Sounds to me like Asim Ahmad might have been telling a little lie. I highly doubt they’d rather have gone with him than with Paul Kaye who is very experienced and quite well known in the UK (Dennis Pennis was huge in the 90′s).

  113. Zack
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Permalink

    I am slightly bummed that Missandei is not, like, 10 or something. Her age was one of the reasons she was interesting.

    But other than that, and the lack of a Belwas, I don’t see anything to be upset about. We are very lucky indeed :D

    Ser_G: Wow, some serious names here. Tobias Menzies was a *phenomenal* Brutus in Rome, and has the perfect look, cadence, and tone of voice to pull off Edmure.

    I agree! He was just fantastic in Rome. This is great casting!

  114. Andrew
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Permalink

    Woop,

    People were calling Tamzin ugly? Really? I’m honestly a bit shocked at that. I didn’t find out about the show till after the season had aired, so I missed everything about the pilot.

  115. robb17
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Permalink

    the Reeds casting looks perfect. i wanted Kaya Scoldelario for Meera but the actress they casted looks the part. Thomas Brodie-Sangster is a good actor but isnt he a little old to be Jojen. i thought they would go for 15-16 actor for the role.
    gutted that Philip McGinley didn’t turn out to be Edmure Tully.
    the aging up of Missandei looks good.
    now where is the king beyond the wall and the Bastard

  116. Michel
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Permalink

    I think Tormund will be so epic as Greatjon was in S1..

  117. The Kingslayer
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:09 pm | Permalink

    Omar Brown,

    I apologize for not being tactful I should have worded my displeasure more appropriately. I have a hard time envisioning Bran developing a crush on this actress.

  118. Ryan
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:10 pm | Permalink

    Lynn,

    Your not alone my fellow whovian!

  119. Michael Tschuertz
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:10 pm | Permalink

    YES YES YES.

    @ramsay

    Patience grasshoppers!!!!

  120. Ser_G
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:10 pm | Permalink

    For people mentioning Purefoy, as far as he’s concerned, it’s Oberyn Or Bust imo. He’d be okay in any number of roles, but was BORN to play the Red Viper. And I’m thinking Oberyn will be pushed to S4.

  121. Pepper
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

    Why is the Kingslayer so mean to everyone? – I thought you guys were all nice

  122. Lex
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

    Oh, just read the full list with more names tha. In the video. Isn’t Tobias Menzies the guy who played Brutus in Rome? Not how I pictured Edmure, but he was excellent in Rome. He’ll be great!

  123. tysnow
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Permalink

    Who said Elie was ugly (ban them for a week WiC), she is a very attractive girl.
    Also conerning her hair, it’s called showbiz, ever hear of makeup and hairstylists.

  124. The Kingslayer
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Permalink

    Pepper,

    I am not being mean wtf.

  125. Carne
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:13 pm | Permalink

    The Kingslayer,

    Ah, I see. So it’s more because you’d just think of the drug dealer instead of Beric? I can understand that.

    But what is done is done, so no reason for me to complain :P

  126. Peppe
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:14 pm | Permalink

    Jojen and Meera are absolutely perfect!
    The boy has a 40 yo man voice! it’s creepy!

  127. The Kingslayer
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:14 pm | Permalink

    Ser_G,

    How can Purefoy been born to play a character who’s from an exotic part of Westeros ?

  128. Red Priestess
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:14 pm | Permalink

    I am mildly facepalming about all the appearance quotes. Ever heard of wigs, fake beards, prosthetics and make up?

    Sheesh!

  129. rorschach-
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:14 pm | Permalink

    Looks good. Ofcourse missing those that weren’t mentioned but gotta have some surprices right?

    Strutter as a Tormund is… interesting choice if nothing else, but I like Paul Kaye so no problems there. Even if Bran always liked Meera, I never thought that she would be red-carpet-pretty. Well I think Ellei Kendrink is very beatifull any case. I have all the respesct to Diana Rigg, not just sure if she is my Queen of Thorns. Well nothing wrong with her, just not what I had imagined. I hope she does suberb acting and wins me to her side.

    Also, Hivju… that beard man, that beard. Epic.

  130. Michel
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

    Let’s do the list for who is missing:

    Belwas
    Vargo
    Ramsay
    Mance
    Styr
    Varamyr
    Val
    Dalla
    Lem
    Tom
    Harwin (it would be nice if we have seen him on S1 in KL and now he would be returning at the BwB)

    Who more ?

  131. Red Priestess
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

    I am mildly facepalming about all the appearance complaints. Ever heard of wigs, fake beards, prosthetics and make up?

    Sheesh!

  132. darquemode
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Permalink

    robb17,

    The only concern I had for Brodie-Sangster as Jojen is that he is 5′-10.5″ tall!

    That aside, he looks EXACTLY how I pictured Jojen and has the acting chops for the role too.

  133. robb17
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

    Meera’s actress just has to grow out her hair
    she looks like meera with her hair longer
    http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3319/3639816550_7c3ff7a732_o.jpg

  134. Iker Gernika
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

    Omar Brown:
    The Kingslayer,

    Maybe you should , ya know, watch her act the role out first.
    Extra douchebag points for calling a young actress “ugly”. :-/

    We need moderation in this site right now, I don’t want the Tamzin-gate all over again, that was awful.
    Double extra douchebag points for The Kingslayer for calling a young actress “ugly” when she is not.
    Each time I see HBO Got panel video I see that she is Meera, she is perfect.

  135. Carne
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Permalink

    About missing characters:

    Some will definitely be announced in the coming weeks, and some will not be at all. We might have to wait for the actual episodes to air before we know who plays some of the minor characters.

  136. Jackie
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Permalink

    Paul Kaye in 2000 Acres of Sky.

    http://youtu.be/w5rnfdE_kN0

  137. Dan
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Permalink

    Woop,

    Could you tell me some more about that speculation or give some links to certain discussion? Must’ve missed something in the books. :0

  138. darquemode
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Permalink

    Michel,

    I would guess Varamyr could be combined with Orell to make it a larger role for Mackenzie Crook. Maybe even Styr although he is such a different role of course…..

  139. Reverse Nielsen
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Permalink

    Thoros is going to be magnificent.

  140. Claudiu Gherganu
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Permalink

    Michel:
    Let’s do the list for who is missing:

    Belwas
    Vargo
    Ramsay
    Mance
    Styr
    Varamyr
    Val
    Dalla
    Lem
    Tom
    Harwin (it would be nice if we have seen him on S1 in KL and now he would be returning at the BwB)

    Who more ?

    I think some of those characters will be compressed into one and some may even be just extras . Only Vargo,Ramsay , Mance and perhaps Val will sure be cast .

  141. Michelle Peeples
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    After an extremely busy/crazy day at work seeing all these casting notices thrills me. They have added some real impressive talent to a show that is already overflowing with amazing talent. Season three cannot get here fast enough.

  142. Michel
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    Call her ugly it’s a bit offensive, but i don’t think this needs a banniment, we need to discuss the appearances of the actors for the roles to, so let’s cast Ian Mckellen for Belwas because his is perfect acting..

  143. andrea
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    Adrian,

    you and me both! i´m always wrong though :(
    Tobias Menzies is a great actor, I don´t see a Tully there but he´s great.
    Don´t know why but Kristofer Hivju as Tormund will be fun I think
    Although Diana Rigg is not a tiny woman she has a sweet face and that will work for the QoT I guess (I mean, because she´s not precisely sweet). Also she´s great actress so, it´s fine.
    The rest are great for me. I really like the boy for Jojen.
    N. Emmanuel looks fine but I would have liked a little girl for Missandei. Boo hoo.

  144. Omar Brown
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:22 pm | Permalink

    The Kingslayer,

    It’s alright. Hey I am probably the only guy that is pissed that Donal Noye hasn’t been mentioned or cast! He is my favorite minor character!
    But I guess we can’t all be pleased.

  145. Carolina H
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:22 pm | Permalink

    the actor who is going to play beric is much more musular than in the books: can’t wait to see the epic battle he fights against my favorite male character… diana rigg & the actor who is going to be jojen reed is the perfect choice- loved him in love actually & tristan and isolde and bright star.. & diana rigg, i’m actually pretty escited about her playing the role- her scenes with sophie turner <3
    the choices for thoros and anguy are spot on and crook's character surprised me, but he is sure to nail the acting.
    missandei is so pretty and with the actor who is playing qyburn we now have 2 guys who were in the BBC's Little Dorrit adaptaion: anton and the spice merchant
    tara & the blackfish were already suspected and they are great in their respective roles, but i'll have to check out the actor who will play edmure and the girl who will be meera
    can't wait, can't wait, can't wait!!

  146. Andrew
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Permalink

    darquemode,

    I’m really excited to see how they do the role of Orell, who they combine for it, etc.

    I can deffinitely see him being the one to lead Jon and the raiders over the wall.

    I like the name “Varamyr” better than “Orell” though, so that’s my nitpick :P if those roles are actually combined, I wish they would have used Varamyr.

  147. Lex
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Permalink

    Anyone who doesn’t know Tobias Menzies (AKA Edmure, AKA Brutus from Rome), WHY have you not watched Rome yet? Go watch it now!

    The more I think about it, I think this is my favourite piece of casting. TOTALLY unexpected, but it makes me so happy because of how much I loved Rome! (Now if we can get Purefoy or Ciaran Hinds, I’ll be even happier).

  148. Carne
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Permalink

    Omar Brown,

    He might be announced or cast later on. I think they’re shooting Wall scenes in September, and he might even be saved for season 4.

  149. darquemode
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

    Omar Brown,

    I think Donal Noye will make it, but he may not be announced. His role is small, but a lot of fun to me too!

    He will probably show up in the later episodes this year or next year without much fanfare maybe as a featured extra if not a full cast role…..

  150. Timdorion
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

    Has there been any news on the (re)casting of any Frey’s ? concerning a certain wedding that may or may not be in S3

  151. Lex
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Permalink

    The Kingslayer,

    Well, I like Gemma Whalen as Asha too.

    Sounds to me like you clearly have a bad case of thinking certain female characters are way hotter than they’re actually supposed to be.

  152. Rero
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Permalink

    Red Priestess: Rero

    Wouldn’t it be good for continuity if all red priests would have a Dutch accent.? (Despite the fact that the red priests are not all from Asshai).

    They did cast a Norwegian actor this time. I wonder how many nationalities they have in the cast till now (including the new cast additions). Must be a record for a tv show that is particularly aimed at the U.S.

  153. fuelpagan
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

    The Kingslayer:
    Omar Brown,

    I apologize for not being tactful I should have worded my displeasure more appropriately. I have a hard time envisioning Bran developing a crush on this actress.

    The key is it is a developed crush, not an instant crush upon first sight. In my mind that means the crush is based on more than just looks alone. Fix her hair and I think she is very cute.

  154. Pepper
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

    The Kingslayer:
    Pepper,

    I am not being mean wtf.

    Read other Comments – do not call people ugly – I saw Anne Frank – she is really great – please judge people on their performance. Thank you I’m a newbie and did not think people here judged people on looks.

  155. Impi
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:28 pm | Permalink

    Chalotte Hope as Myranda still out there. Maybe it really will be Royce.

  156. Zack
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:28 pm | Permalink

    Also, what does this utter deluge of names mean for Froggy appearances this year?

  157. Jess
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:28 pm | Permalink

    Ser_G,

    Oberyn is not white though.

  158. Claudiu Gherganu
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Permalink

    Lex,

    I watched it back when it was first airing but i was like 10 or 11 then so i didn’t understand shit from it, lol . I definitely need to rewatch it .

  159. Ser WARZ
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Permalink

    Seriously, I fuckin’ love this site. I’m happy with the cast anouncements, the dude from ‘The Thing’ prequal looks fuckin’ epic as Tormund Giantsbane. I love being drunk and reading these comments.

  160. darquemode
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Permalink

    Andrew,

    I love the name Varamyr Sixskins and find him more interesting than Orell too!

    The only reason I thought of Crook as Orell more so is that Crook has that “bird-like” appearance to him and just seemed to fit with Orell in my mind more so.

  161. Andrew
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:31 pm | Permalink

    Zack,

    Maybe it’ll be for Mance and Ramsay? Aside from the Reeds, those two generally seemed to be the most anticipated.

  162. janarchy
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:31 pm | Permalink

    Ellie Kendrick was fantastic on both Upstairs Downstairs (the new series) AND her recent role in S4 of “Being Human”. I also remember she got rave reviews in “Diary of Anne Frank” (where she worked with our Jorah, Iain Glen)

    She is neither “ugly” nor untalented, and I can’t wait to see her as Meera. Anyone who says otherwise is an ignoramus.

  163. Woop
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

    Dan,

    Check out threads about Arya’s future on westeros forums… It’s the most popular theory right now:)

  164. Melarra
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

    Comments about Meera’s appearance just reminds me why I never bother to read the comments here or comment myself.

    Towerofthehand says: “She is short and slim with long brown hair and green eyes.” It says nothing about curly or straight hair (PS that’s one of the easiest things to change during the makeup/costuming process). Nothing about “gorgeous” (which a girl who lives in a SWAMP, who uses a net and spear, and hunts would not likely be).

    Judge her for a lack of acting, or a very different appearance from the books*, but do not call someone ugly just because of sour grapes. Comments like that make it clear that you’re ugly on the inside, no matter what your outside appearance.

  165. Michelle
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

    The Kingslayer:
    ck,

    There’s still time for Purefoy to land a role !! Mance or Crows Eye :-)

    James Purefoy is to Mance as chocolate is to peanut butter.

  166. PatD
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:33 pm | Permalink

    Oh, Kingslayer just got caught up in the moment. Everyone chill.

    I have all the respesct to Diana Rigg, not just sure if she is my Queen of Thorns. Well nothing wrong with her, just not what I had imagined. I hope she does suberb acting and wins me to her side.

    No Maggie Smith :( I knew that was a pipe dream.

    Well, I’m glad y’all are so happy. I’m grateful for all the news. BUT! No word on any of the characters I’m most interested in being cast for S3 (except for QoT). Dammit.

  167. DaveB
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Permalink

    Lynn: He is a great young actor — fellow geeks may remember him as Tim Latimer in the Doctor Who episodes Human Nature and The Family of Blood.He’ll be great.

    My wife and I are just watching Dr Who for the first time. When I saw those two episodes, I said to myself “THAT’s Jojen Reed.” Then I figured it was a few years ago, and he’s probably grown a bit, too bad. Looks like he’s still got that baby face. GREAT bit of casting. And I’m super pissed at myself for not posting here when I saw him for the first time :)

  168. Premislaus
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Permalink

    This would be much more civil and enjoyable place if you had to post a link to your own picture before calling someone ugly.

  169. Michel
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Permalink

    Now that Myranda isn’t Meera, for SURE she will be or Margarey’s cousin or Myranda Royce (that it’s strange, since, the Eyre only appears in the second half of aSoS)

  170. Lex
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Permalink

    Claudiu Gherganu:
    Lex,

    I watched it back when it was first airing but i was like 10 or 11 then so i didn’t understand shit from it, lol . I definitely need to rewatch it .

    Rome is so good, you need to re-watch it. In my opinion, it’s the closest thing to GOT that HBO has done before now.

  171. Claudiu Gherganu
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Permalink

    Melarra,

    Some people are upset because they can’t jerk off anymore to their favorite fantasy description of the characters they had in mind .

  172. scott glennon
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

    João Amaral,

    If I recall correctly, that was the 10th Doctor, David Tennant, which was a really good episode! Once again, Nina scores!(How does she do that?!) I was one of those in favor of the Reeds being in the show because-to me-they are an integral part of Bran’s journey. Phew! Big day in Westeros eh?

  173. Claudiu Gherganu
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

    Lex,

    Am i misremembering or there was incest in there as well ?

  174. Josh Parker
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

    FERB!!!!

    BRUTUS!!!!

    MS. PEEL!!!!!

    They could not have picked a better Jojen. And Meera is beautiful. I’m so stoked now!

  175. janarchy
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

    Anton Lesser is a really inspired choice as Qyburn. He’s done everything from sublime to creeptastic, so that’s just perfect.

  176. Zack
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:38 pm | Permalink

    I want to live in a world where ‘ugly’ is this Meera Reed. What a lovely place that would be.

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_YNm-7io5DAM/TUP4bmNpmpI/AAAAAAAAADo/ea981mAMHgs/s400/ellie-kendrick-180×260.jpg

    Seriously? How is this ugly at all? I guess people need to get glasses or something.

  177. KG
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

    Ed,

    I really like Crook as Orell, and I like that they seem to plan on him having a bigger part in the show. He would have been even better as Varamyr, though … Hm, maybe he’ll be another combo-character?

  178. Ser WARZ
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

    Woop:
    Dan,

    Check out threads about Arya’s future on westeros forums… It’s the most popular theory right now:)

    No disrespect, Woop. but f–k westeros.org and their Taliban-like fundamentalism.

  179. Lynn
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

    Michelle,

    James Purefoy is busy with the new Kevin Bacon show for Fox. Anyone counting on him for season 3 is almost sure to be disappointed.

  180. Josh Parker
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

    Also does Richard Dormer remind anyone of a young Kenneth Branagh?

  181. Lady Dondarrion
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Permalink

    I searched on Youtube Ellie Kendrick’s Anne Frank and in the same series/film Anne’s father, Otto, is played by our beloved Jorah!

  182. Claudiu Gherganu
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:42 pm | Permalink

    Ser WARZ,

    Lol, i hate that forum too . Maybe i’l give you a free beer someday !

  183. Ren
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:43 pm | Permalink

    Rero: I wonder how many nationalities they have in the cast till now (including the new cast additions). Must be a record for a tv show that is particularly aimed at the U.S.

    Is GOT primarily aimed at the US though? I dont think so. With the amount of actors on this show they will clock up a number of nationalities, but I think its safe to say the majority of them are British/Irish.

  184. andrea
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:45 pm | Permalink

    andrea: i´m always wrong though :(

    well, no, you are not always wrong, my dear. The day the picture of Kristofer Hivju appeared on this blog for the first time, you shouted: Tormund! So, well done.

    Ellie Kendrick is a beauty, just shut up please.

  185. Abyss
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:45 pm | Permalink

    I wonder if they will make Tormund Giantsbane in same way related to Ygritte… Kristofer Hivju is definitely kissed by fire. ;-)

  186. Shadowcat85
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:45 pm | Permalink

    Lex,

    He’s mine too. And he was great in Casino Royale as well (and should have been in Quantum of Solace…)

  187. Arthur
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:45 pm | Permalink

    You know now that I watched the video a few times Elle is cute. She will make a great Meera. Just picture her with her hair straightened and in green medevil leather armor and holding a frogspear. If I were Bran I’d be all about it! Heh…

    I’m very happy with Meera, as we all should be. Finally we get the Reeds!!!

  188. Pepper
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:47 pm | Permalink

    I am so happy with every casting and please tell the King slayer I mean him no ill and I sure he will be happy!

  189. Villane
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:47 pm | Permalink

    I loooooove every single one of these picks!!!!

    Tobias as Edmure! He was so great in Rome. Some definite similarities to Brutus.

    and Qyyyyyyybbuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuurrrn!!!!

    So excited.

  190. Ser WARZ
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:48 pm | Permalink

    Claudiu Gherganu,

    Cheers, my man.

  191. Carne
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:48 pm | Permalink

    Wonder if Lem is in or not. Seeing as Anguy is announced and he’s not I guess it’ll be a rather minor character (if he’s in).

  192. Tracy C
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:48 pm | Permalink

    The actor playing Tormund looks so freaking perfect!! Gah!! I cannot wait for next season.

  193. KG
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

    Jess,

    That’s ok, neither is Thoros, and it didn’t stop ‘em.

  194. João Amaral
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

    scott glennon:
    João Amaral,

    If I recall correctly, that was the 10th Doctor, David Tennant, which was a really good episode! Once again, Nina scores!(How does she do that?!) I was one of those in favor of the Reeds being in the show because-to me-they are an integral part of Bran’s journey.Phew! Big day in Westeros eh?

    Yes it was. The 10th doctor, to hide from The Family (the aliens including Harry Lloyd), puts his gallifreyan personality and powers in a pocketwatch, and forgets everything and thinks he’s a human. The pocketwatch end ups in the hands of Thomas Sangster characters and he starts hearing voices because of the watch.

  195. framebyframe
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

    Zack,

    In that picture she looks fine, hell more than fine. Im pretty sure the hairstyle (which Im sure will be different on the show) is what threw people off.

    If you look at most fanart pictures of Meera tho she seems to be portrayed as being like, striking.

  196. PatD
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

    WTF is going to play Mance??????

  197. Phoenix_torn
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Permalink

    Lady Dondarrion

    I knew she looked familiar! She was good in that.

    So pretty much everyone has worked with someone else who is o. The show at o e time or another, eh?

    And my ‘watched a film with new cast members at last year’s TIFF” trend continues. Our jojen (and Roose) in death of a superhero

  198. Michelle
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:53 pm | Permalink

    Lynn,

    Well, poopie.

    Dominic West is to Mance as chocolate is to coconut; not quite the taste explosion as choco and PB, but it’ll definitely do.

  199. Mrs. H'ghar
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:53 pm | Permalink

    Ye Olde Wolfe:
    I implore everyone to go look at the actor for Tormund’s IMDb page, and I DARE you to say he’s not perfect! That beard! He’s gonna be great!
    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1970465/Incredibly excited for all this news!

    A woman agrees! Can’t wait to hear the “Har!” too!

    The Kingslayer:

    We have had this discussion before on this website, it is rude and a personal attack to call somebody “ugly,” and there is no need for that type of ugliness here. Please check your language, these people have feelings and deserve a chance to prove their acting before we criticize them. Hair and makeup will do a lot to bring some of these characters closer to their “book” appearance, but we all know that it’s nearly impossible to perfectly match GRRM’s descriptions. Beauty is relative. Let’s all be fair and polite, K?

  200. Varamyr Fourskins
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:55 pm | Permalink

    Wow. Big news. Now that the Blackfish and the Reed siblings are on board, what are people going to bitch about?… Ramsay, you say? Sounds about right. Where’s Ramsay?

    All joking aside, I’m glad to see a Rome alumni on the list (i.e. Tobias Menzies as Edmure). Good choice. He doesn’t quite fit the description from the books, but that’s not too big of a deal. They probably wanted someone who looked more like Michelle Fairley than someone who matched the description to a tee, which I think was the right choice.

    The guy they cast to play Tormund looks like quite a character. Pretty spot on there. Very Tormund-y.

    You gotta hand it to Nina Gold. She did it again.

  201. Joshua Taylor
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

    Lex,

    As awesome as the Rigg casting is…yeah Tobias as Edmure is perfect, perfect, perfect. He has the chops for the role. His Brutus was fantastic and he could easily pass for Cat’s brother.

  202. Drfunk
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

    Tobias Menzies as Edmure = Ciaran Hinds as Doran with James Purefoy as Oberyn. It is known.

  203. Dan
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

    I can’t believe how many idiots there are in this world! Quit freaking out about Ramsey Snow, Mance Rayder and Oberyn Martell and READ the entire post before whining-

    “Hear Me Roar: Lots to discuss here, I know you are all excited. Mind that this is not the ultimate list, there may (will) be further roles and actors announced down the line.”

  204. darquemode
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

    Carne,

    I would think if Anguy is in that Lem Lemoncloak should be in. Isn’t Lem a bigger role?
    I could see them giving other roles Lem’s lines I guess, but If Anguy, Qyburn and ORell make it into Season 3 I think Lem has a good shot!

    I hope so anyway!
    I need to start a Brian F O’Byrne as Lem Lemoncloak campaign! XD
    Or maybe your guy McTavish even…..

  205. Claudiu Gherganu
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

    Varamyr Fourskins,

    Aren’t u mad that yo nigga boy Varamyr isn’t cast ?

  206. Hottenator
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

    Kay I didn’t read everything but that Meera looks perfect and I want to smack all the neckbeards complaining about her look. I bet those are the same who complained about Asha’s casting? Sorry if you made up a beautiful pedo dreamboat in your minds, but I don’t see WHY Meera needs to be beautiful and I don’t even think the books described her as such. So calm your mantits. I bet none of you complained about Alfie Allen or Jack Gleeson being less attractive than the characters they were playing.

  207. Superdeluxe
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Permalink

    flawless casting!!!

  208. Frost Nocturne
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Permalink

    Turn cloak: Getting cut as he should be. He has about as much importance to the series as Cheswyck does

    Agreed. Belwas is a waste of screentime.

    I also agree about Ellie Kendrick’s hair. She has the right look for Meera, I just hope her hair is long and straight in the show, or it will be difficult for her to become Meera in my eyes.

    My favorite part of this announcement is that Qyburn is in for S3. So glad about that.

  209. Trina
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Permalink

    The Kingslayer,

    I read that she will be in Once Upon a time as a sleeping beauty…

  210. Superdeluxe
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 8:04 pm | Permalink

    So is the thought that they are saving Mance for last? The big ‘ticket’ casting?

  211. the goat
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 8:06 pm | Permalink

    For everyone wondering about Orell, you do realize that Crook will basically be playing Varamyr (but apparently D&D liked the name Orell better), unless Crook is such an amazing method actor that he can actually play an eagle.

    In CoK Orell is one of the two wildlings that was with Ygritte when they were ambushed by Jon and Stonesnake. He is immediately killed and turned into shadowcat chow. Since he was a warg, however, and controlled an eagle, part of his mind lived on in the eagle. Later, Varamyr takes control of “Orell eagle” and begins pushing Orell’s consciousness out. When Melly Sanders explodes the eagle, Orell’s consciousness is destroyed for good. So there will definitely be a Orell/Varamyr combo.

  212. Omar Brown
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 8:06 pm | Permalink

    Ser WARZ: No disrespect, Woop. but f–k westeros.org and their Taliban-like fundamentalism.

    It is known, I haven’t been there since “Linda’s Rant”, and am a happier person because of it. Poor Elio, he needs to deal with that battle axe every day.

  213. Annie
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 8:07 pm | Permalink

    Michel:
    Now that Myranda isn’t Meera, for SURE she will be or Margarey’s cousin or Myranda Royce (that it’s strange, since, the Eyre only appears in the second half of aSoS)

    Or, like someone has already pointed, Roslyn Frey renamed.

  214. hashblower420
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 8:07 pm | Permalink

    Oh shit, they got my nigga Brutus from HBO’s Rome to play Edmure? now they just need Caesar and Marc Antony.

