Casting

Kraznys and Prendahl cast

There’s more fresh casting news today! Two more roles have been confirmed by Westeros.org.

Dan Hildebrand will be playing the role of Kraznys, a slaver who sells the famous “Unsullied” warriors. The actor was seen most recently on Sons of Anarchy, playing Sean Casey. Hildebrand has worked with HBO before, playing both Shaughnessy and Tim Driscoll on the series Deadwood.

Ramon Tikaram will be playing Prendahl, captain of the mercenary company called the Stormcrows. Tikaram is a regular on British television, appearing in series such as Eastenders, Primeval, White Heat, and Casualty.

Ours is the Fury:  The cast is filling out nicely! Hildebrand looks different from the book’s description of Kraznys, who was quite fat and darker-skinned. I’m not familiar with Tikaram’s work, but his lengthy resume is certainly impressive. What do you think of the new additions?

222 Comments

  • Nice..so if we are for sure getting Daario, Prendahl and Mero (a month ago was leaked an audition for him), that means that in Season 3 we will see the rode to Meeren/Yunkai, and not only until the sack of Astapor

    Please, please..sent me Belwas..

  • Assuming HBO contacted Westeros and asked them to announce this, does WiC also have some exclusive casting news coming up?

    Maybe Belwas and Mero, then EW finishes it all off with Daario ;) ?

  • Michel,

    I have thought from the beginning we will get to Yunkai and the freed slaves cheering “Mother! Mother!”, but it’s nice to get some confirmation in the roles cast!

    Bring on Daario!
    Bring on Mero!
    Bring on the liver and onions!
    Bring on the mighty Strong Belwas!

    ETA:
    Ha! I just went to add spoilers and someone beat me to it! Thanks!

  • Carne,

    But GRRM knows Elio, that is doing a book about ASOIAF with him..does anyone here have the same “friendship” with George like him ? haha

  • Dan Hildebrand has an awesome voice. Speaking of which…Master Ignacio, get back to Denerim, I’ve heard something bad, ahem, happened to a man. *wink*

    Mental note: a Deadwood re-watch is long overdue.

  • I think both actors will be great, but they are not what I pictured in my mind. Personally I don’t think either role’s physical appearance is too important so I’m not worried whatsoever!

  • the lack of belwas is disturbing.
    I dont care much about the actor not being fat, the show isn’t 10% as graphical as the novels anyway…

  • If HBO is going to be totally loyal to the books, these characters are missing from Dany POVs until we go to Meeren:

    Daario, Grey Worm, Mero, Belwas, Grazdan mo Ullhor, Cleon, Ben Plumm, Grazdan mo Eraz and Oznak zo Pahl (the guy who Belwas defeated)..

  • Most of the people in Dany’s storyline were faceless to me anyway… all those K’s and Z’s took up most of my brain space !Apart from Daario! ;p

  • A woman could easily see these 2 gentlemen as warriors/merchants/captains. So good to see the cast filling out for S3 with new (to many of us) and diverse faces. Bravo Nina!

  • YvyB,

    I don’t really care who they cast as these characters, as whenever I started a Dany chapter it was always “Wait, so who is Kreznak Mo Hrizarhsqh again?”. All faceless to me as well. Don’t really care about Darrio either.

  • YvyB,

    Ha! XD
    Me too honestly. For many of them I had vague nondestinct faces with more distinct body types and wardrobes. Ben Plumm, Daario, Mero, and Strong Belwas were the excpetions.

  • I wonder if they’re going to merge Astapor, Yunkai & Meereen into one big “slaver’s bay” montage?

  • Carne,
    Pleased it’s not just me then! I just care about Daario from a girly girl point of view… He has to be my kind of good looking for it to work . I know that’s really selfish ! But they came up trumps with Drago so ……

  • darquemode:
    YvyB,

    Ha! XD
    Me too honestly. For many of them I had vague nondestinct faces with more distinct body types and wardrobes. Ben Plumm, Daario, Mero,and Strong Belwas were the excpetions.

    Every time I read a line from Ben Plumm, I picture Morgan Freeman saying it in *that* voice of his… “There are bold sellswords khaleesi,and there are old sellswords. But, there are no old, bold sellswords.”

  • darquemode:
    Michel,

    I have thought from the beginning we will get to Yunkai and the freed slaves cheering “Mother! Mother!”, but it’s nice to get some confirmation in the roles cast!

    Bring on Daario!
    Bring on Mero!
    Bring on the liver and onions!
    Bring on the mighty Strong Belwas!

    ETA:
    Ha! I just went to add spoilers and someone beat me to it! Thanks!

    Well struck ser ! Add spicy honeyed locust to that menu !

  • Prendahl and Kraznys are 2 faceless characters to me in spite of GRRM’s depiction.
    These actors will be well placed from it appears. Can’t wait until Sidigg yells out
    his role for Daario for all to roar in agreement :D The Red Viper for the following season
    is another biggie.

  • Carne,

    I agree, I will not be disappointed if certain actors are not cast in most of the Dany supporting roles. None of the roles mean enough to me to care I guess. I will admit certain actors could get me excited. Say Amr Waked as Daario for instance. The role does not move me, but he actor does…. he’s just so good.

    Although, last night while watching Strike Back’s season 3 premiere I saw Hakeem Kae-Kazim and thought he would be perfect as Brown Ben Plumm! He looks so much younger than his 50 years in most of his roles, but with the white beard I instantly thought of Ben Plumm! Here’s a screencap from last night’s episode.

  • For me anyone or every place that not appeared in the series yet is faceless for me haha, my imagination is fucking bad, i only see the characters and places as the same from the series, thats why i love GoT calendar..can’t wait for the next

  • NewJeffCT: Every time I read a line from Ben Plumm, I picture Morgan Freeman saying it in *that* voice of his… “There are bold sellswords khaleesi,and there are old sellswords.But, there are no old, bold sellswords.”

    Me too, why can’t he just give this to us , why not ! Enough playing God already we
    know he was baddass in that McAvoy/ Jolie movie, aww come on ! James Frain
    is starring on some insipid sitcom, take a spring break Mr Morgan , you are
    my choice for Ben Plumm ( unless a well suited willing participant comes along ) !

  • Mrs. H’ghar:
    A woman could easily see these 2 gentlemen as warriors/merchants/captains. So good to see the cast filling out for S3 with new (to many of us) and diverse faces. Bravo Nina!

    Yes Mrs H’ghar, yes and greetings to you. This talk of Slaver’s Bay makes me
    remember Khaleesi ‘s exit from Qarth with her khalsar and Mormont. I wonder
    how quickly S3 will make that scene (s) ?

