Season four open casting thread
By Winter Is Coming on in Casting, Speculation.

Season three is still a few months away, but that doesn’t mean we can’t look ahead to season four. By this summer, we will be knee deep in casting rumors, but before we get to that we like to do a little fancasting. In this thread, we’ll open up the discussion to any and every role that we think will need to be cast in season four. Later, we will take some of the most popular fan suggestions for the big roles and analyze them individually.

Here is a list of notable roles that will likely need to be cast for season four. You are not limited to this list, of course, so if you have the perfect actor in mind for a role not on here, feel free to share it in the comments.

Aeron Greyjoy aka Damphair
Euron Greyjoy
Victarion Greyjoy
Oberyn Martell aka The Red Viper
Ellaria Sand
Mace Tyrell
Randyll Tarly
Taena Merryweather
Strong Belwas
Brown Ben Plumm
Dareon
The Kindly Man
The Waif

Winter Is Coming: Not as big a list this season as the past few seasons. And this is even an expanded list as I’ve included characters that don’t appear until A Feast for Crows. I’m assuming that they will include some of the early events of Feast in season four, as there just isn’t enough material in the latter half of Storm to make up a full season. So I’ve included characters like the Greyjoys and those from the House of Black and White on here. So who would you like to see playing these roles?


366 Comments

  1. Eleusis
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    Alexander Siddig is my top choice for Oberyn Martell. His agent, when asked, said she was ‘aware of the role’.

  2. Michel
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    Ray Setevenson for Victarion!

  3. Colty
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 11:22 am | Permalink

    I don’t have anyone in mind yet for the Dorne characters, but I am wondering if they will stick to casting white actors, or if they will go for something more racially diverse. What do you think?

  4. HyacinthGirl
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 11:24 am | Permalink

    Oded Fehr (of Mummy fame) for the red viper, or maybe Naveen Andrews (Sayid from Lost).

    Viggo Mortensen for Euron. Although he’s a big name, I don’t think it’s that impossible.

    I’d be happy with Karl Urban for Victarion, but I suppose he’s a bit too much of a long shot now because of Dredd, so I’ll second Ray Stevenson.

  5. Bryan
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 11:25 am | Permalink

    Doran Martell, Ser Arys Oakheart, Areo Hotah

  6. Fenouillet Benoit
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 11:28 am | Permalink

    Euron Greyjoy : Mads Mikkelsen
    Victarion Greyjoy : Vladimir Kulich
    Oberyn Martell aka The Red Viper : Oded Fehr
    Doran Martell : Alexander Siddig
    Brown Ben Plumm : Giancarlo Esposito
    Randyll Tarly : Alan Dale

  7. Jambo
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 11:29 am | Permalink

    As much as I like Strong Belwas, I kinda think if they haven’t introduced him by s3 that he won’t be in at all – what role does he really serve(besides a little comic relief) after introducing us to Whitebeard?

    And I’ve always pictured the Red Viper as Naveen Andrews, he would be great.

  8. Seven Hells Bells
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 11:29 am | Permalink

    The Dorne casting decisions should prove to be very interesting. I’m hoping they turn to India and maybe the Middle East in terms of acting talent, that should certainly make the cast a great mix of Asian, European and American talent.

    The diversity in terms of actor/actress nationalities will be most interesting to see by next year, and could help actors from those parts of the world get great recognition in the West.

  9. Belwas's Stool
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 11:31 am | Permalink

    Strong Belwas – Mark Hunt

  10. Andrew
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 11:32 am | Permalink

    I know he might not be as physically imposing as one might hope, but I think James Callis could pull off the rather scary psychological side of Euron. Viggo Mortensen would also be awesome.

  11. Ollie
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 11:33 am | Permalink

    I’m not ever any good with thinking up casting ideas, but in regards to the characters mentioned:

    Ellaria Sand – I really, really don’t want her to be cut, because she’s one of my favourite minor characters, but I think she might be. I think they will definitely introduce Arianne alongisde Oberyn in S4, so to save introducing too many characters Ellaria may take a back seat.

    Randyll Tarly – Doubt we’ll see him until S5, if at all.

    Strong Belwas – Hasn’t it already been confirmed that he’s been fully cut?

    Dareon – I think one of the NW brothers we’ve already been introduced to, e.g. Grenn or Pyp, will take his place in this plot, to save introducing an extra character.

    The Waif – Will be cut IMO.

  12. Kaye
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 11:33 am | Permalink

    Viggo Mortensen is an amazing choice for Euron!

  13. Hi-Fi
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 11:37 am | Permalink

    WiC, you don’t think they’ll introduce the Dorne characters (Doran, Arianne and Sand Snakes) in Season 4?

    Anyway:

    Red Viper – Oded Fehr
    Euron Greyjoy – James Purefoy
    Victarian Greyjoy – Ray Stevenson

  14. Nancy
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 11:42 am | Permalink

    Ray Stevenson, Ronan Vibert, David O’Hara, Vincent Irizarry, Daniel Benzali, Matthew MacFadyen, Ciaran Hinds.

  15. Joan
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 11:44 am | Permalink

    Ben Kingsley as Aeron

  16. Habarodix
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 11:45 am | Permalink

    WE DO NOT SOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. Brad Villane
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 11:45 am | Permalink

    I’d really like to see them take the extra time they have next season to tell the story of Robert’s Rebellion. So far, the events of 13 (17) years ago have not been super central to the story, but that’s about to change with young griff just around the corner. Would also be nice to see what happens to Elia rather than just hearing the Red Viper talk about it.

    If that’s the case we can hope for:
    Rhaegar
    Lyanna
    Elia
    Aerys
    Brandon
    Lord Rickard
    And young versions of Jaime, Ned, Robert, Tywin, Gregor

    Maybes would include:
    Ashara and Arthur Dayne
    Jon Connington

    Seeing Jaime kill Aerys is too central an image to the series to no show visually at some point. And with season IV being the first time we don’t have a ton of new characters to introduce, it’s just too perfect.

    Book III ends on too amazing a note for most of the characters. going too far into Book IV would rob the season of some of its narrative umph. Of the characters listed above, the only one essential to the plot of the later third of SoS is the Red Viper.

    I know I’m right about this. Don’t let me down D&D

    As for the cast… I’m drawing a total blank

  18. Winter Is Coming
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 11:46 am | Permalink

    Hi-Fi: WiC, you don’t think they’ll introduce the Dorne characters (Doran, Arianne and Sand Snakes) in Season 4?

    I don’t think so. I don’t think they will want to introduce another location next season, so focusing on the Iron Islands intrigue makes sense. Also, we know that the Iron Islands stuff happens concurrently with many of the latter events of Storm, whereas the Dorne stuff can’t happen until after Gregor’s “death”. I’m guessing that will take place in a later episode, which would mean there wouldn’t be much time to introduce Dorne and all its characters. I think saving it for season five makes the most sense.

  19. dizzy
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 11:46 am | Permalink

    Michel,

    It is known.

  20. Leah
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 11:47 am | Permalink

    Mandy Patinkin = Red Viper ftw

  21. Carne
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 11:47 am | Permalink

    Aeron Greyjoy – John Lynch/Jon Campling (he auditioned for Rattleshirt)

    Euron Greyjoy – Lars Mikkelsen/James Purefoy

    Victarion Greyjoy – Ray Stevenson

    Oberyn Martell – Alexander Siddig/Arben Bajraktaraj

    Randyll Tarly – Graham McTavish

    Brown Ben Plumm – Hakeem Kae-Kazim

  22. Bri
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    Most likely a slim-to-none chance here, but Richard Armitage for Victarion.

    And if you want a slight visual accompaniment: http://goo.gl/Dq53E

    And the suggestion of Viggo for Euron works perfect with that too.

  23. SourBillyTipton
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 11:50 am | Permalink

    Victarion Greyjoy: Ray Stevenson or Ron Perlman
    Euron Greyjoy: Kevin McKidd, Dominic West, James Purefoy

    HBO has to get Ray Stevenson for Victarion, the fans want him and GRRM loved Rome. On IMDB his schedule is curently clear. In fact he just finished working with Alan Taylor on Thor 2.

    For Euron the actors I choose all worked for HBO at some point. They are all on tv shows and some are doing films also currently. Dominic West seems the easy choice since he was already contacted to play Mance but turned it down because he didn’t want to be in Iceland for a long period of time since his family is in England. But he seemed to almost regret his decision when he found out about the popularity of GOT from his nephew. Euron scenes would most likely be filmed in N. Ireland a short trip from London, so call him up again David and Dan.

  24. Nick_Scryer
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 11:51 am | Permalink

    Aeron Greyjoy aka Damphair : This Guy
    Euron Greyjoy : James Purefoy
    Victarion Greyjoy : Ray Stevenson
    Oberyn Martell aka The Red Viper : Oded Fehr
    Ellaria Sand : Anyone
    Mace Tyrell : Brendan Gleeson but it’s not a big enough role for him.
    Strong Belwas : No idea
    Brown Ben Plumm: Ben Onwukwe
    The Kindly Man : No idea

    Depending on how far the story goes this year they may also need to cast:

    Doran Martell – Alexander Siddig
    Arianne Martell – Emmanuelle Chriqui or Amrita Rao depending on the Ethnicity they go for.
    Edric Storm – Featured extra
    Donal Noye – No Idea
    Val and Dalla – Featured Extra for Dalla, someone beautiful from British/Irish theatre.
    Arys Oakheart – Featured extra
    Areo Hotah – Cut him out

  25. Seven Hells Bells
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 11:53 am | Permalink

    Off topic, I know, but I often wonder how they’ll do Braavos as a
    setting. I mean will they film authentically at it’s focus of inspiration
    (Venice) or will they just use previous backdrops and be clever by not
    showing too much of Arya’s (and Sam’s) storyline outside?