  215. Joshua Taylor
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 8:07 pm | Permalink

    Drfunk:
    Tobias Menzies as Edmure = Ciaran Hinds as Doran with James Purefoy as Oberyn.It is known.

    In Geek parlance this is also know as a “John Carter”.

  216. TheAmir
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 8:08 pm | Permalink

    Never ONCE was Meera described as a stunning beauty. She was described as short, flat chested, with brown hair and athletic. Bran had a crush on her, yes, and so to him she probably was just oh-so-dreamy, but to the rest of the world? Probably very much just average or cute-pretty, not some busty stunning ethereal beauty. I, for one, am GLAD they didn’t cast some drop dead gorgeous teen model. It’s time that women and girls that aren’t plastic little pieces of perfect “Hollywood beauty” get a chance to show their acting chops.

    What SOME people might have in their heads for some characters is probably not accurate at all – look at Alfie as Theon. All the fangirls and boys were just BEMOANING the fact he wasn’t gorgeous, but Alfie can ACT much better than half the pretty boys (looking at you Robb and Jon with a total of one facial expression each) in this series.

    I admit, I was and still am slightly upset they picked a pretty woman to play Brienne and just “Hollywood uglied” her up for the role -a popular practice I -detest-, but I’ll forgive Christie because she seems to actually GET the character and can -act- like Brienne. Brienne’s interactions with Jaime were pretty damned great this season, the bit we got to see.

    So give the girl playing Meera a chance. She might knock your socks off even if she isn’t the “standard” model of busty drop-dead gorgeous 15 layers of makeup Hollywood cutie.

    Edit there for a typo on Jon’s name.

  217. Virtus
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 8:10 pm | Permalink

    Claudiu Gherganu,

    Yes, between Octavian and his sister, if I remember correctly.

  218. darquemode
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 8:10 pm | Permalink

    Superdeluxe,

    I don’t think it’s the case, but maybe they are waiting for actors to finish other projects… like The Hobbit. Richard Armitage for Mance Rayder and Aidan Turner as Daario? XD
    OK, I kid….

    Mance is a bigger new role for the season though so maybe they are having a harder time finalizing negotiations for a bigger name actor?

  219. Superdeluxe
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 8:11 pm | Permalink

    Yeah…I like the meera cast..she looks like she could be a cute/tom boyish crush for Bran. Sarah Bolger was beautiful, but I think she would have been awesome. Oh well, we have our meera.!

  220. Omar Brown
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 8:11 pm | Permalink

    Now I just need http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Siddig as the Red Viper and I will be happy till Roose and Mance are announced.

    But seriously guys, this cast is HUGE! I feel bad for non-book readers, seriously.

  221. Big Lob
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 8:11 pm | Permalink

    Well, how attractive can the Reed kids and Bran really look during his storyline anyway? heh

  222. hashblower420
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 8:12 pm | Permalink

    happy with all the casting info so far, but the fuck? where that sick nigga ramsay snow at… the dude who plays him needs to be a great actor or else it’ll come off as mad corny.

    edit: ooooh shit, i just thought of who’d be perfect for the role of ramsay, octavian from Rome! they need to get everybody from that show on GoT pronto.

  223. darquemode
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 8:12 pm | Permalink

    Drfunk,

    Add in Ray Stevens as Victarion and it’s a foresome!

  224. Carne
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 8:13 pm | Permalink

    darquemode,

    Surely Lem is someone they would have announced if going by his role in the book. Anguy was not very big in the books compared to Lem, so I’m assuming he’s out or just made into a minor character.

    As you said they might have just given Lem’s role over to Anguy.

  225. Pepper
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

    Mrs H’qagar

    Thank you for calling The Kingslayer up for calling ‘a girl’ ugly – I have seen this young lady in Anne Frank and she is fantastic. I have also lurked on these boards fors a while and thouroughly enjoyed a woman’s posts

  226. KG
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 8:15 pm | Permalink

    TheAmir,

    I wouldn’t take Mr. Allen if he was served to me on a silver platter covered in emeralds. His features do not appeal to me in the least. I still think he’s the weakest casting, though he’s made great strides over the past season. He may win me over yet.

  227. Carne
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 8:16 pm | Permalink

    Omar Brown,

    You’ve got good taste ;) He’s my pick as well! I’m definitely going to e-mail his agent next year.

  228. Adogs
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 8:17 pm | Permalink

    Lukas Filzer:
    bloody hell, will there be barristan selmy in season 3 or not ?!

    The actor who played him in S1 is currently “growing his beard”, presumably in order to reappear as Selmy in S3.

  229. Danny
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 8:17 pm | Permalink

    Where Ramsayyyyy???!?!?

  230. Tyler L. Metcalfe
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 8:18 pm | Permalink

    Awesome, a bunch of announcements, though none of the few I was anticipating the most it is ultimately satisfactory.

    To whoever said the actress chosen to play Meera Reed is ugly, you need to get your eyes checked. As another said, it is a child/teen for one, so right there it is off base anyways. In addition, the girl is perfectly fine in appearance. She is certainly above plain/average. Idiotic how some people continue to post demeaning things like that. What if she comes on here to read these announcements to see what people are saying?

    If you enjoy making an ass of yourself, continue though.

    I think no Mance/Ramsay announcement is good. That means potentially bigger names, final negotiations going on perhaps? I could be wrong. March 31 here we come. Lets get an Obama or Clinton head in next season.

  231. Ser WARZ
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Permalink

    Omar Brown,

    Somebody had to have the balls to say it. Nobody takes ‘em seriously. Fuck ‘em, end of discussion.

  232. Drfunk
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Permalink

    darquemode:
    Drfunk,

    Add in Ray Stevens as Victarion and it’s a foresome!

    Omg.. I don’t think my brain could handle such a thing… Seriously any one of the Rome actors would be perfect for any role in GoT. Glad we’re seeing some of them finally show cased. On a side note, will you be running the entire panel on youtube Darquemode? Or will our lovely miss Boyce be doing so?

  233. dizzy_34
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Permalink

    Tobias Menzies ? Hell yeah! The cast looks awesome so far!

  234. MATTHEW
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Permalink

    Wolf of the North:
    I LOVE the actor they got for Jojen, he looks perfect. The actress playing Meera reminds me of Kristen Schaal and it’s distracting.

    Ew! No! I think they’ll straighten her hair

  235. framebyframe
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Permalink

    Adogs,

    Yeah he’s coming back. He’s just not a “new” character.

  236. purplejilly
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

    The Blackfish? Jojen? Meera? OMG, I just can’t help but think if D&D were nicer, they could have saved us hours and hours and hours of angst ridden arguments and posts here…

    Blackfish Blues could have changed her usernames months ago…

    Or maybe word leaks back to them, and therefore now we have The Blackfish and the Reeds?

    A fan may never know….

  237. Impi
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

    darquemode: Richard Armitage for Mance Rayder

    Mmmmm yummy idea. I feel like I need to go watch North and South again. /swoon

  238. Drfunk
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 8:25 pm | Permalink

    Would LOVE to see Emanuelle Chiriqui as Arianne Martell… she recently was in the Borgias not sure of her availability. That would be Sloane from Entourage for those not familiar with her. She’s super hot and the right complexion for those who are racially prejudiced to cast the Martells non white (of which i’m not one of them).

    http://idesigniphone.com/emmanuelle-chriqui

  239. darquemode
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 8:25 pm | Permalink

    Drfunk,

    I was not at Comic-Con so I don’t have the video to upload sadly, but if I see it online I will post the link here. If it is region blocked I will download/ capture it and then upload elsewhere and link it too of course.

  240. Drfunk
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 8:26 pm | Permalink

    darquemode:
    Drfunk,

    I was not at Comic-Con so I don’t have the video to upload sadly, but if I see it online I will post the link here. If it is region blocked I will download/ capture it and then upload elsewhere and link it too of course.

    Thanks a lot!

  241. Omar Brown
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Permalink

    Carne,

    Thanks Carne, but I am wondering Don’t the Martells come to Kings Landing for Jofreys wedding? Should that not happen this season? It would be crazy to end this season after the RW and Joffrey still alive, the Tv fans will riot!

  242. Drfunk
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 8:31 pm | Permalink

    Omar Brown,

    I think the current working theory is:

    RW in epi 9, a sneak peak of s4 in ep 10 as usual, then open the purple wedding as the season 4 opener with a bang. If that was the case then the Martells could be shuffled into season 4 easily. Honestly between the wildling/wall story, dany vs mereen, red wedding, purple wedding, tyrion’s trial.. there’s way too much material for even 20 episodes. I’m hoping HBO relents and starts adding more episodes or extends some of these episodes to mini movies past 90min.

  243. andrea
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 8:32 pm | Permalink

    darquemode: Richard Armitage

    well he can sing but he´s not the kind of man you can´t identify in a room full of people.

  244. Mormegil
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

    Tyler L. Metcalfe: it is a child/teen for one

    She’s 22 actually, as is her brother Jojen.

  245. Carne
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

    Omar Brown,

    I think it would make more sense to introduce the Martell’s in season 4. As this season is about half of ASoS they’re not going to cast the Martells for one of the last episodes then put them on hold till they start filming season 4.

  246. the goat
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

    Omar Brown,

    Only Oberyn and Ellaria

  247. MATTHEW
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Permalink

    The Kingslayer:
    Pepper,

    I am direct and honest. Forgive me for not fawning all over Nina Gold’s choices, she doesn’t walk on water. Some of her casting has been genius ( Liam as Davos) and some has been awful ( Gemma for Asha/Yara)

    I love Gemma as Yara! Nina’s choices are 99% brilliant

  248. MATTHEW
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 8:37 pm | Permalink

    Lynn:
    The Kingslayer,

    You do know that Nina Gold does not have final say over who gets cast, yeah?That decision is made at the executive producer and network level.

    Ya but she finds the people, especially the obscure ones like Isaac and Maisie

  249. MATTHEW
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 8:39 pm | Permalink

    Woop:
    Meh, this is Tamzin Merchant as Dany all over again.. Some posters should really watch what they say, the younger aspiring actors especially follow this site and the comments – and you calling them UGLY when they are definitely not, and that being your only criterion for saying that someone doesn’t fit a role is downright appalling. Look in the mirror, you obviously lack tact and sensibility.

    Personally, I think Ellie is gorgeous, but that doesn’t matter – if she can act, I’ll dig her!

    I think the girl playing Meera is adorable but I disagree with you… if you’re going into showbiz you need a thick skin. You’ll face far worse rejection and insults than having an anonymous internet user calling you “ugly”

  250. Ours is the Fury
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 8:39 pm | Permalink

    Let’s do the fandom and women in general a favor and not turn this into rudeness over actresses’ looks. Ellie Kendrick is absolutely gorgeous.

    I’m ridiculously excited over Tobias Menzies’s casting. I loved him on “Rome.” All the new cast members seem like great choices. I’m on board with aging up the child characters in these cases.

  251. Steve Hugh Westenra
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Permalink

    I’m so excited about Tobias Menzies! I never would have thought of him for Edmure but I can really see it. He’s been excellent in everything I’ve seen him in and I’m always very excited when he appears on screen. XD

  252. MATTHEW
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Permalink

    Marc Blazel:
    Sounds to me like Asim Ahmad might have been telling a little lie. I highly doubt they’d rather have gone with him than with Paul Kaye who is very experienced and quite well known in the UK (Dennis Pennis was huge in the 90′s).

    Isn’t he a stunt man? Maybe he will be doing stunts for Thoros and others.

  253. MATTHEW
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Permalink

    Mormegil: She’s 22 actually, as is her brother Jojen.

    but how tiny and young does he look for a 22-year old! He’s so perfect! I’m excited :-D

  254. Josh
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 8:48 pm | Permalink

    Yeah Meera isn’t very pretty but I didn’t imagine her as such. Sure Bran sees it that way but Bran’s a child.

    I’m VERY VERY happy with this cast, I’m never really disappointed though haha.

    I think Mance and Ramsey will be bigger names or at least, they’re more important roles, so we’ll hear about them separately.

  255. Superdeluxe
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 8:49 pm | Permalink

    Notice that Ellie kendrick was on waking the dead along with tara fitzgerald

  256. darquemode
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 8:50 pm | Permalink

    andrea,

    Very true.
    I like the idea of the “average” looking guy who is very persausive and charming, but I can EASILY see a more charismatic version that is more like Purefoy or Armitage.

    I see the importance of Mance’s appearance as similar (or even less important) to any of the Baratheon brothers. They were all supposed to be big, tall and dark with blue eyes and black hair (or bald in Stannis’ case) and yet the 3 actors that portrayed the Baratheons look NOTHING like GRRM described them. It is less important to the role than their personalities. That is how I view Mance too.

    Either direction I can be pleased…. I’m easy! XD

  257. Al Swearengen
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 8:51 pm | Permalink

    Awesome news about Tobias Menzies he was fantastic in Rome.

    Now if we could only get James Purefoy for Euron, Ray Stevenson for Victarion and Kerry Condon for Val we could have a Rome reunion !!

  258. Ser Lyonel the Laughing Storm
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 8:51 pm | Permalink

    *Head Assplodes*

  259. Rygar
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 8:51 pm | Permalink

    Tobias has a great member (as proven in Rome) Here’s to more male frontal in S3! Huzzah!
    Very, very, happy with the look of all chosen for their respective parts.

  260. LordStarkington
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

    Ser Lyonel the Laughing Storm:
    *Head Assplodes*

    Ser, I believe you splattered your medulla oblongata all over my screen.

  261. MW
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

    Brutus is going to be Edmure Tully! That’s brilliant! Is it April yet?

  262. Al Swearengen
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 8:58 pm | Permalink

    Rygar,

    Funny isn’t Edmure known as the floppy fish ? lol

  263. Coltaine777
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 9:00 pm | Permalink

    Woop:
    Meh, this is Tamzin Merchant as Dany all over again.. Some posters should really watch what they say, the younger aspiring actors especially follow this site and the comments – and you calling them UGLY when they are definitely not, and that being your only criterion for saying that someone doesn’t fit a role is downright appalling. Look in the mirror, you obviously lack tact and sensibility.

    Personally, I think Ellie is gorgeous, but that doesn’t matter – if she can act, I’ll dig her!

    Well said…

  264. Rygar
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 9:07 pm | Permalink

    Ha. We shall see at the RW. No Rains, cue the Marvin Gaye music…

    Al Swearengen,

  265. feyrband
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 9:07 pm | Permalink

    Claudiu Gherganu: Sarah Bolger

    i need me some Belwas, he was by far my favorite character in Dany’s storyline.

    Asim Ahmad would be great, just that look he’s got in his eye in that picture when you google him. i can totally see him fulfilling the crazy awesome that is Strong Belwas.

  266. Obsidian
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 9:09 pm | Permalink

    Rats! I had visitors at the wrong time ..how dare they interfere with my responding to casting news ?

    There’s not one disappointment in the bunch for me, so far. Mind you , I’m never that insistent on a perfect match with book descriptions. it’s what the actor does with the part that counts. My disappointments so far have had more to do with the way a given character is written. So , no disappointments, and I’m betting Diana Rigg will be fabulous..likewise Mackenzie Crook, whether or not the part is spliced.

    Hivju should make a great Tormund ,even if they’re writing him younger, and I particularly love Anton Lesser as Qyburn..I’m sure he can make him creepy as all get out.

  267. Makenzie
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 9:15 pm | Permalink

    OMG so excited to see the next season..WHY DOES IT HAVE TO BE SO FAR AWAY….ugh seven months away

  268. What is Dead may....
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 9:15 pm | Permalink

    Nathalie Emannuel as Missandei: “I am so excited!”

    Sure you are, you little thing you, because you’ll probably be taking Irri’s place as Dany’s lesbian friend ;)

  269. andrea
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 9:16 pm | Permalink

    darquemode,

    oh, don´t get me wrong I too would love to see a charimatic version of Mance. I just think Armitage or Purefoy are too much. I’m sure there must be an actor out there just as charming as them (maybe not as good looking but I don´t care) but not so famous and I will be perfectly happy whit that option. I saw North & South a long time ago but still remember Armitage´s performance (and voice!).

  270. framebyframe
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 9:18 pm | Permalink

    darquemode,

    All of the Baratheon brothers had at least dark brown hair though – the “black of hair” was close enough. I think the show Robert and Stannis were great, not so much the show Renly though but he’s not a character I was ever particularly attached to anyway.

    I also like how they promised us casting for Daario but nobody cares that he’s not listed here lol.

  271. David
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Permalink

    Still no Shagwall? He’s too droll to cast or what?

  272. Mormegil
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

    Pretty sure Orell will be combined with Styr but maybe not with Varamyr.

    Have him and his eagle lead the attack on the Wall and Castle Black. Jon kills him in the attack and the Eagle flys back over the Wall where it then bonds with Varamyr.

    Of course we would have to have some new scenes created for Varamyr in Season 4.

    Or maybe Varamyr is not needed but if the Eagle isn’t still around for the end of Season 4 we’ll not get the scene of Mel burning it out of the sky.

  273. Lin Beifunk
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

    framebyframe:
    Ialso like how they promised us casting for Daario but nobody cares that he’s not listed here lol.

    Literally lol’d. Thanks for that.

  274. summer_stark
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

    re: Meera: Like I said earlier, I think the girl they cast is totally cute. But, as other people have said, her cuteness isn’t important because Meera is more tomboy than hollywood. The main things about her appearance aside from her hair and eyes (which is what makeup/costume people are for) is that she’s very tiny, like a more delicate version of arya. Maisie and ellie(?) are both skinny cute girls, but I guess the crannogmen always make me think of slightly larger cotf.

    Bran says that Meera reminds him of Arya, and while Maisie is friggin adorable, Arya is described as boyish, if nothing else. Plus as others said, Meera is flat chested, has small hips, and in general is “slight” and boyish, so she’s not supposed to be some super model.

    other than that, I think the Meera they chose will be great. and since the actor playing Jojen is apparently super tall, they can just dispense with the tiny part of the crannogmen and it should be fine (though I was hoping they’d keep that part of it just b/c of the likeness to the cotf and how the way they fight is based on the fact that they don’t seem to have physical strength etc…)

    But *shrug* whatever. I’m just happy they’re in and they chose actors who can act!

  275. Restore The Day
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Permalink

    A bit concerned about Belwas and Whitebeard, i find it hard to believe they’d only appear in S4 but i guess all is possible.

    They aged Missandei quite a bit but since all of Dany’s maidens have perished, I guess she needed someone to cover for them. Plus the actress is so cuuuuuuuuuute. There’s a certain scene I’m looking forward to DVRing :D

  276. darquemode
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 9:31 pm | Permalink

    framebyframe,

    I agree about all 3 Baratheons… they were close in a vague sense on some level… they kept dark hair, but disregarded the need for blue eyes or black hair and of course being 6′-4″ or more! XD

    They were closer on the personalities though. I mean even with Renly they were close personality wise, they just chose to highlight some aspects that were nmore subtle in the books.

    I think part of the reason no one is complaining about no news on who will play Daario is that no one has really ever found that perfect actor to portray Daario. Of course the other maybe larger part is so many people hate Daario! XD

  277. Petter K. Vikestad
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 9:34 pm | Permalink

    Tobias Menzies as Edmure Tully. Fucking genious Nina Gold! One of the best actors on Rome.

  278. Bonnie Blue
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 9:36 pm | Permalink

    framebyframe: I also like how they promised us casting for Daario but nobody cares that he’s not listed here lol.

    I am looking forward to the casting of Daario! I have noticed many people don’t care for his character since I have been snooping around on this site the last few months.
    Daario and Ramsay are the two I am most looking forward to seeing, everyone else is fine by me…

  279. Thiago Waldhelm
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 9:36 pm | Permalink

    Orell, you bastard, WHO THOUGHT OF YOU? hauhauahuahua

  280. andrea
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 9:41 pm | Permalink

    Right. Missandei is more than a maiden for Daenerys. She´s like her herald. Amén.

  281. darquemode
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 9:41 pm | Permalink

    andrea,

    I don’t disagree with you…

    I always pictured Purefoy, but I’m not sure he is the proper actor for the role really. Maybe a year ago I read someone mention Peter Wingfield and I really can see him in the role, but he seems to have semi-retired from acting. Another actor I thought about in the role is Marton Csokas. He can sing and act, but he is fairly tall at 6′-3″……

    Now that I think of it, I wonder if Csokas could play Daario?
    He has that dark look and can look viscious!

    http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20111205221143/hercxena/images/c/c6/Borias_adventures.jpg

    http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m6743bMsvl1qfxgqto1_1280.jpg

    http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t124/MicHRX/GuestStars/ANDRE020.jpg

    The other 2 actors I have thought of as Daario are Ferdinand Kingsley (Sir Ben Kingsley’s son), Hal Oszan, and Raz Degan.

  282. Michael Johnson
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 9:47 pm | Permalink

    Ser WARZ,
    I agree with this sentiment about Westeros. I reamed out a bunch of posters on Westeros who were being unbelievably offensive and nearly legally libelous with their negative comments about the casting of Gemma Whelan last year, and I was the one who got a moderator reprimand and a warning about posting behavior. I don’t bother with their website anymore. In fact, they made me hope for MORE changes in the show from the book, just so I can imagine their greasy heads exploding.

  283. DaveB
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Permalink

    Joshua Taylor: Drfunk:
    Tobias Menzies as Edmure = Ciaran Hinds as Doran with James Purefoy as Oberyn.It is known.

    In Geek parlance this is also know as a “John Carter”.

    Only if Polly Walker = Septa Lemore

  284. Al Swearengen
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Permalink

    darquemode,

    Erm isn’t Daario meant to look young and Middle Eastern ?

    I would love to see Martin join the cast but he looks more like Euron Greyjoy to me.

  285. Zack
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 9:54 pm | Permalink

    darquemode:
    Drfunk,

    Add in Ray Stevens as Victarion and it’s a foresome!

    YES

    yesyesyes

    That would be just about the coolest casting ever.

  286. Hoot
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Permalink

    For the love of the gods, please cast Ian McShane!

  287. Bonnie Blue
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Permalink

    darquemode: The other 2 actors I have thought of as Daario are Ferdinand Kingsley (Sir Ben Kingsley’s son), Hal Oszan, and Raz Degan.
    darquemode

    I think you were the first one to mention Raz Degan to me a while ago… I think he would be great as Daario :)

  288. Ours is the Fury
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Permalink

    Ray Stevenson’s movie career isn’t going so hot. Maybe in another year or two when they bring in Victarion and Euron, he’d be willing to come back for one of those parts. Probably a pipe dream, but a girl can wish.

    Drfunk,

    Doran and Oberyn aren’t white, so the actors shouldn’t be. And no, a white guy with a tan isn’t going to cut it. :)

  289. darquemode
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 10:00 pm | Permalink

    Al Swearengen,

    They said they were looking for non-white ethnicties I know…
    Ozsan is from Cyprus, Csokas from Hungary, but I grant both are “white” to many people. I see some ethnic look to them personally. Kingsley is Indian (at least 1/4 since his dad is at least 1/2) and Raz Degan is Israeli. So at least 2 of the 4 are MiddleEastern or NearEastern I guess.. one is Mediterranean and I’m not sure what I should call Csokas… Eastern European? *shrug*

    I guess to me these pictures ( http://www.google.com/search?q=xena+borias&hl=en&safe=off&sa=X&rls=com.microsoft:en-us:IE-Address&prmd=imvns&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&ei=ltMAULzvJKeQ2QWv2uiDCw&ved=0CEwQsAQ&biw=944&bih=987 ) look more like Daario than a Greyjoy to me. I guess I have a strongly ingrained memory of him looking like that in Xena….

  290. Al Swearengen
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 10:01 pm | Permalink

    Rome actors in Game Of Thrones

    James Purefoy = Euron Greyjoy
    Ray Stevenson = Victarion Greyjoy
    Kerry Condon = Val
    Kevin McKidd = John Connington
    Coral Amiga = Arianne Martell
    Ciaran Hinds = Hizdar Zo Loraq

    Did I miss anyone ?

  291. Greatjon of Slumber
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 10:06 pm | Permalink

    Michelle,

    I love Dominic West. But his look is just too contemporary, to me. The only real way it works to have him as Mance would be to add in Wendell Pierce as Tormund Giantsbane. “I’m just a humble wilding with a big-ass dick.”

  292. framebyframe
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 10:08 pm | Permalink

    summer_stark,

    I never thought of Meera as having some kind of voluptuous, sexy figure – I don’t think anyone did because they specifically described her as being skinny. I imagined her facial features as being a bit more delicate though, but I do think the actress playing her is sufficiently cute especially with longer hair, it was really just that I didn’t like her hair/it doesn’t suite her face, which will more than likely be changed.

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-xWJWGmkDu-Y/Tih1OKHVGpI/AAAAAAAAB9w/Ui5OR-g-jPY/s1600/meera_blog.png – This was more Meera as I imagined her – not exactly model knockout gorgeous but still more delicately cute.

    Bonnie Blue: I am looking forward to the casting of Daario!I have noticed many people don’t care for his character since I have been snooping around on this site the last few months.
    Daario and Ramsay are the two I am most lookingforward to seeing, everyone else is fine by me…

    Thats really what it is – nobody likes the character lol.

    And Im pretty confident Ser Barristan will show up this season – Ive come across people on the internet who personally know his nephew or something who have said he is definitely, 100% for sure, coming back to GoT and even grew a beard for the “Arstan Whitebeard” guise.

    https://twitpic.com/show/iphone/9nnwux – And here it is

  293. Zack
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 10:08 pm | Permalink

    Al Swearengen:
    Rome actors in Game Of Thrones

    James Purefoy = Euron Greyjoy
    Ray Stevenson = Victarion Greyjoy
    Kerry Condon = Val
    Kevin McKidd = John Connington
    Coral Amiga = Arianne Martell
    Ciaran Hinds = Hizdar Zo Loraq

    Did I miss anyone ?

    I was crushing on Kerry Condon so hard back in the days of Rome, and Unleashed with Jet Li. I dunno how her career’s going lately but I’m up for bringing her in if at all possible.

  294. Rygar
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 10:09 pm | Permalink

    Al Swearengen,

    The elder Octavian actor as Aegon

  295. Rygar
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 10:10 pm | Permalink

    Zack: I was crushing on Kerry Condon so hard back in the days of Rome, and Unleashed with Jet Li. I dunno how her career’s going lately but I’m up for bringing her in if at all possible.

    She was in HBOs Luck so its quite possible her names being whored around.

  296. darquemode
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 10:13 pm | Permalink

    Al Swearengen,

    Fun list! XD
    Maybe Simon Woods as Brynden Rivers if we get to see Bloodraven…
    Ian McNiece as Wyman Madnerly….
    Guy Henry as Vargo Hoat….