  • darquemode:
    Carne,

    I agree, I will not be disappointed if certain actors are not cast in most of the Dany supporting roles. None of the roles mean enough to me to care I guess. I will admit certain actors could get me excited. Say Amr Waked as Daario for instance. The role does not move me, but he actor does…. he’s just so good.

    Although, last night while watching Strike Back’s season 3 premiere I saw Hakeem Kae-Kazim and thought he would be perfect as Brown Ben Plumm! He looks so much younger than his 50 years in most of his roles, but with the white beard I instantly thought of Ben Plumm!Here’s a screencap from last night’s episode.

    You know ser this actor was my first thought and he would definitely shine in portraying
    Ben Plumm. Then my mind gave way to some fantasy that Morgan Freeman’s voice
    and attitude is what was missing. I may just flip flop back to Kae-Kazim.He
    would also make a good traveling buddy for Victarrion if not Ben’s role.

  • darquemode,

    I would LOVE to get Amr Waked on Got, but I see him more for the Red Viper though. Never seen Hakeem Kae-Kazim or heard of that show but Oh-My-Word yes! :) Love his look for Ben Plum with the greyish beard, or any other of those kranazajd mo something sellswords without it…

  • HOLY FUCK, Hakeem Kae-Kazim in this photo that darquemode posted is exactly how I figured Ben Plumm

  • WildSeed,

    Oh yes, can totally see him as Moqorro too! (without the beard) Just get him in the show! haha *goes off for a cold shower*

  • YvyB,

    Guilty as charged… The obsessed part not the good part seeing as I only got 1 of the cast roles correct, Thomas Brodie-Sangster as Jojen Reed. Although I did have a few of the right actors in the wrong roles, and a few actors looked exactly like I thought they would cast the role, but I managed to miss the actor that was cast.
    *Shrug*

    I think I spent 20 or 30 hours on my speculation casting list for Season 3 and then I said I would not spend so much on Season 4’s casting list. Which of course means I have already spent maybe 5 to 10 hours on it before Season 3 even airs! XD

    Maybe I need a 12-step program? XD

  • darquemode,

    When can we see this season 4 speculation list :D? Love your speculations, mostly because you suggest lesser known actors. Not “Brad Pitt as Ned Stark”.

  • Tír Airgid,

    Hakeem was in Hotel Rwanda as George Rutaganda and 24 as an African warlord…. and a lot of other US projects like Criminal Minds, Covert Affairs, NCIS:LA and was in one of the Pirates of the Carribean movies too I saw… You may have seen him, but not known it I guess. Such a strong presence to him and a great voice!

  • NewJeffCT: Every time I read a line from Ben Plumm, I picture Morgan Freeman saying it in *that* voice of his… “There are bold sellswords khaleesi,and there are old sellswords.But, there are no old, bold sellswords.”

    “Jorah Mormont – who crawled through a river of shit and came out clean on the other side.”

  • WildSeed: Yes Mrs H’ghar, yes and greetings to you. This talk of Slaver’s Bay makes me
    remember Khaleesi ‘s exit from Qarth with her khalsar and Mormont. I wonder
    how quickly S3 will make that scene (s) ?

    Greetings to you too WildSeed. A woman is enjoying today’s news and banter on WiC between household chores. Shadowcats are beginning to stalk me again, must be almost dinner time! Guessing that Dany et al will leave Qarth in episode 1, perhaps it will be mentioned as she is traveling in hindsight. They probably got rid of that set after S2, right?

  • Yesterday I did a list that shows who appears in book three (even very minors characters) that weren’t cast yet..Is there any place on internet that I could post it and keep updating everytime someone is cast and everyone can see it ? If I post here would be so big and terrible for everybody

  • Carne,

    It’s in progress! XD
    I have 20 or so roles (MArtells, Sands and Greyjoys etc) and actors with photos sorted already, but it’s just the precursor to the real list. I’m still collecting fan suggestions from sites like this or friends as I add my own. I have very few narrowed down to my personal favorite/s right now… Just 5 or 6 possibilities for each role. I won’t have the final draft done until closer to Season 4 when I know which roles were left out or included in Season 3 and what actors have roles in upcoming series or films etc..

    I could e-mail you the current list (with or without photos) in a rar or zip file if you really want. XD

  • Michel,

    It was much, much larger at first when I had suggestions for each role I thought they could be casting, but I delted the suggestions after each role was cast. I think there are like 5 roles left on my list right now, but original there were maybe 20 or 25… I forget. You can get an idea how it was though if you look at the roles yet uncast at the bottom of the page… Daario is the first role yet uncast I think.
    http://www.spoilertv.com/2012/05/game-of-thrones-season-3-casting-roles.html

  • Carne,
    You an e-mail me first. Just add this username to @hotmail.com. It’s my “junk” account I use for websites logins etc and not for personal use.

  • YvyB,

    Ha!
    I think I saw another darquemode online a few years ago. I chose this name for a Depeche Mode fansite many moons ago and kept it for for websites etc.

  • Mrs. H’ghar: Greetings to you too WildSeed. A woman is enjoying today’s news and banter on WiC between household chores. Shadowcats are beginning to stalk me again, must be almost dinner time! Guessing that Dany et al will leave Qarth in episode 1, perhaps it will be mentioned as she is traveling in hindsight. They probably got rid of that set after S2, right?

    Possibly my lady. With CGI technology applied there I wonder if all we witnessed was
    actually there besides the location and Xharo’s chambers :D

  • guve us ramsay, vargo, daario and strong belwas next now please- those are the only ones left right?

  • YvyB,

    I heard you sing it in tune.. impressive! XD
    If you want it you can e-mail me and I will send it. I gave my addy above in a post to Carne.

  • darquemode are you without a Gravatar on purpose or indifferent ? Do you know of
    a site alternative to the one listed below that allows for capital letters within the
    user name ( such as my online name ) ?

  • WildSeed,

    Did you not see my reply the other day? you can just put wildseed in it won’t make a difference on this site, it will just be on the site you get the gravatar from?
    and that site only enables you to upload a pic .. and that’s it.

  • WildSeed,

    I guess it was indiffernce honestly, but maybe I may actually use one in the future…
    I’m not sure which site you are talking about sorry.

  • WildSeed: Possibly my lady. With CGI technology applied there I wonder if all we witnessed was
    actually there besides the location and Xharo’s chambers :D

    If a woman recalls correctly, the entry gates were built as a set and other parts were CGI/painted. But I could be mis-remembering.