  26. Brad Villane
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 11:53 am | Permalink

    Fenouillet Benoit,

    Love all these choices

  27. Matt
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 11:53 am | Permalink

    I’m gonna second that Dorne should be represented by more Middle-Eastern types. I mean it IS in the south where it’s hot, so skin tones would naturally be darker. It also gives them the opportunity to bring in some terrific talent!

    I think Oded Fehr, Alexander Siddig and Naveen Andrews would be the perfect *look* for the people of Dorne. As for the Red Viper… I think any of those 3 would be great choices!

    P.S. Can we call this thread SEASON FOUR-CASTING!? come on this stuff practically writes itself!

  28. Gatorfisch
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    I just don’t picture Oded Fehr as the Red Viper. He’s too muscular, in my opinion. I picture someone tall and lithe as the Viper. I don’t have a particular actor in mind, just the overall look.

  29. Azaael
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    Brad Villane:
    I’d really like to see them take the extra time they have next season to tell the story of Robert’s Rebellion. So far, the events of 13 (17) years ago have not been super central to the story, but that’s about to change with young griff just around the corner. Would also be nice to see what happens to Elia rather than just hearing the Red Viper talk about it.

    If that’s the case we can hope for:
    Rhaegar
    Lyanna
    Elia
    Aerys
    Brandon
    Lord Rickard
    And young versions of Jaime, Ned, Robert, Tywin, Gregor

    Maybes would include:
    Ashara and Arthur Dayne
    Jon Connington

    Seeing Jaime kill Aerys is too central an image to the series to no show visually at some point. And with season IV being the first time we don’t have a ton of new characters to introduce, it’s just too perfect.

    Book III ends on too amazing a note for most of the characters. going too far into Book IV would rob the season of some of its narrative umph. Of the characters listed above, the only one essential to the plot of the later third of SoS is the Red Viper.

    I know I’m right about this. Don’t let me down D&D

    As for the cast… I’m drawing a total blank

    Young Gregor: I think his name is Daniel Cudmore-He played the young Colossus in the X men movies. He’s over six and a half feet tall to my memory-while he may be around 30 now he seems to still look much younger than his age; he could probably pull off a teenaged Gregor(who was all of 17 when the stuff went down in the books to my memory.)

  30. Robert
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 11:56 am | Permalink

    Nick E Tarabay for Oberyn Martell. He played Ashur in Spartacus

  31. Joan
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 11:57 am | Permalink

    Brad Villane,

    I wish we got a whole season (or a mini season) just to see that story unfold properly. If the series catches up with the books it would be an interesting way to give GRRM an extra year to get ahead again. A Hollywood movie for the War of the Usurper would be awesome too.

  32. WheelofIceandFire
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 11:57 am | Permalink

    I would really love to see some Rome/Deadwood/Wire actors show up on the show as those shows are three of my favourite shows (behind Breaking Bad and GoT) and i loved the cast and characters from all three.
    Plus, thos shows are all HBO so the likes of Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Ian McShane,Dominic West etc have a great chance of being cast. Ray Stevenson as Victarian is probably the one i want most and i hope Alan Taylor has spoken to him about getting a role on the show

  33. dizzy
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 11:59 am | Permalink

    Probably not Season 4 casting but Peter Mensah for Moqorro.

  34. Joshua Taylor
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 11:59 am | Permalink

    Eric Bana, Nick Tarbay, Alexander Siddig or Oscar Issac for the Red Viper.

    Ray Stevenson for Victarion.

  35. Bryon Blofstein
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 12:00 pm | Permalink

    I am really interested to see how the casting for anyone from Sunspear.

    Oberyn Martell
    Doran Martell
    Arianne Martell
    Quentyn Martell

    The Red Viper V. Mountain scene played fantastically in my imagination the times I’ve read it.

    You know the stuff with Myrcella will have to play out in Dorne. I hope we get a good look at how Doran comes into play and what his daughter thinks of him turning the wheels of the fate of Myrcella. Thus revealing what Doran had planned with Quentyn Martell.

  36. wargsareawesome
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 12:00 pm | Permalink

    Bri,

    I’m not sure Armitage would be available, what with The Hobbit

  37. Winter Is Coming
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 12:00 pm | Permalink

    Nancy:
    Ray Stevenson, Ronan Vibert, David O’Hara, Vincent Irizarry, Daniel Benzali, Matthew MacFadyen, Ciaran Hinds.

    Uhhhh…. I guess you missed the Mance casting announcement?

    Brad Villane, I know a lot of people are hoping for some sort of prequel series, but it’s never going to happen. George has intentionally left a lot of the details of that time period vague and if you film it you won’t be able to do that, which could spoil the surprises of later reveals in the books and the show. Also, it would be super expensive and wouldn’t have much of a benefit outside of fan service.

  38. Arkash
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

    Euron Greyjoy : Mads Mikkelsen.

    Victarion Greyjoy : Lars Mikkelsen / Vladimir Kulich / Karl Urban / Marton Csokas.

    Doran Martell : Ghassan Massoud.

    Oberyn Martell : Naveen Andrews.

    Ellaria Sand : Rose Byrne.

    Aeron Greyjoy : Peter Mullan.

    Mace Tyrell : Stephen Fry.

    Randyl Tarly : Til Schweiger.

    The Waif : Kara Hayward.

    Dareon : Jared Gilman.

    The Kindly Man : Jeremy Irons (let me dream).

  39. Fiona
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

    Aeron Greyjoy (Damphair) was already in season 2. He met Theon when he returned to Pyke, made him kneel in the mud and be “baptized” for the Drowned God, and led him to the castle. Will that actor not re-appear? Or are they recasting him? Or am I completely thinking of the book – did that not happen on the show? I have a strong visual image of Damphair, but maybe it’s my imagination.

  40. Winter Is Coming
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

    Fiona, you are right, that did happen in the show. But the writers specifically stated that that was not Aeron, just an unnamed priest of the Drowned God. Reason being, they wanted to leave the role open so they could cast it at a later date.

  41. Seth
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

    Winter Is Coming: Uhhhh…. I guess you missed the Mance casting announcement?

    Brad Villane, I know a lot of people are hoping for some sort of prequel series, but it’s never going to happen. George has intentionally left a lot of the details of that time period vague and if you film it you won’t be able to do that, which could spoil the surprises of later reveals in the books and the show. Also, it would be super expensive and wouldn’t have much of a benefit outside of fan service.

    I tend to agree that they’ll hold off on the flashbacks, if they ever do any at all. The only one I could theoretically see fitting in Season 3/4 would be Jaime and Aerys, since you would just use the existing throne room set and you’d only need one extra actor. I still don’t think they’ll do that, though.

  42. Maester Lynch
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 12:13 pm | Permalink

    David O’Hara would be perfect for Victarion or Tarly. He needs to be in this series, was outstanding in The Tudors.

  43. AA
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

    Regarding flashbacks, I can’t imagine the show would change format after two seasons (actually 3, because there is nothing to suggest casting or filming for the upcoming season including flashbacks). The narrative structure of the show is already established, and it does not include flashbacks.

    Like many people on here, I’m hoping for some James Purefoy. Here’s hoping The Following fails when it premieres on Fox.

  44. Hi-Fi
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

    Oscar Isaac as the Red Viper would be amazing.

  45. GrzebykK
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

    Fenouillet Benoit: Randyll Tarly : Alan Dale

    I second that twice.

  46. SourBillyTipton
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

    What about the Dusky Woman?

  47. Matt
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    Seth,

    Ah but how wonderful would a follow-up scene of The Mad King on the floor, Jamie on the Throne, and then NED STARK kicking him off be!

  48. GreatJon of Slumber
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

    A few quick thoughts.

    On Oberyn Martell:
    I can see how the entire Dornish stuff could be left for Season 5 – save of course for Oberyn Martell, as he actually comes to King’s Landing. The belief many have about this group having a more Middle Eastern or Indian type of markings makes sense, and I tend to also support the idea of Alexander Siddig as Oberyn Martell, though one could go slightly younger with the part by using Saïd Taghmaoui - who many of you may know as the soldier who talks with Mark Walhberg in “Three Kings” and was also in “Hideous Kinky.” He’s French/Moroccan, and his slight build and his age (he’s 40) would work quite well as a man dancing around the enormous size that is Gregor Clegane. He also appears to be someone with a wild sort of streak in him, too.

    As for the Greyjoys — some of the casting has to be done with those in mind for what we see already, that is, you’ve got 3 brothers who are going to look similar to Patrick Malahide in some way, but just varying ages, with Victarion the eldest, followed by Euron (Crow’s Eye) and the Damphair.

    Alfie Allen is a feral looking man himself, particularly in the second season, and Malahide has a gaunt, hungry look about him also. It’s also hard to decide which of the three of these are the meatiest roles – they’re almost equal in their importance, though Victarion’s invasion of the Shield Islands comes later and may be too extraneous to really get a sense of on a TV show and therefore truncated, though his pursuit of Danys is going to be eventually important.

    Euron is the flashiest in terms of appearance (eyepatches will do that) and the Damphair’s religious nature makes him interesting, too, but then he disappears after that. So figure his character is the 0ne more likely to get a lesser light in terms of who is cast.