    I have thought of Purefoy and Stevens as the Greyjoys for a good while too. I do like the Mikkelsen brothers as the Greyjoys also….

  297. Al Swearengen
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 10:13 pm | Permalink

    Zack,

    Well she was in Luck but that has recently been canceled because of the tragic horse deaths.

  298. Carne
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 10:14 pm | Permalink

    Restore The Day,

    Whitebeard is in season 3. Asked his agent and yes, he’s back filming in September.

  299. Al Swearengen
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 10:15 pm | Permalink

    Rygar,

    Good call on Simon Woods although maybe he’s a tad bit too old and erm kissed by fire to play Aegon ;-p

  300. darquemode
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 10:15 pm | Permalink

    Deleting my earlier comment about Condon since someone beat me to it! XD

    It’s very odd….
    I always pictured Thoros as being white despite being from Myr even though I always pictured Teana of Myr as quite dark. After the rumor of Asim Ahmad cast as Thoros I started seeing Thoros as dark and now this casting of Paul Kaye as Thoros seems wrong to me! XD

    Nothing against the actor in any way!
    So many of the ethnicities are vague in the books so it opens up many roles to many different looks….

  301. Greatjon of Slumber
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 10:17 pm | Permalink

    KG,

    For everyone wondering about Orell, you do realize that Crook will basically be playing Varamyr (but apparently D&D liked the name Orell better), unless Crook is such an amazing method actor that he can actually play an eagle.

    Yeah. That makes sense — Orell is dead by the time the events of this season begin. So that would mean, essentially – if what others have said is right – that he’s playing Varamyr, but named Orell. I’m good with it. I had posited (my first post on this site) that he was Mance as a bit of misdirection casting, but if he’s not Vargo Hoat, this really is the most appropriate role.

  302. Al Swearengen
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 10:17 pm | Permalink

    darquemode,

    My god McNiece is Wyman Manderly !!!! Great call darq.

  303. framebyframe
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 10:20 pm | Permalink

    Al Swearengen,

    you know what show change I would actually like? Completely ignoring The other Greyjoys and Martells who aren’t the Red Viper

  304. Rygar
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Permalink

    Lets skip Rome and go right to Deadwood actors, Mr. Swearengen. Id say that cocksucker W. Earl Brown as Belwas. Lol. Tim Olyphant as Jon Connington. Names elude me but Doc Cochren as Doran Martell. Sol Starr as Coldhands. Titus Weaver as anything!

  305. Al Swearengen
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Permalink

    framebyframe,

    I can’t wait for The Red Viper he’s my favorite character in the entire series.

    I saw a perfect suggestion for the actor to play that role on another site, Oded Fehr http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0004912/ I haven’t seen him since Sleeper Cell though.

  306. trfhms
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 10:24 pm | Permalink

    Just was talking with guys at work about the agony of waiting for the new season.

    So excited to see this!!!

  307. Jenny
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Permalink

    Thomas Brodie-Sangster
    Oh my little love from “Love Actually” how I am always happy to see you.

  308. aurorsand147
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 10:29 pm | Permalink

    Well Meera isn’t really described as being beautiful like Sansa or Cersei. Bran sees her as pretty and Ellie is definitely pretty and is a talented actress and i am pretty sure Bran’s crush on her is more for who she is rather than how she looks. she is very tomboy, hands on girl. Isn’t that why people like Meera in the first place?

  309. Greatjon of Slumber
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 10:31 pm | Permalink

    Overall:

    Love the casting. Ellie Kendrick looks perfect as Meera, and I agree with the many who note she’s quite cute without being “statuesque” or anything. Given she’s supposed to be someone who grew up living in the bogs, well, she looks like she’ll be great.

    Meanwhile, sometimes certain casting is just a no-brainer.

    And Kristofer Hivju is one of those “Well, DUH” moments. I mean, look at him. No makeup needed. Probably don’t need to even change his clothes!

  310. Greatjon of Slumber
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 10:33 pm | Permalink

    framebyframe,

    Nah, we gotta have Doran. He’s playing a long game, clearly, and of course John-Rhys Davies should be the man for it.

  311. Charles wetstone
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

    This is disappointing…these actors are not how I imagined these characters to be. Why can’t they cast actors on how I imagined the characters to be!
    If they don’t cast Gerard butler as Mance Ryder or Cillian Murphy as Ramsey then I’m going to be pissed and not watch this show and stick to reading my little fantasy novels in mom’s basement. The actors for my beloved reed twins are so wrong! So ugly! And they better have the “chain” this season…..

  312. framebyframe
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 10:38 pm | Permalink

    Al Swearengen,

    The Red Viper is awesome but all the other Martells I just think are really boring. Same with the Greyjoys – the last two books had WAY too much of them and I really think the show would actually do itself a service to ignore or at least not cover as intensely most of the stuff about them.

    aurorsand147,

    I know Im a minority but I really don’t think the Sansa of the show is that pretty, even reading her in the books, I think its because I honestly don’t care for her as a character/I don’t like her personality. In contrast, I do like Meeras character and her personality and maybe that was why I still imagined her being attractive despite no one aside from Bran really thinking she was so much in the actaul text.

  313. Carne
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 10:39 pm | Permalink
  314. framebyframe
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 10:39 pm | Permalink

    Charles wetstone,

    LOL are you still mad bald Gerard Butler wasn’t Stannis?

  315. robb17
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 10:40 pm | Permalink

    darquemode,

    I agree, he is a really talented actor. i think they are going to make the reeds twins since both Ellie and Thomas are 22.

  316. Al Swearengen
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 10:44 pm | Permalink

    framebyframe,

    You find Euron and Victarion boring really ?

  317. RAZZA
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 10:49 pm | Permalink

    Omar Brown,

    Omar Brown,

    Shut up! We have BLACKFISH!!!!!!!

  318. Ed
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 10:49 pm | Permalink

    LoL! Where’s the “Like” button?? Great post! :-)

    Charles wetstone:
    This is disappointing…these actors are not how I imagined these characters to be. Why can’t they cast actors on how I imagined the characters to be!
    If they don’t cast Gerard butler as Mance Ryder or Cillian Murphy as Ramsey then I’m going to be pissed and not watch this show and stick to reading my little fantasy novels in mom’s basement. The actors for my beloved reed twins are so wrong! So ugly! And they better have the “chain” this season…..

  319. poguemahone
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 10:55 pm | Permalink

    Boy, it wouldn’t be a Game Of Thrones casting post without people insulting the looks of the female actresses. We have a long way to go as a fan base.

  320. andrea
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 10:56 pm | Permalink

    darquemode: Now that I think of it, I wonder if Csokas could play Daario?
    He has that dark look and can look viscious!

    Maybe a bit old for Daario but viscious… certainly!

    darquemode: The other 2 actors I have thought of as Daario are Ferdinand Kingsley (Sir Ben Kingsley’s son), Hal Oszan, and Raz Degan.

    Hal Oszan could do it, I think I saw him playing similar characters. Raz Degan is too much Daario??? if that makes sense. Kingsley´s son looks great but he has “good” eyes?
    About Mance: I like Rufus Sewell but I don´t know if he´s the right man for the role. He´s funny and charming. And he´s not “that” imposing. But I’m sure the producers and N. Gold will do a fantastic choise (for me, there is only one actor they chose that I didn´t liked, just one).

  321. Winter Is Coming
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 10:57 pm | Permalink

    I’m deleting any posts that call any actress “ugly”. So tired of this bullshit.

  322. andrea
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 11:02 pm | Permalink

    Winter Is Coming,

    thanks!!! it´s just shameful, mean and stupid.

  323. Mrs. H'ghar
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 11:05 pm | Permalink

    Winter Is Coming:
    I’m deleting any posts that call any actress “ugly”. So tired of this bullshit.

    A woman is grateful that you are on this. Some are kidding, but it’s hard to tell sometimes and really is a personal level attack. So a woman supports your decision. Please do so for any male actors called ugly also. It’s not right.

  324. Biscotti
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 11:07 pm | Permalink

    Michael Johnson: legally…

    Biscotti wishes there was a WiC forum :(

    And Winter, thank you for cleaning out the comments! Biscotti likes this site because the posters are generally much nicer, and the discussions are good and meaningful.

  325. Ed
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 11:08 pm | Permalink

    Not cool at all.

    And completely inaccurate too, she’s adorable.

    (somebody obviously was looking for attention, and unfortunately, he’s getting it).

    The Kingslayer:
    Not digging the choice for Meera at all, she’s a bit ugly to be honest.

  326. Ed
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 11:09 pm | Permalink

    I approve of this post!

    Winter Is Coming:
    I’m deleting any posts that call any actress “ugly”. So tired of this bullshit.

  327. Ours is the Fury
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 11:10 pm | Permalink

    Winter Is Coming,

    Thank you. :)

  328. Joshua Taylor
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 11:12 pm | Permalink

    Winter Is Coming,

    Awesome. Well done sir. Another reason why this is the best ASIOAF web site in human history.

  329. Dovahmonah
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 11:13 pm | Permalink

    Between this and The Walking Dead trailer, I don’t know what to do with myself :)

    Do you guys think they’ll keep Bran’s crush on Meera? The actors’ 10 (or 9?) year age gap leaves me doubting it. I don’t know; it was adorable in the books, but so minor that some people didn’t even pick up on it. I wouldn’t mind them keeping it, though.

    and, poguemahone,

    I agree. It’s very disheartening.

  330. Arthur
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 11:25 pm | Permalink

    Dovahmonah,

    I think they will keep the “crush” thing in the series. Elle is 22 but she is little and cute looking so they can age her down easily. It will be fun to watch the “crush” develop over the next 5+ seasons…

  331. Rygar
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 11:26 pm | Permalink

    Winter Is Coming,

    Thank you sir.

  332. darquemode
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 11:26 pm | Permalink

    Dovahmonah,

    They could in theory since both Brodie-Sangster and Ellie Kendrick both play younger than their true ages….

    However for me personally the crush was unimportant, at most a schoolboy crush that was not reciprocated and could easily be on a woman of any age. I always felt it was a more like helpess child becoming becoming attached to his protector more than a love waiting to happen.

    In a way I hope they do not age the Reeds down too much from the actors real ages. I always hated the visual of these seemingly child-like adventurers that are traipsing through the realm on a hero’s quest as well as the way some saw Bran’s crush on Meera. I would love it if they treat the Reeds as a bit older than the books and ignore all the aspects I loathed!

  333. Gatorfisch
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 11:26 pm | Permalink

    Phoenix_torn:
    The kid playing jojen is great! I’m so happy about these announcements!

    Agreed! He was who I pictured in my mind, while reading the books. I just didn’t know his name.

    Tamsin Cleo German,

  334. David
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 11:26 pm | Permalink

    andrea,

    And frankly incorrect. I haven’t surfed through this quagmire of posts yet, but I know that every female cast is a fox.

    Well, I’m not going to call little Kerry a fox because that would be the most inappropriate post thus far, and I’m placing Diana Rigg in the “Great Foxes Of All Time” category.

  335. Ours is the Fury
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 11:37 pm | Permalink

    I don’t see anything wrong with a one-sided crush, Bran liking Meera. A girl her age is not going to be into a kid, but he’s old enough to have feelings for an older girl.

    I’m so surprised Jojen’s actor is that old. He looks no more than 17, which is great.

  336. janarchy
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 11:38 pm | Permalink

    Thank you!

    Winter Is Coming:
    I’m deleting any posts that call any actress “ugly”. So tired of this bullshit.

  337. Mimsy
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 11:39 pm | Permalink

    I think Ellie is beautiful and her hair is gorgeous! What a personality that girl has. :) I love that youtube video of Ellie and fashion. I expect she’ll nail this part just like Gwen came thru for Brienne.

  338. Arthur
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 11:43 pm | Permalink

    Mimsy,

    What YouTube video of Elle? Can u link it? I couldn’t find any video of her acting I will have to rent her last movie.

  339. Charles wetstone
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 11:47 pm | Permalink

    I hope everyone understands I was being sarcastic about my post. As a non-book reader, I don’t care if meera looked like Gilbert Godfrey as long as her acting and character bring something to the show. Im clueless to who this meera character is and would like to remain that way until the 3rd season airs. The actress from the pics actually looks pretty cute IMHO. My only concern as a viewer is now there appears to be way too many characters for me and my wife to keep track of….

  340. Arthur
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 11:48 pm | Permalink

    Ours is the Fury,

    I agree with you but please remember Bran is not viewed upon by her as a “simple kid”. Bran is Meera’s Lord and he is also looked upon by Meera’s people as a kind of messiah of prophecy and legend.

    So he is no kid to her. Again, I’m not talking anything sexually or even kissing. Just saying Meera’s opinion on Bran is one of extreme high regard, she doesn’t just think he is a crippled child…

    Also, from her first introduction in Bran’s POV chapter they were exchanging “friendly stares” across the feasting table in Winterfel. At that moment I knew something was up. =]

  341. Greatjon of Slumber
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 11:50 pm | Permalink

    Charles wetstone,

    If they did cast Gilbert Gottfried, that would certainly be a character everyone would be able to keep track of.

  342. WompWomp
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 11:53 pm | Permalink

    An older Missandei isn’t a big minus. I’m sure they can make it work. After all, Irri needs a stand-in. However, one of the silliest details in S1 of GOT is Jhiqui’s frizzy hair. It sounds relatively minor, but I reeeeeeeeeeeeeally hope they style the frizz out of Missandei’s ‘do. It’s just a jarring visual, like the painfully anachronistic pillow Dany used to smother Drogo.

    Greatjon of Slumber,

    Gottfried for Moonboy!

  343. Jill
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 11:53 pm | Permalink

    Winter Is Coming:
    I’m deleting any posts that call any actress “ugly”. So tired of this bullshit.

    Thank you!!! It’s one thing to say maybe a particular actor or actress doesn’t have quite the look or appeal imagined from the description in the book (for example, if Toby Jones were cast as Jaime Lannister) but to call them flat out ugly is just kind of cruel for cruelty’s sake, and says more about the person who wrote it than the actor.

  344. Ours is the Fury
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 11:54 pm | Permalink

    Arthur,

    He is a kid to her. She respects him and cares for him, but he is a child. He’s about eight years old when the story starts. Meera is sixteen. Isaac Hempstead Wright is older, but he’s still much younger than she is. He is a kid, not a romantic prospect or someone she would have a crush on. Ten years down the road, who knows.

  345. Ours is the Fury
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 11:56 pm | Permalink

    WompWomp,

    Her hair is stunningly beautiful. I hope they leave it just as it is. There’s no reason to straighten it.

  346. Arthur
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 11:57 pm | Permalink

    Ours is the Fury,

    Can we at least agree she has a strong interest in him?

  347. andrea
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 11:57 pm | Permalink

    David: Well, I’m not going to call little Kerry a fox because that would be the most inappropriate post thus far,

    lol, please, don´t, that would start another kind of war. Just keep loving Riggs!

  348. Ours is the Fury
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 12:00 am | Permalink

    Arthur,

    As friends and people on a journey together. :)

  349. Pastor_of_Muppets
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 12:00 am | Permalink

    Loving all the casting news, and excited for what’s still in store. I don’t really have a preference for who is cast as any of the remaining characters except for Mance. I’d absolutely love it if Henry Ian Cusick got the part (and considering he’s no longer involved with the broadcast show “Scandal”, he probably has a clear schedule at the moment).

  350. Greatjon
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 12:00 am | Permalink

    Jay Zeus! That’s FOURTEEN new characters for next season, not even including arguably the two biggest new roles, Mance and Ramsay. And yet, there are still only 10 episodes to cram all of this into…

    I don’t envy D&D’s jobs.

  351. tysnow
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 12:01 am | Permalink

    Michel,

    Well, Lem and Tom can be featured extras, Dal and Valla can be merged, Styr and Varamyr can be merged with Orell, that leaves Mance, Ramsay and Vargo really.

  352. Mimsy
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 12:02 am | Permalink

    Arthur
    Look up young hollywood 2010 Ellie Kendrick on youtube.. sorry i’m on phone and can’t link. You’re gonna love her though.. as I do already.

  353. The Instrumentalist
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 12:05 am | Permalink

    Come to think of it, Danny has a lesbian scene with one of her handmaidens, who is now dead… another reason they aged up Missandei? Just sayin.

  354. Mimsy
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 12:05 am | Permalink

    Why should Jon be the only one with pretty dark curls? I think curls would suit Meera.

  355. Jill
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 12:05 am | Permalink

    I could not be more excited about the casting of Jojen. I sincerely thought they would only cast Meera to save on time/money… not only was he cast, but with the young man from Love Actually!!! When thinking about casting this role I thought he would fit but then thought he must be too old by now. I’m excited to be proven wrong. And surprisingly, I think I might have a crush on Thoros next year. Since the surname of my last year’s cast crush was taken, my screenname might be changing to Mrs. Of Myr very soon. :^)

  356. tysnow
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 12:06 am | Permalink

    Claudiu Gherganu,

    Some people are upset because they can’t jerk off anymore to their favorite fantasy description of the characters they had in mind

    LOL, I just spit out my drink after reading that.

  357. darquemode
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 12:08 am | Permalink

    Ours is the Fury,

    This.
    Nothing from her side at all the way I saw it.

    Ours is the Fury,

    The one possible benefit to straightening her hair is that the one photo of her I saw where she looked under 18 to me is with her straightened hair. If they want to keep a little of that girlish character from the books I think the straight hair may work better. Although that could be an old photo too I guess…..

    I really don’t mind her hair either way…. or her portraying a younger or an older Missandei. The 10-year old of the books always seemed a bit off to me anyway if I’m honest. I liked it, but it is less believable to me.

  358. Viv
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 12:08 am | Permalink

    Ivan Popić,

    I know! My baby from love actually yay! Plus really glad to see Tobias Menzies again. He was awesome in Rome. But the man playing Thoros, bit skinny for the part..?

  359. darquemode
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 12:11 am | Permalink

    The Instrumentalist,

    It certainly would be unlike HBO to ignore a chance for lesbian scene! XD
    That would be a good reason to age Missandei up indeed!

  360. Arthur
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 12:13 am | Permalink

    Mimsy,

    Thanks so much!

    I agree with you. Ellie Kendrick is very cute, there is nothing ugly about her at all.

    Here is the link for those that want to see what our Meera Reed will look like…

    LOL… She even says “I’m really really small”. I bet she is like 5 feet!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQTm3bZKESE

  361. Luana
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 12:14 am | Permalink

    Holy crap, they actually managed to get Diana Rigg? Diana freakin’ Rigg!!!

    What an amazing casting coup for GoT. And she is beyond perfect for the role of Queen of Thorns. It’s going to be hard to remain a Tyrell-hater next season.

  362. David Thomas
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 12:24 am | Permalink

    My choice for Oberyn is Saïd Taghmaoui (sex on a stick). He’s not the tallest guy, but he’s HOT HOT HOT (as seen in G.I. Joe, where he played Breaker, and Conan the Barbarian, where he appeared with our own Jason Momoa).

    Here’s his IMDB page:
    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0846548/

    But if you’re not afraid of the hotness (and can handle it), check these pics out (and yes, he’s got the screen-melting physique for Oberyn):
    https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C1ARAB_enUS443US443&aq=f&sugexp=chrome,mod%3D10&q=Sa%C3%AFd+Taghmaoui&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hl=en&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=sPMAUNeyCeiB6gH3gcXfBg&biw=1517&bih=714&sei=tvMAUJ7lA4mz6wGTgvX7Bg

  363. andrea
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 12:28 am | Permalink

    The Instrumentalist: Come to think of it, Danny has a lesbian scene with one of her handmaidens, who is now dead… another reason they aged up Missandei? Just sayin.

    oh please, just kill me, kill me.

    Carne: Doubt we’ll get a lesbian scene.

    Age up MIssandei for a sex scene (whatever the sex) would be bad.

  364. Carne
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 12:31 am | Permalink

    Didn’t Emilia sign a no nudity clause? Doubt we’ll get a lesbian scene.

  365. Zack
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 12:33 am | Permalink

    David Thomas,

    Now that’s the kind of look I hope they try for when casting Oberyn. It appears I’ve seen quite a few movies he’s been in but all I remember is Three Kings. I’ll have to watch Conan. But from what I know of the guy he seems to have what it would take for the Red Viper to handle the screen treatment of one of the coolest book moments.

    Good call!

  366. darquemode
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 12:33 am | Permalink

    Carne,

    Did she sign it after Season 1?
    She was naked a few times in Season 1……

  367. Chickenduck
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 12:33 am | Permalink

    tysnow:
    Michel,

    Well, Lem and Tom can be featured extras, Dal and Valla can be merged, Styr and Varamyr can be merged with Orell, that leaves Mance, Ramsay and Vargo really.

    I’m with all the other posters who think it’s highly likely Styr and Varamyr will be merged into Orell McGareth. And I’m fine with that, EXCEPT I do reckon “Varamyr Sixskins” is a far cooler name than “Orell”. Oh well, we don’t even know if that merger is definitely happening, so let’s wait and see.

  368. Zack
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 12:36 am | Permalink

    andrea,

    Sigh. My thoughts exactly–and this is why the aging of Missandei kind of baffles me. It feels rather as though it might make her interchangeable with Dany’s other handmaidens, to the point where someone can even get away with that kind of a suggestion. It’s utterly missing the point of Missandei to have ‘lesbian scenes’ with Dany.

    I hope they know what they’re doing!

  369. Chickenduck
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 12:36 am | Permalink

    David Thomas:
    My choice for Oberyn is Saïd Taghmaoui (sex on a stick). He’s not the tallest guy, but he’s HOT HOT HOT (as seen in G.I. Joe, where he played Breaker, and Conan the Barbarian, where he appeared with our own Jason Momoa).

    I actually remember him best from LOST. He was OK, except his role in that was a bit generic bad-guy foreign spy/agent/hitman-ish.

    He has a cool French/Arabic accent, could work for Dornish.

    Although I wonder what GRRM had in mind when he wrote “Dornish Drawl” all those times in the books? Maybe Dornishmen should talk like they’re from Alabama?

  370. Ours is the Fury
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 12:41 am | Permalink

    Here’s a video from MTV on the SDCC panel’s reactions to the new cast:

    http://www.mtv.com/videos/movies/814709/new-game-of-thrones-cast-members-announced-at-comic-con.jhtml#id=1689434

  371. darquemode
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 12:43 am | Permalink

    David Thomas,

    I thought of him for Daario too.
    He does not have the look exactly as described, but he has the attitude and the sex appeal to make Dany falling for him believable.

    He will definitely be on my list next year for Oberyn though…. Along with Oded Fehr and Naveen Andrews.

  372. darquemode
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 12:44 am | Permalink

    Ours is the Fury,

    HA!
    Awesome … thank you!
    Now, we just need the full panel video!

  373. Mrs. H'ghar
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 12:45 am | Permalink

    WompWomp:
    Greatjon of Slumber,

    Gottfried for Moonboy!

    And Danny DeVito for Patchface!!! But he’s probably busy.

  374. KG
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 12:49 am | Permalink

    Luana,

    I know! My spy-show lovin’ heart is filled with joy!

  375. Mrs. H'ghar
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 12:50 am | Permalink

    Mimsy:
    Why should Jon be the only one with pretty dark curls?I think curls would suit Meera.

    A woman saw a really cute picture of the actress in braids (aka “pigtails”) and that would be appropriate for a frog-hunter, no? Easy to do too with any hair! And easy to weave in more if you want it longer.

  376. Mrs. H'ghar
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 12:55 am | Permalink

    Arthur:
    Mimsy,

    Thanks so much!

    I agree with you.Ellie Kendrick is very cute, there is nothing ugly about her at all.

    Here is the link for those that want to see what our Meera Reed will look like…

    LOL…She even says “I’m really really small”.I bet she is like 5 feet!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQTm3bZKESE

    A woman is grateful you posted that link, she is really cute and sassy! FYI, Brits call sweaters “jumpers” so I guess that anecdote must have been during a warm spell if she didn’t need a sweater for 2 months!

  377. Mrs. H'ghar
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 12:59 am | Permalink

    David Thomas:
    My choice for Oberyn is Saïd Taghmaoui (sex on a stick). He’s not the tallest guy, but he’s HOT HOT HOT (as seen in G.I. Joe, where he played Breaker, and Conan the Barbarian, where he appeared with our own Jason Momoa).

    Here’s his IMDB page:
    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0846548/

    But if you’re not afraid of the hotness (and can handle it), check these pics out (and yes, he’s got the screen-melting physique for Oberyn):
    https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C1ARAB_enUS443US443&aq=f&sugexp=chrome,mod%3D10&q=Sa%C3%AFd+Taghmaoui&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hl=en&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=sPMAUNeyCeiB6gH3gcXfBg&biw=1517&bih=714&sei=tvMAUJ7lA4mz6wGTgvX7Bg

    A woman thinks you are right, he’d be excellent appearance-wise, I will have to pull out that Conan DVD and watch it to see if his acting is appropriate, but again will have faith in Nina & co’s choices. Hotness! We do need hotness since so many of our beloved hunks are falling by the wayside one way or the other.

  378. darquemode
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 1:05 am | Permalink

    David Thomas,

    I like his look for the role quite a bit!
    I had thought of a different Bollywood actor when I was hunting for actors a couple months ago, Hrithik Roshan. I had not seen either in any videos honestly though. I did find a few or Roshan’s on YT.

    Even though he is no way my favorite character, Daario is one of the roles I am most interested in seeing cast! I just have no idea exactly what age or look D&D desire, or what actor will get the role!!

  379. darquemode
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 1:08 am | Permalink

    If I recall MTV videos are region blocked, right?

    I posted a region free version of the cast reactions video on SpoilerTv. It’s all the way down at the bottom of the post.
    http://www.spoilertv.com/2012/07/game-of-thrones-comic-con-2012-panel_13.html

  380. TheSwordoftheMorning
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 1:15 am | Permalink

    Paul Kaye is clearly best known for his role as Frankie Wilde the deaf DJ in “It’s All Gone Pete Tong.” Frankie Wilde DJ mas bueno. so pumped.

  381. Ser Lyonel the Laughing Storm
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 1:16 am | Permalink

    Once Qyburn meets Ros she can finally reach her full potential as ser Robert Strong’s left Tittie

  382. Mrs. H'ghar
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 1:16 am | Permalink

    David Thomas: Prateik Babbar

    Oooooooooooh Yeaaaaaaaah a woman thinks you’ve go it! He’s the right age too, unfortunately so many that have been suggested are 10 or more years too old for Khaleesi. 25 is probably the right age for that role IMO.