  • Michel,

    Nice work!
    Like you I doubt we will get the large majority of your list. Maybe 2 or 3 in each category you lsited. I am hopeful though that those not cast as named roles will still make it into the series as recognizable extras like Maege Mormont was in Season 1.

  • YvyB:
    WildSeed,
    Ya see, apart from the poisonedones… I think I’d really like to try them!

    You want to try locusts, go to Thailand. You can get all manner of bugs as street food there. Also Cambodia, where they do fried spiders with sugar and chili. The guy who was showing us around Cambodia told me that they started eating spiders during the Khmer Rouge era of mass starvation, but many developed a liking for them.

    Similar things can also be found as food in Vietnam and China.

    Actually, come to think of it, I can remember seeing someone here in Australia trying to market candied locusts… We have occasional locust plague problems in the crop growing areas here.

  • Mmmm don’t really remember or care much for these two. Where’s my Grey Worm and Strong Belwas though?

  • I’m still pushing Carlos Bernard as the RV. Yes he is American but I’m sure he can do a Dornish accent. I think he would be amazing as the Viper. For those not in the know Bernard played Tony Almeida on 24.

  • YvyB:
    WildSeed,

    Did you not see my reply the other day? you can just put wildseed in it won’t make a difference on this site, it will just be on the site you get the gravatar from?
    and that site only enables you to upload a pic .. and that’s it.

    Hmm I’ll try that. Thanks !

    darquemode I was referring to the blue highlighted Gravatar link just above right of
    the comment box.

  • Chickenduck,

    I’ve had chocolate covered grasshoppers before.
    They were surprisingly good honestly. and meal worms too… When I was in elementary school we had a creative and mercurial science teacher who brought odd foodstuffs for students to try . XD

  • Joshua Taylor:
    I’m still pushing Carlos Bernard as the RV. Yes he is American but I’m sure he can do a Dornish accent.

    *thinks- Do we know what the Dornish accent is?*

  • Joshua Taylor,

    Bernard has a decent role on Dallas as I recall. I have not watched the series though so maybe that character has died, he will not be back next season, or he could do both projects? I’m not sure.

  • Chickenduck: You want to try locusts, go to Thailand.You can get all manner of bugs as street food there.Also Cambodia, where they do fried spiders with sugar and chili.The guy who was showing us around Cambodia told me that they started eating spiders during the Khmer Rouge era of mass starvation, but many developed a liking for them.

    Similar things can also be found as food in Vietnam and China.

    Actually, come to think of it, I can remember seeing someone here in Australia trying to market candied locusts…We have occasional locust plague problems in the crop growing areas here.

    I’ve eaten my share of buttery beetles and bugs as a child and teen. I never liked the
    fibrous portion that would not dissolve like the middle. I guess it depends too how
    they were prepared. I do miss eating conch and salted dried fish which is excellent
    when soaked and steamed but I enjoy now the modern conveinces from living in the
    States. GoT character Illyrio feasted on quite an assortment of foodstuffs while
    entertaining Tyrion, the entire section made my mouth water.
    Have any of you checked out the site ” Inn at the Crossroads” ? It’s based on ASOIAF.

  • darquemode,

    Oh yes Dallas. He may be able to do both. Bernard was one of the best characters on 24 (Including Xander Berkley’s George Mason) until he got written out and then stupidly written back in as a villain.

  • Joshua Taylor:
    I’m still pushing Carlos Bernard as the RV. Yes he is American but I’m sure he can do a Dornish accent. I think he would be amazing as the Viper. For those not in the know Bernard played Tony Almeida on 24.

    Yes I remember him on ” 24″ and a few other productions and he’s fine an actor
    but portraying Oberyn I have to differ. Bernard is too…nice, no matter how different
    the role, he’s great support though. What do you think about Siddigg we’ve mentioned
    often at WiC? Any other contenders ?

  • YvyB:
    Most of the people in Dany’s storyline were faceless to me anyway… all those K’s and Z’stook up most of my brain space !Apart from Daario! ;p

    You forgot Daario the douche bag, all must have crafty nicknames in line with your
    K’s and Z’s :D re; Reznak the resonator, etc

  • Joshua Taylor,

    Wel,l because I ‘m a completely obsessed English fan and so far the Northerners including the Wildlings ( which personally I think should of been Scottish accents )have had North Yorkshire accents …. I hear the Dornish as Cornish ( people from Cornwall , the southern most coast of England…) not unlike Hagrid… shouldn’t of said that… :)

  • WildSeed,

    Nice? Tony Almeida was a quiet, brooding figure who could erupt into a hothead at any time. I can easily picture him shrieking at the Mountainand with some nudging and actorly ambition he could bring on the arrogance as well.

    Siddig would be awesome. I was one of the first people to suggest him for the role on this site. I hope he bulks up for it though!

  • I think they’re going to save the Dornish until Season 4 – they already have a whole slew on new characters to introduce over 10 hours… to add in The Red Viper & his paramour would probably be a lot to absorb in one season.

    My guess is that the Purple Wedding will be early in Season 4, so the Dornish won’t be needed until around that time.

  • Michel:
    HOLY FUCK, Hakeem Kae-Kazim in this photo that darquemode posted is exactly how Ifigured Ben Plumm

    You should hear his rich booming voice, I hope the script is just for him.

  • WildSeed: Yes I remember him on ” 24″ and a few other productions and he’s fine an actor
    but portraying Oberyn I have to differ. Bernard is too…nice, no matter how different
    the role, he’s great support though. What do you think about Siddigg we’ve mentioned
    often at WiC? Any other contenders ?

    Cas Anvar, he’d be an awesome Red Viper!

    http://www.imdb.com/media/rm3569715200/nm0031679

  • Joshua Taylor,

    Right that was you , I claimed only to second the opinion but I forgot it was your
    offering. I think Bernard did brooding so well I type cast him, the blow ups I found
    were part of the same persona. I realize these guys like to challenge their acting range
    yet some are really handmade for the role.

  • Mrs. H’ghar,

    Not familiar except the link you left, he may be a contender though. My guess is he
    may fit in one of the Mercenary Companies or an important bloke in Dorne. He’s
    too cute to hide under a animal helmet though.

  • WildSeed,

    Some are handmade for the role it is true. But personally it’s the left field ones that always turn out awesome.

    E.g Mark Addy, Stephen Dillane, Lena Headey etc

    But I am usually of the opinion that great acting trumps loyalty to description in the source material. Some fans not you, but others can’t appreciate this and they set themselves up for disappointment.

  • You think they’ll feature Jorah and Danny’s kiss. I’m so looking foward to that scene. They better make it feel awesome like in the books… it was so romantic!