    You’d also want actors with a more greyish pallor about them (like Malahide) – given they’re from the “Iron” islands, given the casting of Dagmer Cleftjaw with his coloring too. Mads Mikkelsen is a nice choice and given his role in “Casino Royale” you can easily see him don an eyepatch. He’s 20 years younger than Malahide, but that’s not a problem.

    So that leaves Victarion, who comes across as tougher, older, and harsher, bigger than Mikkelsen, more sinewy than the likes of Balon. He’s going to be a sea warrior for his voyage (picking up Moqorro, killing his maester) and as such the kind of role you’d like to see an actor who can chew on the dialogue a bit. And no, I do not see Viggo Mortensen, an established movie star, coming into this role. He’s too big for this part, and too sympathetic looking; the Greyjoys are a collection of people hewn from stone, and Mortensen, even in movies like Eastern Promises, comes across as a man with empathy.

    Paul McGann, who appears on Luther, has the right sort of look and is about the right age, Mark Strong is a popular name on this site for any random role people can think of, so hell, throw him into the mix, too.

    Another possibility – Ted Rooney, who played the dour John McGarrigle on Boardwalk Empire. He’s very tall, gaunt, with a sour demeanor. He’s actually from Oregon, but given his solid Irish accent on Boardwalk, he’d probably be able to handle a more British sound for one of the Iron Islanders. The only question is whether he’s too old – his character on Boardwalk is a man in his 60s, but his promotional pics show him to be younger. He’d probably work just fine slotted in between an older 40s man like Euron and the mid-60s Balon.

    As for the Kindly Man, the first thing I can think of is “skeletal,” and for that, I look to Richard O’Brien, of course better known as “Riff Raff” from The Rocky Horror Picture Show. That’ll never happen, but one can dream; he was awesome in “Dark City” as that wraith hissing “Miiissssster Murrrrrdock” at Rufus Sewell.

  49. RV
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

    i am almost 100% sure that we will see arianne in S4.
    i think that arianne will join oberyan to their trip to kings landing, and in that case she will become the most important charcter in dorne storyline in S4S5.

  50. Walter_Eagle
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

    McKidd is a great actor, but he doesn’t suit Euron at all.

    Euron and Oberyn are the main uncast chances to get relative “name” actors on the show ever again; they’re the only roles that are both sizeable and flashy. Oberyn in particular is likely a commitment to large roles in only a few episodes.

    For Euron, James Purefoy really seems the ideal; I wonder if he’s only on The Following for one season as he seems to be the villain Kevin Bacon is tracking. Dominic West and James Callis and Mads Mikkelsen would nail it too. I love Viggo but he seems a little off too. To offer my own suggestions, David Wenham or Paddy Considine could pull it off.

    With Oberyn they could go in a few directions. I like Naveen Andrews and Alexander Siddig and Oded Fehr.

    Victarion: Ray Stevenson fits it, but it might be too small a role. Titus Welliver could do it.

    Aeron: I like the idea of Peter Mullan.

    Ellaria: I doubt she’ll be in it.

    The Kindly Man: Nicholas Woodeson from Rome seems suitable.

  51. James Williams
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

    Walter_Eagle,

    McKidd = Jon Connington…season 5…easiest casting since Dinklage

  52. Jaime
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

    I think we need Oded Fehr for Oberyn Martell, or Naveen Andrews if Oded is looks a bit too old for the Viper (I haven’t seen any properly recent pictures of him lately)

    We also need Satin – the boy from Oldtown who gets sent to the Night’s Watch and defends the Wall at Jon’s side from the wildling attack and is raised to Jon’s steward when he becomes Lord Commander. He’s one of my favourite small characters. I’ve always imagined him looking a bit like a young Brian Molko, only golden skinned. Very dainty and pretty. Can’t quite decide who would suit playing him though.

  53. Quowala
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

    Fenouillet Benoit,

    Giancarlo Esposito !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I would so love it if he were in Game of Thrones.
    Gus Fring… man… what an actor.
    Not sure if Brown Ben Plumm would be a big enough role for him… but him being in Thrones would be amazing.

  54. Brad Villane
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

    Winter Is Coming,

    I don’t see what would be so expensive about including flashbacks in the show. The throne room is built. Harrenhal is built. We know plenty about what happens in both of those places to tell the stories that are relevant up to this point. And I could not disagree more that showing it would just be a fan service. TV is a visual medium. Of course we could have several lengthy dialogue scenes. “Gregor raped and killed Elia” Gregor killed little Aegon and Rheanys” “Lyanna absconded with Rhaegar” “Aerys cooked Rickard and Brandon in their armor” etc. These events are very important to the story and our characters, but if we’re just hearing about them in conversations with our characters, they’re going to have very little impact. If we actually see Elia get raped and killed, the audience is going to be much more attached to the outcome of the Viper vs. the Mountain. Also, George has given up many of his secrets to D&D and they’ve said they see the show henceforth as an adaptation of the entire saga. I wouldn’t be surprised if we do get a few details from the show before they ever show up in the books.

  55. SourBillyTipton
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    This will probably start a debate.

    I don’t mind Ian Whyte playing Gregor Clegane but I would prefer Conan Stevens.

    If he would come back for the scene with the Red Viper everyone would be happy. Or Ian Whyte could gain 50+ pounds in the next couple of months.

    The only problem I could see is if Whyte has a contract, or maybe the bridge was burned when Conan left to do the Hobbit for more $.

  56. First
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

    Mace Tyrell should be a comedic pathetic type. Someone like Harry Enfield.
    Ray Stevenson would be just perfect for Euron, he’s brilliant. If you could get him then I’d go with Purefoy as Euron. I’d get Charles Dance for Randyll Tarly. Just shave him and darken his hair.

  57. Jacarb
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

    RV:
    i am almost 100% sure that we will see arianne in S4.
    i think that arianne will join oberyan to their trip to kings landing, and in that case she will become the most important charcter in dorne storyline in S4S5.

    I agree. Maybe I’m not as certain, but I can very much see the production introducing her earlier in order to have her as more of a central protagonist. You know there are HBO execs salivating at getting to the casting of a 22 year old desert princess.

  58. Currer Bell
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

    Patrick Stewart = The Kindly Man

    One realizes that Sir Patrick is older but there are doubles and camera slight-of-hand for fight/training sequences. Just think of how cool it would be to have Jean-Luc Picard instructing Arya. And Sir Patrick and Maisie have worked together before. Remember the little promotional skit for the Olympics.

  59. Khal-A-Bunga
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

    Not sure where the Oded Fehr love is coming from. Dude may look the part, but he can’t actt.

    Cliff Simon and/or Alexander Siddig for myself. They’re both much closer to how I envisioned Oberyn, and are very good actors.

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v443/morjana/continuum/1baal701.jpg

    http://images.wikia.com/stargate/fr/images/8/83/Cliff_Simon.jpg

    http://media.screened.com/uploads/0/383/190332-cliffsimon_large.jpg

    http://forums.scifi-nexus.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=1041&d=1284827604

  60. Hi-Fi
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 1:06 pm | Permalink
  61. Tyrion Pimpslap
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

    Khal-A-Bunga,

    His acting is fine. I always pictured him as Oberyn while reading, but after seeing some recent pictures of him I think he may be a little too old, plus he is bigger than he was 5-10 years ago.

  62. Nick
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

    Strong Belwas would have to be Dwayne Johnson
    David Tennant as the Damphair.

  63. Tyrion Pimpslap
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

    Hi-Fi,

    Is that the guy from ‘Robin Hood’? He has dark features, but, and I know I may catch heat for this, he is still too white. The Martells, in my opinion, need to be more exotic looking.

  64. Arkash
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    I like the idea of Said Taghmaoui as the Red Viper…

  65. Rygar
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    Lady Merryweather will be Robbs wife. Thanks Cary Storm for this update.

  66. cabins8
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 1:16 pm | Permalink

    Mace Tyrell: Hugh Bonneville

  67. AA
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

    Brad Villane,

    I think WiC was saying that an entire prequel series (as opposed to flashbacks) would be expensive and only serve the more hardcore fans. Also, I have to reiterate what I said before, that the show’s narrative structure is already established and they are not going to start inserting flashbacks at this point.

  68. Rygar
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

    Knock Knock.
    Who’s there?
    Burn Gorman.
    Burn Gorman who?
    Not sure who the fuck he is playing..

  69. Macha
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

    Nick_Scryer: Aeron Greyjoy aka Damphair : This Guy

    This. Although, truth be told, that guy seems a bit too….alright in the head? :)

  70. Hi-Fi
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

    Tyrion Pimpslap,

    Yep. That’s him. I became a fan after watching him in Drive.

  71. Cary Storm
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

    Idris Elba for Euron Greyjoy

  72. saark
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

    James Purefoy for Euron Greyjoy (evil with a twinkle in the eye)
    Peter Postlewaith for the Kindly man.

  73. Cary Storm
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    Sorry, I meant Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje for Euron Greyjoy. Idris Elba for Victarion.

  74. saark
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

    The Rhoynar (and therefore the Dornish) should be depicted using Indian/Pakistani/Bangladeshi actors, IMO.

    Plenty of people to choose from.

  75. Arkash
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

    Surprised not to see more suggestions of Mads Mikkelsen for Euron Greyjoy.

    He is by far my favorite for the part and I was expecting to see more people sharing this opinion with me !

  76. Khal-A-Bunga
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

    Tyrion Pimpslap,

    I don’t know; he gave passable performances in the Resident Evil movies, the Mummy movies, and Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigilo, but… I think a filmography like that speaks for itself. Still, I guess he wouldn’t be too bad for the part, but I’d like to see even an unknown get the role before him.