  383. Derpstradamus
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 1:21 am | Permalink

    Carne: Didn’t Emilia sign a no nudity clause?

    I’ve seen this posted elsewhere, but I have yet to see a source. I’m not sure how much truth there is to it…

  384. Coltaine777
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 1:25 am | Permalink

    darquemode:
    If I recall MTV videos are region blocked, right?

    I posted a region free version of the cast reactions video on SpoilerTv. It’s all the way down at the bottom of the post.
    http://www.spoilertv.com/2012/07/game-of-thrones-comic-con-2012-panel_13.html

    thankyou…

  385. Ryan E
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 1:32 am | Permalink

    Great introduction video. They all looked the part to me, especially the Reed siblings. I thought Thoros was a particularly awesome looking guy for the part, a bit wild eyed and perfect for the role, even though he is different than the book. Liked Donarrion as well. And a great actress for the Queen of Thorns.

  386. Biscotti
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 2:01 am | Permalink

    Ellie is 5’1. She’s going to be adorable!
    http://www.spotlight.com/interactive/cv/1/F86241.html

  387. Rogue Hero
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 2:18 am | Permalink

    A man can now confidently say that a very high profile and famous actor has been cast for either the role of Mance Rayder or Ramsay Snow/Bolton. It is truly known.

  388. mags giantsbabe
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 2:23 am | Permalink

    Tormuuuund Giantsbaaaaaaaaaaaane! ((((((: couldn’t have asked for better and Orell, if these cast members mean more meaningful character interaction for Jon, then all the better. And now I really can’t wait for Mance. I have a feeling it might be a prominent actor… But an icelandic actor or one of those nations would also be perfect.

    And now, Meera’s story: will we hear Howland, Lyanna and Rheagar being cast?

  389. the goat
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 2:29 am | Permalink

    Greatjon of Slumber:
    Michelle,

    I love Dominic West. But his look is just too contemporary, to me. The only real way it works to have him as Mance would be to add in Wendell Pierce as Tormund Giantsbane. “I’m just a humble wilding with a big-ass dick.”

    Holy shit, Mance McNulty and Tormund GiantsBunk would be insanely amazing!

    “Y’know what the plural of pussy is? Pussi. Mancey taught me that. Har!!”

  390. the goat
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 2:53 am | Permalink

    Mrs. H’ghar: And Danny DeVito for Patchface!!! But he’s probably busy.

    BEST CASTING SUGGESTION EVAR!!

    “Under the sea, the boy’s hole pays toll to get inside you!
    I know, I know, oh, oh, oh!”

    http://i47.tinypic.com/30utj44.jpg

    http://i46.tinypic.com/f2us9.jpg

    And Charlie Day could play Shagwell! I swear, this shit just writes itself sometimes.

  391. Alex Also
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 3:09 am | Permalink

    Will the original actor playing the Mountain come back for this season? The bloke they had for season 2 just didn’t get the job done. I’m sure he’s a fine actor but just not big enough to have the presence needed for the Mountain to be the scariest man in the kingdom.

  392. HouseLark
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 3:29 am | Permalink

    Despite what some might think, Ellie Kendrick is great casting for Meera. I saw her playing Juliet (opposite a black guy playing Romeo, jus’ sayin’ for those that have criticised GoT for its colour blind casting). She was excellent and strangely enough, no one walked out saying “she’s not pretty enough to play Juliet”.

    I’m certain she’ll do Meera justice.

    Paul Kaye is really left-field. I can’t recall him in any serious dramatic role. It will be interesting to see how that works out.

    Nathalie Emmanuel is ridiculously beautiful – ignore that she was on Hollyoaks (which is a god-awful programme), she was good in Misfits.

  393. Ross
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 4:06 am | Permalink

    Just thinking about Crook as Orell – I assume his part will be significantly beefed up and I can see a good rationale for this. I think he will be used to explain to the audience what the heck warging is and why it matters. For the uninitiated this is probably an odd concept, and by having someone who is an expert and fully in control of their warging powers, it demonstrates the potential for Bran, and others.

  394. Lex
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 4:10 am | Permalink

    You know, I’m really pissed off. I saw this thread this morning, and watched the video, and it was the best moment of Thrones news I’ve had since last year. I was completely thrilled by every casting choice, and was feeling positively euphoric!

    Then I saw a rude and, frankly, embarrassing comment from one single person, and it tainted the whole experience. Yes, I’m looking at you Kingslayer. It’s people like you that make me ashamed to be a part of this fandom. My first impression of Ellie was 100% positive. Even if you disagree, you could have expressed yourself in a more civil, classy manner. But no, you were rude and insulting and it has derailed this thread.

    Imagine being a young actress like Ellie, thrilled to death over landing a part in this amazing show, and then going online and seeing an entire thread discussing whether or not you are ugly? Even if WiC deletes the original comment, it’s too late, the damage is done. I imagine that would instantly tarnish an actor’s excitement and enthusiasm in being involved in this project, and I wouldn’t blame them for being insulted and disillusioned about the whole thing. I am honestly disgusted and ashamed.

    I’ve been a defender of Gemma Whalen from day one, and now I guess I’ll have to be a defender of Ellie as well, thanks to the rude, thoughtless words of one person.

  395. Jaegon Targaryen
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 4:16 am | Permalink

    Ive seen Thomas act before , and his acting skills arent too shabby , im impressed.

    Im excited about Ellie being cast as Meera , she certainly looks more like a northerner
    than previous actors being mentioned

    Kristofer Hivju looks AMAZING , i cant wait to see how he portrays Tormund

    The tullys look epic too , I cant wait ! my dreams have come true :)

  396. Lex
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 4:19 am | Permalink

    Sangster was originally cast as Tintin, but left the project and was replaced by Jamie Bell.

  397. Eos
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 4:19 am | Permalink

    What a treat!!! Can’t believe our luck. I haven’t been familiar with Diana Rigg but she has me just by giving this little speech. As much as I love dames Maggie Smith and Judi Dench, both of them seemed awfully wrong for the part whereas Diana just fits in.

    I am absolutely over the moon because of the Reeds. I absolutely HATE debates centering around an actress’ supposed plain looks. I know it has been said numerous of times, but all it does it makes the poster look like a superficial troll while casting a shadow on the whole fanbase, putting emphasis on all the wrong factors AND (most importantly) potentially (and unjustly) hurting an actress (especially a young one!) who – as we established – might well be reading the boards. OK; admittedly, I can’t really see what is there NOT to like about Ellie – I think she is cute as a button and CAN’T WAIT for her Meera!!!

    I got goosebumps when I saw Thomas cast as Jojen. I think I might have given a wee squeal as well. I’ve hardly seen him anywhere else but in Love Actually, but even despite the fact he shot that a decade ago, he made a really strong impression and I really believe he has the serenety and maturity to pull off Jojen. This fangirl is über-excited.

    I’d never have thought someone as high profile as Mackenzie Crook would be cast as Orell, whom I hardly even remember from the books. But no complaints there; everything I’ve seen MacKenzie in has been just mindblowing.

    I am a little bummed they aged Missandei up. I belong to the camp saying one of the things that made her amazing were her age. She is stunningly mature and independent and made Dany feel really maternal sometimes. If they replace Irri’s lesbian scenes, this fangirl will be very disappointed; will still be awesome to see the actresses perform them, but … OK, I just realized I am just Irri-bitching again. Eos, get OVER it! The actress seems really sweet and I’m kinda relieved she hasn’t been cast as Arianne (tho maybe she’d be great in that role a well). I’m realy looking forward to see what she makes out of Missandei we know from the books.

    I haven’t been familiar with either Clive Russel or Tobias Menzies, but they both seem really great and I’m somehow ecstatic we’re even gonna get Blackfish and Edmure. I really began to think otherwise some months ago.

    Kristofer Hivju looks like a marvelous choice for Tormund and the girl playing Shireen just seems like the sweetest kid ever. Tara Fitzgerald looks way too preety for Selyse in my opinion, but really can’t complain with someone that great in a role that could potentially be filled by really anyone.

    To end this (quite unnecessary, tbh) essay; it was the best way to end an evening, the vid is GREAT, can’t wait to see them fill all those roles. Can’t wait for end of march. CAN’T WAIT!!!

    And now, I think we’re quite ready for Mance and Ramsay. So, HBO, if you would …

  398. Nicolai Hansen
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 4:32 am | Permalink

    I’m excited by the new cast. Qyburn is just as I imagined him. But they can save Ramsay Snow to the fifth season, if they wanted to. But I hope they include him for one episode with Roose, but not his prisoner. He should be a surprise in a later season for non-readers of the books.

  399. Not Today
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 4:46 am | Permalink

    I’m still wondering who Bertie Gilbert auditioned for if not for Jojen? Any ideas? Edric Storm?

  400. BlackfishBlues
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 4:53 am | Permalink

    Excellent news at last! Can’t read and comment much now, am on cell, but especially satisfied by Edmure, and pleasantly surprised by Brodie-Sangster, a fantastic Paul McCartney in “Nowhere Man”.

  401. BlackfishBlues
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 5:02 am | Permalink

    PS you spelled Brynden wrong :p

  402. G_Lee
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 5:16 am | Permalink

    Thats all too good to be true! I love Paul Kaye! Dennis Pennis is the best :D

  403. Sekandar Martell
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 5:36 am | Permalink

    Yeah Ellie Kendrick is beautiful and more importantly is a fabulous actress, just the sort of young talent I like to see GoT cast. She’s perfect for Meera, I cannot imagine a better casting.

  404. Nick Larter
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 5:37 am | Permalink

    What excitement!

    A few random thoughts – if Orell is a Varamyr/Orell composite then I suppose Anguy might be an Anguy/Tom/Lem composite though they’d need to bring Tom in later, since his bard card is what gives him entry to Riverrun. Maybe they dropped the name Varamyr in favour of Orell as the former sounds too Tolkienesque??

    Maybe they’ll combine Daario and Belwas into one too – how cool would that be? :D

    Thank goodness Ellie is 22: I feel less icky about my instant crush now %-) and many thanks to whoever posted her shopping video :D (It’s at times like this that it would be nice if every comment had a unique serial number. I was reading earlier on my iPhone and can’t face scrolling through them all again).

    Great news about Diana Rigg being cast! I find it amazing that a TV character she first played 47 years ago is still talked about like it was last week. Just shows how utterly iconic was both the character and her interpretation. I bet we’ll still all be talking of Dame Maisie’s Arya in 47 years time :D

  405. sjwenings
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 5:43 am | Permalink

    Lex:

    Imagine being a young actress like Ellie, thrilled to death over landing a part in this amazing show, and then going online and seeing an entire thread discussing whether or not you are ugly?

    I’m sure she could take ONE single stupid comment. Epecially when followed by a bunch of “no she’s not!”

    Fwiw, I think she’s pretty and cute, and fits my vision of Meera very well.

  406. mags giantsbabe
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 5:45 am | Permalink

    Lex

    Amen, I can’t imagine how Kit Harington must feel after one, two years of the same crap, since he sometimes visits here apparently. I don’t blame the website though.

    I hope they keep her curly hair for Meera, because it is kind more suitable for the whole Westerosi look, even for Northeners, I mean look at Jon; and Robb and also Syrio Forell, eventhough he’s from Braavos. I have curly hair, so I’m probably being biased here but it makes the characters look more authentic and different and diverse.

  407. Nick Larter
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 5:48 am | Permalink

    Not Today:
    I’m still wondering who Bertie Gilbert auditioned for if not for Jojen? Any ideas? Edric Storm?

    Good question! . Was there a slave boy who met a sticky end in Astapor? Racking my brains – most of the minor characters of the right sort of age don’t die in the book (unless that was a red herring): Trystane doesn’t in any case fit since it’s been reported I think that Myrcella is out for S3: Edric Dayne was another I thought of who could fill Arya in with a lot of Ned’s backstory, but he doesn’t die either. Edric Storm only fits if they’re dropping Davos’ plot to send him away (or at least his succeeding) and they have Mel kill him to try and reanimate the Dragonstone dragons. Boy there’d be steam rising over at the Westeros board if they pulled that one :D

  408. Jeremy
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 5:49 am | Permalink

    Love me some Tobias Menzies! He’s great in anything – fantastic as Brutus in Rome – and am really looking forward to him in this.

  409. The Amir
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 5:51 am | Permalink

    KG:
    TheAmir,

    I wouldn’t take Mr. Allen if he was served to me on a silver platter covered in emeralds. His features do not appeal to me in the least. I still think he’s the weakest casting, though he’s made great strides over the past season. He may win me over yet.

    You’re about the only person I’ve -ever- heard say Alfie didn’t do an amazing job this season. I never said he was a “hottie” by traditional standards, but acting? Pfft, he blows DUUUUUHJON and his one expression and wooden no-chemistry Robb out of the water, especially in season 2. I’ve heard plenty of people express (with Kit especially) that Robb and Jon are not conveying much in the way of emotion or on-screen charisma, despite their more traditionally good looks (for the record I find neither of them attractive at all).

    Point: You don’t have to be Hollywood gorgeous to be a great actor or actress.

  410. Matt Vukovic
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 5:55 am | Permalink

    First of all, i didn’t read the books so please do not spoil it for us. The new cast looks awesome! Nina Gold did a great job as always!!! The best cast is getting even better…

  411. Bursali88
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 5:59 am | Permalink

    man i absolutely love that Ellie Kendrick is in GoT now.. she’s right up there with Maisie Williams as far as my excitement for their portrayal of the character goes.

    that excitement comes with a sadness that we have to wait til March next year to see the result though..

  412. Nick Larter
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 6:03 am | Permalink

    Wonder how they’ll introduce the Reeds. Reading between the lines of Ellie’s comments, might they have them showing up in the nick of time to avert the demise of Bran’s party at the hands of wildling raiders? A few well placed poison darts from a blowpipe (not sure if Meera has one in the books but crannogmen in general did as I recall) and the odd netting and frogspear through the neck would be just the ticket :D

  413. rorschach-
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 6:26 am | Permalink

    I was kind of hoping of watching a good ‘ol fantalk about casting but all I get is appearence ranting. Yeah I know somebody said nasty things but could you stop it already. We all know Ellie is beatifull and all of you are angry about what was said. Could we continue talking about something else now? Please?

    And then to topic. Has anyone seen the new Thing movie? How big was Hivjus role. Just wondering if it’s worth watching?

  414. Hertolo
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 6:27 am | Permalink

    Nick Larter,

    Either that, or they just have them pointing a spear at Bran at the end of one episode… But they need to make sure not to have too many of the cheap and obvious and standard cliffhangers with Bran. Their fake death in season 2 didn’t translate really well to the TV where everybody assumes anyway that not shown = not dead…

    Not looked through the thread, but any mentions of Left and Right? ;-)

  415. Nick Larter
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 6:33 am | Permalink

    Hertolo,

    Not that I saw. Mind you, Jedward were in Belfast this week ;)

  416. jon
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 6:45 am | Permalink

    As a Brit and an SF/fantasy fan, I can tell you that I know most of these and they’re brilliant to say the least. The big ones are Rigg, Fitzgerald and Crook but the others are great too. Thomas Brodie Sangster was brilliant in the Family of Blood episode of Dr Who and Tobias Menzies was pretty much the only good thing in Eternal Law. I have a feeling that Paul Kaye might be another piece of genius casting like Jerome Flynn.

  417. Praise R'hllor
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 6:49 am | Permalink

    Some excellent casting here!! Thought Tobias Menzies was brilliant in Rome, perfect Edmure if you ask me.

    Hope they combine Orell with Varymyr to extend Mackenzie Crook’s role, also I may be wrong but is this the first confirmation that Qyburn is in?? Very pleased about that… one of my fave minor characters!

  418. the goat
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 6:53 am | Permalink

    darquemode,

    Shekh Ma Shieraki Anni!!!!

  419. Kharn9
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 6:53 am | Permalink

    Jojen and Meera are awesome. Waiting one more year to get those actors, that was a brilliant idea.
    Thomas Brodie-Sangster may be a bit old but does not look like it. He was quite good in Love Actually and completely perfect in his Doctor Who appearances with the real Doctor. The Tennant one.

    jon:
    I have a feeling that Paul Kaye might be another piece of genius casting like Jerome Flynn.

    Same here, he just gives this feeling that totally sticks with what I expected from Thoros.

    And it is good that we still have Ramsay, Mance and Vargo. We do need some casting clues fun.

  420. Macha
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 7:00 am | Permalink

    darquemode to the rescue, as always! Thanks for the videos, I’m watching them now. George’s laugh is infectious!

  421. Chai_latte
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 7:08 am | Permalink

    From what I remember, Bran is attracted to Meera because of her graceful physicality, which was apparent whenever she would be hunting with her net and spear. He envied and admired it at the same time. I don’t think her face was so important. In any case, I think the actress who will be playing her is really cute!

    Congratulations to all the new actors. I’m so excited to see them on screen. As for Mance Rayder, I hope he gets to be played by a big, well-known actor!

  422. Butterbumps
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 7:13 am | Permalink

    The Kingslayer,

    Direct and honest is just an excuse to be thoughtless, mean and cruel. Calling a young girl ugly is disgusting, seriously shame on you.

    I’m too mad to even comment on the casting, leaving this thread now.

  423. fuelpagan
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 7:23 am | Permalink

    darquemode:
    David Thomas,
    Even though he is no way my favorite character, Daario is one of the roles I am most interested in seeing cast! I just have no idea exactly what age or look D&D desire, or what actor will get the role!!

    I too am very interested in the look and age they choose for Daario. I think GRRM is hiding something there.

  424. Rinso
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 7:49 am | Permalink

    Orell? I bet they’re combining him with Varamyr. Not a bad call, actually.

    The actors look well for the chosen roles. We’ll see how the writing will treat their characters.

  425. Wastrel
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 8:06 am | Permalink

    Tobias Menzies being in anything is great news. Fantastic in Rome, and great in Shadow Line (albeit overshadowed a bit by the incredible brilliance of Christopher Eccleston). He seems fated to give great performances in shows where other actors are more noticeable…

    Not how I’d imagined Edmure at all, but that doesn’t matter too much.

  426. Ximo
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 8:06 am | Permalink

    Extremely happy about Hivju Giantsbane! My favorite for the part since the day the rumor surfaced, I don’t mind him being somewhat younger and “kissed by fire”.

    A few weeks back, my brother called me from our shared community garden in Oslo where he had just said hi to Hivju who was just looking around. I immediately told my brother to ask Hivju if he had got the part, but by then the bearded man had left.

    Also very happy about the rest of the new cast members. The old saying is still true, in Nina Gold we trust.

  427. Wun Wun
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 8:18 am | Permalink

    So excited – been spitting all morning!!!

  428. Wastrel
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 8:19 am | Permalink

    I was uncertain at first about Paul Kaye – but then I watched the video. Not sure if he actually turned up drunk in honour of the role, or if he’s just like that, but yes, he can do Thoros.

  429. barak
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 8:39 am | Permalink

    darquemode:
    Al Swearengen,

    They said they were looking for non-white ethnicties I know…
    Ozsan is from Cyprus, Csokas from Hungary, but I grant both are “white” to many people. I see some ethnic look to them personally. Kingsley is Indian (at least 1/4 since his dad is at least 1/2) and Raz Degan is Israeli. So at least 2 of the 4 are MiddleEastern or NearEastern I guess.. one is Mediterranean and I’m not sure what I should call Csokas… Eastern European?*shrug*

    I hate to break this to you but most Eastern Europeans are, in fact, white.

  430. Iris
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 8:40 am | Permalink

    Ser_G,

    Except that Oberyn’s a salty Dornishman, which means that he’s clearly not white.

  431. cabbo
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 8:45 am | Permalink

    This all makes me very happy, with the exception of the hollyoaks woman. That show and everyone involved was awful. On every level. The script, cinematography, soundtrack and acting were all either mind-numbingly bland or straight up offensive to anyone with half a brain, though admittedly more the former than the latter.

    Also, everyone who was supposed to be from Northern Ireland was either flamboyantly gay or mentally stunted.

  432. fuelpagan
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 9:14 am | Permalink

    Carne:
    Didn’t Emilia sign a no nudity clause? Doubt we’ll get a lesbian scene.

    Lol. Did you watch season one? There isn’t much left of Emilia we haven’t seen. But I don’t think we will get the scene because it’s one of those side favorites that really don’t contribute much to the story. If we get it great, if we don’t, that’s fine with me too.

  433. the goat
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 9:19 am | Permalink

    Rinso,

    Orell has no lines, and only exists in CoK, (as a human), for as long as it takes for Jon to sneak up and bury a sword into him.

    Certainly not trying to offend you or anyone, but we’ve heard nothing about Varamyr being cast. And they just featured Mackenzie Crook, a well-known actor, in their huge Comic-con announcement. Does anyone really think D&D will have a Varymyr character distinct from Orell? With a bear and a shadowcat?

    Orell will be “Orell” because he will be a warg with an eagle. But, instead of Varymyr, Orell will be one of Mance’s close confidants, and “teach” Jon about warging. Thus, an Orell/Varamyr combo. There will not be a separate Varamyr character.

  434. Carne
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 9:20 am | Permalink

    fuelpagan,

    I mean she signed it after season 1.

  435. Zack
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 9:27 am | Permalink

    the goat,

    My guess as well. Pity they went with the weaker name choice of the two, though. Not that it matters.

  436. fuelpagan
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 9:33 am | Permalink

    Carne:
    fuelpagan,

    I mean she signed it after season 1.

    Then we might as well not bother with Daario.

  437. Lex
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 9:35 am | Permalink

    Varamyr sounds too much like Faramir.

  438. Lana
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 10:18 am | Permalink

    OH MY SODDING GODS! Am I imagining this? Is this some sort of cruel hallucination? Tobias MADE Rome! He is a PHENOMENAL actor! I could not possibly be any happier at the moment. And as for the Reeds – fantastic young actors both. Ellie was supberb as Anne Frank, and Thomas…well, the (young) man played Paul McCartney – what more do you want? Oh, and lest I forget, Diana Rigg as TQoT and Tara Fitzgerald as Queen Hairy, umm, I mean Queen Selyse – score and score! Season 3, in YOU we trust.

  439. Tenesmus
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 10:33 am | Permalink

    fuelpagan,

    http://www.100xr.com/artists/D/Dave_Navarro/Dave_Navarro_2005.jpg

    While reading, this is what Daario looks like in my head

  440. Synnerman
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 11:12 am | Permalink

    Another possible reason for using the name Orell instead of Varymyr is that they thought it could be confused with Thoros of Myr.

  441. MATTHEW
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 11:15 am | Permalink

    I wonder how they’re going to handle the animal warging scenes. Will there be an eagle? A shadowcat? A polar bear? Maybe just a pack of wolves, smaller than Jon’s direwolf?

    I’m having a hard time imaginging how they can do the animal action sequences without using cheesy CGI, but I have faith!

  442. Michel
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 11:17 am | Permalink

    For sure Orell will be combined with Varamyr, but why not choose the name Varamyr ? Sounds better for me haha, anyway, perharps they could cut off the character Styr and give his lines to Orell to, it would be awesome to see Mackenzie jumping the Wall with Jon

  443. MATTHEW
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 11:17 am | Permalink

    Butterbumps: The Kingslayer, Direct and honest is just an excuse to be thoughtless, mean and cruel. Calling a young girl ugly is disgusting, seriously shame on you.I’m too mad to even comment on the casting, leaving this thread now.

    I love it when people chastise trolls, as if it’s going to do any good. Ignore them; trolls like it when you complain about them and get all indignant.

  444. Michel
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 11:22 am | Permalink

    What about the first scene of S3 guys ? What scene would you bet ? I’m betting on Hoster funeral, Hoster would appear like Jon Arryn’s funeral on “Winter is Coming”..in that scene we would meet Brynden and Edmure to

  445. MATTHEW
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 11:25 am | Permalink

    mags giantsbabe: LexAmen, I can’t imagine how Kit Harington must feel after one, two years of the same crap, since he sometimes visits here apparently. I don’t blame the website though.I hope they keep her curly hair for Meera, because it is kind more suitable for the whole Westerosi look, even for Northeners, I mean look at Jon; and Robb and also Syrio Forell, eventhough he’s from Braavos. I have curly hair, so I’m probably being biased here but it makes the characters look more authentic and different and diverse.

    When I commented earlier that they will probably straighten it or use a wig I guess I was reflexively assuming that they are g0 for the stereotypical “elfin” look which the actor who’s playing Jojejn has. a la LOTR with straight silky hair

    But on further consideration, I now thik that was a stupid reaction on my part and they should just keep her curly hair. She will be a very cute Meera, and I’m looking forward to seeing her act

    I love discussing the minutiae like this… so geeky.

  446. Carne
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 11:28 am | Permalink

    Michel,

    This sounds most likely. I doubt they’ll bother to introduce Hoster Tully at this point, so skipping straight to his funeral would be a good way to go. Throw in a couple of lines about him (“he was dying” etc) and there you go.

  447. Michel
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 11:28 am | Permalink

    MATTHEW,

    IMO, I hope they will keep Meera with long straight hair and Edmure with beard

  448. MATTHEW
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 11:29 am | Permalink

    Nicolai Hansen: I’m excited by the new cast. Qyburn is just as I imagined him. But they can save Ramsay Snow to the fifth season, if they wanted to. But I hope they include him for one episode with Roose, but not his prisoner. He should be a surprise in a later season for non-readers of the books.

    Qyburn is one of my favorite characters, and they guy they chose looks great!. I love how the books describe how kindly, fatherly and nondescript he looks on the outside. I actually picture him looking as my father did as I was growing up, a paunchy, friendly, meek, nonthreatening middle-aged white guy.

    But they you find out what Qyrburn actually *does*…

    It shows you GRRM is fascinated by the concept of the “banality of evil” and that the most harmful figures are often packaged in very average and innocuous superficial facades and polite, officious personalities. You see this with the Tickler as well.

  449. MATTHEW
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 11:34 am | Permalink

    Ser Lyonel the Laughing Storm: Once Qyburn meets Ros she can finally reach her full potential as ser Robert Strong’s left Tittie

    That is so evil! And cut it out with the spoilers, you.

  450. Michel
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 11:34 am | Permalink

    Does anybody have a fanart of Anguy and Orell ? I really can’t remember how they are

  451. Michel
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 11:37 am | Permalink

    I don’t like Ros, but I’m REALLY interesting about her role in S3, as Varys’ spy..And what about Ser Dontos ? He appears in 2 episodes of S2, but in the final episode, Littlefinger opens all the game for Sansa, that he will take her out of KL..so why cast Dontos ?