  • Gotta agree with you there JT. Great Acting and writing should outweigh anyones negative reaction to not sticking to the source material.

  • YvyB:
    Joshua Taylor,

    Wel,l because I ‘m a completely obsessed English fan and so far the Northerners including the Wildlings ( which personally I think should of been Scottish accents )have had North Yorkshire accents …. I hear the Dornish as Cornish ( people from Cornwall , the southern most coast of England…) not unlike Hagrid… shouldn’t of said that… :)

    I had that impression of Scotts for the the Northmen but but I had to readjust my
    mental map of the series. Unless ( in the days of Andals and Wights) the continents
    were different as they appear now ( haha or simply make believe). What if Eddard
    was Russian or somewhere in the Balkans ? Oh my I’m stretching my imagination
    on this point :D

  • Joshua Taylor,

    Always knew Mark Addy could pull off a kingly role, he was only a drunken
    monk in Robin Hood ( with Russell Crowe ) but I saw more potential there.
    Also his other roles like being a detective , there was just the attitude of a
    potential leader. Lena Headley is has been okay but her challenging moments
    are coming in future episodes. On the other hand, Jack Gleeson and Emilia
    Clark really commanded from the start.

  • WildSeed,

    Um , but it’s not is it… I mean it totally is Medieval Europe . Lannisters and Starks are the war of the Roses. ” The wall “is based on Hadrian’s wall… The Northerners have Northern English accents ,,, etc etc , I could go on. The Rhoyne… the Rhine… Dornish, Cornish…. so by that analogy the Wildlings (Scots/Picts )should have Scotish accents…. ok rant over :D

  • Anyone have a decent pic of the big guy from the new hawaii five o? Because the moment I saw him on that show I pictured the perfect Strong Belwas.

  • YvyB:
    WildSeed,

    Um , but it’s not is it… I mean it totally is Medieval Europe . Lannisters and Starks are the war of the Roses. ” The wall “isbased on Hadrian’s wall… The Northerners have Northern English accents ,,, etc etc , I could go on. The Rhoyne… the Rhine… Dornish, Cornish…. so by that analogy the Wildlings (Scots/Picts )should have Scotish accents…. ok rant over :D

    I know and that’s the way I reckoned from the beginning. Yet I keep seeing the Direwolf
    as the Russian Wolf or is it bear? and Scotland never did have a description like that
    of Winterfell, did it ?? I do think of the Rhoyne as you’d considered but across the sea
    is the Red Waste and Slaver’s Bay. I take to heart GoT based on a map of the world
    depicted in Medievil Europe because , it fits well logically but…….. . I’m confusing
    myself. My neighbor mentioned that Winterfell was Finland or Russia or Sweden
    in her opinion but she’s only watched GoT and not read any of the books or viewed
    the ASOIAF map. Where’s Dr Who when you need a Time Lord to explain these
    things ??

  • Getting into the casting debate: Zuleikha Robinson needs to be one of the Dornish ladies….maybe thr princess Arianna?

  • WildSeed,

    We had wolfs in Medieval times .Dire wolves are fiction.Winterfell isn’t Scotland, it’s Northern England. North of the wall is Scotland. Winterfell is South of the wall. I only see Westeros as England Btw. The red waste etc is other parts of the world… of couse guys this is only MO. :)

  • YvyB , I just re-read my response which made no sense whatsoever ( agreed?). I got
    mixed up for a moment as my laptop powered down, now I’m plugged into an outlet.
    To conclude; I’m not utilising GoT as as guide for accents because that is not my
    reference for ASOIAF. The far North as Sweden or Finland ( not Russia ) still
    makes sense if Scotland and the North Sea was a bit closer in those days.The UK,
    Wales and Ireland fits too.The South of France and Spain is nearer to North
    Africa and fits also. Where would the Eyrie be then, Northern Germany, N France
    or Switzerland ? Amazing that I’ve only thought to solve this mental puzzle. My
    neighbor brought on this fever.

  • Joshua Taylor,

    I don’t have a problem with most actors not looking exactly as they are described. The one exception being that the Martells need to be olive skinned with dark hair, preferably Middle Eastern looking. To me, Oded Fehr is the Red Viper.

  • WildSeed,

    I thought you’d been on the Dornish red?! :D
    Nooo I don’t agree to any of that… sorry, I truly believe Westoros is only Britain!
    The Iron islands being Ireland. Kings Landing … London. The Eerie…. just somewhere in middle England. I do however, feel strongly that the Dornish are inflenced by Spain/France/Italy…. i.e.ROME! as we were invaded and conquered by the Romans and the French… the narrow sea… English Channel… on and on… maybe I should have my own page Ha ha!

  • Every time I read a casting announcement like this, it reminds me I need to find some way to reread ASoS again (which I read 9 or 10 years ago) . I can’t seem to remember half of these characters and incidents.

    Unfortunately, I gave my copy away to someone and would regret having to purchase it again, only for my Kindle! I guess I need to get to a library!

  • YvyB:
    WildSeed,

    We had wolfs in Medieval times .Dire wolves are fiction.Winterfell isn’t Scotland, it’s Northern England. North of the wall is Scotland. Winterfell is South of the wall. I only see Westeros asEngland Btw. The red waste etc is other parts of the world… of couse guys this is only MO. :)

    Just an FYI, Direwolves (as a name) aren’t fiction. They are an extinct animal that roamed the earth the same times as Saber-Toothed Tigers and Mammoths, etc. Not quite before man, but pre-historic.

    Martin’s direwolves are not exactly like those direwolves — except they are both really big. IIRC, he’s disassociated the real-life direwolves from his.

    That said, they aren’t completely fiction.

  • Alan: Just an FYI, Direwolves (as a name) aren’t fiction.They are an extinct animal that roamed the earth the same times as Saber-Toothed Tigers and Mammoths, etc.Not quite before man, but pre-historic.

    Martin’s direwolves are not exactly like those direwolves — except they are both really big.IIRC, he’s disassociated the real-life direwolves from his.

    That said, they aren’t completely fiction.

    GRRM responded to an interviewer with a question of countries and culture of ASOIAF
    that he merged similarities of a few to come up with a composite sample.The same
    reasoning for the animals of ASOIAF. I gave up on obvious signs or 21st century facts
    did not apply per se. I love cartography and maps as this helped me envision the world
    existed beyond the desolate country I grew up in. I do not have a photographic memory
    however. When I sought out maps for each region of the 7 kingdoms and beyond I had
    to give up and concentrate on neighbouring important towns of historical importance.
    When GRRM gave that answer I focused more ( well I sort of read very fast ) on the story
    also eliminating the concept of good vs bad. When my neighbour brought up the subject
    of regions, I thought I knew but ended up babbling nonsense a I did with YvYB. What’s
    your perspective on this ? Are the maps in ASOIAF books sufficient in mapping out
    the 7 kingdoms and the world beyond ?