  77. Brad Villane
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

    AA,

    By the end of book 3, you could have said the book’s narrative structure was already established and that George wasn’t going to start one off chapters on minor characters.

    And let’s say that L+R=J turns out to be true. When we get to that point in the story anyone who’s only watched the show is going to say, “Who the fuck is Rhaegar?”

    I’m calling it here! Flashbacks are coming!

  78. AdrianAegon
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

    Iron Islands plot is 100% in S4 because it happens at the same time with Asos. Plus they can’t let Yara(Asha) out for more than 1 season. Some people might forget. Plus as Cat and Robb are out, these ones can take their place:
    - Victarion – Ray Stevenson
    - Euron – Mads Mikkelsen
    Oberyn Martell will arrive in KL with Arianne. (Ellaria sadly will be cut, or will be a non-speaking role). Arianne will be featured, so that she can go back to Dorne in S5, thus creating a link between regions, and seasons.
    - Oberyn – Cliff Simon (he has witty eyes) – regular (as Joffrey will be out soon!)
    -Arianne – I want here a surprise! – recurring
    Personally I would have preffered to see Ciaran Hinds as Mace Tyrell – he would have played him SPLENDID – playing a fool of a man, but he is Mance… close enough(name-wise).
    As Randyl Tarly – Peter Mullan!
    Taena I think was cast in S3 as Mirelle, or something…
    Season 4 should be a season of character breathing! S3 brings a LOT of new face and they need development, so more than this characters, I don’t think they will add.

    Edit: Bring back Conan Stevens as The Mountain!!!

  79. Jen@House Stark
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

    As stated before:
    Red Viper – Oded Fehr
    Euron Greyjoy – James Purefoy
    Victarian Greyjoy – Ray Stevenson
    Hell to the yeah, on Eded, have seen him in more than just Mummy, he can act, IMO.

  80. Dark Star
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    Oded Fehr IS the Red Viper. It is known! I am glad to see that many concur.

  81. Premislaus
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

    Colty:
    I don’t have anyone in mind yet for the Dorne characters, but I am wondering if they will stick to casting white actors, or if they will go for something more racially diverse.What do you think?

    I want them to go racially diverse so I can hear the jimmies being rustled here and on Westeros.org

  82. Dark Star
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

    saark,

    I believe that Pete Postlethwaite (sp?) passed away last year, unfortunately. He would have been stupendous.

  83. Rygar
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

    Need a hot guy for Euron. Mads is freaky deaky looking.

  84. AdrianAegon
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

    Rygar: Need a hot guy for Euron. Mads is freaky deaky looking.

    Need good-looking guys for both Euron and Oberyn! Especially Oberyn, since his attractivness is such a big part of him!

    But in the end in Nina Gold we trust! So whoever they decide should play the parts, they will be great! And personally I wouldn’t mind if they bring unknowns for the most parts, as long as they are great! Give those actors a chance!

  85. Erik
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

    About the Greyjoy Storyline during the S4 :
    After the S3, we need to introduce the kingsmoot. We know Asha/Yara already. I’m sure that she will come back and ask herself to the priests (no Aeron particularly, so he does’nt need to be cast as Aeron) to launch the kingsmoot. And then Euron will come back and win the game. I’m not sure we need to have Victarion in the S4 (it’s a better idea to focus on Asha/Yara). We will need a iron fleet captain for the S5 when Euron will try to join Meereen but not before that (and maybe a extra only).

    About the Martell Storyline during the S4 :
    I think the Martell will come back with Myrcella for the funerals and the wedding of Tommen. We don’t need Doran at this point. Ellaria Sand is not really interesting. I think we will meet Oberyn, one of his bastard girl (but don’t know who), and Arianne & Arys (but not sure, the couple could be on screen only during S5 and not at King’s landing) instead, to introduce Dorne to us. I would like to see the hatred between Tyrell and Martell, it could be a funny time.

    I don’t know how to make Mace Tyrell interesting. I’m sure they will wait to introduce us Randyl Tarly (his meeting with Brienne during the S5).

    No Taena Merryweather in the S4 (she could be the pawn of somebody during the S5 but not before).

    I’m not sure for Strong Belwas : with Meereen confrontation, they can use others warriors characters.

    Brown Ben Plumm : will he be merge with Salladhor Saan at the end (S6 maybe) ?

    No Dareon (certainly an extra, but for S5)

    Arya won’t meet the Kindly Man in the S4, but S5.

  86. Pepi
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    Well … As usual, some of the names are too big for their roles, but here’s my shot:

    Aeron Greyjoy aka Damphair — Eddie Marsan
    Euron Greyjoy — Tony Curran
    Victarion Greyjoy — Kevin McKidd
    Oberyn Martell aka The Red Viper — Alexander Siddig (don’t really know a lot of foreign actors but this one seems right)
    Ellaria Sand — Emmanuelle Chriqui (same as above)
    Mace Tyrell — Timothy Spall
    Randyll Tarly — Graham McTavish
    Taena Merryweather — I think she might get cut. Sadly. Because she’s supposed to be pretty hot … Ros somehow ending in her place is not excluded.
    Strong Belwas — Chi McBride
    Brown Ben Plumm — Delroy Lindo
    Dareon — Someone who can sing and isn’t too old. Pretty much anyone would be alright.
    The Kindly Man — Hm … someone with distinctive and charismatic voice … like Bill Nighy, for instance. Anthony Hopkins would be especially awesome in this role, but that’s just me daydreaming.
    The Waif — I think pretty much any kid actress (with sufficient skill and talent would do). I wouldn’t even mind if they aged her up (it’s a FM custume anyways).

  87. Rygar
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    Tim Olyphant is my dream Vic. He is also my wet dream. Too bad neither is possible.

  88. Arkash
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 1:55 pm | Permalink

    Rygar:
    Need a hot guy for Euron.Mads is freaky deaky looking.

    Well, imo, Mads is one of the most charismatic men in the world and he’s got this kind of beauty, a different beauty than in most standards, but he is, imo, and I’m a man, damn handsome.

    Then, to come back on other things… I suggested Til Schweiger for Randyl Tarly, but I think he’s too young… if we could get someone ala Bill Nighy for Tarly, that’d be amazing ! Same for Mace Tyrell, Brendan Gleeson would be perfect, but there is not way Bill Nighy and Brendan Gleeson would get into GoT… they are superstars.

  89. Perkins
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

    I swear I looked at that count down timer yesterday and it has barely moved. Does it need a new battery? Is it broken? What’s the warranty?.. Answers please.

  90. AdrianAegon
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

    I have a strong feeling that Dareon will be merged into Pyp. In the show we already know he was a singer, so Jon might send him with Sam! Pyp is an already established character. Does Pyp have an important role at the Wall? I don’t remember… Anyhow, if they cast Satin, he will take the place as Jon’s friend at the Wall.

  91. Rygar
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

    Arkash,

    Yes but this is HBO. “Different kind of beauty” is not in their vocabulary. We need a super sexpot Euron.

  92. Reverse Nielsen
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 2:02 pm | Permalink

    Euron Greyjoy
    Richard Armitage!

    Victarion Greyjoy
    Ray Stevenson!

    Oberyn Martell aka The Red Viper
    I always imagined him looking like Andy Garcia. As for feasible actors, I want to say Michael Imperioli for the fine work he did on The Sopranos, but he’s American…

    Mace Tyrell
    I think John Nettles would do a fine job. I might have been watching too much Midsomer Murders.

  93. Quowala
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

    The Red Viper – Cliff Simon
    Victarion – Ray Stevenson
    Euron Crow’s Eye – Mads Mikkelsen
    Aeron the Damphair – Andy Serkis (imagine how awesome that would be!)

    Would love to see Giancarlo Esposito, James Purefoy, Steven Graham and Joseph Gilgun in Thrones but don’t know who they could play…

  94. Arkash
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    Rygar:
    Arkash,

    Yes but this is HBO.“Different kind of beauty” is not in their vocabulary.We need a super sexpot Euron.

    On this occasion I guess they’d prefer a big name rather than a sex-symbol.

    I’m sure if they have a chance to get Mads Mikkelsen in GoT, they’d go for it rather than an unknown top-model.

  95. AdrianAegon
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

    Quowala: The Red Viper – Cliff SimonVictarion – Ray StevensonEuron Crow’s Eye – Mads MikkelsenAeron the Damphair – Andy Serkis (imagine how awesome that would be!)Would love to see Giancarlo Esposito, James Purefoy, Steven Graham and Joseph Gilgun in Thrones but don’t know who they could play…

    Giancarlo Esposito as Doran Martell!

  96. Rygar
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

    Arkash,

    Too bad he is apparantely booked though.

  97. Ged
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

    Christopher Judge as Strong Belwas
    even though it won´t be possible i would love to see christopher walken as the kindly man and mads mikelsen as euron damphair
    ray stevenson as victarion would be great as well
    and german actor birol ünel would be an awesome red viper

  98. Rygar
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    Lionel Messi for The Red Viper

    That’s for you Peep! ;)

  99. Mescalinic
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    Oberyn Martell: James Purefoy is ok. and i actually think is a real strong possibility

    Ellaria: Valentina Cervi (recently seen in True Blood)

    Victarion: Ray Stevenson (ok, honestly i’d like to see Ray Stevenson in the show, no matter the role)

  100. James Williams
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 2:14 pm | Permalink

    saark,

    unfortunately Peter is dead

  101. Ged
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

    *aeron damphair

  102. Hunter
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

    Walter_Eagle:
    McKidd is a great actor, but he doesn’t suit Euron at all.