  452. Kroket
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 11:42 am | Permalink

    Carne,

    Where is your proof. That’s just a rumour. I have never seen any such thing.
    I also feel like this is cheating. You get cast in a role requiring nudity and next season you just don’t want to do it anymore? Because you are already firmly in the role… What’s the point in that? We have seen most of her already anyway!
    She did say she was happy got to keep her clothes on in season 2 but it seemed like that was a director decision.
    This is just a rumour cause she didn’t have any nudescenes in season 2! Given the plot i guess that made sense for her but if we get Daario in season 3 that is likely to change (already)


    As for the casting. The guy that played Brutus on Rome was great so excited about that one! Don’t know most of the others but sure most will be great!
    As for Meera. I would have loved to see Sarah Bolger in the role but sure this girl has the acting chops as well. I fail to see why some people think she would be ugly… Maybe she is not a Hollywood bombshell but she looks quite cute and that’s how it should be i guess for Meera. Acting more important fo that role… Her pic on this site made me shiver a bit cause she looks like Gemma Whellan and that’s the one big miscast on the show so far imho (i didn’t like Shae in season 1 but she got better as the series progressed, hope Gemma does the same)…
    I am fairly dissappointed there isn’t real female eyecandy in the new additions this year (like Natalie last year) though if Charlotte Hope will play Myranda Royce (which should be a tiny part i guess) she’d fill that role…

  453. MATTHEW
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 11:43 am | Permalink

    Michel: Does anybody have a fanart of Anguy and Orell ? I really can’t remember how they are

    Do a google images search for Anguy the archer and you’ll find a bunch of stuff.

    Orell was barely in the books, as he was one of those scouts on the hill killed by Jon and the black brothers, when Jon first meets Ygritte. So there’s no pictures of him.

    And I could only find one or two images of Varamyr, on whom Orell will be based (at least that’s what we’re assuming)

  454. Zack
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 11:45 am | Permalink

    Lex:   
    Reply

    I suppose Jon Snow’s best friend’s name bears no resemblance to another best friend type character from the same series…. :P

  455. Michel
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 11:47 am | Permalink

    MATTHEW,

    Nice, thanks, Philip it’s like Anguy in the photos but a little bit more older and taller, and Varamyr looks an old guy in the photos, like a guy if 60 years old lol.

  456. MATTHEW
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 11:50 am | Permalink

    Michel: MATTHEW, Nice, thanks, Philip it’s like Anguy in the photos but a little bit more older and taller, and Varamyr looks an old guy in the photos, like a guy if 60 years old lol.

    Yeah. If my memory of the books holds true, Anguy is very young , slender and boyish looking. They’ve aged him up.

    Varamyr is a tiny little mouse of a man who’s in his 50s, I believe I think they’ll give McKenzie Crook’s character Varamyr’s powers and station (close advisor to Mance) but not necessarily his physical aspect.

  457. 3eyes
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 11:52 am | Permalink

    Omar Brown,

    Can’t speak for other non-book readers, but I’ve enjoyed keeping up with the large cast (although it’s taken multiple viewings, and discovering WiC has been a big help), and FWIW, I think Alexander Siddig and Brad Dourif would be excellent additions.

  458. Joshua Taylor
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    Kroket,

    No female eye candy? Dude do a google search of Nathalie Emmanuel…

  459. Michel
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 11:58 am | Permalink

    Hey guys..I know I’m annoying, but i just remembered that Bertie Gilbert a day before yesterday did an audition for GoT and he has to die his hair..everyone was assuming it would be for Jojen, but since Jojen was cast a couple of days (to do a interview with him to put on Comic Con they need more than one day).. I think it was not for Jojen, who else could it be ?

  460. jabso
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Permalink

    What are people talking about? Ellie is pretty hot, not that Meera necessarily needs to be. Just because Bran (a 10 year old boy) has a bit of a crush on her doesn’t mean she is a going to be a knockout stunner with a great rack or whatever you people are thinking of.

  461. Cary Bass
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

    Lukas Filzer:
    bloody hell, will there be barristan selmy in season 3 or not ?!

    I’m assuming Barristan Selmy would not be new casting.

  462. MATTHEW
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

    jabso: What are people talking about? Ellie is pretty hot, not that Meera necessarily needs to be. Just because Bran (a 10 year old boy) has a bit of a crush on her doesn’t mean she is a going to be a knockout stunner with a great rack or whatever you people are thinking of.

    True but one of the other reasons fans tend to picture Meera as “hot” is that Theon wants to bang her when he gets a look at her in the books.

    But Theon is a lusty lad, so he would probably hit anything.

  463. MATTHEW
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

    Cary Bass: I’m assuming Barristan Selmy would not be new casting.

    Are you Cary Bass from Wikipedia???????????????????? blech

  464. MATTHEW
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

    Lukas Filzer: bloody hell, will there be barristan selmy in season 3 or not ?!

    It is unknown, but we fans tend to think yes.

    The main clue we have is that he actor playing Selmy recently signed up for Twitter and began following several other cast members. So we think he’s once interacting with the GoT cast and crew, perhaps signifying that he will be filming Season 3 scenes with the rest of them.

  465. Perkins
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Permalink

    I need some poppy right about now but this news helps with my morning. saving mance and ramsay announcements?

  466. jabso
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Permalink

    Michel,

    Yeah agree with the Varamyr/Orell blending. But even with that it’s a rather small role for someone like Crook. Should be perfect for it though.

    Didn’t think they could pull off the “14 year old grandfather” look (or even attempt to do it) but that actor fits the description well.

  467. Kroket
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

    Joshua Taylor,

    Yeah my bad… Not really my type but after watching the introduction video of the new cast she has begun to win me over already. Lovely voice ;)

    Edit: And after a little google seach she has… She had a lovely scene in a show called misfits it seems!

  468. jabso
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

    MATTHEW,

    Yes and Theon’s probably already had all the wenches in winterfell already.
    I don’t see her as very attractive either way.

  469. Alan
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

    Michel:
    I don’t like Ros, but I’m REALLY interesting about her role in S3, as Varys’ spy..And what about Ser Dontos ? He appears in 2 episodes of S2, but in the final episode, Littlefinger opens all the game for Sansa, that he will take her out of KL..so why cast Dontos ?

    I’ve seen this a lot from book readers, and never from tv people. First, it’s basically a spoiler, so please tag it. Second, only book readers see something good in Littlefinger’s offer. Show watchers see what Sansa sees – the creepy old dude who macs on her mom and BETRYED her father “offering” to help her. She rejects it for good reason and a lack of trust. Tv people will be jut as surprised as book readers were if the dontos plot plays out as in the books.

  470. Alan
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

    jabso:
    Michel,

    Yeah agree with the Varamyr/Orell blending. But even with that it’s a rather small role for someone like Crook. Should be perfect for it though.

    Didn’t think they could pull off the “14 year old grandfather” look (or even attempt to do it) but that actor fits the description well.

    I think there’s a good chance the actual blend isn’t Orell and Varamyr but Orell and Styr. Orell will bring warging and perhaps the eagle, but given the stature of Crook, I wouldn’t be shocked to see him be the character who leads the group south of the wall.. There’s a lot more screen time there than even Mance gets, and that role needs to be filled by someone, and likely someone not friendly. Could use Rattleshirt as well, of course.

  471. Woop
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    Ser WARZ,

    What’s that got to do with predictions for future books? Jeez.

  472. darquemode
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

    rorschach-,

    I just watched The Thing last week and Hivju is around for most of the movie. He does not have a great deal of speaking lines. You can watch him act through his movement and his reactions to others though and get a good idea about him I think….

  473. darquemode
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

    MATTHEW,

    Here is some for Anguy the archer:
    http://fc02.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2012/073/a/5/agot__anguy_the_archer_by_cowboy_lucas-d4sqd95.jpg

    I have never seen any for Orell in human form. Like others mentioned the role is so small and mostly he is known in eagle form. Here is a pic of that:
    http://teamcovenant.com/store/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/O/r/Orell_the_Eagle.jpg

    If they combine him with Varamyr here is an awesome pic:
    http://hbowatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Varamyr_Sixskins_by_Belibr.jpg

    If they combine him with Styr like many think , well I always pictured Styr as Michael Barryman from the original Hills Have Eyes and the mutant from Weird Science! Without his ears of course. XD

    http://scm-l3.technorati.com/12/03/08/65523/bzero.jpg
    http://cdn.bloody-disgusting.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Michael-Berryman.jpg

  474. Josh Parker
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

    3eyes,

    Siddig is Hizdahr zo Loraq. It is known.

    As for Dourif, he’d be a good Hoat maybe. Not too many roles for Americans on this show.

  475. oracle86
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

    Will you guys be creating separate pages for each member of the new cast like the last two years?

  476. dolorous al
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

    Anyone else intrigued by the detail that Shireen is enamored of stories and legends? Maybe she’ll be the conduit to finally get a look at the mythological and historical side of Westeros–perhaps in conversation and lessons with a certain Onion Knight trying to learn his letters?

  477. Emma Katana
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

    Meera totally looks like Yara.

  478. tysnow
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

    Cary Bass,

    Arstan isn’t new casting, but Selmy in disguise, so we won’t get news on that front.

  479. tysnow
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

    Anguy will more than likely be merged with Tom, so we have a singing archer, save money and more lines for the actor.

  480. Carne
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

    Regarding Arstan Whitebeard: Don’t worry. Ian McElhinney is back filming in September.

  481. Michel
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

    That awkard moment when you thaught that Thomas Brodie-Sangster was like 12 and he is actually 20 years old

  482. Carne
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

    Michel,

    22*

  483. oh-bb
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

    J,

    I APPROVE OF THIS IDEA.

  484. Michel
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

    Carne,

    Yeah, sorry, LOL, I’m thinking with all these photos from Google are olds or recents..It’s impossible that the boy I saw the photos is 22

  485. 3eyes
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

    Josh Parker,

    Thanks – looking forward to that, and I thought Dourif did quite well as Wormtongue.

  486. Carne
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

    Michel,

    Hah, same here. I still think he has the face of his young self in Love Actually. Hard to believe he’s 22, but humans age :P

  487. fuelpagan
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Permalink

    Woop,

    Don’t by that Arya theory one bit. Cersei is the one who owes the iron bank money. Jon snow and Stannis do now as well. My guess those are her targets once she finishes training. Not Dany.

  488. Al Swearengen
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

    I know it’s ages away probably season 5 but with Tobias now playing Edmure I can’t wait for his scenes with Jamie.

  489. Screenterrier
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

    Arthur,

    Ellie is 5′ 1 (154cm)

  490. Brock Russell
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    Tenesmus,

    haha, nice. I always pictured Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow.

  491. Arthur
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

    Screenterrier,

    Perfect for Meera. She is very cute and I think She is going to nail Meera…

    Now the long wait…

  492. Steven Swanson
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

    Pepper: Say What?

    I am so impressed with all these choices – how can you say a young girl is too ugly?

    Because some people have an unhealthy fascination with teenaged girl characters? “Uh, she’s not cute enough for Bran, yeah, that’s it, my desires have nothing to do with it, nosiree…”

  493. Arthur
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    You know, I’m sure it’s been brought up before but Bran and Meera will have a romance eventually.

    Bran’s and Meera’s whole relationship basically mirrors the “Anakin and Princess Amidala” relationship, and we all know what happens with them.

    So for all you fellow fans that think Meera just looks at him as a kid you may be right, for now. But just look what happens in ‘Star Wars’. So for those who believe, like myself, that Bran and Meera will eventually be a couple, it doesn’t seem to far fetched…

  494. jkb
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

    bran going darth vader… i think i’d like that ;p

  495. Arthur
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

    jkb,

    He probably will… Think of a 10yr old boy who gets everything ripped away from him then becomes a nature god . You don’t think his anger will get the better of him? I think Bran’s storyline will become very dark in future books.

    Meera wil play a huge role in snapping him out of it or even having to kill him like Wolverine had to kill The Phoenix.

    That’s all huge speculation on my part, just putting it out there.

  496. novichaso
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

    quentyn martell?

  497. Andrew
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Permalink

    Arthur,

    It’s certainly more plausible than the SanSan shippers, as far as i’m concerned :P As long as we don’t get the rediculous “NooooOOoooOOOOOoooOOOooo!” in the series finale…

    *braces for all the SanSan fans*

  498. Cary Bass
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Permalink

    tysnow,

    That was my point, the question was “what about Barristan Selmy’s casting”. Although we are not meant to know that it’s Barristan Selmy in the books, that’s going to be hard to translate to the series. *We already know what Selmy looks like.* Unless Ian McElhinney portrays him, it would really look like a cheap plot device.

  499. Woop
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

    fuelpagan,

    She can’t kill whom she knows. That’s a FM rule. So no Cersei, no Jon Snow, no Sansa.
    Missandei is of the exact same age as Arya, can read, write, and speak many languages. Arya can read, write, and throughout ADwD her study of languages is constantly stressed. I don’t care if you don’t buy it, but don’t colour me surprised when Arya goes to Dany. ;)

  500. David Thomas
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

    Arthur,

    Hey, Arthur, you’re talking about my favorite pet theory! I agree with you completely, and GRRM has already put ALL the foreshadowing we could possibly need.

    1) What’s the first rule of white magic? Never dominate another person’s will. Yet that’s exactly what Bran does to Hodor (and Hodor, as the designated “innocent,” does NOT like it at all).

    2) Bran is constantly sulking, pouting, complaining about what he doesn’t have…all the classic symptoms of a future dark lord. If not for Meera constantly correcting his behavior, he would have gone far darker by now than he already has. In Dungeons and Dragons alignment terms, I love the axis they have going here with the Reeds and Bran. Jojen is classic “true neutral,” meaning he isn’t concerned with good or evil, but rather with nature. Jojen’s whole philosophy could be summed up “it is what it is,” which is definitely not “good,” nor is it actively evil. Meera, on the other hand, is classic chaotic good. It’s all about individuality, as long as you’re working following a good moral code and doing the right thing (regardless of what the “law” says). Bran is exactly the opposite of Meera: lawful evil. He believes in codes, systems, and “the way things should be” but it’s always ultimately about what serves him best. No, he’s not a Darth Vader type, who gleefully uses the system and government institutions to cut down those who oppose him. At least not yet. Right now, Bran knows that he was born into a system that supports him (nobility), and he wants to use that system to get his way…someone like Hodor is just a tool for him to use. Seriously, go back and read books one, two, and three, and you’ll see this completely supported in almost everything Bran does,

    3) Wow, then we get to book 5, where Bran really does start to go down a very dark path. The fact that it’s a book helps obfuscate the fact that Bran has physically gone to a potentially very evil place. But just let the images GRRM evokes take root. A man grafted into a tree, his eyes closed and the roots threading in and out of his skin? Imagine how that would look if it were in “Pan’s Labyrinth.” Quite nasty. The Children of the Forest, by nature “true neutral,” have really become quite neutral evil in their goals since being marginalized. Read carefully.

    4) Coldhands (an emissary of the White Walkers) taking Bran in like a mentee? Everyone keeps thinking that Coldhands is Benjen Stark, holding onto his humanity and helping our hero. NOT. Coldhands is pure evil, and he’s taking Bran in to show him that they are allies. But Bran is still a child, so you have to seduce him slowly. That’s what Coldhands is up to. Coldhands is a nasty piece of work, and Sam was right to be scared of him.

    5) GRRM loves to play with fantasy conventions, and tilt them on their head. We were set up to believe “Stark=Good, Lannister=Bad.” Closely, as the books have progressed, we have seen those ribbons start to cross each other and go in the opposite direction. GRRM very slyly turned Jaime around, from bad guy to good guy. Although a lot of people haven’t thought it through, he’s also turned Arya around, from good girl to raging sociopath (come on, there are no “good assassins” and Arya has left her humanity behind…as soon as she loses the last vestige of Stark identity, she’ll be completely evil–though still a very enjoyable character that remains one of my favorites…but she’s still a character whose motivations are centered on rage, revenge, and murder…not exactly “good” traits). GRRM has, one by one, knocked down almost all our Stark “heroes”–Ned was an idiot, Robb dishonored his word and put self before crown, Catelyn is now a Vengeance Zombie, Arya is an assassin sociopath, Rickon is probably a cannibal (LOL–but Shaggydog is pure evil and the direwolves reflect their masters). So to make the transformation complete, it seems totally natural that Bran would become a tree-monster-White-Walker-winter-is-kicking-your-ass dude. At best, Bran is going to help defeat the White Walkers not as a human, but as an agent of the Children of the Forest, and they don’t care about his comfort, family, soul, or legacy. Sansa is the only Stark who can still “be a Stark,” and her name isn’t even Stark anymore. Don’t tell me GRRM isn’t loving that irony.

    6) Furthermore, regarding the continuing plot to reverse all our expectations, look at Melisandre. Everyone thought she was the evil sorceress. But we now know she’s a well-intentioned, good person who’s bad at reading tea leaves and believes in blatant projection of power to command respect (nothing wrong with that…I’m sure the Pope would agree). I’ve always thought that Melisandre was a “good guy”…well, ever since I looked at a map of the entire ASOIAF world. When I noticed that the diametrical opposite place on the map from Beyond the Wall was Asshai, I thought…”hmmm, if Beyond the Wall is where Pure Evil lives in the ice, isn’t it interesting that Asshai is the land of the Shadow (caused by smoke, which is the product of fire). So if Asshai is the “good Fire” opposite the “evil Ice”, then R’hllor and his priests are actually the corollary of the White Walkers. And that means that Melisandre is an emissary of “good Fire” and the secret to defeating the White Walkers. Then, I realized that GRRM loves to make even his most “two dimensional” characters flawed and multilayered, that’s when I realized that he’s doing the same thing with Melisandre. I freaking love Melisandre.

    Oh my, I’ve gone on too long. But I firmly believe that Melisandre is one of the heroes and Bran is one of the bad guys, and we’re just now (in book 5) getting the solid clues to figure that out.

  501. Pepper
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Permalink

    Steven Swanson: Because some people have an unhealthy fascination with teenaged girl characters? “Uh, she’s not cute enough for Bran, yeah, that’s it, my desires have nothing to do with it, nosiree…”

    Yikes – me now very scared!

  502. Superdeluxe
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

    And she looks cute/youthful enough that it wouldn’t look as weird compared to kaya scaladero and Sarah Bolger who are model quality

    Arthur:
    You know, I’m sure it’s been brought up before but Bran and Meera will have a romance eventually.

    Bran’s and Meera’s whole relationship basically mirrors the “Anakin and Princess Amidala” relationship, and we all know what happens with them.

    So for all you fellow fans that think Meera just looks at him as a kid you may be right, for now.But just look what happens in ‘Star Wars’.So for those who believe, like myself, that Bran and Meera will eventually be a couple, it doesn’t seem to far fetched…

  503. Zack
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

    David Thomas,

    I was with you until you started in on poor Arya. haha

    But I remember you and I discussing this theory of yours last year before the latest book had even come out, and as I was reading Bran’s chapters I kept going back to it. It’s pretty cool that the threads were there, as you predicted they would be. I don’t know if GRRM will take us down that road but I kind of hope so. We’re due for some characters to transition from light to dark, since the series (and the TV show) seem to be all about humanizing the villains. Bran’s ultimate corruption would be pretty great.

  504. Cary Bass
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

    David Thomas,

    David Thomas: Oh my, I’ve gone on too long. But I firmly believe that Melisandre is one of the heroes and Bran is one of the bad guys, and we’re just now (in book 5) getting the solid clues to figure that out.

    That does make a bit of perverted sense

  505. darquemode
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

    David Thomas,

    I really have no issue seeing the Starks as evil, but I never saw them as the good guys really.

    I’ve wondered before if Coldhands is The Great Other R’Hllor speaks of, although I’m not sold on that idea honestly… If you continue the master and apprentice analogy then Coldhands could be either apprentice to Bloodraven, or vice versa.

  506. Assunta
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 5:12 pm | Permalink

    The Rabbit,

    I so agree. When I saw Sam from Love Actually, I squeed.

  507. Arthur
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

    David Thomas,

    Wow…

    Awesome post! I totally agree with you on all what you said. GRRM is a master at following the characters heart, even if that heart’s desire is twisted and to the common opinion “evil” by definition. I can see Bran’s desires of blind revenge becoming very twisted and Bran abusing his newfound powers to achieve this. I agree Meera will play a huge role in trying to help Bran through this.

    Bran’s storyline is so awesome, so much possibilities and Meera will probably be his only hope to save him from himself…

  508. sherry
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Permalink

    Great casting! Anton looks alot like Colm Feore, who was my first choice for Qyburn! :) As for Mance, I hope for someone like Jason Issacs-he just left a TV show, so he’s not adverse to doing TV, it seems. And Diana Rigg will be a cool Queen of Thorns.

  509. Coltaine777
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

    Arthur,

    You’re way off base imo opinion with the Bran /Meera romance..

  510. Coltaine777
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Permalink

    David Thomas,

    self fulfilling prophecy ? I think so but still you have some interesting theories ..

  511. fuelpagan
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Permalink

    Woop,

    The FM are stripping her identity so that she is no one. If you are no one then you don’t know anybody. The FM are the muscle of the Iron Bank. They also do contract hits. Maybe Illyrio gives up his wealth to have Dany killed. All I know is that to finish Lightbringer it must be thrust into the heart of a loved one. For me Jon stabbing Arya with it fits the best. The FM may not even realize it was Arya’s brother who signed the contract. Several ways you can get around any rule you mention.

  512. Coltaine777
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

    fuelpagan: The FM are stripping her identity so that she is no one. If you are no one then you don’t know anybody. The FM are the muscle of the Iron Bank. They also do contract hits. Maybe Illyrio gives up his wealth to have Dany killed. All I know is that to finish Lightbringer it must be thrust into the heart of a loved one. For me Jon stabbing Arya with it fits the best. The FM may not even realize it was Arya’s brother who signed the contract. Several ways you can get around any rule you mention.

    The FM are the muscle of the Iron Bank …WHAT ! ..

  513. Arya Dunyett
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

    These choices are, in so many cases, perfect! I can meld my book image of these characters with no effort even before I’ve seen them in costume and makeup. So I’m very pleased and anticipate the rest of the cast TBA will be as carefully and successfully chosen.

    I realize I’m among the few readers who have an specific image of the Queen of Thrones: inconspicuously tiny, unimposing, hanging on to her tall guards like a child on a swing, a little troll of a sharp-witted woman.

    Dame Diana Rigg is none of these things. But she does bring her fine intellect, her humor, and her vast acting experience to the roll of Oleanna, as well as her almost 5 feet 9 inches. I suspect The Boys (D&D and GRRM) were all star-struck from their youthful remembrances of this sexy beauty. From her current photos, she is aging gracefully and hasn’t even bothered to artificially whiten her teeth, gods bless her. This is a good thing.

    Perhaps most of her scenes will have her seated or kneeling so she doesn’t tower over the rest. Otherwise, all she’ll have to do is stand to intimidate the other characters. Maybe Left and Right will be little guys.

    I must neutralize my bias and appreciate this fine actor for the clout, gravitas and chops she carries. I loved Mrs. Peel and her sarcasm.

    Now for Mance, Ramsey and Daario. I’m hoping for lesser known international actors who will be so good in their parts that this show will put them on the acting map. As per our dear, departed Jason Momoa.

  514. Louisa
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Permalink

    Isn’t Edmure Tully supposed to look bigger? Tobias Menzies is very lanky, Blackfish could probably snap him like a twig. I’ve watched him in Rome and he’s very impressive in some parts, very so-so in others.

    I’m sad they recasted Beric.

  515. Jean-Baptiste Raucy
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 8:29 pm | Permalink

    I love that they went to the trouble of introducing those cast members. It really shows how big the series is becoming.

    Two things that I note. First, the description for Edmure confirms something I had suspected, namely that Hoster Tully won’t appear. It makes sense, since the character doesn’t factor in the plot, but it’s kind of a shame since the scenes between him and Catelyn were very emotional. I guess they can use the grief and memories of him to the same effect.

    And second, the presence of Orell as a relatively important character is interesting. Since in the books he dies when Jon captures Ygritte, I suppose they’ll fuse him and Varamyr. He will probably be used introduce the concept of skinchangers and wolf-dreams, for Bran, Jon and Arya’s benefits. Fingers crossed that means even more direwolves next season ! And also that Jon still gets attacked by the eagle : I want to see that scar !

  516. fuelpagan
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Permalink

    Coltaine777: The FMare the muscle of the Iron Bank …WHAT ! ..

    IIRC the faceless men started the iron bank with all the “donations” they collected. That’s the impression I got anyway. There is definitely some connection between the two organizations.

  517. WildSeed
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 8:39 pm | Permalink

    WoW !! Casting Results. Mackenzie Crook portraying Orell the skinchanger, many
    of us said it here first. This was worth finding WiFi some 2300 miles from home.

  518. Dio Xtozcanox
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 9:41 pm | Permalink

    Whoever said no female eye candy needs to see this pic of Nathalie Emmanuel….

    http://img002.lazygirls.info/people/nathalie_emmanuel/nathalie_emmanuel_120256234_6WXOWGX.sized.jpg

    Dear god… not nude or anything but if your eyes arent sated by this you are either blind or homosexual. Although I am pretty sure any gay guy would even say she is sexy so more likely just blind.

  519. WildSeed
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 10:04 pm | Permalink

    3eyes:
    Omar Brown,

    Can’t speak for other non-book readers, but I’ve enjoyed keeping up with the large cast (although it’s taken multiple viewings, and discovering WiC has been a big help), and FWIW, I think Alexander Siddig and Brad Dourif would be excellent additions.

    I’m a big Alexander Siddig fan and truly wish my fandom could include him in the
    Dornish Martell camp or nearby prince. I can also envision him as Daario. Would
    be wild if he were a fan of the show.

  520. WildSeed
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 10:10 pm | Permalink

    Josh Parker:
    3eyes,

    Siddig is Hizdahr zo Loraq. It is known.

    As for Dourif, he’d be a good Hoat maybe. Not too many roles for Americans on this show.

    I was thinking A. Siddig in the Martell camp or Daario ( I know quite a transition !)
    but I like your suggestion better.

  521. Luana
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 10:22 pm | Permalink

    darquemode: I think part of the reason no one is complaining about no news on who will play Daario is that no one has really ever found that perfect actor to portray Daario.