  • I checked HBO site ( funny I didn’t think to check in all these months ) and found
    a fairly good map . Essos isn’t clarified except shown as a large mass . According
    to YvyB, Scotland is about Winterfell but what of The haunted forest, the Thenn’s,
    Skagos and Bay of Seals ? Certainly ASOIAF is not limited to the UK !

  • WildSeed,

    Have to disagree with you on Headey. I was disappointed with her portrayal in season 1 yet by the end of season 2 i am amazed she did not receive an Emmy nomination.

  • Alot of new viewers are sick of Dany’s overused phrase ” I will take what is mine with fire and blood”. But I think they will fall on love with “I’m just a little girl and know nothing of warfare” ;)

  • Josla:
    You think they’ll feature Jorah and Danny’s kiss. I’m so looking foward to that scene. They better make it feel awesome like in the books… it was so romantic!

    Really? I must have misread. I got the feeling the Dany thought Jorah was being really creepy

  • Joshua Taylor,

    Lena Headley did handle herself well with Cersei’s character. I was however, annoyed
    with the writers for giving her pity me moments with actual tears although those
    moments do not overshadow the very good portrayal of the queen regent. I am
    most interested in the demanding roles she’d play in the future. There will be
    fewer people for distraction ( no Tyrion or minions ) with focus on her delivery. The
    truest Cersei became drunk on Dornish red while awaiting her fate from Stannis.
    I hate to rush the thought but I look forward to the casting of the KL priest .

  • These are my thoughts on the Westeros Maps.
    Wildlings Roman era Scottish tribes
    Winterfell and the North 14th century Scotland
    Iron Islands Ireland or Sicily
    Riverlands France
    Eyrie Hungary
    Crownlands and Westerlands 12th century England
    High Garden Italy
    Dorne Spain
    Stormlands Holy Roman Empire

  • Winterfell is Northern England… possibly York. Which was the Capital back in the day.
    Which is why the makers have given Northerners ,Yorkshire accents… including the Wildlings.
    Enough. I’m boring myself now, never mind you guys :D

  • Aegon the Conqueror: Iron Islands Ireland or Sicily
    Riverlands France
    Eyrie Hungary
    High Garden Italy
    Stormlands Holy Roman Empire

    Well these are all really surprising to me. How is the Eyrie anything like Hungary? :) Not mocking, I’m just really curious.
    And why the 2 centuries gap between the North and the Crownlands&Westerlands?

  • I need to be cast too! I am sure there are some decent one armed actors that need works, if not use the old green arm sock like that surfer movie chick.

  • YvyB,
    Oh I’m a sucker for any debate on cultural references. :) We’re of the same opinion, with only a few small differences in regards to the Iron Islands, which – despite their insularity – I’ve always felt that were based on more of a viking culture, and Dorne – which I strongly associate with Moorish Spain.

  • Macha,

    I agree with the Viking influences… long boats, smash and grab…. I think I just said Ireland to simplify. Also I’m hedging my bets with Dorne I’m eagerly awaiting the castings to see what they come up with ;p Bravos was in mind Spanish. Hence Syrio, and the fighting styles and swords.When I read of Dorne I get the feelings of Italian influences. The” Hot blooded ” nature,the wines etc. As for the Eyrie and Riverlands … that to me is The Lake District :)

  • We also have off our North East coast a little island called Holy Island…. you can only get to it when the tide is out. Monks live there and they make there own Mead… Ha ha ! Sound familiar ;)

  • YvyB,

    I was unsure about Braavos at first, but when I re-read Arya’s chapters I found it has a stricking resemblance to Venice (the canals, the serpent boats).

    Tom Sevinstrings: Really? I must have misread. I got the feeling the Dany thought Jorah was being really creepy

    Really? I got the feeling it was something that could have easily belonged in The Fountainhead. :) And while book-Jorah is no Gary Cooper, there are some that could argue with that when it comes to Iain Glen, heh.

  • Carne:
    YvyB,

    I don’t really care who they cast as these characters, as whenever I started a Dany chapter it was always “Wait, so who is Kreznak Mo Hrizarhsqh again?”. All faceless to me as well. Don’t really care about Darrio either.

    I have to agree. My mind wanders during most of her POVs because I just don’t care about her anymore. I’ve pretty much lost all track of who’s who, so casting doesn’t matter to me.

  • Other characters may be more significant, other actors may play their scenes for more weight, but Dan Hildebrand is already a contender for best death of season 3.

  • WildSeed,

    In my opinion those pity moments were perfect. Martin’s Cersei at times comes very close to becoming a cartoon character, especially with her POVs in Feast. Martin redeemed her character in ADWD though. I dunno, I think D & D decided to make Cersei waaay more complex than Martin did. They are setting up her downward spiral perfectly. I can’t count how many times I have read reviews from critics and non-reader fans on how complex and facinating Cersei is. The same with Tywin who many reader fans say is a different character than that in the books. Why? Because he is “nice” to Arya? He still had Elia and her children killed, he still sacked Kings Landing. He is still a hateful person when it comes to Tyrion. He is a cold hearted pragmatist that values intelligence, Arya amused him. Yet book fans say his character is destroyed yet they also say Jaime is ruined because he killed his cousin. No their ideal of him is destroyed that’s all. And some people can’t get past that. As a reader fan GoT is set to dissapoint you from the get go, once you get past that eventual disappointment and appreciate the show on its own merits than you begin to see the interpretation that is being made. I see GoT as a dramatization of a complex ‘historical’ subject.
    Not that D & D haven’t made some misteps: exhibit A Catelyn while played excellently by Fairley has been trimmed down to a mother figure in the series and there are many other narrative problems that they’ve run into do to budget limitations and artistic license. I just don’t feel that the examples I made are among them.

  • Macha

    I’m sorry late night early morning. Dunno how I made that mistake but meant Denmark with the lingering Viking influence (mountain clans)in latter middle ages.
    As for the other query. Scotland post William Wallace with a king instead of the quarreling clans and overall weakling anarchy.
    England 12th century because I see the Wester and Crownlands more as pre-hundred years war era with the longstanding professional armies. If this was the case Stafford Lannister would have been able to deploy his force immediately instead of having to raise and train them first…

  • Oh these things we could, and do, say.

    Kraznys first, of course:

    “He will not come,” Kraznys said.