    Euron and Oberyn are the main uncast chances to get relative “name” actors on the show ever again; they’re the only roles that are both sizeable and flashy.Oberyn in particular is likely a commitment to large roles in only a few episodes.

    For Euron, James Purefoy really seems the ideal; I wonder if he’s only on The Following for one season as he seems to be the villain Kevin Bacon is tracking.Dominic West and James Callis and Mads Mikkelsen would nail it too.I love Viggo but he seems a little off too.To offer my own suggestions, David Wenham or Paddy Considine could pull it off.

    With Oberyn they could go in a few directions.I like Naveen Andrews and Alexander Siddig and Oded Fehr.

    Victarion: Ray Stevenson fits it, but it might be too small a role.Titus Welliver could do it.

    Aeron: I like the idea of Peter Mullan.

    Ellaria: I doubt she’ll be in it.

    The Kindly Man: Nicholas Woodeson from Rome seems suitable.

    This whole post is spot on.

    Thirded Alan Dale for Tarly, he’s perfect.

    Also, I didn’t know Mads even had a brother, but miraculously he looks the part and the idea of casting brothers is inspired.

  103. Faboamanto
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 2:17 pm | Permalink

    Richard Armitage for Euron

  104. Jocodemus
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

    Victarion Greyjoy – Ray Stevenson

    Euron Greyjoy – Mads Mikkelsen

    Aeron Greyjoy aka Damphair – Jonathan Ryan
    Drowned Priest in What Is Dead May Never Die (Season 2, Episode 3).

  105. gecc1
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

    While I like the idea of Alexander Siddig or Oded Fehr as the Red Viper, I’m leaning towards Naveen Andrews for one simple reason.
    Alexander and Oded are both way too tall (at 6 ft plus).
    Naveen is 5 feet nothing.
    Naveen would look perfect standing up to the mountain.

  106. See Lemoncakes
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

    Putting in my usual oar for Ace Bhatti as the Red Viper. I also see G-dragon as Satin. Then add everyone else from Rome for the non Dornish. Done!

  107. Darquemode
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

    Aeron Greyjoy ———– Con O’Neill or Jon Campling
    Euron Greyjoy— JAmes Purefoy or Mads Mikkelsen (if their shows fail)
    Victarion Greyjoy————– Ray Stevenson or Lars Mikkelsen
    Oberyn Martell ———–Amir Waked or Navid Negahban
    Ellaria Sand——————- Indira Varma or Clara Khoury
    Mace Tyrell——– Angus MacFadyen or Ronan Vibert
    Randyll Tarly —————- Richie Coster or John Lynch
    Strong Belwas ————– Sala Baker
    Brown Ben Plumm —————- Kaeem Kae-Kazim or Paterson Joseph
    The Kindly Man ——— James FOx or Tom Wilkinson

  108. Aziraphale
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

    In Nina Gold I trust.

    That is all.

  109. Carne
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

    For those wanting Stevenson for Victarion, let his agent know how much we want him!

    Just type in his name and his agent’s email will show up: http://www.conwayvangeldergrant.com/actors

  110. Darquemode
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

    Fenouillet Benoit,

    I like everyone of those choices…. Which means they likely will not happen! XD

  111. Hi-Fi
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

    For Satin, I’ll go ahead and suggest WiC poster Jay Sutherland:

    http://ia.media-imdb.com/images/M/MV5BNjQyMzM2NzI0N15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMzk4MTE0NA@@._V1._SX640_SY427_.jpg

    He’s been trying to get in the show for a while now!

  112. Hunter
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 2:28 pm | Permalink

    Off the wall; I think Chris Eccleston would kill it as Vic.

  113. The B of B-town
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

    Aeron Greyjoy aka Damphair – I find this character hard to cast, someone like Robert Carlyle would be great but the role probably wouldnt be big enough .http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001015/ so perhaps just get some big hairy guy.

    Euron Greyjoy – James Purefoy http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0700856/ just seems to make incredible sense.

    Victarion Greyjoy – Ray Stevenson http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0829032/ More Rome Alumni

    Oberyn Martell aka The Red Viper – Someone a little Middle-Eastern looking, like Naveen Andrews http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0004710/ Also wouldnt mind someone like Colin Salmon http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0758760/

    Ellaria Sand – I dont think she will be in it

    Mace Tyrell – Dream casting would be for them to expand him a little, have him perhaps a little more scheming and have Brian Cox play him http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0004051/

    Randyll Tarly – Maybe not this season, but Id like it to be Ian McShane in a seasonal cameo sort of role. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0574534/

    Taena Merryweather – will probably be in, not 100% sure though

    Strong Belwas – doubt we will see him

    Brown Ben Plumm – Really hope he is cast wouldnt mind Colin Salmon in this role either

    Dareon – will be replaced with Pyp

    The Kindly Man – Season 5

    The Waif – Season 5

    In season 4 I also think we will see the casting of these characters:
    Arriane Martell – makes sense to introduce her next to Red Viper so we have a character we are familiar with when we get Dorne in Season 5
    A Kettleblack – or two, unless they use someone like Bronn to fill their roles.
    Val – (if not already in it)
    Lady Distin – to move Reeks storyline along and have something for him to do.
    Bowen Marsh – maybe… I hope so, maybe some more NW in minor roles too like Cotter Pyke and Denys Mallister.
    A couple of Meereen people – like a leader of the city, the champion and perhaps even Reznak mo Reznak. These will be seen in a prolonged siege of the city in the latter part of Season 4 with Season 5 picking up with the start of Dany in Mereen.

  114. Darquemode
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

    Quowala,

    I thought of Cliff Simon as Oberyn for a long while…. He has the athelticism and acting skills for the role to be sure.

  115. Jac Bergenson
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

    Every time I think Euron Greyjoy, I think Christopher Eccleston. I think he much better fits the image of the Greyjoys that has already been established by HBO and would do extremely well in the part. He really looks like he could be an uncle to Theon and Yara/Asha.

    http://goodfilmguide.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Christopher-Eccleston.jpg

  116. Hi-Fi
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

    If the Kindly Man and the Waif aren’t in Season 4, what will Arya do for 10 episodes? She’ll get in the boat for Braavos in the first 3 or 4 episodes, probably.

  117. dizzy
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

    AdrianAegon: Giancarlo Esposito as Doran Martell!

    This

  118. Darquemode
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

    Jaime,
    I have two in my mind for Satin, Al Weaver and Robbie Sheehan.

  119. Tolgeros
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

    I could have sworn we saw Dareon in season 1. When Maester Aemon was assigning work to the new stewards, he said something like “Daron… We are sending you to Eastwatch. Make no comment about Borcus’s nose” or something like that.

    Granted, he’s probably just a glorified extra like Beric Dondarrion evidently was.

  120. Arkash
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    I want to defend one of my top choices for Victarion :

    Vladimir Kulich : those who have seen the 13th Warrior may remember him as the blonde Viking-chief… for the others, tell me this is not Victarion, I dare you ;) :

    http://image.toutlecine.com/photos/l/e/0/le-sang-des-templiers-ironclad-20-07-2011-04-03-2011-18-g.jpg

  121. Darquemode
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

    Hi-Fi,

    I see Oscar Isaac more as Hizdahr zo Loraq…

  122. First
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

    AdrianAegon:

    As Randyl Tarly – Peter Mullan!

    Yes! A harsh bugger, but dignified.

    What role would you give Peter Capaldi if you could get him?

    cabins8:
    Mace Tyrell: Hugh Bonneville

    That’s who I was thinking of when I mentioned Harry Enfield, didn’t know his name. Good call.

  123. Carne
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

    Darquemode,

    Robert Sheehan is my pick fro Satin as well, but the role is probably too small for him to accept.

  124. SourBillyTipton
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

    Great idea. I just sent an email.

    Carne:
    For those wanting Stevenson for Victarion, let his agent know how much we want him!

    Just type in his name and his agent’s email will show up: http://www.conwayvangeldergrant.com/actors

  125. Hi-Fi
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

    Darquemode,

    That would work as well! Though it would be a less important role and he’s becoming kind of big in Hollywood right now. I just really want him to be in the show.

  126. Caro H
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 2:42 pm | Permalink

    The Greyjoys; Mads Mikkelsen or Ray Stevenson or James Purefoy or Rufus Sewell for either Victarion or Euron or both.

    Oberyn: Either Oded Fehr or Amr Waked,

    Hotah: Arnold Vosloo

    Ellaria Martell: Gillian Anderson

    Arianne: Barnara Mori? She is a little old for the part now though. So maybe Alicia Vikander

    Doran: Denis Lawson. I know he doesn’t fit the character’s description but he has the quiet tired air about him.

  127. bon
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

    Actor for Randyl Tarly… Everyone here probably watched “The Hobbit”. I think that actor Graham McTavish who played Dwalin would be a good choice.

  128. Darquemode
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

    dizzy,

    I like that idea even if Mensah lacks the boulder-like belly of Moqorro.
    The other actors I like in the role are Eamonn Walker and especially David Harewood now that he’s dead on Homeland.
    http://db2.stb.s-msn.com/i/94/D08789796D37D9361A2834C3C6ED.jpg

  129. John G.
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

    They could go for Spanish actors for the Dornish, as I think Dorne is more analogous to Moorish Spain than to North Africa or the Middle East.

    Sergio Castellitto as Oberyn?