    Oh, I think there’s a perfect Daario out there, and his name is Elliot Knight. Unfortunately he’s currently playing the lead role in Sky’s Sinbad series.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uk8qV7v9_Bs

  522. jabso
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 11:03 pm | Permalink

    jabso,

    Sorry meant I do think she is very attractive.

  523. SlimLES
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 11:42 pm | Permalink

    Hottenator,

    If you’re implying either Alfie Allen or Jack Gleeson are unattractive I think there are a couple hundred thousand women who would disagree.

  524. Biscotti
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 11:55 pm | Permalink
  525. darquemode
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 11:56 pm | Permalink

    Luana,

    I watched the first episode of Sinbad this weekend and saw Elliot Knight, he could do it maybe. *nods*

    I actually thought that the son of Lord Akbari who Sinbad fought in the opening scene looked far more like the Daario described though. The one thing that sticks in my mind about Daario’s description (outside of his beard) is his “great curving” nose. Of course D&D wil likely ignore the majority of his appearance in the book as long as the actor captures his personality. We will really probably only get his wardrobe as described in the books, but as for his described physical traits….

    Described traits unlikely to be seen
    - A 3-pronged blue beard.
    - Painted gold mustachios.
    - Painted blue fingernails.
    - Great curved nose.

    Described traits that may be seen.
    - Blue eyes.
    - Smooth skinned.
    - Fair skin.
    - Lithe and lean.

  526. jabso
    Posted July 15, 2012 at 12:17 am | Permalink

    Dio Xtozcanox,

    If you like that do yourself a favour and search for a scene of her from Misfits.

  527. Dio Xtozcanox
    Posted July 15, 2012 at 12:34 am | Permalink

    jabso:
    Dio Xtozcanox,

    There are no words… never has bein bad been so good. Is it Season 3 yet?
    If you like that do yourself a favour and search for a scene of her from Misfits.

  528. Mrs. H'ghar
    Posted July 15, 2012 at 12:55 am | Permalink

    Michel:
    Hey guys..I know I’m annoying, but i just remembered that Bertie Gilbert a day before yesterday did an audition for GoT and he has to die his hair..everyone was assuming it would be for Jojen, but since Jojen was castacouple of days (to do a interview with him to put on Comic Con they need more than one day).. I think it was not for Jojen, who else could it be ?

    Young Griff/Aegon T., the missing prince (presumed killed).

  529. Luana
    Posted July 15, 2012 at 2:26 am | Permalink

    darquemode,

    It was more the sheer force of the actor’s on-screen charisma and that wicked smile that made me think “Daario!” Specific physical attributes aside, I think the one thing that the actor who plays Daario must have is so much charisma oozing out of every pore that even acting like a complete a**hole and running around rubbing his ridiculous naked-lady sword hilts is not enough to cancel out his sexiness. Otherwise, it just won’t be believable that Dany finds him attractive.

    p.s. Thanks for uploading region-free videos!

  530. Luana
    Posted July 15, 2012 at 3:28 am | Permalink

    Arya Dunyett: Dame Diana Rigg is none of these things. But she does bring her fine intellect, her humor, and her vast acting experience to the roll of Oleanna, as well as her almost 5 feet 9 inches.

    Perhaps most of her scenes will have her seated or kneeling so she doesn’t tower over the rest. Otherwise, all she’ll have to do is stand to intimidate the other characters.

    If the other characters were intimidated by height, they’d all be cowering at Sansa’s feet by now!

    I think Rigg’s casting is fabulously meta. She looks like a sweet old lady, but we all have this image in our heads of her as a young super spy in a black leather catsuit kicking the crap out of bad guys. The viewer can’t help but think that Olenna is old, but couldn’t possibly be even close to harmless, because, my god, she was Emma Peel! It’s just all sorts of brilliant.

  531. nan
    Posted July 15, 2012 at 5:19 am | Permalink

    If this is really yaoung Diana Rigg, then she certainly looks like Natalie Dormer http://www.flickr.com/photos/npg/544167962/

  532. Pepi
    Posted July 15, 2012 at 5:38 am | Permalink

    Does anyone know if David Bradley and Peter Vaughan will be back for S3?

  533. Arkash
    Posted July 15, 2012 at 6:01 am | Permalink

    David Thomas,

    David Thomas, your post is awesome !!!

    It’s always what I felt (more or less) about Bran and Melissandre, but you just sum it perfectly… I had disorganized thoughts about it but you put it all perfectly in a perfect post !

  534. Mimi
    Posted July 15, 2012 at 6:21 am | Permalink

    The Kingslayer,

    I don’t even know where to start with this comment. A female actress doesn’t need to be attractive to justify her role. I think that Kendrick is gorgeous, though.

  535. Joshua Taylor
    Posted July 15, 2012 at 6:23 am | Permalink

    nan,

    That is indeed a young Diana Rigg. Go to YouTube and check out the Avengers episodes available on HD. It was a great series, very fun and witty with great chemistry between Rigg and Patrick Macnee. Not to be outdone by her tragic heroine in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

  536. Mimi
    Posted July 15, 2012 at 6:23 am | Permalink

    The Kingslayer,

    Bran doesn’t develop a crush on her because she’s attractive specifically! He likes her because she’s kind and gentle towards him.

    I have this feeling that Bolger might be cast as Roslin Frey.

  537. Nick Larter
    Posted July 15, 2012 at 6:42 am | Permalink

    What I like most about the casting vid is that whilst some of the actors pause momentarily before offering an uncertain rendition of their character’s name, Kerry Ingram trips out Shireen Baratheon like she’s been saying it for years :D

  538. Nick Larter
    Posted July 15, 2012 at 8:09 am | Permalink

    Not Today:
    I’m still wondering who Bertie Gilbert auditioned for if not for Jojen? Any ideas? Edric Storm?

    Seems from his latest tweets he’s not too sure himself – ventures the possibility of an S4 character – fishier and fishier :O

  539. TheFlayedLady
    Posted July 15, 2012 at 9:12 am | Permalink

    Claudiu Gherganu:
    RAMSAY ! My Ramsay where are you ?

    OMG! I know! Where is RAMSAY!!!!!!

    please please please let it be Gaspard!!!!!

  540. Al Swearengen
    Posted July 15, 2012 at 9:59 am | Permalink

    wow Thomas totally looks like the little grandfather, great casting there. Ellie eh not so much.

  541. Claudiu Gherganu
    Posted July 15, 2012 at 11:03 am | Permalink

    Al Swearengen,

    Who cares ?

  542. More Rice Cooks
    Posted July 15, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

    The Kingslayer,

    And you’re an expert on who a 10 year old Bran will and will not find attractive…how exactly. The actress is fine. She’s not the super hot warrior fans have conjured for themselves, but she is an attractive actress who is a very good actress which is more important.

  543. loco73
    Posted July 15, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

    Such great news! We are lucky to get such an eclectic cast, with such a variety of looks, ages, backgrounds, this is what keeps the show dynamic and fresh and adds untold levels of talent and spirit to the show.

    Regardless of how long the characters will appear in the show, how large or small their roles will be or their screen presence, paying attention to all of them and threating them each with the same gravitas, will keep the whole thing rolling in the right direction.

    Once again, I am sure people have already done it, I want to thank Nina Gold and her partner in crime Robert Sterne for their dedication and hard work! You know what…it shows, and we are the clear beneficiaries of it! I hope they pay them well and then some!

    I also want to welcome the new cast members, wish them all the best and good luck and tell them that I’m looking forward to seeing them join the GoT family and come into their own alongside the already incredible line-up and talent pool!

    I am particularly pleased to see Tobias Menzies return to HBO! He did such an outstanding job with his portrayal of Brutus on “ROME”, and imbued him with humanity and character, renderind a fully-fleshed individual instead of the classic, infamous and almost cartoonish image which exists of him at times…

    Then Thomas Brodie-Sangster whose role in “Love Actually” I still remember well (hell I got the DVD and on ocassion when I want a good time play it as often as possible).

    I am about halfway-through “A Clash Of Kings”, and the Reeds have been introduced already and indeed they sound like interesting characters. I hope people are pleased with that, since this seems to have been a point of contention for some, that they were missing…

    The two other characters I long to see are Beric Dondarion (appeared briefly in Season One of GoT) and Thoros of Myr, both of whome much is spoken about in the pages of ASOIF I have read so far, but they are yet to emerge from the shadows…The actors in question Richard Dormer and Paul Kaye respectively look to be a pair of pretty intense and intersting individuals…These will be some badass characters!

    Kerry Ingram is a qutie and will be our new child protege in an already impressive cast of children and teens. She will have quite the task to play somebody like Shireen Baratheon…

    But as I said the whole cast, the one announced so far, is really great and I am glad to have them along for the ride! Buckle up and enjoy!

    PS A question…So Thoros of Myr is a red priest in the service of the same Lord Of Light as Melisandre? So that means that he must posess some, of not all the powers that Melisandre herself has? I hope at some point he kicks her ass!

  544. Joulipous
    Posted July 15, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    All great casting, now please give me David Oakes as the Bastard of Bolton!

    Btw first post on WiC, long time lurker :D

  545. The Rabbit
    Posted July 15, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Permalink

    loco73,

    Answer: Yes, he is. The same religion.

  546. BatmanBaggins
    Posted July 15, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

    Really happy to see Tobias Menzies as Edmure. He was absolutely phenomenal in Rome and I’ve always kind of wondered why he hasn’t broken out more, considering how talented he is.

  547. Shinyteapot
    Posted July 15, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    All these new actors look great!

    Random theory regarding Orell, since given the casting we can expect him to be a prominent character- he explains warging to Jon (and the audience), including the rules we found out from Varamyr in the books, so we know right away when Bran is breaking them. They may not even be adversarial at first. Orell is with Jon when he scales the wall, wargs into his eagle to go scouting and Jon deliberately kills his human body so he can’t report back to the wildlings.

  548. Pepper
    Posted July 15, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

    More Rice Cooks:
    The Kingslayer,

    And you’re an expert on who a 10 year old Bran will and will not find attractive…how exactly. The actress is fine. She’s not the super hot warrior fans have conjured for themselves, but she is an attractive actress who is a very good actress which is more important.

    Thank you – I saw this guys first response last night and I got so upset, because she is such a brilliant actress – I have seen her in several things – and I could not believe that anyone could be so callous in their remarks.

    All in all, I thought the news of the newly cast crew was fantastic, and that we as viewers of the show and book-lovers alike are extremely lucky that such talent want’s to be part of this amazing show.

    Thank you to everyone who has agreed with me that this guy is just sooooo wrong!!

  549. Ed
    Posted July 15, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    What an excellent, thoughtful post. :-)

    Arya Dunyett:
    These choices are, in so many cases, perfect! I can meld my book image of these characters with no effort even before I’ve seen them in costume and makeup. So I’m very pleased and anticipate the rest of the cast TBA will be as carefully and successfully chosen.

    I realize I’m among the few readers who have an specificimage of the Queen of Thrones: inconspicuously tiny, unimposing, hanging on to her tall guards like a child on a swing, a little troll of a sharp-witted woman.

    Dame Diana Rigg is none of these things. But she does bring her fine intellect, her humor, and her vast acting experience to the roll of Oleanna, as well as her almost 5 feet 9 inches. I suspect The Boys (D&D and GRRM) were all star-struck from their youthful remembrances of this sexy beauty. From her current photos, she is aging gracefully and hasn’t even bothered to artificially whiten her teeth, gods bless her. This is a good thing.

    Perhaps most of her scenes will have her seated or kneeling so she doesn’t tower over the rest. Otherwise, all she’ll have to do is stand to intimidate the other characters. Maybe Left and Right will be little guys.

    I must neutralize my bias and appreciate this fine actor for the clout, gravitas and chops she carries. I loved Mrs. Peel and her sarcasm.

    Now for Mance, Ramsey and Daario. I’m hoping for lesser known international actors who will be so good in their parts that this show will put them on the acting map. As per our dear, departed Jason Momoa.

  550. Ed
    Posted July 15, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Permalink

    Mind blown.

    David Thomas:
    Arthur,

    (Edited out long, amazing comments)

    Oh my, I’ve gone on too long. But I firmly believe that Melisandre is one of the heroes and Bran is one of the bad guys, and we’re just now (in book 5) getting the solid clues to figure that out.

  551. Carne
    Posted July 15, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

    I’m still hoping Gudmundur Thorvaldsson ends up as Mance Rayder :)

  552. Song
    Posted July 15, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Permalink

    David Thomas,

    I really enjoyed your post, David. Educated speculations. You have given this more than a little thought. It will be in the back of my mind henceforth when I follow the series.

  553. Sdotsmitty
    Posted July 15, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

    The Kingslayer,

    Purefoy would be fantastic as Euron!!! He still has time till season 4, I think he has some work over the next few months so season 4 would be optimal!! Plus he has already said he wants in so I’m almost positive he will be in the show at some point…

  554. Marie
    Posted July 15, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

    I’m incredibly disappointed with Meera.
    She looks like Anne Frank (which she played already), but not like the Reeds at all, imo.
    I think she’s not attractive at all, and the not-green eyes are huge disappointment to me, too.
    This is my personal opinion, of course, but this the first casting that really bummed me out :(
    I really hope she’ll prove me wrong when she’s in character.

  555. Arkash
    Posted July 15, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

    Otherwise, here are the characters still remaining to be cast:
    I am not a purist at all, and do not mind the changes at all… just making a list of othere important characters in book 3 !

    Ramsay: I guess they will cast him. GRRM said they will be revisiting Theon in S3 and they cant do that without Ramsay.

    Vargo: He was mentionned in the list of new characters D&D gave us a while ago and he is vital to Jaime’s story. Having already Rorge, Biter and Qyburn proves we shall have the Bloody Mummers.

    Val: I dont think HBO will skip the most beautiful woman (imo) of the saga and she becomes more important later. And with probably Orell taking over the roles of many wildlings, I guess we shall need more faces beyond the Wall.

    Dalla: please, please, please, dont mix her up with Val ! It would ruin her character ! Val is fierce and wild, a warrior. Dalla is a mother, shy and quiet… not the same character at all !

    Daario Naharis: he was on the list and is vital to Dany’s story.

    Strong Belwas: I wouldnt mind if this one was to be cut… never liked this character…

    Grey Worm: except if they put him forward only later, as in the books.

    Slavers: figured extras for a few episodes.

    The Shavepate : dont remember when exactly does he really appears in the books.

    Mace Tyrell: I really hope to have him this season. Nobody has talked about him, yet, I think he must be cast, alongside many Tyrell extras (Alerie, cousins and stuff) to show the grandeur of their House.

    Night’s Watch extras: Small John and the renegades turning their cloak at Craster’s Keep.

    Hoster Tully: like Jon Arryn, an already dead man when he appears. I hope Cat will get there in time for the funeral, that was a great moment in the book.

    Tullys extras: to show they are a great House: men at arms, captains, household…

    Frey extras: such a great house… and some big names: Black Walder, Jared Frey and others…

    BwB extras: except if Anguy becomes also Lem and Tom.

    Mance: obviously…

    I guess Oberyn and Ellaria will be for next season… I still wonder how this gonna turn out: if the Purple Wedding is this season, what will be the pretext for the Dornish to show up only after it ? Well, let us wait and see…
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  556. Sdotsmitty
    Posted July 15, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

    AND, can anybody tell me ANYTHING about if there going to cast Ramsay or not? I have the worst feeling that there not gonna cast him until season 4! UGHHH that would truly suck ass. Just because Roose mentions his bastard in season 2 does not gurentee that he will be in season 3. The only way I would be satisfied until waiting till season 4 would be if by some MIRACLE they got Cillian Murphy…… But we all know that’s not going to happen. I have to say Bill Skarsgård is a great choice , right age ,look, acting pedigree , connections, CHEAP, and of course …… The ominous EYES. I’m also an advocate for micheal Pitt only if he can pull off the accent and dies his hair black. ANY FEED BACK WOULD BE APPRECIATED….. DESPERATE FAN HERE!!!!! Lol

  557. Tytos Lannister
    Posted July 15, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

    We need to figure out if David Bradley is coming back as Walder Frey. It is a must.

  558. darquemode
    Posted July 15, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Permalink

    Arkash,

    I’ve wondered about a few of them too….

    Daario, Vargo, Mance and Ramsay will be cast. The first two for sure this season, but Ramsay is still just a rumor I guess. Like you I can’t see how they do not include him tis year if they plan to include Theon. I guess they could show Theon being tortured from Ramsay’s prespective so we do not see Ramsay, keep his face in shadows, or shot from angles so you see part of Ramsay as the camera focuses on Theon. Then reveal him in Season 4 some time…..

    I think we may get Dalla in the form of a featured extra, but we should still get Val.

    I’ve been wondering most about Mace Tyrell. No rumors about him, but he seems like a must to me personally. A featured extra could do as he does not have many lines to speak of, but his presence has to be there in my opinion. I thnk we lost Garland though….

    I would guess they keep the Purple Wedding for Season 4. That gives them the chance to keep the Dornish out of the season. The Tyrells are already there since their army helped save King’s Landing.

    The BwB will be there in some form. Rumor has it there will be around 12 BwB extras. Some of them could be are yet uncast Lem, Tom O’Sevens and Harwin. I would like to see Lem cast personally though.

    Small Paul and the turncloaks will make it into the season in some form. If not this season next season. I’m still not sure how much of the beyond the Wall story will make it into Season 3, but I would include the turncloaks I think.

    I would think both the Tully clan and the Freys would get more face time and a number of extras in the background. Especially the Tullys as they should play a more important role this year with Edmure and Brynden cast.

    I have no idea about the slavers, unsllied or Strong Belwas. I think Dany’s story needs the humor that Belwas brings…. maybe just not ALL of the scenes.

  559. darquemode
    Posted July 15, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

    Has anyone heard anything more about Cas Anvar?

    I know he was auditioning for Daario, but heard nothing after that. I read he just finished filming ‘Diana’ were he plays Dodi Fayed. Plus there is another tweet from 12 July where he says he is shooting his last scene in Europe until next month. That might fit in with the beginning of filming in Dany’s story. No?

    OR he could be finishing up on another project currently in production, ‘Air Force One is Down’…. That is a 2-part mini-series that is supposed to be released in September. His work on that series could already be completed for all I know…. So he would still have time to join the Thrones cast I would think…..

    ETa:
    Could one of the mods spoiler tag my previous post. There are some Theon bits that should be spoiler tagged I think… I forgot. Thanks.

  560. Carne
    Posted July 15, 2012 at 6:44 pm | Permalink

    Tytos Lannister,

    E-mailed his agent days ago, but no reply yet :(

  561. Eleanor
    Posted July 15, 2012 at 6:44 pm | Permalink

    Ageing up the Reeds can surely kill off the Meera/Bran shippers now, I hope!

    Edited to add:
    Just looked through some of the comments. Nope, it seems the 8-year-old/16-year-old love beats strong still…

  562. darquemode
    Posted July 15, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Permalink

    Carne,

    Did you come up with a list or roles for McTavish’s agent?
    If so , who? XD

    Also which other agents have you mailed trying to get actors cast?
    You seem to have a good track record going by Hivju being Tormund! XD

  563. Nick Larter
    Posted July 15, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

    Carne:
    I’m still hoping Gudmundur Thorvaldsson ends up as Mance Rayder :)

    Me too!

  564. Superdeluxe
    Posted July 15, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    Bran has been aged up as well, sorry to disappoint you.

    Eleanor:
    Ageing up the Reeds can surely kill off the Meera/Bran shippers now, I hope!

    Edited to add:
    Just looked through some of the comments. Nope, it seems the 8-year-old/16-year-old love beats strong still…

  565. Hi-Fi
    Posted July 15, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Permalink

    Carne,

    Any word on Gemma Wheelan and Kate Dickie?

  566. darquemode
    Posted July 15, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Permalink

    Nick Larter,

    I’ve heard him mentioned for months now, but never seen anything he is in. He fits how Mance should be in my min and has the musical ability too.

    Any movies or shows he’s been in you recommend?

  567. Superdeluxe
    Posted July 15, 2012 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

    You know they do have green contacts right?

    Marie:
    I’m incredibly disappointed with Meera.
    She looks like Anne Frank (which she played already), but not like the Reeds at all, imo.
    I think she’s not attractive at all, and the not-green eyes are huge disappointment to me, too.
    This is my personal opinion, of course, but this the first casting that really bummed me out :(
    I really hope she’ll prove me wrong when she’s in character.

  568. Hi-Fi
    Posted July 15, 2012 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

    darquemode,

    Heya! Where did you read the rumor of the BwB having 12 members? I’m not doubting you, just happy that we may get Lem and Tom and Harwin and all those guys. I’m already extremely excited that Philip will be playing my favorite (Anguy). : )

  569. Eleanor
    Posted July 15, 2012 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

    Superdeluxe,

    With Meera’s younger brother being played by a 22-year-old, I’m not concerned that Bran’s promotion to all of 11 years old makes him romance material.

  570. Carne
    Posted July 15, 2012 at 7:02 pm | Permalink

    darquemode,

    Hah, haven’t e-mailed him with the names yet :) He said McTavish was in NZ and wouldn’t be able to audition for season 3, so I told him I’d give him those names before they start casting season 4 :P

    I actually haven’t heard anything from Hivju’s agent, but I reckon she might have been a bit frustrated when I contacted WiC about his audition and the rumor started to spread!

  571. Vanderhook
    Posted July 15, 2012 at 7:09 pm | Permalink

    Huge /rolleyes to whoever thinks the actress playing Meera isn’t pretty enough. This is Gemma Whelan as Asha/Yara all over again. Just another case of fanboys who idolize certain characters and have an unrealistic image of them in their head. Neither of those two characters were ever described as being particularly beautiful. Besides, Gemma and Ellie aren’t even ugly at all.

    Also /rolleyes at the Meera/Bran “shipping”. Totally reeks of cheesy fan fiction. This is even worse than SanSan “shipping”.

  572. Carne
    Posted July 15, 2012 at 7:09 pm | Permalink

    Hi-Fi,

    I e-mailed a bunch of agents on Friday and hoping for some replies tomorrow (Monday).

  573. darquemode
    Posted July 15, 2012 at 7:09 pm | Permalink

    Hi-Fi,

    I think it was a tweet on WiC….or maybe someone posted it in a casting speculation thread.
    I think I recall Winter replying “Sounds about right” to the comment.

    I looked really quick, but could not find the post. I will keep looking for a bit…

  574. OtherAndrew
    Posted July 15, 2012 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

    Hi-Fi, it was in the comments section of a recent post on the Wertzone blog. Someone said his friend was one of the 12 extras and had 10 days of filming with Maisie Williams soon.

    Sdotsmitty, it’s been unofficially confirmed that they are casting Ramsay, and there was a leaked audition video a few days ago that seemed like it was a Ramsay / Theon scene and the actor was reading for Ramsay.

  575. Hi-Fi
    Posted July 15, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Permalink

    Carne,

    You’re the best!

    darquemode,

    OtherAndrew,

    Oh, cool! Thanks, guys.

    Sounds like we’re getting a decent-sized Brotherhood. With Beric, Thoros and Anguy all having speaking lines, I’m thinking we’ll be getting at least one more speaking role.

  576. darquemode
    Posted July 15, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Permalink

    Hi-Fi,

    Found the tweets… here and here. It appears to be rumor and no confirmation though.

  577. darquemode
    Posted July 15, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Permalink

    Hi-Fi,

    Hopefully Lem!
    I would enjoy seeing his yellow cloak on my screen! XD

  578. Hi-Fi
    Posted July 15, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Permalink

    darquemode,

    I hope it’s true!

    BwB members that I remember:

    Beric
    Thoros
    Anguy
    Lem Lemoncloak
    Tom of Sevenstreams
    Harwin
    Eric Dayne

    I can’t really remember others, but I’m sure there are more.

  579. darquemode
    Posted July 15, 2012 at 7:43 pm | Permalink

    Hi-Fi,

    Same as I recall, but add Beardless Dick… There’s a bunch but most are just mentioned in passing …. here is a list.

    I would think Lem and Harwin have a shot at making it to screen if Anguy did…. Have to see. I’m excited so many made it in though so whatever happens I’m happy!

  580. John W
    Posted July 15, 2012 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

    Wow.

  581. Perkins
    Posted July 15, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

    Would a king soul please help out a stranger/commenter .. i was looking for the guy who sounded like he was playing ramsay audition… it was in a previous comment section on this site but i cant seem to find it or remember the actors name.. He was talking kinda creepy, saying somthing down the lines of ” take off his pants.. and i will ( ) him into the ground
    any help is appreciated

  582. darquemode
    Posted July 15, 2012 at 9:39 pm | Permalink

    Perkins,

    Stuart Martin auditions here:
    http://vimeo.com/45300802

    Originally posted by Mr. Bolton and Pastor_of_Muppets.

  583. Perkins
    Posted July 15, 2012 at 11:03 pm | Permalink

    darquemode, you’re the best. thanks.

  584. Zack
    Posted July 15, 2012 at 11:50 pm | Permalink

    Rather o/t, but I had seen Gillian Anderson’s name thrown about for various roles in the show, strangely, even for the Queen of Thorns, despite the fact that she’s American. This had always perplexed me, but I am currently watching through the BBC adaptation of Bleak House via Netflix, and she is completely marvelous in this one. I know QoT was a long shot but she wouldn’t feel out of place on the show in some capacity were it to happen (it won’t).

    But the reason for the comment is that if there are fans of Charles Dance’s take on Tywin, and want to see more of him, this series has him stealing every scene, and he’s in a lot of them. So watch this, and appreciate Charles Dance, and our wonderful Game of Thrones casting people.

  585. Danielle
    Posted July 16, 2012 at 12:05 am | Permalink

    Tenesmus,

    now that you’ve said it that is exactly who I pictured for Daario & I didn’t even think about it until now. I definitely don’t want it to be Dave Navarro (great guitar player but I’d rather not take chances with the acting) but the look is the right one. Some of the people being mentioned just seem to old and not dashing enough to me. Daario needs to have a kind of swashbuckling hero sort of vibe. Kind of Captain Jack Sparrow but more serious.

  586. Joshua Taylor
    Posted July 16, 2012 at 12:27 am | Permalink

    Zack,

    Bleak House is sublime. Anderson’s Dedlock vs Dance’s Tulkinghorn is great stuff. As soon as I watched Bleak House and heard they were making Game of Thrones I said to my self that Dance should be Tywin Lannister. Lo and behold…..

    As for Anderson I think she will make a great Lady Barbrey Dustin, whom i believe will play a significant role in the series. Can you imagine Anderson and Reek in that scene together from ADWD? Amazing.