    “There is a reason. A dragon is no slave.” And Dany swept the lash down as hard as she could across the slaver’s face. Kraznys screamed and staggered back, the blood running red down his cheeks into his perfumed beard. The harpy’s fingers had torn his features half to pieces with one slash, but she did not pause to contemplate the ruin. “Drogon,” she sang out loudly, sweetly, all her fear forgotten. “Dracarys.”

    The black dragon spread his wings and roared.

    A lance of swirling dark flame took Kraznys full in the face. His eyes melted and ran down his cheeks, and the oil in his hair and beard burst so fiercely into fire that for an instant the slaver wore a burning crown twice as tall as his head. The sudden stench of charred meat overwhelmed even his perfume, and his wail seemed to drown all other sound.”

    Boosh

  • And now Prendahl, everyone’s friend:

    “Woman, you bray like an ass, and make no more sense.”

    “Woman?She chuckled. “Is that meant to insult me? I would return the slap, if I took you for man.” Dany met his stare. “I am Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen, the Unburnt, Mother of Dragons, khaleesi to Drogo’s riders, and Queen of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros.”

    “What you are,” said Prendahl na Ghezn, “is a horeslord’s whore. When we break you, I will breed you to my stallion.”

    Strong Belwas drew his arakh. “Strong Belwas will give his ugly tongue to the little queen, if she likes.”

    “No, Belwas. I have given these men safe conduct.” She smiled. “Tell me this ~ are Stormcrows slave or free?”

    “We are a brotherhood of free men,” Sallor declared.

    “Good.” Dany stood. “Go back and tell your brothers what I said, then. It may be that some of them would sooner sup on gold and glory than on death. I shall want your answer on the morrow.”

  • Al Swearengen,

    I think he’s English, but I’m not certain. But I suspect you may have been implying “too white.”

    And yeah he’s a lot whiter than I would have cast. I don’t recall them describing Kraznys’s skin color but he’s Ghiscari, and they usually have “amber” colored skin, which suggests golden/reddish brown, depending on the shade.

    eta: I looked it up- yeah, Kraznys is described himself as “amber.” I think they might have botched the race on this role. :

  • darquemode,

    Thank you for suggesting Amr Waked for the role of Daario! He played the terrorist known as “the blue-eyed Egyptian”, in “Syriana” – right? Beautiful eyes, beautiful voice, and very deadly intentions – the Egyptian version of Jaqen H’ghar. Just saw him in “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”. Almost missed this incredible movie with such a great cast – along with Amr, there is Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt, Kristen Scott Thomas, Tom Mison and ……. I knew the voice, I knew the face – but I couldn’t figure out who the actor was – and then it hit me – Varys (Conleth Hill) with hair! As usual, he steals every scene he is in.
    So – the exotic and handsome Amr Waked for Daario and, of course, Alexander Siddig, another “Syriana” star, for the Red Viper.

  • The best map I’ve seen for all of Ice & Fire (at least until the map book comes out), done by a fan going by Ser Mountain Goat and a couple of other people (some of whom may post on here):

    http://www.sermountaingoat.co.uk/map/map.php

    NOTE: There’s a download section on the right side if you don’t like the scrolling.

    Some background on the map and the creator (George loves the map even though it’s not 100% perfect):

    http://www.sermountaingoat.co.uk/map/index.php

  • So mods why wasn’t my request for my duplicate comment deleted? Internet explorer problems?

  • It’s Ferdy! Delighted to see Tikaram in Game of Thrones, he’s been in a load of stuff on British TV over the years and he really is a fantastic actor.

  • If any of the Slaver cities is left out, I’ll bet you it’s Yunkai. I remember Jorah saying something about a boat to Astapor and there was mention of Mereen at the party scene, but no talk regarding Yunkai as of yet. Not that these mentions guarantee an appearance of the location, but a lack of mention of a place from the books makes it easier to leave it out on the show without having to worry about canon.

    If Dany has left Qarth already by the start of Season 3, maybe a certain assassination attempt could go down in Astapor instead?

  • Skin tone is such a picayune thing to worry about, as so much can be done with lighting, makeup, clothing tone. The 2 characters above will probably not last long in S3 if the books are followed, so these actors must do much with little in order to make their mark. Their skin tones will matter very little to their characters’ motives, their manner and vocal delivery will be key. Minor characters often leave large impacts though as we have seen, and so it will be fascinating to see how these characters are handled. As we all know, some survive in the books and not in the show, and vice versa. The adaptation has its own method that we do not understand fully, but looking back it appears that most changes made to more minor characters have been for the purpose of leaving more room for a more major character to develop or to deepen our understanding of the major characters’ motivations or intentions. A woman thinks that skin tone is really only pertinent when trying to establish a character’s origins and manners, and this is most pertinent with the major characters who need to show a culture of their own in order to establish traditions, etc. (such as the Dornish, who honor the inheritance of female children as well as male children in order of birth, amongst other differences of tradition and culture that derive from their distant history). When a commenter quibbles about skin tone, a woman always wonders why this is so important if the character is a minor one? D&D have already shown that there is a diversity of skin tones in the world of Westeros/Essos, and they have provided a rich tapestry of characters so far. Have faith that they will continue this trend.

    Amr Waked, while attractive and reportedly well-talented as an actor, does not make a woman’s loins awaken as Jaqen does, so the comparison made by a few above is a stretch. Daario should be a man ANY woman who loves men would feel lust for (or would at least say…”OH HE’s GORGEOUS”), and one that even men who love women would agree has attractiveness beyond the norm. Amr Waked looks more average in attractiveness to this woman. YMMV, attractiveness is a subjective measure, it is known.

  • Macha: YvyB,
    Oh I’m a sucker for any debate on cultural references. :) We’re of the same opinion, with only a few small differences in regards to the Iron Islands, which – despite their insularity – I’ve always felt that were based on more of a viking culture, and Dorne – which I strongly associate with Moorish Spain.

    Oh me too! And I’ve enjoyed reading your take on it as well as Aegon’s, Wildseed, and YvyB and hope more people chime in with their thoughts on this. Like you, I also see the Iron Islands with a strong Viking influence, Braavos I’ve always associated with renaissance Venice (the city-state status, the canals, the boats, the ‘venice carnival’ atmosphere around the rich courtesans, the skilled swordfighters looking for duels) and Dorne with Al Andalus sprinkled with a bit of Italian seasoning.

    Highgarden I associate with France, the Eyrie with Switzerland, the Wildings Roman Era Celtic tribes around Britain and Ireland, Winterfell with northern England, and Kings Landing with Southern England. I have not made up my mind yet about the riverlands or stormlands…

  • Tír Airgid,

    The viking influence is why I said Iron Islands Sicily, only difference being that Sicily is an extrememly fertile and wealthy country in Medieval Times. The kingdom of Sicily was established after the Normans who originally are Vikings conquered it.