    Then again, HBO may want to take the opportunity to expand the ethnic origin of the cast, as they’ve done with Xaro and Salla without textual support, and cast actors from Indian or South Asian background. Most actors of Arab descent are virtually indistinguishable from Spanish, American or British, (Vince Vaughn anyone?) so they could also potentially flavor the cast with a couple fairer toned Middle Eastern actors alongside the cheaper British stage and small screen personalities they’ve gone for in the past. How about Omar Sharif as Doran?

  130. Darquemode
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

    Carne,

    Ya that’s the hard part about fan-casting roles…

    Certain larger name actors pop into your head for smaller roles and then the key is to find similar actors for the role. No matter how you try those big names still manage to fight their way into your head! XD

  131. Winterfell
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

    How about Ian McShane as Euron?

  132. Anthony Licata
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

    dizzy:
    Probably not Season 4 casting but Peter Mensah for Moqorro.

  133. RAblogger
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

    Bri,

    My first choice is Richard Armitage as Euron Greyjoy. He’s currently receiving a great deal of praise as Thorin in The Hobbit. The actor enjoys playing characters on the dark side, and also fits Euron’s physical description very well.

  134. Yus
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

    Oded Fehr for Oberyn Martell

  135. RAblogger
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

    Reverse Nielsen,

    Agreed that Richard Armitage would give a commanding performance as Euron Greyjoy.

  136. Darquemode
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 2:56 pm | Permalink

    John G.,

    I’m torn as to whether they go more Spanish/ Mediterranean or more MiddleEastern…

    If they go Spanish I like Olivier Martinez for Oberyn quite a bit. He has the look to me. So does Rudolf Martin. He really has the viper-eyes and widow’s peak!
    http://images.starpulse.com/pictures/2012/10/25/previews/Olivier%20Martinez-DGG-039440.jpg
    http://images.tvrage.com/people/1/1052.jpg

    Then as Doran maybe Alfred Molina or Giancarlo Giannini?
    http://images.tvrage.com/people/1/1052.jpg

  137. RAblogger
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

    wargsareawesome,

    Majority of filming for all 3 The Hobbit films is already almost complete. They return for brief time in Jun 2013 for the wrap.

  138. Darquemode
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    RAblogger,

    Armitage would be awesome as Euron!!
    I thought of him a couple years ago and wrote him off since he would be busy with The Hobbit, but maybe all the r-eshoots and whatnot will be complete by the time Season 4/5 of Game of Thrones begins shooting?

  139. Ged
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

    RON PEARLMAN for AERO HOTAH

  140. Joey
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

    Euron Greyjoy
    Victarion Greyjoy

    Mads Mikkelsen and Richard Armitage!

  141. Darquemode
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

    Ged,

    HA!

    He is who I picture as I read the books too!
    I do not see him being cast, but he certainly looks the part!!

  142. typis
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

    JAMES FRAIN is the viper!!! and noone else

  143. John G.
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 3:09 pm | Permalink

    Darquemode,

    Giancarlo Giannini would be a great Doran. He could help prove my point about most Arab actors appearing similar to Europeans – Giannini could easily play brother to someone like Alexander Siddig.

  144. Red Helm
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

    Victarion Greyjoy – needs to be a huge, powerful man and Ray Stevenson seems like a perfect choice. I’d love to see Peter Stormare, but I’ve never seen him as a warrior so I’m not sure how would he handle this part. Ron Perlman is a tempting idea, but he might be too American and too busy.
    Euron Greyjoy – I think he is one of the most psychotic characters and I’m positive Tim Roth would handle the psychotic side with ease. Robert Carlyle seems to be a great fit while Kim Coates looks exactly how I imagined Euron while reading.
    Aeron Greyjoy aka Damphair – I still hope to see Ned Dennehy in GoT. Damphair might be a chance for him.
    Oberyn Martell aka The Red Viper – Jimmy Smits is my dream cast, but he’s from Brooklyn and it pretty much kills my dream. Naveen Andrews seems more plausible. He is not a very large man and I think it would make his fight with the Mountain (please, bring back Conan Stevens!) even more entertaining.
    Mace Tyrell – I don’t tink it will be a very large part, but I’d love to see Stephen Fry do it.
    Randyll Tarly – Peter Mullen seems rough enough.
    The Kindly Man – once GreatJon of Slumber suggested Richard O’Brien I wouldn’t have it any other way.

  145. TheWalkingDave
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

    Michel,

    Or Arys Oakheart possibly??

  146. dizzy
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

    RAblogger: Bri, My first choice is Richard Armitage as Euron Greyjoy. He’s currently receiving a great deal of praise as Thorin in The Hobbit. The actor enjoys playing characters on the dark side, and also fits Euron’s physical description very well.

    He’d be a great Euron. However I wonder how old they are going to go with the Greyjoy brothers? I want Stevenson for Victarion, but perhaps they are thinking older with these roles.

  147. TheWalkingDave
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

    Yus,

    This is who I always pictured!!!

  148. GreatJon of Slumber
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

    Not sure I get all the fuss about casting Randall Tarly, who has barely been seen in the books, more alluded to than anything else. He’s a less important role. Mace Tyrell is only marginally more interesting a character to cast, for that matter.

  149. Carne
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

    RAblogger,

    They’re filming from May to sometime in July.

  150. Jaime
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    Nancy,

    Ciaran Hinds has already been cast as Mance Rayder. Matthew MacFadyen is on another TV show (Ripper Street).

  151. TheWalkingDave
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

    Kevin McKidd has to be Jon Connington.
    Oded Fehr has to be Oberyn.
    Arianne needs to be Freida Pinto.
    Ray Whinestone could be a good Randyll Tarly.

  152. Matt
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

    Pete Postlethwaite = The Kindly Man

  153. Francesca
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    Stephen Fry as Mace Tyrell

  154. TheWalkingDave
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    Darquemode,

    I picture Mensah as the Braavosi banker.

  155. Darquemode
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

    Matt,

    If Pete Posthelwaite (RIP) can somehow reanimate himself to play the Kindly Man I think he would indeed be perfect! XD

  156. TheWalkingDave
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

    James Williams,

    Booya!!!

  157. Ours is the Fury
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

    Randyll Tarly is a cool character and I hope his appearance isn’t cut out, but they wouldn’t need to cast anyone particularly well-known for him. Any quality actor for a one-episode appearance, really.

    Btw, Pete Postlethwaite is dead.

    I disagree that Ellaria Sand is not interesting or useful. She’s a cool character and she has function in being a sounding board for Oberyn and helping with exposition. She may be cut, since they could work around her, but I think it would be better if she were in it.

    For the Martells like Oberyn, Doran, and Arianne, etc: based on the descriptions from the books and GRRM’s own comments, casting them with actors of Middle-eastern or south Asian descent would be ideal.

  158. TheWalkingDave
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    I picture the Martells as the whole “Sallahaddin” crew from Kingdom of Heaven. Anyone esle agree??

  159. FFS
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

    First,

    Are you seriously unaware that Charles Dance plays TYWIN LANNISTER? I mean, come on!

  160. TheWalkingDave
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    I’d like to see kevin Durand as Victarion or Arys. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0243806/

  161. TheWalkingDave
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

    Darquemode: Oscar Isaac

    Yes!!!

  162. Perkins
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 3:50 pm | Permalink

    Any other wildlings or nights watch crew maybe cast? Replacement bowen marsh? iron emmet, that one armed blacksmith(or would havehe been already cast?) varamyr, dogshead?

    I dont remember his acting being good or bad but Dustin Clare is how i picture Euron.

  163. Caro H
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

    Oh and for Mace Tyrell Gerard Depardieu or Kenneth Branagh would be ideal

  164. MyBFFTheHound
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

    The drowned priest from S2 has to return as Damphair. He has to.

    No news on a possible trailer ahead of Girls season premiere?

  165. mariamb18
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

    Agree with Ours is the Fury:

    I disagree that Ellaria Sand is not interesting or useful. She’s a cool character and she has function in being a sounding board for Oberyn and helping with exposition. She may be cut, since they could work around her, but I think it would be better if she were in it.

    Ellaria is a strong, sensible woman and provides a rational voice among the hot-headed Martells.

    I would like to see the gang in Dorne introduced in S4, not just Oberyn. I think that the show needs to give us more insight into the motivations of the Martells and their desire for vengeance. I would like to see the conversation between Oberyn and Doran before Oberyn rides off to Westeros. Having said that, I imagine that only Oberyn (and hopefully, Ellaria) will appear in S4.

    As far as casting, I would prefer not to see Naveen Andrews as a Martell. I had my fill of him in LOST. Odid Fehr is perfect for Oberyn, the sexiest man in Westeros. I know that there are complaints about Fehr’s acting skills but since Oberyn isn’t around for too long maybe the role wouldn’t be too demanding.

    Euron = James Purefoy; he’s got the right mix of danger and charisma.
    Victarion = I’ll throw my vote in for Ray Stevenson, too. Maybe it would make me like this character.

    I would love to see Robert Carlyle or Hugo Weaving in the cast. Not sure what characters they would play, at this point.

  166. ser_pounce
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

    On twitter we’re always trying to decide who (not if) Daniel Day Lewis should play. My top choices would be Doran Martell or Damphair. I’d like to see him as Doran Martell but Damphair isn’t my favorite character so might spice him up a little

  167. Liam williams
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 4:12 pm | Permalink

    Belwas’s Stool,

    Mark hunt would be perfect!!