    As for the possibility of Anderson in the show….she has been cast by Nina Gold 4 times
    . She has worked in Belfast before and with several GoT actors. It’s still possible.

    Another great role for Anderson could be Ellaria Sand, the Red Viper’s Paramour. They can make her a white Dornish.

  587. Danielle
    Posted July 16, 2012 at 12:43 am | Permalink

    sherry,

    I like the Jason Isaacs idea. He gets pegged as a bad guy too much. I really liked him in Awake. There are so many actors that I would love for Mance, Paul Bettany, Henry Ian Cusick, Tim Roth but the one I keep having in my head when I read the books is Dennis Storhoi from The 13th warrior. He played Herger, the one who befriended Antonio Banderas’s character. (I know I’m the only person who likes that movie but next time it’s on SyFy give it a tumble, it’s not bad I promise) He did some great fights in that movie too. Mind you I’m not one for exact physical casting. To me it’s the spirit of the character that matters.

  588. Sdotsmitty
    Posted July 16, 2012 at 1:00 am | Permalink

    OtherAndrew,

    OTHERANDREW- I saw that audition, def felt the reek /Ramsay vibe ….although there was some confusion if the woman reading the victim was a male or female role. I dunno , I just don’t know why it wouldn’t be cleared up by now….. I feel as though D&B might want to make Joffrey the sole “evil bad guy”given the way non book readers have no idea that he’s a box of kittens compared to Ramsay . They might wait till he’s gone to introduce him which would suck! People would end up realizing he’s not so bad in comparison. As u can see in that audition , it’s the type of spine tingling jump in your seat evil that will take the show till the next level. CAN’T WAIT!!! Def no red viper this season or any of the Dornish for that matter( which sucks) but hey that’s why there splitting ASOS into 2 seasons. Hope we get a word on Mance soon, they’ve done a good job with getting the look down thus far.( I’m sure Ellie will be awesome as meera , look at Michelle Fairley/Catlyn Stark …….100% hotter in the books no doubt about it…. But her acting def makes up for the lack of glam. I do have a small problem with asha/yara cause one of her strengths is her beauty but whatev , nothing to lose sleep over.

  589. Sdotsmitty
    Posted July 16, 2012 at 1:18 am | Permalink

    Oh and to address something that has been irking me reading these casting posts . To all the Brits biased against Americans playing these characters…..so what? You English/irish act as if being American and cast in GoT is a weakness… WTF? If u havent noticed the BEST actor on GoT is AMERICAN ( Tyron / Peter dinklage ) I mean the awards speak for themselves!!! Not to mention Karl Drogo/Jason momba and the damn author!!!!! Jeez as if it isn’t easy to do a slight English accent ! Heck I think little finger( an Irish actor ) sounds almost American when he tries to sound English !!!! I keep seeing posts like ” I’d like this guys look ,but he’s American ” c’mon man!!!

  590. Joshua Taylor
    Posted July 16, 2012 at 1:37 am | Permalink

    Sdotsmitty,

    I dunno man, Fairley looked quite good at Comic Con.

  591. Sdotsmitty
    Posted July 16, 2012 at 1:55 am | Permalink

    Joshua Taylor,

    That may be, but you didn’t picture her as hotter than Michelle in the books?

  592. darquemode
    Posted July 16, 2012 at 2:18 am | Permalink

    Sdotsmitty,

    Basically I agree, I pictured her younger for sure…
    I think Michelle Fairley is “hotter” than how she portrays Catelyn Stark. Something about how she holds herself in the role of Catelyn makes her less attractive to me, but Michelle the actress is energetic, youthful and well, more attractive.

    Either way she has done well in the role so no complaints from me.

  593. goober
    Posted July 16, 2012 at 3:13 am | Permalink

    tobias menzies, booyah!

  594. Eleanor
    Posted July 16, 2012 at 3:52 am | Permalink

    Sdotsmitty,

    Have to say I agree with you on Aiden Gillen. There’s something very off about the accent he uses on GoT. And since he’s supposed to be a bit of an outsider, devised his own house sigil and all that, I think it could have worked fine if he used his own accent.

    Jack Gleeson would NOT have been able to use his own accent as Joffrey, but you can only really hear a problem in words ending in a T.

  595. Jaegon Targaryen
    Posted July 16, 2012 at 4:10 am | Permalink

    Agreed ^^

    Michelle Fairley looks stunning

  596. darquemode
    Posted July 16, 2012 at 4:15 am | Permalink

    Sdotsmitty,

    I don’t think anyone is saying American actors do not measure up to UK actors… or they cannot do accents as well. Honestly I don’t find much rhyme or reason to which region of Westeros has which accent etc…

    It’s just on most UK productions you get a majority of UK actors or EU actors. There a few production and union hurdles to overcome and it just makes it easier to hire UK/ EU actors. Obviously it is not impossible and American actors can work in the UK, but the reality is that the large majority of the actors on Game of Thrones will be from the UK with some from Europe and a very, VERY few from the US (as in there may not be another US actor added to the cast for the duration of the series).

    So when trying to pick actors for roles it just makes sense to chose UK or European actors I guess….

  597. Sdotsmitty
    Posted July 16, 2012 at 6:29 am | Permalink

    darquemode,

    I understand the “geological border friendly” idea of it for sure. I understand the vast majority of actors are going to be Irish/English especially when it comes to small roles and/or glorified extras/extras etc. However my beef was with posters basically ruling out actors based solely on the fact they were American . Specifically when talking about larger roles that would garner interest no matter what country one would be from. Due to the extreme success of the show( and of HBO shows in genral) you have established actors ( steadily working or otherwise ) interested in doing the show. For instance , not that it’s very realistic ; Charlize Theron said she would love to be on the show considering she could hardly feed her new born while GoT was on lol. I think when it comes to HBO shows, they stand aside from the competition given the career boost we have seen it give so many( I.E.ray Stevenson ) . And with a large cast and the fact that NO ASOIAF character is safe, commitments don’t have to be for the shows entirety. And Eleanor , I absolutely agree that it wouldn’t work with Joffery/jack gleeson. His native tongue would make him sound on the soft side and would sound odd. Also darquemode I do see how Michelle Fairleys “motherly and statuesque ” character makes the actress seem less “hot”. Keep in mind I have NO problems with her being casted what so ever, only in the book GRRM described her as looking younger and a lot more beautiful IMO. But I agree acting ability comes first before physical likeness when casting these actors, and Nina has done a stand up job with almost EVERYONE in this insanely large cast IMO.

  598. Nic C
    Posted July 16, 2012 at 7:25 am | Permalink

    WompWomp,

    It sounds relatively minor, but I reeeeeeeeeeeeeally hope they style the frizz out of Missandei’s ‘do. It’s just a jarring visual, like the painfully anachronistic pillow [snip]

    Huh? What exactly is anachronistic about curly hair? It would be much more anachronistic (insofar as anachronistic is a term with any meaning in, y’know, a fantasy land) for a woman of colour like Missandei to have straight hair in this environment. I don’t think hair relaxants or straightening irons have been invented yet in GRRMland…

    WiC: thanks for moderating the ‘ugly’ crowd; at times threads like these feel very unwelcoming to women posters – hey! what other qualities could female characters on GoT have besides their looks! – but here there’s more pushback than there is elsewhere.

  599. Nic C
    Posted July 16, 2012 at 8:00 am | Permalink

    Arthur,

    Awesome post! I totally agree with you on all what you said. GRRM is a master at following the characters heart, even if that heart’s desire is twisted and to the common opinion “evil” by definition. I can see Bran’s desires of blind revenge becoming very twisted and Bran abusing his newfound powers to achieve this. I agree Meera will play a huge role in trying to help Bran through this.

    Bran’s storyline is so awesome, so much possibilities and Meera will probably be his only hope to save him from himself…

    Interesting. I got a strong vibe from Bran’s sections in DwD that he was on the verge of using Hodor’s body to rape Meera. His petulantly brooding reflection on how he can never get what he wants/’deserves’ from Meera, and his increasing casualness about crushing Hodor’s resistance when he’s warging, raised all sorts of red flags for me. Bran is a child whose moral sense and empathy have become gradually more stunted by his experiences and his isolation, and what his power allows him to do; absent some sharp moral lessons pretty soon, he’s going to be all about the want-take-have, regardless of who gets hurt.

  600. Zack
    Posted July 16, 2012 at 8:03 am | Permalink

    Sdotsmitty,

    It’s not about an actor being suited/unsuited, but whether it is probable s/he would be cast. The only Americans cast so far have been for very specific reasons (e.g. is there a dwarf actor of Dinklage’s talent level available in Britain?). I believe only he and Jason Momoa have been cast outside of the UK, primarily for union reasons I think. Unless they literally canot get the role filled there, it’s unlikely they’ll cast from outside countries.

    (But if this policy were to suddenly vanish, you’d not hear me complain.)

  601. Joshua Taylor
    Posted July 16, 2012 at 9:04 am | Permalink

    Sdotsmitty,

    I pictured a composite of Francesca Annis’ roles in Macbeth and Dune when reading the books. Sometimes Kelly Reilly as well. I still maintain Gillian Anderson would have been a great Catelyn. But Michelle is awesome.

  602. queenofthorns
    Posted July 16, 2012 at 9:43 am | Permalink

    Arkash: The Shavepate

    He does not appear until Book 5! Remember Dany does not even arrive in Meereen unti the very last chapter of Book 3 and then there are no named Meereenese characters.

    honestly I don’t expect to see Meereen until Season 4.

  603. queenofthorns
    Posted July 16, 2012 at 9:46 am | Permalink

    Eleanor,

    LOL I said the same thing about San/San since their age difference is like 30 years in the show. No such luck I’m afraid! Ships are hard to sink…

    I always read Bran/Meera as a crush anyway, likewise with Arya/Gendry. Didn’t we all have crushes when we were 8, or at least most of us?

  604. Shinyteapot
    Posted July 16, 2012 at 9:56 am | Permalink

    queenofthorns,

    Likewise. Bran has a big crush on his friend’s older sister. I think that’s a fairly common experience. There’s no indication that Meera sees him as anything other than a little boy who needs protecting.

    Arya even less than that- she had fun travelling with Gendry (when not in danger, which was most of the time) but she didn’t explicitly admit even in her thoughts that she liked him. There was a hint, but nothing more. Again fairly normal for a young girl starting to grow up.

    San/San is something different. The above are normal experiences for kids starting to grow up. A deeply scarred adult who has feelings for an abused teenager is much more complicated from both perspectives, and potentially bad for both people. Even if all intentions are good.

  605. Eleanor
    Posted July 16, 2012 at 10:34 am | Permalink

    Nic C: Huh? What exactly is anachronistic about curly hair? It would be much more anachronistic (insofar as anachronistic is a term with any meaning in, y’know, a fantasy land) for a woman of colour like Missandei to have straight hair in this environment. I don’t think hair relaxants or straightening irons have been invented yet in GRRMland…

    You mean you didn’t know that curly hair is a product of the Industrial Revolution? I am AGHAST!

  606. Paul B
    Posted July 16, 2012 at 10:42 am | Permalink

    Lin Beifunk: If you mean Kaya Scodelario, like Skins’ Effy, then I think I read somewhere she has a reunion series of the aforementioned show to do this summer. Too bad.

    Plus she’s only any good when she doesn’t say anything :p

  607. Salty Sea Dog
    Posted July 16, 2012 at 11:53 am | Permalink

    forget all other mentions of who might play Daario Naharis, Jean Dujardin practically jumps right out of the book, fitting the description perfectly:
    http://www.imdb.com/media/rm3536042240/nm0241121

  608. Superdeluxe
    Posted July 16, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

    Why is it worse? Bran/Meera are much closer in age, so at least it would be more appropriate.?

    Vanderhook:

    Also /rolleyes at the Meera/Bran “shipping”. Totally reeks of cheesy fan fiction. This is even worse than SanSan “shipping”.

  609. Superdeluxe
    Posted July 16, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    He is not 22 in the show. Are we to assume that Robb is 26 in the show? You can’t use the age of the actor and equate that being the age of them in the show.

    Eleanor:
    Superdeluxe,

    With Meera’s younger brother being played by a 22-year-old, I’m not concerned that Bran’s promotion to all of 11 years old makes him romance material.

  610. Eleanor
    Posted July 16, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

    Superdeluxe,

    You’ve convinced me. TV!shipping of the prepubescent boy and the adult girl will be exactly as crazy and inappropriate as Book!shipping, no more, no less.

    And the reason why it was described as even worse than SanSan shipping is because at least in THAT ship, both characters have reached sexual maturity and are of marriageable age.

  611. KG
    Posted July 16, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

    Ed,

    Cmon Ed, I’ve been saying that for ages lol

  612. Superdeluxe
    Posted July 16, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

    So once Bran turns 16 its okay?

    From what I have seen the shipping is of a future speculative nature.. Not at the current state.

    I too do not like the 11-12 year old bran with the 17-18 year old Meera. But a 22 year old Bran with a 27 year old meera? Would it be a problem then?

    Eleanor:
    Superdeluxe,

    You’ve convinced me. TV!shipping of the prepubescent boy and the adult girl will be exactly as crazy and inappropriate as Book!shipping, no more, no less.

    And the reason why it was described as even worse than SanSan shipping is because at least in THAT ship, both characters have reached sexual maturity and are of marriageable age.

  613. Jon Ben
    Posted July 16, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

    Okay, I’m done with the series. This is unacceptable. How can they even think of something like this? They ruined everything!

    Missandei being drop dead gorgeous? Not in my book! (Although, maybe, I tried hard to avoid Dany’s story for the last five books …)

    *rage quit*

  614. Hannah Sears
    Posted July 16, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

    so thrilled. I think everyone will be fantastic! I’m glad Mackenzie Crook is on even though I would not have expected him as Orell, but I also wasn’t sure if Orell was going to make it. Maybe they will combine him with Varamyr, which could work out really well. Varamyr was creepy as 7 hells

  615. Hannah Sears
    Posted July 16, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Permalink

    darquemode,

    Maybe this is just a personal thing, but when I read fantasy–even written by an american author–I always “hear” the white/anglosaxon/whatever characters speaking in british or other european accents. Maybe it’s just the tie-in with the “time period” in fantasy books always ressembling medieval times. I do think a bunch of characters with heavy american accents would be distracting (saying this as an american). Obviously I totally agree with acting ability over nationality–any one who doubts Jason Momoa’s perfection as Drogo has been drinking too much nightshade.

  616. Ed
    Posted July 16, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

    KG:
    Ed,

    Cmon Ed, I’ve been saying that for ages lol

    Huh? Saying what for ages?

  617. BelwasBlues
    Posted July 16, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

    feyrband: i need me some Belwas, he was by far my favorite character in Dany’s storyline.

    Asim Ahmad would be great, just that look he’s got in his eye in that picture when you google him. i can totally see him fulfilling the crazy awesome that is Strong Belwas.

    OBVIOUSLY, I’m biased, but I agree — I also think Dany’s story needs a little comic relief from time to time, and Belwas brings it in spades. How great have the funny moments from her Dothraki been? Those little moments of levity are essential to keep her storyline from being melodramatic and entirely centered on her GIVE ME ERRTHANG NOWWWWW attitude. Just like her “I’m only a young girl….” lines. I think we need this stuff.

    It doesn’t have to be Belwas. I’ll grant that. But I sure do like him. And if he’s in, I hope they include a certain defecation on the battlefield scene. They won’t, of course, but a girl can dream.

  618. testure
    Posted July 16, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

    Been having trouble with my ravens, so thought I’d post in here. I spotted Aussie actor Noah Taylor (Shine, Tomb Raider, Submarine) in Belfast City Centre today sporting a very ostentatious moustache. I see he’s been filming a movie in London from May this year, so it may be nothing GoT related but I’ve been thinking since, he’d make a great Vargo!

    Oh and just want to say I’m chuffed with Toby Menzies as Edmure. Brilliant.

  619. Steven Swanson
    Posted July 16, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    Ed: Huh? Saying what for ages?

    I’m assuming that Branakin is being turned to the dark side.

  620. Michael Tschuertz
    Posted July 16, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

    Drfunk,

    interesting idea

  621. Ed
    Posted July 16, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

    That may very well be, but there’s HUGE holes in the rest of what David Thomas postulated. Although it blew my mind, upon further examination (and input from a friend)… It’s wack. (sorry David!) But it’s complete scrabble… Holds no water.

    Steven Swanson: I’m assuming that Branakin is being turned to the dark side.

  622. Drfunk
    Posted July 16, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

    The suggestion HBO chose british/euro actors over american ones based on talent is absurd. Just like the world of Westeros this is all politics. In order to get the cheaper sets/location they made a deal with the local govt/cities to outsource their needs to the sets location. It’s like a employment investment by their government. By those same rules, apparently producers can’t just randomly hire a member of an actor guild without approval from the guild they belong to (i.e US to UK and vice versa). Not sure how much paper work is involved but my guess that it’s a lot of brown nosing and greasing more palms to get someone very specific. For someone as critical as Dinklage, it was worth their trouble but I’d find it hard to believe HBO would go the extra mile so they can get someone who is more “attractive”.

    They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, it still makes me laugh that some were crass enough to post their two cents on what is “hot”. Still the fact that some of you are jumping up and down on some random anonymous opinion is even more hilarious. Seriously, if she’s made it this far in this industry, she’s probably heard/seen a lot more nastier stuff besides “she doesn’t look so hot”. The fact some of you believe some random troll comment will lead her to cut her wrist and quit acting is really funny. Now, I agree making such random non constructive comments is quite tasteless but this is the internet where it should be expected. I just hope this site doesn’t become a bastion of rainbows and sunshine and anything remotely negative gets censored like the chinese government.

    My own two cents on the issue is that the casting has been great to exceptional so far (besides a few goose eggs). I disliked the actress portraying Shae not because she didn’t have enough work done on her but rather that she sucked (no pun intended). Going from a fun happy go lucky girl to the girl with the dragon tattoo emo girl was a drastic change. The same goes with Asha/Yara. Would a different casting have done it any differently? Perhaps. As much as the writing/direction dictates where these characters go, the actors should also take the responsibility for their portrayal. I just hope people can have different opinions on this vast cast and not get ostracized when it’s not always something positive.

  623. Ed
    Posted July 16, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

    Okay, that’s too harsh, but it’s definitely quite a reach is a few areas. (Though Bran go eventually go to the dark side – I maintain that I like that idea).

  624. Superdeluxe
    Posted July 16, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Permalink

    What are the holes?

    Ed:
    That may very well be, but there’s HUGE holes in the rest of what David Thomas postulated.Although it blew my mind, upon further examination (and input from a friend)…It’s wack.(sorry David!)But it’s complete scrabble…Holds no water.

  625. Carne
    Posted July 16, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Permalink

    testure,

    Interesting. Please keep us updated on any other actors you see as well!

  626. Chickenduck
    Posted July 16, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Permalink

    Same as previous poster said. Where are the holes you’re referring to? Not saying you’re going to be wrong in the long run, but I’m interested to see how you back up your claims there.

    Ed:
    That may very well be, but there’s HUGE holes in the rest of what David Thomas postulated.Although it blew my mind, upon further examination (and input from a friend)…It’s wack.(sorry David!)But it’s complete scrabble…Holds no water.

  627. Mrs. H'ghar
    Posted July 16, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Permalink

    Salty Sea Dog:
    forget all other mentions of who might play Daario Naharis, Jean Dujardin practically jumps right out of the book, fitting the description perfectly:
    http://www.imdb.com/media/rm3536042240/nm0241121

    A woman thinks he’d be a better Red Viper, he could have adult daughters of Dany’s age. Daario, IMO, should be about 25 yo, not 45. Jean D. is very attractive, but old enough to be Khaleesi’s father.

  628. Mrs. H'ghar
    Posted July 16, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Permalink

    testure: Noah Taylor

    Yes, a woman would agree that Noah Taylor would indeed fit the Vargo bill. Here’s hoping!

  629. darquemode
    Posted July 16, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

    testure,

    I see filming on a movie called “The Double” Noah Taylor is in started the last week or two of May. I read it was a UK shoot, but not Belfast specifically. He could still be filming that depending on how large his role is….. or he could easily be done too.

    He would make a fun Vargo Hoat though!

    ETA:
    I found a little more info. The film is produced by Studiocanal for the UK and Ireland. So it would seem possible he would be filming in Ireland…
    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/berlin-2012-studiocanal-takes-uk-288422
    *shrugs*

    Not really sure, but just a guess.

  630. Carne
    Posted July 16, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Permalink

    Got an e-mail from Rorge’s agent and he’s not allowed to say if he’s in season 3, which to me sounds like “Yes he is”.

    Probably to be expected, but better than nothing.

    I also went for it and e-mailed Nina Gold. Lord have mercy.

  631. Katie
    Posted July 16, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Permalink

    Omar Brown,
    YES. I would LOVE for Siddig to be Oberyn, he’s the one I picture in my head.

  632. Lina
    Posted July 16, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Permalink

    I’m late to the posting party, but here are a few thoughts.

    Very happy about Diana Rigg. We get a legendary name attached to the show without having someone who is SO huge and well-known for other roles (i.e. Maggie Smith, who everyone would know as Professor McGonagall).

    At first I had no idea why they cast Paul Kaye as Thoros. The actor looks nothing like the image I had in my mind of the character. But then I watched the cast video and totally got it. He seems like a Buddhist monk type guy, and I’m wondering if they’ll take that zen route with Thoros.

    Blackfish seems perfect. Interested to see where they’ll take Orell, since Mackenzie Crook is arguably one of the best known actors in that list (at least to American audiences). I’m guessing Orell will, as all of you have said, be combined with Varamyr?

    OKAY, now for the Reeds. I’m a huge Reed fan and have been an ardent Reed supporter. I’m very happy with both the actors they chose. I remember Thomas Brodie-Sangster in Love Actually. His segment was always one of my favorites in the movie, and he was great opposite Liam Neeson. And actually, the role of Sam was a bit similar to Jojen – thoughtful, introspective, but also brave and resolute. If he could elicit such an emotional response as a little kid, I’m sure he can do that even better now.

    Ellie Kendrick seems a perfect choice for Meera, in my opinion. When you watch the video, you can see she has kind eyes and a friendly smile, and she seems really gentle. All of these qualities are things I think Meera embodies. I find it disturbing, for many reasons, that some people are saying she’s “not pretty enough.” One, Meera is never described as beautiful, if memory serves me correctly, and her attractiveness doesn’t impact her character (and I wouldn’t make the latter argument for, say, Brienne or Cersei). I guess people are imposing this on her because Bran has vaguely crush-like feelings for her? Remember that you’re reading the thoughts of a 10-year-old boy. Two, people are reducing a young female character to basically just an object, when she has so much more to her. Three, Ellie is adorable! I don’t even like saying that because I think it seems to say she’s only worth her looks, but I felt the need to express my confusion as to how anyone could call her anything negative.

    I’m curious with the Reeds if they’ll make Jojen older than Meera. Thomas Brodie-Sangster is significantly older than his book counterpart. I think they’d have an easier time getting away with Thomas playing 17-18 and Ellie playing 15-16 than the other way around. To me it doesn’t really matter which Reed is older as long as they keep their personalities and function intact. We’ll see! I can’t wait!

  633. Lisa Gouget
    Posted July 16, 2012 at 8:46 pm | Permalink

    OMG! I just LOVE everyone!!!! Jojen is spot on!!!! Missandei, I have issues with her age, always imagined her like a young girl, maybe a tween… but the actress is so gorgeous that I am willing to ignore the age!!!! Everyone is perfect!!!
    Now give me the big names, like Mance, Vargo, Ramsay!!!!!

  634. Spryte
    Posted July 16, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Permalink

    I haven’t been reading all of the comments, but I must say that Lesser as Qyburn seems perrrrfect. He has this Anthony Hopkins/Hannibal Lector look about him that I can definitely associate with the creepy maester.

  635. The Instrumentalist
    Posted July 16, 2012 at 10:53 pm | Permalink

    Eleanor,

    Sansa’s barely a teenager and the Hound is a grown-ass man… I’m sorry, San-San is creepy and the Hound is a pedo. I know that that’s what they did back in the old days, but someone “shipping” them right here and now is a little unnerving to me, especially since I’m only seventeen and the whole idea is just appalling.

    Bran is nine year old boy with a crush on his babysitter LOL. An everyday non-creepy scenario. Everyone assumes that they’re going to age Jojen and Meera up a lot, but I don’t see why. Meera’s short and they both look really young. If someone said she was sixteen, I would believe it.

    I like toying with the idea of them ending up together, but when I say that I don’t mean them making out before his tenth birthday… it’s just like a future thing, by the end you might get a hint that they’ll end up together. Aw. Cute. End of story.

    But him becoming Vader is much more interesting IMO, hehehe.

  636. Pepi
    Posted July 17, 2012 at 2:40 am | Permalink

    No one seems to mention, but Thomas Brodie-Sangster also played (a lead) in The Last Legion. He did a good job, despite it being a pretty silly picture. A LOT of GoT cast in it, however, and a lot of actors, who would make a great addition to the GoT cast, like Peter Mullan, Alexander Siddig and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.

  637. timpostor
    Posted July 17, 2012 at 2:41 am | Permalink

    Now that Vargo is still an open role, I’m throwing Matt King [Super Hans from Peep show] into the mix. I think he would be perfect and he’s a brilliant hilarious crackhead on Peep Show.

    http://www.comedy.co.uk/images/library/people/180×200/p/peep_show_super_hans.jpg
    http://unitedagents.co.uk/sites/default/files/Matt%20King.jpg
    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0455057/

  638. Impy
    Posted July 17, 2012 at 5:53 am | Permalink

    Here is an interview with Kristoffer Hivju in a Norwegian paper after he got the Tormund role: http://pluss.vg.no/2012/07/17/892/892_20253858

    It is in Norwegian and behind a pay-wall, so I’ll paraphrase the highlights:
    He is a big fan of the series (not sure if he means the books or tv), and says that getting the role is a dream come true for him. He got the role by recording an audition at home. His agent says there was another big series that gave him an offer at the same time as GoT, but he chose the right series :-)

  639. Arkash
    Posted July 17, 2012 at 6:40 am | Permalink

    Thanks a lot, Impy ! ;)
    Impy,

  640. Marie
    Posted July 17, 2012 at 6:48 am | Permalink

    Superdeluxe,

    Yes, and contacts look terrible and fake. That’s the reason Dany doesn’t have violet eyes.
    Anyways, I hope they’ll achieve the “swamp” colors in their looks some other way

  641. persephone88
    Posted July 17, 2012 at 7:55 am | Permalink

    Well, I am delighted that they got a talented, name actress like Diana Rigg to play the Queen of Thorns! She is still a beautiful woman, so I hope they age her up considerably to be the little wizened grandmother of Margaery – but expect sparks to fly wonderfully between her and Cersei!