  • Tereeza777:
    darquemode,

    Thank you for suggesting Amr Waked for the role of Daario! He played the terrorist known as “the blue-eyed Egyptian”,in “Syriana”–right?Beautiful eyes,beautiful voice, and very deadly intentions–the Egyptian version of Jaqen H’ghar.Just saw him in“Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”.Almost missed this incredible movie with such a great cast–along with Amr,there is Ewan McGregor,Emily Blunt,Kristen Scott Thomas,Tom Mison and……. I knew the voice,I knew the face–but I couldn’t figure out who the actor was–and then it hit me–Varys (Conleth Hill) with hair!As usual,he stealsevery scene he is in.
    So–the exotic and handsome Amr Waked for Daario and,of course,Alexander Siddig, another “Syriana” star,for the Red Viper.

    Conleith Hill with …hair ? OMG

  • Tír Airgid: Oh me too! And I’ve enjoyed reading your take on it as well as Aegon’s, Wildseed, and YvyB and hope more people chime in with their thoughts on this. Like you, I also see the Iron Islands with a strong Viking influence, Braavos I’ve always associated with renaissance Venice (the city-state status, the canals, the boats, the ‘venice carnival’ atmosphere around the rich courtesans, the skilled swordfighters looking for duels) and Dorne with Al Andalus sprinkled with a bit of Italian seasoning.

    Highgarden I associate with France, the Eyrie with Switzerland, the Wildings Roman Era Celtic tribes around Britain and Ireland, Winterfell with northern England, and Kings Landing with Southern England. I have not made up my mind yet about the riverlands or stormlands…

    Thanks for your kind if not understanding words. I thought I was undergoing symptoms
    of a brain aneurysm. If I hadn’t remembered GRRM refer to the interviewer’s question
    about geographical and cultural influences , the discussion here would have concluded
    easily. Therein lies an composite of influences , an alchemist would have envied the
    product GRRM came up with. Actually, I credit Tolkien and his mates, those men were
    not of this world.

  • Alan:
    The best map I’ve seen for all of Ice & Fire (at least until the map book comes out), done by a fan going by Ser Mountain Goat and a couple of other people (some of whom may post on here):

    http://www.sermountaingoat.co.uk/map/map.php

    NOTE:There’s a download section on the right side if you don’t like the scrolling.

    Some background on the map and the creator (George loves the map even though it’s not 100% perfect):

    http://www.sermountaingoat.co.uk/map/index.php

    Love this. Thanks for the link monsieur !

  • Joshua Taylor,

    Regarding ASOIAF Cersei, yes I see your point there. However Littlefinger’s
    assertions balanced out those chapters as a a POV character I guess. As I
    often remind, life is not perfect nor those whom write about it. Now I’ve
    made myself anxious for her upcoming scenes on GoT.

  • Aegon the Conqueror,

    Umm no, I ‘ve been waiting 1st to figure out how ( I forbid you to laugh !!) ,I do not
    have a Facebook account or wish to. Methinks I need to come up with yet another
    user name and password to memorize ):

  • Macha:
    YvyB,
    Oh I’m a sucker for any debate on cultural references. :) We’re of the same opinion, with only a few small differences in regards to the Iron Islands, which – despite their insularity – I’ve always felt that were based on more of a viking culture, and Dorne – which I strongly associate with Moorish Spain.

    Fascinating isn’t it. The point also illustrates that for whatever claim we have of
    our differences we also share the same influences of language, culture and life.
    In India, a land of many languages and dialect, share common words originating
    from Eastern Europe. As a person growing up in a country with a derivative
    language, native Indian with African and European influences are so mingled
    that it’s impossible at times to differentiate. When I came abroad to study my
    room mate who grew up in Punjabi India, and I used to have fake debates about
    who invented ” chutney “. In the Caribbean where fresh and preserved fruit is
    served with every meal, consider it ludicrous to consider the origin of this.
    Honestly it’s a simple answer of a populace making the most of their environment
    to nourish and aid their own, sometimes it’s just duplicated or improved upon.
    Don’t let me get started on the origin of noodles :D :D :D Now I’m hungry.

  • Aegon the Conqueror:
    Tír Airgid,

    The viking influence is why I said Iron Islands Sicily, only difference being that Sicily is an extrememly fertile and wealthy country in Medieval Times. The kingdom of Sicily was established after the Normans who originally are Vikings conquered it.

    I forgot to include the Celts too ( no not the US basketball team )

  • WildSeed,

    Wise men or women, do not make demands of kings.
    No stay with the WildSeed one, you’ll see all the familiar names gives the forum quite a homey feel.

  • Aegon the Conqueror,

    I was also afraid that some of my comments were tedious if not off track. I would
    welcome a forum because here we respond to news or contests that could be many
    or none. It would be nice to focus on a thought provoking subject where questions
    and dumb assertions are allowed. It can be a learning or sharing experience as well.
    Did you see my post to Omar Brown shortly after he suggested it ? I forget the thread.

  • Aegon the Conqueror:
    WildSeed,

    Wise men or women, do not make demands of kings.
    No stay with the WildSeed one, you’ll see all the familiar names gives the forum quite a homey feel.

    The edict came from the COTF which supersedes the king’s authority, sorry your grace.

  • WildSeed,

    I might have, though this past weekend all news and comments were read from the small screen of my blackberry so it would have been easy to skipped it by accident. Driving and reading WIC.net is perhaps not such a good idea.
    From what I’ve seen so far WIC.net is probably the internet domain with the nicest posters, yes there are one or two mean ones (looking at you CLaudia) but overall it’s a tight knit community. Most other domains seem to be mudslinging contests and other deragotory discussions. So with the WIC.net guys transferring there the discussions remain civil, friendly and interesting
    Oh and the best part in select discussions you can spoil all you want without adding the spoiler text, *sigh* so freeing.

  • Mrs. H’ghar,

    Whitewashing isn’t a “quibble”- it’s a real problem, with non-white performers being marginalized and non-white characters ignored. Kraznys is a minor role, but the size of the part doesn’t matter. There are some great essays on the subject out there, so I’d recommend googling whitewashing and reading up on the subject. Basically, they can’t just paint brown makeup (or whatever appropriate skin shade) on a white person. It’s not okay. When the character was written as a Person of Color, then they should be cast that way.
    I don’t think they’ll paint up Hildebrand, btw- he’ll just be white. As for the rest of the Ghiscari/Astapor citizens, I don’t know.