  168. Darquemode
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    Perkins,

    I’ve been wondering which Night’s Watch roles will be cast with actors more than just be extras or featured extras too….
    - Donal Noye seems like he will not be cast… Sadly.
    - Mallador Locke could be left out or an extra…
    - Satin I think will be in, but maybe next season.
    - Bowen Marsh has been seen already (in extra form), but could get re-cast…
    - I would think Cotter Pyke and Denys Mallister will be cast, but likely for Season 4.
    - Othell Yarwyck seems most likely of the LC candidates in the book to be left out to me.
    - Jarman Buckwell might have a small part next year., but could be a featured extra…

  169. Winter Is Coming
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    MyBFFTheHound:
    The drowned priest from S2 has to return as Damphair. He has to.

    No news on a possible trailer ahead of Girls season premiere?

    Nothing official, no. But HBO usually doesn’t announce that until the Friday or Saturday before. I’m pretty certain we will get something.

  170. Darquemode
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

    MyBFFTheHound,

    There is no new clip listed in the HBO On-Demand Schedule. They currently show up to the week of January 27… Maybe in February?

    Of course they could add something to the schedule any time….

  171. apollopriestess
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

    Victarion= Russell Crowe….big &scary just like Victarion
    I really want Katie McGrath aka Morgana BBC’s Merlin to have a role but the Sand Snakes are all dark skinned correct? And she has jet black hair w/very white skin
    I agree with whomever said Oded Fehr = The Red Viper
    Tricia Helfer was fantastic in BSG maybe Ellaria Sand

  172. First
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

    FFS,

    It was a joke but he will dead by then. Tarly is basically another Tywin.

  173. Veltigar
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 4:27 pm | Permalink

    Robert,

    Great idea, but I think they are not going for him because Ashur doesn’t really look like the Red Viper, but if they do cast him, he’ll do a kickass job (cause the guy is a great actor)! Also for Damphair why not just use the actor who baptised Theon in season 2!!! (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0752638/ this is the guy). I know they said he was another drowned priest but they could easily reuse him, he is just how I imagined Damphair

  174. Joshua Taylor
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

    Caro H,

    Gillian Anderson was just cast for Hannibal the series along with Mads Mikkelsen.

    Anderson would be an awesome Barbrey Dustin, the scene with her and Reek would be amazing. Plus we don’t know whether what side she is truly on.

  175. Pepi
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

    Darquemode,

    I dunno … The actor playing Bowen has been super loud (for an extra), giving interviews and stuff, and even speculating about returning in future seasons. Also, he ‘s a pretty experianced actor (again … for a guy, playing an extra) so I think he has good chances of returning. I hope so at least.

  176. Al Swearengen
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

    The Red Viper – Oded Fehr
    Euron Greyjoy – James Purefoy
    Victarion Greyjoy – Ray Stevenson
    Taena Merryweather – A voluptuous Italian actress
    Randall Tarly – Brian Coxx (Unlikely but I can dream)

  177. Joshua Taylor
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

    Lara Pulver for Ellaria Sand. She would rock that role. Or any of the fair complected sand snakes.

  178. Al Swearengen
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 4:34 pm | Permalink

    I really really really hope Nina Gold is aware of Oded Fehr, he’s the spitting image of The Red Viper.

    Everyone for House Martell really needs to be exotic, I hope they consider actors from the Mediterranean to India.

  179. NewJeffCT
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 4:35 pm | Permalink

    My thought on Oded Fehr (6’2″) and Alexander Siddig (6’0″) is that they’re both too tall to play the Red Viper.

    The actor they have playing The Mountain right now doesn’t project “Huge” on the screen like Conan Stevens did, even though they might be about the same height. If you cast somebody like Naveen Andrews (5’9″) against The Mountain, it will give a better impression of their size difference without having to blow money on digital effects to enhance the size differences.

  180. John
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 4:36 pm | Permalink

    They need to figure out what they’re doing about the Kettleblacks. That should have been in Season 3 (tyrion spying on cersei via them before he gets arrested) but apparently they’re not.

  181. Patchy Face
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 4:39 pm | Permalink

    Currer Bell,

    Love the idea of Patrick Stewart as the kindly man. Also, how about Hugh Laurie for Euron Greyjoy?

  182. NewJeffCT
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

    John Rhys-Davies for Mace Tyrell.

    He can do pompous, and he’s played in those B movie specials on the SyFy channel (including one called Fire & Ice), so I’m sure he’ll have no problem playing a small part on Game of Thrones.

  183. Al Swearengen
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

    NewJeffCT,

    Clearly you’ve never seen LOTR/The Hobbit as size can be fixed with camera magic.

  184. MyBFFTheHound
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

    Can someone link me a scene with Bowen Marsh?

  185. mariamb18
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

    They do need to figure out what will be done with the Kettleblacks. Maybe we don’t need all 3 of them but certainly one. They epitomize Cersei’s paranoia.

    Regarding Taena Merryweather, has it been decided that she is not the re-named “Mirelle” character being played by Elisa Lasowski?

  186. dizzy
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 4:47 pm | Permalink

    Hi-Fi: If the Kindly Man and the Waif aren’t in Season 4, what will Arya do for 10 episodes? She’ll get in the boat for Braavos in the first 3 or 4 episodes, probably.

    I would bet that they will beef up and add more Cat o’ the Canals stories in Season 5 through whenever they need to move Arya on to what GRRM has in store for her. That first assasination chapter of ADWD was one of my favorites in that book, but it was kind of a one off type story that I can see them doing more of or expanding upon.

  187. Darquemode
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

    John,

    I agree….
    I can see having 2 brothers instead of 3 maybe, but I’m not a fan of the idea of pawning off some of their acts to Bronn or one of the King’s Guard etc…..

  188. Ours is the Fury
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

    MyBFFTheHound,

    Bowen Marsh was in the Night’s Watch oath-taking scene with Jon Snow and Samwell.

    mariamb18,

    We have no way of knowing who Mirielle is, still. It’s all speculation.

  189. cristian
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

    John G.:
    They could go for Spanish actors for the Dornish, as I think Dorne is more analogous to Moorish Spain than to North Africa or the Middle East.

    Sergio Castellitto as Oberyn?

    Then again, HBO may want to take the opportunity to expand the ethnic origin of the cast, as they’ve done with Xaro and Salla without textual support, and cast actors from Indian or South Asian background. Most actors of Arab descent are virtually indistinguishable from Spanish, American or British, (Vince Vaughn anyone?) so they could also potentially flavor the cast with a couple fairer toned Middle Eastern actors alongside the cheaper British stage and small screen personalities they’ve gone for in the past. How about Omar Sharif as Doran?

    I think that Castellitto is better for Victarion!

  190. Eric
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    No Patchface?

  191. GrzebykK
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 4:59 pm | Permalink

    Joey:
    Euron Greyjoy
    Victarion Greyjoy

    Mads Mikkelsen and Richard Armitage!

    That’s my pick, too.

  192. Ser Tahu
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 5:03 pm | Permalink

    I really don’t see why The Kindly Man or The Waif should need to be cast until season 5. And I hope they leave Euron, Victarion and the kingsmoot stuff until season 5. As for the Martells, they might want to cast some of them for reactions to Oberyn’s death. And I think that they will need to cast at least 1 Kettleblack

    People keep on saying that they should bring forward some ADwD and AFfC stuff into season 4, and then use seasons 5 and the first half of 6 to cover the two books, but I would be greatly disappointed if they do that. Instead of bringing stuff forward and compressing it, I hope that they bring nothing forward to season 4, and stretch AFfC and ADwD out over seasons 5, 6 and possibly even the first half-two thirds of 7, and use the opportunity to expand on the following storylines:

    - Quentyn’s journey to Meereen
    - Aegon and Jon Connington’s path to Westeros post Tyrion’s kidnapping, and their campaign in the Stormlands
    - The Ironborn invasion
    -Rickon’s journey with Osha
    - Hardhome and the wildlings post Stannis crushing them
    - Stannis between leaving Castle Black and taking Deepwood Motte
    - the unrest in the Vale
    - and the Dornish uprising

    The producers have an opportunity to expand on areas that the books left out, and should take it while they can instead of compressing things and leaving them out. Also, by stretching and expanding, it will give GRRM more time to get ADoS done before they catch up to him (I am confident that he will have TWoW done before they catch up, but if they compress stuff instead of expanding, then they will catch up to him before the last book is done)

    anyway, even though it will never happen, am I the only one that wants Morgan Freeman for Brown Ben Plumm?

    P.S although I could could see Viggo Mortensen as Euron, I still think that he would have made a much better Mance Rayder (I refuse to accept Cirian Hinds as Mance Rayder, he looks nothing like Mance)

  193. GrzebykK
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

    Arkash:
    Mace Tyrell : Stephen Fry.
    The Kindly Man : Jeremy Irons (let me dream).

    That’s my dream, too.

  194. Miles
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

    I like the idea of naveen andrews for the red viper. I know it’s out of left field but what about juancarlo Esposito for brown Ben plumm. I think John Rhys-Davies as Mace Tyrell would be good. Victarion i pictured him looking like Denis Ménochet, he’s kinda young for the part but I think he would own it.