    The fellow cast as Thoros does not look a bit like I imagined him, but he has an intriguing look! Will they somehow plump him up for flame wielding bald fat Thoros, do you think, or will we just see lean haggard BWB Thoros?

    The young man playing Jojen looks terrific. I did not imagine Meera with curly hair, but I do think she looks like she could be his sibling, and I just loved her in the short interview, she was just crackling with excitement!

    So glad we will see Edmure and the Blackfish, and I was surprised that Shireen is making an appearance. I was sad that she and Patchface were not part of last season’s prologue and am interested in how they will figure in this season.

    I have to say that I am rather gutted that they got Mackenzie Crook, but that he is not cast as Vargo Hoat. I truly thought he’d be perfect in that role. I am sure he’ll do a great job as Orell, but I just really wanted to see the stunned look on Jamie’s face when he orders his hand cut off. Now I’m wondering if that plot line is getting shuttled to season 4?

  642. darquemode
    Posted July 17, 2012 at 9:48 am | Permalink

    timpostor,

    Wow he really does have that look!
    Not familiar with him, but I can certainly see him in the role.

  643. Vanderhook
    Posted July 17, 2012 at 10:01 am | Permalink

    The reason I said Meera/Bran ‘shipping is worse than SanSan, is because there is way less of a basis for it.

    Yes, SanSan is creepy, but at least is very clear in the book that the Hound is attracted to and protective of Sansa, while she has a strange mix of fear and awe towards him.

    With Meera and Bran, the potential romance is just way more of a stretch. Sure they are closer and age and have a more of a normal relationship with eachother, but the attraction is barely hinted at. It’s not like Sansa and the Hound where every single scene they have together has this strange/creepy sexual tension

    It’s got nothing to do with which “ship” is more creepy, it’s which “ship” has more basis in the books.

  644. lolo
    Posted July 17, 2012 at 10:24 am | Permalink

    Few days ago I saw Amr Waked and I wonder if he could play someone in Dany’s story (maybe Daario?).
    I’d be happy to see him in any role ;-)

    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0906756/

  645. Superdeluxe
    Posted July 17, 2012 at 10:30 am | Permalink

    I guess so, but using eye color to determine who the actress is you are kind of limiting yourself in the quality of the actor imho.

    Marie:
    Superdeluxe,

    Yes, and contacts look terrible and fake. That’s the reason Dany doesn’t have violet eyes.
    Anyways, I hope they’ll achieve the “swamp” colors in their looks some other way

  646. darquemode
    Posted July 17, 2012 at 10:53 am | Permalink

    lolo,

    Are you in Belfast lolo?
    He has the PERFECT Daario face!!

    His current film & TV projects are filming in France for L’Odyssee, Portugal for Colt 45, and in Bulgaria, Israel and South Africa for Flight of the Storks. IF he is in Belfast that is very intresting indeed!

  647. Jake
    Posted July 17, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

    Anyone know what Russell Crowe is up to? I heard he was in Iceland…

  648. Joshua Taylor
    Posted July 17, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

    Jake,

    Also Crowe can sing as well.

    Mance?

  649. darquemode
    Posted July 17, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

    Jake,

    He is there filming for a Darren Aronofsky biblical movie called “Noah” where he plays the title role.

    http://collider.com/russell-crowe-noah-iceland/161135/

  650. Superdeluxe
    Posted July 17, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

    I would think maximus all the time if Crowe was Mance.

  651. darquemode
    Posted July 17, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

    Superdeluxe,

    Really?
    He is one of the few “above the title” actors whose performances usually let me forget his past roles and see him only as whatever role I am watching. Although maybe with swords and spears etc my mind may connect to Maximus too …. Dunno.

  652. andrea
    Posted July 17, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

    lolo,

    saw it in a Hallstrom movie: Salmon fishing in the Yemen. He could be Oberyn too. Pleasant actor.
    Conleth Hill (with lots of hair) is in that movie too. Very funny.

    darquemode: He is one of the few “above the title” actors whose performances usually let me forget his past roles and see him only as whatever role I am watching.

    this. Very big name though.

  653. darquemode
    Posted July 17, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

    andrea,

    After looking around online after eating lunch I see that Waked was part of Cheltenham Music Festival over the weekend. So if lolo is in the UK that could explain why Waked was there…..

    Too bad!
    I may not be able to see anyone else as Daario now after “dsicovering” Amr Waked.

  654. andrea
    Posted July 17, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

    darquemode: I may not be able to see anyone else as Daario now after “dsicovering” Amr Waked.

    you should watch the Hallstrom movie , I promess, it will change your mind (his character is very wise and calm there, nothing like Daario). He has haunting eyes, very beautiful.
    And he can sing? wow

  655. Impy
    Posted July 17, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Permalink

    I found another Norwegian interview with Hivju that is not behind a pay-wall. It seems he has only watched season 1, and has just started reading the books.

    http://www.dagbladet.no/2012/07/17/kultur/film/kristofer_hivju/tv/game_of_thrones/22567775/

    Below is a translation (I did a google translate and cleaned it up)


    Kristofer Hivju (33) is on a roll.

    Next year he will appear in the movie “After Earth”, with Will Smith and son Jaden (13), and he also got a taste of Hollywood with his role in “The Thing”.

    And the Hollywood adventure does not end here for this Oslo man.


    Confirming the role

    Dagbladet reported on Saturday that the Norwegian has a role in the popular American fantasy series “Game of Thrones,” according to Entertainment Weekly website.

    Now Hivju confirms it himself to Dagbladet.

    - It was fantastic to get this role! It’s a role I will have great pleasure in doing and that will open many doors for me, says Hivju, who is looking forward to being part of “Game of Thrones” universe.


    - A complex man

    In the series’ third season Hivju will play warrior Tormund Giantsbane, who is “scary and strong, powerfully built and bearded” according to Entertainment Weekly.

    - It’s me! Hivju laughs and continues:

    - He is a very complex man with many sides. It will be interesting to play him.


    - Was riveted

    Hivju has just started research for the character, and is reading through thousands of pages of George RR Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” books, which the series is based on.

    From before the actor is a huge fan of “Game of Thrones.”

    - I was riveted in front of the screen in season one. It is a created universe, but it takes place in the past. I am quite simply a fan of the series and think it is one of the best.


    Was offered role by Ben Stiller

    Hivju has also been offered a role in the movie “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” by Hollywood actor and director Ben Stiller.

    - I really want to do that role. Ben Stiller is a fantastic director and actor. Now I just hope the schedules will not clash, says Hivju.

    For in addition to being an actor with several international projects on time, Hivju is a family man and father of two young children.

    - I’m Norwegian. I have family and children in Norway. I live in Norway and work mainly in Norway, and will do many exciting projects in Norway in the future, says the actor who lives in Trondheim with his girlfriend Gry and children Silja (4) and Nord (3).


    Brilliant combination

    Combining family life with career is going brilliantly according Hivju.

    - My girlfriend, Gry, backs me up and I back her up. It becomes a sort of family project. During the recording of The Thing my family was there and supported me. I am deeply grateful that we are able to do this, he adds.

    Hivju is constantly looking at projects that are exciting and frequently goes to auditions, but does not want to reveal more details about them.

    - But right now I am getting ready to do the “Game of Thrones” role, and I want to do it well. This is a great opportunity and it will be fun, says Hivju.


    Old rumors

    Rumors about the “Game of Thrones” role surfaced some time ago. In the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation program “Lindmo” in May Hivju hinted that the rumors might have a basis in reality.

    - Two hours ago they called me and were really excited and wanted me on the show. So now suddenly the rumor is true, Hivju said in “Lindmo.”

    The 33-year-old is not the first Norwegian to play in the “Game of Thrones,” which is based on the book series “A Song of Ice and Fire” by George RR Martin. Amrita Acharya from Tromsø has also had a small role.

  656. darquemode
    Posted July 17, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

    andrea,

    It is in my Netflix Queue!
    I watched an interview and a scene for the film and agree. Waked was very “un-Daario” in the film… almost Zen-like! I guess I also saw him Syriana with Clooney, but it was a small role and I was unfamiliar with him when I saw the film.

  657. Superdeluxe
    Posted July 17, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Permalink

    So what kind of level can we realistically expect that would be Mance/Ramsay?

  658. lolo
    Posted July 17, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

    darquemode,
    andrea,
    I’m not in Belfast, I’ve just seen him in “salmon fishing…” and it was like a revelation :-)

  659. MX
    Posted July 17, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

    Curly hair a product of the industrial revolution? If the statement is not made jokingly, clearly you have never been to the Mediterranean. I wouldn’t straighten my hair for a couple million bucks.

    Seriously, all of those guys whining about young women on the show being “ugly” should be deeply ashamed of themselves. Too many video games and Lara Croft methinks. I hope you guys get judged by the same criteria as the ones that you are applying to others.

    I don’t like Ramsay to the extent that I am considering skipping all scenes in which he appears. He is the main reason I decided to discontinue reading the novels. I have lived through a war, which means I don’t need to add too many literary psychopaths to my mental universe.

    But if they hint at the violence, and have a versatile actor of Gleeson’s caliber, rather than just splash his victim’s toes all over the screen, maybe I can accept the character.

    Amr Waked would be a great Daario (speaking of Mediterranean men with curly hair…).

  660. andrea
    Posted July 17, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

    lolo,

    I had so much fun with Conleth Hill in that movie… I tried to find some Varys in there but nope, he´s such a great actor. Reminded me of a very polite, exhausted and bureaucratic Benny Hill :)

    MX: Curly hair a product of the industrial revolution?

    who said that? you and me both love our curly wavy hair. What the heck?

  661. lolo
    Posted July 17, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

    andrea,

    I didn’t recognize Conleth at first (hair…), but after I heard his voice it was like “Wait, I know this guy!”. He was very funny, indeed.

  662. GreatJon of Slumber
    Posted July 17, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

    the goat,

    Holy shit, Mance McNulty and Tormund GiantsBunk would be insanely amazing!

    “Y’know what the plural of pussy is? Pussi. Mancey taught me that. Har!!”

    Which means Michael Kenneth Williams as, of course, Hodor.

    Except his lines would be:

    “Hodor, yo.”
    “Hodor, indeed, yo.”

  663. Handmaiden of Dany
    Posted July 17, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

    Ellie Kendrick please keep your hair the way it is! You look exactly like I pictured Meera. I’m so psyched!

  664. Chickenduck
    Posted July 17, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Permalink

    Joshua Taylor:
    Jake,

    Also Crowe can sing as well.

    Mance?

    HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!

    No, no he can’t sing.

    I’m an Australian – over here Russell Crowe’s music career is a massive running gag that’s been going a good decade now. The ONLY reason anyone knows he has a band (30 Odd Foot of Grunt) is because he’s also an actor. I have ONLY ONCE heard them play one of his songs on the radio, they got 10 seconds in and then stopped it. He is a comically awful singer.

    No idea if they like him any more than that in New Zealand where he’s originally from, but I doubt it.

    Also, he’d be mega expensive. Your could spend your $ on a better Mance.

  665. Chickenduck
    Posted July 17, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Permalink

    And let’s not forget the time he started singing on South Park and the tug boat shot itself.

    On a more serious note, why would him being in Iceland right now be to do with GoT? They aren’t shooting there until like October – come back with news of him being in Belfast and we might have a decent rumour.

  666. Joshua Taylor
    Posted July 17, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

    Chickenduck,

    Expensive? Here in Canada he guest starred on Republic of Doyle, a CBC series set in St John’s Newfoundland. So being on GoT isn’t entirely impossible.

    That said, I don’t want him as Mance either.

  667. darquemode
    Posted July 17, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    Joshua Taylor,

    I was shocked when I first read Crowe was going to be on Republic of Doyle…. Then I was still shocked watching it! XD

    Crowe had connections to the show through his band and through working on Cinderlla Man. Still was something fairly unique to see a big name actor guest star on a “smaller” series.

  668. Hi-Fi
    Posted July 17, 2012 at 7:56 pm | Permalink

    Didn’t know where to post this, but Nikolaj and Gwen are filming right now on the grounds of Shane Castle in County Antrim:

    http://blog.ni2012.com/their-epic-story-our-giant-place/

  669. ace
    Posted July 17, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Permalink

    Hi-Fi: Didn’t know where to post this, but Nikolaj and Gwen are filming right now on the grounds of Shane Castle in County Antrim:http://blog.ni2012.com/their-epic-story-our-giant-place/

    Add to this is a video of the set visit from a BBC Correspondent

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-18879742

  670. Joshua Taylor
    Posted July 17, 2012 at 10:21 pm | Permalink

    darquemode,

    Not to mention he loves Newfoundland! He is good friends with Alan Doyle the lead singer of Great Big Sea who played one of the merry men in the Ridley Scott Robin Hood. That could be another reason for this weird exception.

    BTW you a Canuck Darquemode? I’m a Newfie myself!

  671. Chickenduck
    Posted July 17, 2012 at 10:50 pm | Permalink

    Joshua Taylor:
    Chickenduck,

    Expensive? Here in Canada he guest starred on Republic of Doyle, a CBC series set in St John’s Newfoundland. So being on GoT isn’t entirely impossible.

    That said, I don’t want him as Mance either.

    Fair call then, Republic of Doyle’s not something I’ve seen. My vote for Mance, like many others here, goes to Mr Henry Ian Cusick, though I haven’t seen him in any roles besides Desmond from LOST.

    Noah Taylor as Vargo sounds interesting while we’re on the topic of Aussie or NZ actors on GoT. Though wouldn’t have been the first name to come to mind.

  672. Joshua Taylor
    Posted July 17, 2012 at 11:03 pm | Permalink

    Chickenduck,

    Henry Ian Cusick is my ideal for Mance as well. As for Cusick, he was on Fringe this season and also in the coming season most likely.

  673. darquemode
    Posted July 17, 2012 at 11:21 pm | Permalink

    Joshua Taylor,

    I am not, I’m from Minnesota. Close…. well, not too close if you’re a Newfie! XD

    I am just a fan of Republic of Doyle. I discovered it when I was looking for “new” shows to watch 2 summers ago. Doyle has that feel like an old fashioned P.I. series called The Rockford Files. Just one of those shows that is always fun even if you pretty much know what you are getting week to week.

  674. Joshua Taylor
    Posted July 17, 2012 at 11:38 pm | Permalink

    darquemode,

    What network in the states airs Republic of Doyle? Curious to know…

  675. darquemode
    Posted July 17, 2012 at 11:48 pm | Permalink

    Chickenduck,

    Adding another Kiwi to the Thrones possibility list…. Cliff Curtis might be a decent Daario or Martell later on. He most recently costarred in the short -lived “Missing” on ABC with Sean Bean.

    http://images.allmoviephoto.com/2006_The_Fountain/2006_the_fountain_027.jpg
    http://images.zap2it.com/images/celeb-151910/cliff-curtis-0.jpg

  676. darquemode
    Posted July 18, 2012 at 12:06 am | Permalink

    Joshua Taylor,

    It does not air in the US sadly.. I have to use the internet to get episodes. Shhhh. XD

  677. Lea
    Posted July 18, 2012 at 1:38 am | Permalink

    darquemode,

    Agreed! Cliff Curtis was awesome in Once Were Warriors and Whale Rider. He would be an awesome addition to the Game of Thrones cast! I can definitely see him as Daario or a Martell.

  678. Theon Rules!
    Posted July 18, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

    Just saw someone suggest Robert Knepper as Vargo…..I must say, that if this doesn’t happen (even though I know it won’t), I will be very disappointed.

  679. Joshua Taylor
    Posted July 18, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

    Jared Harris is available. He would be an awesome Vargo Hoat.

  680. Michel
    Posted July 18, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

    http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1689870/game-of-thrones-season-three-george-rr-martin.jhtml?xrs=share_twitter

    “What about the likelihood we’ll meet Strong Belwas this season?

    “No comment on that one,” Martin said with a smile.

    I will die if they cut Belwas..I think Martin doesn’t tell us about Belwas is a bad thing :(

  681. darquemode
    Posted July 18, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Permalink

    Michel,

    Interesting read thanks!

    I’m not sure I would take “No comment” as a negative response though…. HBO has come down on extras and crew for leaking information so he could just be playing along with them. Before GRRM always said someone was “out” if he knew. Like with the Blackfish for the first 2 seasons he responded saying no he was not in.

    I also found it interesting that they have NOT cast Mance rayder yet!
    So all of this hunting for clues has been wasted time! XD

    I guess we need to have a little patience and hope some new actor gets spotted in Belfast from this day onward. Keep your eyes open Belfast Thrones fans!!

  682. Zack
    Posted July 18, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Permalink

    This series has been criticized as humorless. I think outside of Tyrion/Bronn that isn’t far off the mark, where the books had plenty of lighter moments. Dolorous Edd hasn’t been featured as much as I would prefer, and aside from those three, who else but Belwas is there to bring some levity?

    I am choosing to read GRRM’s comment on the character as good news. I think he could have flat-out said they’d cut him if that was so.

  683. Steven Swanson
    Posted July 18, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Permalink

    Zack: This series has been criticized as humorless. I think outside of Tyrion/Bronn that isn’t far off the mark, where the books had plenty of lighter moments. Dolorous Edd hasn’t been featured as much as I would prefer, and aside from those three, who else but Belwas is there to bring some levity?

    Sam’s funnier in the show than the books, as is Bronn. Jaime’s funny, and there are quite a few funny moments featuring other characters (Lancel cracks me up, and even Joffrey when Sansa makes him look like an idiot).

    But in general I agree with you, it’s not a show that’s high on humor and lightness. Where I disagree is that I don’t think the books are either.

    Regardless, I’d miss Belwas the blowhard if he was cut, he’s fun, and has one of the most classic scenes in the entire series.

  684. Chickenduck
    Posted July 18, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Permalink

    LANE! Yeah, Jared Harris could make for a really interesting Vargo.

    Not really what I’d imagined Vargo to look like, and I haven’t seen him do sadistic sociopath before… But he’s got some serious acting chops. Be great to see him do something completely different from being Lane Pryce.

  685. Michel
    Posted July 18, 2012 at 6:28 pm | Permalink

    “WinterIsComing.net ‏@WiCnet
    HBO has confirmed to me that Henry Ian Cusick is NOT going to be playing Mance Rayder. Sorry, Tumblr. #GameofThrones”

    Sad, he would be a grat Manc Rayder, I hope at least we get for Mance or Ramsay a big actor (or for both haha)

  686. darquemode
    Posted July 18, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Permalink

    Michel,

    I wonder if they are having problems finding the right Mance or if they have not really cast many actors yet…. Maybe Nina will need to pull a rabbit out of her hat and cast some bigger name actor she has connections with?

    She cast Hugh Jackman in Les Miserables and knows he can sing… Not someone that first comes to mind in that role at all though.

    I wonder how important a singing voice is to the casting?
    I mean just because the character can sing do they really need an actor who can sing? If singing is important I know off the top of my head I know Ewan MacGregor, Gerard Butler, Robson Green, Hugh Laurie, and Richard Armitage all have good voices. Trying to htink of some larger named actors since it feels like HBO will go that route now to me…. Although a few of those are maybe a bit too big….

  687. Joshua Taylor
    Posted July 18, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Permalink

    Chickenduck,

    Jared Harris is amazing.

    Watch Fringe especially in season 1 his David Robert Jones is one of the greatest villains ever. Also his Moriarity in Sherlock Holmes Game of Shadows steals the show.

    He has this going for him as well: he’s the son of actor Richard Harris…

  688. darquemode
    Posted July 18, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Permalink

    Joshua Taylor,

    So true!!
    Jared Harris plays a brilliant villain!
    I think his brother Jamie Harris has more of a Vargo Hoat look , fairly good actor too from what I’ve seen him in.

  689. andrea
    Posted July 18, 2012 at 10:30 pm | Permalink

    darquemode,

    wow… The Hollow Crown…WOW

  690. darquemode
    Posted July 18, 2012 at 11:44 pm | Permalink

    andrea,

    It’s good isn’t it? XD
    I have only watched RIchard II , but I have Henry IV 1&2 ready for this weekend. Pretty amazing so far though! After watching it I am just shocked that they went with Tobias Menzies over Thomas Goodman-Hill for Edmure! I loved Tobias on Rome though, but so not how I pictured Edmure. Goodman-Hill however….. Moving on… XD

    I will have to keep an eye out for a Mance actor when I watch Henry IV!
    The actor I thought was perfect for Mero (Julian Seager) plays the blacksmith in a Henry IV scene if I recall…. I read the 2 tweets July 12th and July 14th that seem to imply Seager was cast in Thor 2 so I’m not sure he will be available for Thrones now. Although if he plays a smaller role in Thor 2 he could have time for both of course.

    I htought of a few Thrones roles as I watched Richard II.

    Tom Hiddleston could have made a pretty good Vargo Hoat…

    Tom Hughes could make agood Bastard of Bolton.
    http://spoilertv.co.uk/images/cache/game-of-thrones/Misc/Casting/Ramsay%20Snow/Tom%20Hughes%207-3-2012%2011-27-41%20AM_FULL.jpg

  691. darquemode
    Posted July 19, 2012 at 12:20 am | Permalink

    Was perusing Twitter accounts and came across this tweet from Asim Ahmad who seemed to imply he was going to play Thoros of Myr earlier, now he tweeted he will be playing a Greyjoy. :?

    Seems like a very odd choice to me… something smells fishy… or kraken-y….

  692. Luana
    Posted July 19, 2012 at 1:39 am | Permalink

    darquemode,

    Yep, looks like this Asim Ahmad fellow is just trying to get a little free publicity. Hmm. Maybe I should start tweeting that I’ve been cast as Strong Belwas, and see if anybody bites!

  693. Jake
    Posted July 19, 2012 at 11:58 am | Permalink

    I wouldn’t be surprised if this Asim Ahmad character didn’t appear in the show at all. He seems to be one of those aspiring actors that boosts his online presence by spreading rumors and adding details about himself to pages like Wikipedia and IMDB. Also, he clearly exaggerated/lied/misinformed everyone about his role (if any) in GoT. If he was truly playing Thoros he wouldn’t have mentioned it in a tweet.

    I’d take whatever he says with a grain of salt.

  694. Jake
    Posted July 19, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

    His entire IMDB page is for “uncredited” roles. Conveniently he was a masked clown in The Dark Knight. Seems shady to me.

  695. The Greatsteve
    Posted July 19, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Permalink

    Joshua Taylor,

    What about Alan Doyle for Mance? We know he’s musical. I think it’d be neat.

  696. Dio Xtozcanox
    Posted July 20, 2012 at 10:40 am | Permalink

    There is every chance it is a publicity stunt for Asim considering he is trying to make a push as a director with his own studio. He has been an aspiring actor for years and before that was a writer for a while. It could also be that he has a sense of humor and enjoys that random tweets stir up such controversy. Plus the way it was being described like some middle school girl running around saying “OMG my bf is gonna be playing this huuuuuuuuuuuge part and he has like 13 episodes he will be in!!” Each season is 10 episodes… the 4th season isnt a go yet. In no way, shape or form do I consider him to be a real player in the show. If he is.. itll probably be a glorified extra.

  697. andrea
    Posted July 20, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Permalink

    darquemode,

    Well, maybe you just watch the best of all, I mean, I love pretty much all the actors I´ve seen so far in this films but Ben Whishaw it´s fenomenal. (odd and great at the same time).
    I was so focused (you have to keep in mind that besides watching I must be very alert to language) that I don´t even thought about actors for Got. Mmmm that´s not entirely true because there´s one actor that caught my attention: Joylon Coy. His role is quite small in Henry IV part 1 but it’s good (I think he´s Sir Walter Blunt there). And I’m pretty sure you´ll do a better job than I/me? thinking about him for Got. Not Mance eh? Too young. Mance Rayder really is a tough one.
    Agree with you on Tom Hughes (strange eyes).
    Don´t remember who Mero is (Second Sons?) but no wonder Julian Seager has been chosen for Thor. He has the perfect look for a Viking (or Tormund, but that´s old news now).

  698. spannycat
    Posted July 21, 2012 at 3:32 am | Permalink

    Asima Ahmad tweeting me that he would be on the show, in season three. And he tweeted my friend that his small role would be a ¨Greyjoy¨. That might mean born and raised in the Iron Islands

  699. Joshua Taylor
    Posted July 21, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

    andrea,

    Did you kniw Whishaw will be playing Q in the next Bond film?

  700. Joshua Taylor
    Posted July 21, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

    The Greatsteve,

    He was serviceable in Robin Hood…but for Mance…I don’t know.

  701. darquemode
    Posted July 21, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Permalink

    andrea,

    I agree, a lot of stunning actors in The Hollow Crown!
    I think a lot of it has to do with the source material being absolutely perfect for actors to really shine. Shakespeare is such a perfect medium for actors to really show off their skills…

    Jolyon Coy did not stick out in my mind, but after looking at him I could see him as Arys Oakheart. He think he has a great look for Arys honestly.

    I will add him to my casting speculation thread for Season 4! Thanks! XD
    Is it wrong that Season 3 has not been aired yet and has only just begun filming, and I am already jotting down notes for a Season 4 speculaion thread? XD

  702. andrea
    Posted July 21, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

    darquemode: Jolyon Coy did not stick out in my mind, but after looking at him I could see him as Arys Oakheart. He think he has a great look for Arys honestly.

    you´re a genius! Perfect.
    It´s wonderful what great actors can do with brilliant scripts. A complete pleasure.
    I can´t access the link.

  703. andrea
    Posted July 21, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Permalink

    Joshua Taylor,

    a young Q? great! he will be amazingly odd. Such an unusual actor.

  704. olov
    Posted August 6, 2012 at 3:27 am | Permalink

    Woop,

    Seconding your thoughts on the Reeds. Very much as I imagined them.

  705. MeerA SuX n StuFf
    Posted February 20, 2013 at 11:37 pm | Permalink

    meera is a swamp munkey

  706. MancChas
    Posted July 4, 2013 at 4:32 am | Permalink

    J,

    Anton Lesser is one of the great British classical actors of our time. Yet he only plays bit parts on TV because, presumably, he doesn’t have the looks required nowadays. But he has a great voice for Radio. If you get chance, listen to him as the lead character Xavier March in BBC radio’s adaptation of Robert Harris’ book Fatherland. He is brilliant.

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