  • Aegon the Conqueror,

    Yes and true. I do think I had a few more brain farts than usual. Thanks for the
    encouragement. Remember my inexperienced king, the COTF existed before the
    dragon/ Dalek and some ( obviously not the weaker slaughtered small folk )
    possess certain gifts to diminish an/or destroy the dragon blood influence.
    We prefer entreat a peaceful coexistence for your people and mine.

  • Ours is the Fury,

    Hey so I know you guys have been quite silent on the topic so far, but just want to hear your thoughts on the forum if you would be so kind as to indulge me.

  • Macha:
    YvyB,
    Oh I’m a sucker for any debate on cultural references. :) We’re of the same opinion, with only a few small differences in regards to the Iron Islands, which – despite their insularity – I’ve always felt that were based on more of a viking culture, and Dorne – which I strongly associate with Moorish Spain.

    Viking or Celt ? Moorish Spain implies African influence.

  • idkk,

    I’m not too familiar with his work, but I really like his look for either…

    I’m not sure he will be available.
    He says on his Twitter July 23 that he “Just tried on a wig for a period movie… 1700 in France

    He could be available though if that period movie role is not too large a role……
    After reading about him he sounds perfect for Daario. He has martial arts training and horse riding experience… and wants a good script.

  • Ours is the Fury:
    Mrs. H’ghar,

    Whitewashing isn’t a “quibble”- it’s a real problem, with non-white performers being marginalized and non-white characters ignored. Kraznys is a minor role, but the size of the part doesn’t matter. There are some great essays on the subject out there, so I’d recommend googling whitewashing and reading up on the subject. Basically, they can’t just paint brown makeup (or whatever appropriate skin shade) on a white person. It’s not okay. When the character was written as a Person of Color, then they should be cast that way.
    I don’t think they’ll paint up Hildebrand, btw- he’ll just be white. As for the rest of the Ghiscari/Astapor citizens, I don’t know.

    A woman is aware of the issue and doesn’t need to google it. No offense was intended.

  • All that have joined the forum welcome! We got the blessing of Phil so we are *semi-official”. Message me on twitter @obienator if you are having any issues.
    My screen name there is “DonalNoyesArm”

  • Al Swearengen:
    I just hope we get Belwas, he’s one of the most entertaining characters in the series.

    LOL! I put him right after Cheswyck in terms of relevance to the series. He can easily not be cast and no one would notice

  • Aegon the Conqueror:
    Tír Airgid,

    The viking influence is why I said Iron Islands Sicily, only difference being that Sicily is an extrememly fertile and wealthy country in Medieval Times. The kingdom of Sicily was established after the Normans who originally are Vikings conquered it.

    I didn’t know that and it’s very interesting! I will most certainly be on the look for books where I can read more on the subject. Thanks for the info!

  • WildSeed
    Tír Airgid: Thanks for your kind if not understanding words. I thought I was undergoing symptoms of a brain aneurysm.

    ? I’m quite puzzled by your words. Don’t see how my comment could be ununderstanding towards you or other posters. If it was, I apologize.

    I am aware Martin combined and melted influences in the pot of his own imagination to give us all this unique, interesting places.

    I believe a work of art is not only affected by the creator’s intentions but also by each “receiver”‘s perceptions, and so from one book a million are born, in the mind of each and every one of the readers.

    So even though I am interested in which places in particular he drew inspiration from, I’m even more interested in what kind of associations they stirred on readers minds. You never know what delicious snippet from information you’re going to stumble upon.

    For example, hadn’t been for what you guys said, I would have probably never pondered upon the simmilarities between Winterfell and Russia, or never suspected there could have been any sort of Viking connection to Sicily (and I am looking forward to investigate more into that matter), etc. I thought it would be interesting to get more opinions, and anyone who finds it boring could simply skip those posts.

  • Tír Airgid,

    I think you misunderstood…. WildSeed was rambling a bit , and she was saying thank you for BEING understanding… not that she didn’t understand you :)

  • YvyB,
    I see I probably misunderstood. :( My brain is not working well this morning. Had a late night and I guess one mug of coffee wasn’t enough. Gotta go put on another one. Thank you for stepping in! :)

  • Well, we are definitely getting to Yunkai I guess! I figured they would end series three with the Unsullied being freed, but unless they have decided to really mess with the timelines, it looks like we are doing Yunkai as well, maybe ending with Mother! Mother! Mother!!

    I am really excited to see the great “Lost in Translation” scene with Dany + Missandei + Kraznys + Whitebeard on screen. Love how Dany outsmarts them all… I wonder if we get to hear the details about their “training” :p

  • Josla:
    You think they’ll feature Jorah and Danny’s kiss. I’m so looking foward to that scene. They better make it feel awesome like in the books… it was so romantic!

    Oh I’m sure they’ll have it. Looking back on it now, I think of it as more terribly sad than romantic though, considering it’s 100% one-sided. : /

  • I’m absolutely fascinated with Ramon Tikaram’s hair in his photo. It’s almost defying the laws of physics. It’s psychotic!

  • YvyB:
    Tír Airgid,

    Ah that’s ok, I just know the last thing WildSeed would want to do is offend anyone, and you too for that matter :)

    Thanks YvyB. I did have quite a trial with words yesterday ( rambling ). You did not
    warn me that the Dornish Red you offered was fortified ( and similar to what Lancel
    offered King Robert ). Hope both your days are are going well.

  • This is inappropriate, but Ramon Tikaram’s haircut makes his head look like the tip of a penis :P

  • Great News that Dan Hildebrand is cast in Game Of Thrones. He was awesome in Deadwood.

    I found out some awesome gossip about Dan !!! Dan Hildebrand doesn’t only play tough guy on screen – he has another role that’s even harder – he has just come back from building an orphanage in Haiti for a children’s charity called “haiti hero”. He raised the funds himself, laid the foundations, put up re-bar, sprayed concrete and battled with tarantulas, torrential rain and searing heat. Check out the charity and the blog photos on http://haitihero.blogspot.co.uk/ especially the bit about his battle with a giant tarantula. EEeeeeeK!!!

    Nice one Dan!

  • IHeartHaitiHero,

    I’m not that familiar with the actor, but there are many unsung heroes that are
    demonstrating good work there, even smaller -individual effort. I applaud his
    contribution and efforts, among these. He sounds like a man whom acts on
    his good heart and social values. I’ll try to look for him during the GoT show.

  • Michel,

    I don’t think Meereen will be on the first season, Astapor definitely, the fourth season will show Dany conquering the slaver cities, but I think the sack of Astapor will be one of the closing episodes of the third season