  195. TheAnchoress
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

    Euron Greyjoy – Mads Mikkelsen (availability issues but still)
    Victarion Greyjoy – Marton Csokas. Physically looks closer to the other two, and y’all, Ray Stevenson is a Wildling, not an Ironborn.
    Aeron Greyjoy aka Damphair – John Hawkes. I can dream, can’t I?
    Oberyn Martell – Oscar Isaac, assuming they don’t fly too far afield from the Westerosi ethnic palette for the Dornish. As stated again and again, Oded Fehr would be perfect if they do actually go for it.
    Ellaria Sand – If the character isn’t cut, Indira Varma. Another ROME alumnae.
    Mace Tyrell – Anthony Stewart Head. Why are we even discussing this?
    Randyll Tarly – David O’Hara.
    Taena Merryweather – Katrina Law, assuming Taena isn’t this s03 Mirelle chick. A cable vet, if not one of HBO.
    Brown Ben Plumm – Giancarlo Esposito (revolution is a thing, I know…I know..)
    The Kindly Man – Nicholas Woodson. HBO club member, can balance nurturing and severe.

  196. Kadir
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 5:19 pm | Permalink

    I really would like to see Bernard Hill (King Théoden from LotR) as Doran Martell .. I think his face would fit the character very well ..

  197. Rodrigo Cohen de Assis
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

    Michel:
    Ray Setevenson for Victarion!

    Yes! 10000 times YES! I can’t imagine anyone better to be my favourite caracter. Even more after I saw Ray Stevenson on Dexter

  198. dizzy
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

    To whomever brought up Dustin Clare, two words for you… Dark Star (now excuse me while I duck under my desk to avoid the flying objects).

  199. Coco Lannister
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQgoGccHJD4

    For anyone who doesn’t think Mads Mikkelsen would be a great Euron, watch the above trailer for Valhalla Rising. Man he was badass in that movie. Has a dicky eye aswell.

  200. Coco Lannister
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 5:32 pm | Permalink

    dizzy:
    To whomever brought up Dustin Clare, two words for you… Dark Star (now excuse me while I duck under my desk to avoid the flying objects).

    Yep.

  201. Al Swearengen
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 5:33 pm | Permalink

    TheAnchoress,

    I disagree completely about Victarion, Stevenson has got the build and demeanor to pull off the role, he’s even played a character who was similar in Pullo.

    Oh and Martin Csokas would make a far better Crows Eye

  202. Ser Tahu
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 5:54 pm | Permalink

    P.S for Aeron, even though they said it wasn’t him, I did quite like the guy that baptised Theon in season 2. He looked quite similar to how I would have pictured Aeron.

  203. Mark's monkey
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 5:59 pm | Permalink

    Most of the suggestions for Victarion (e.g. Richard Armitage, Karl Urban, Tim Olyphant, Titus Welliver) are too young looking and/or not big and bruising enough. Paul McGann – the “I” from “Withnail and I” – was suggested by one contributor, but I remember him as being quite small, not what I would call imposing, at all. Ray Stevenson has been getting a lot of love for this part, but though he has the right build, I think he has a quickness and vulnerability to his face that would be misplaced in Victarion, who I see as a more lumbering, brooding kind of Viking. One contributor suggested Lars Mikkelsen, who is thinner than I’d have thought Victarion would be, but big enough and with sufficient acting chops to pull off the role (and has the advantage of being Mads Mikkelsen’s actual brother, the latter being the most commonly suggested actor for Euron that I think is well suited to the part). My other suggestions would be more muscular guys along the lines of Thomas Hayden Church, Adam Baldwin or possibly Bruce Hopkins. Or (maybe a bit less realistically) Mickey Rourke? A lot might depend on the versatility of these guys’ accents.

    For Euron, I reckon Mads Mikkelsen, suggested by several contributors, would suit this part really well. I was surprised by the suggestion of James Callis (Gaius Baltar in Battlestar), but having seen a photo of him in full beard (http://www.zimbio.com/pictures/1VaPnFAIFEw/TV+Guide+4th+Annual+Emmy+Party/fNv3p89LTFq/James+Callis) I could see him pulling off Euron, possibly also the Damphair. I don’t have as many suggestions of my own here (possibly because I like the idea of Mads too much) but maybe Danny Huston could pull it off?

    Cudos to Khal-A-Bunga for suggesting Cliff Simon as the Red Viper – he looks perfect for the part, as far as my imagination goes.

    And Patrick Stewart as the Kindly Man would be just awesome!

    But, as spineless and abdicating of responsibility as it may seem, my final vote has to be cast with Nina Gold. She’s way better at this than any of us!

  204. sunspear
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 6:06 pm | Permalink

    Strong Belwas, Taena, and even the Waif can be cut from the show without making any real difference. Kovarro can take Belwas scenes, Qyburn can take Taena’s, and the Kindly man can take the Waif’s.

    Other than that, I love the idea of Patrick Stuart as the Kindly Man. They can probably have any young British musician play Dareon. I can’t think of any other good actors that haven’t already been mentioned.

    One thing: I think it is very likely season 4 will start on Dany’s chapters from ADWD, so we may need some ideas for the Shavepate and all the other names we can’t remember or spell correctly.

  205. Always Winter
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 6:07 pm | Permalink

    Jessica Brown Findlay for Arianne. She’s got a Mediterranean colouring to her and she’s a recognizable-enough face to be a draw.

  206. Earl Greyjoy
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 6:17 pm | Permalink

    Aeron Greyjoy Mark Strong
    Euron Greyjoy Michael Wincott
    Victarion Greyjoy Ray Stevenson
    Oberyn Martell Joaquim de Almeida
    Mace Tyrell Michael Cochrane
    Randyll Tarly Roy Marsden
    The Kindly Man Derek Jacobi

  207. Matt
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

    Strong Belwas- Dave Benson Phillips
    He has his own website guys and we need to bring his career back

    http://www.davebensonphillips.co.uk

  208. Tim
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 6:25 pm | Permalink

    Dave Benson Phillips as Strong Belwas

    I think he would perfectly suited to the role and to pick anyone else would be a crime.

  209. Hannah
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 6:26 pm | Permalink

    Dave Benson Phillips – Strong Belwas

    He’d be absolutely perfect!

  210. Bunny Way
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 6:28 pm | Permalink

    Eric,

    Every Patchface chapter I read, I see Jeffrey Combs’ face and (especially) hear his distinctive voice.

    He was Weyoun the Vorta and Brunt the Ferengi in Star Trek DS9, plus a hundred or so other roles in movies and TV and I know he’s getting up there in years and wouldn’t be as close in age to Stannis’ daughter as in the book, but does that really matter?

  211. oblivious
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 6:33 pm | Permalink
  212. Darquemode
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 6:46 pm | Permalink

    oblivious,

    He was my pick a for either Daario or Oberyn a year or so ago, but some Bollywood fans told me he does not act outside of Bollywood films. I don’t know much about him honestly, but he has that swagger and physicality I associate with the Red Viper.

  213. Khal-A-Bunga
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 6:48 pm | Permalink

    I am completely baffled by the love for Oded Fehr. Can someone please name one part he played that would warrant him getting the role? I’m honestly interested. I get that he “looks like” Oberyn for a lot of people, but the guy just isn’t that good of an actor, from everything I’ve seen him in (which is a decent amount of his filmography).

    Alexander Siddig & Cliff Simon may be tall, but this is filmmaking – movies routinely make Tom Cruise look tall, when the guy is like 5’6 or 5’7. Acting ability and the actors ‘look’ are the only two things that should be taken into consideration for this short (but very memorable) part. I want someone who can kill the role, not someone who could do a decent job (Naveen Andrews and Fehr). I’d rather they get an unknown than cast the latter two, to be honest.

    But Simon:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tsigRm44bA

    …and Siddig are the two best candidates in my eyes, from both the acting angle and their general look.

    I completely agree with Stevenson as Victarion, as well. I even decided to use that link to e-mail his agent. I think the Iron Islands casting is pivotal to getting the audience (non-readers and some book fans, alike) invested in those characters. A lot of my (myself not included among them) didn’t enjoy many of the scenes with the characters on the Iron Islands, and that’s one thing among many that D&D have an opportunity to “improve” upon in the show.

  214. Jaqen is Q
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

    Ser Tahu,

    I think they have to bring in some stuff from Feast and Dance into S4, cause S3 has 2/3s of Storm. They couldn’t stretch that last third over 10 episodes.

  215. Nezzer
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 7:22 pm | Permalink

    Ray Stevenson has the perfect body build for Victarion and can play a berserker perfectly, like he did in Rome, but he’s too good looking and too humorous. I don’t know if he could pull Victarion’s darkness and lack of humor. I’ve always pictured his normal expression like Ilyn Payne’s in the show, with that grumpy face. Mads Mikkelsen has that grumpy look, but he’s not bulky enough for Victarion, so I really have no idea who could play him.

  216. Oliver
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

    Oh my god Dave Benson Phillips for Strong Belwas is the best idea i’ve heard in a long time! I would love to see his face in Game of Thrones season 4, he would suit the role as a simple, comical character perfectly! You three are right!

  217. Ser Tahu
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 7:28 pm | Permalink

    Jaqen is Q,

    I forgot who, but after my post I saw that someone mentioned that the kingsmoot happens at the same time as the second half of ASoS, so I guess it would make sense for them to bring that forward then. If that is season 4, then it should contain the following:
    Kings Landing – first half: lead up to Joffrey’s wedding and the introduction of the Dornishmen, with the wedding itself in the middle of the season. I expect a lot of interactions between Cersei, Jaime, Tywin and Tyrion, as well as some stuff on the tension between the Dornishmen and the Tyrells. second half: the fall out and Tyrion’s trials, ending with Tyrion fleeing the city. The whole season should very much be dominated by Kings Landing and the Night’s Watch. The Wall – start: the battle at Castle Black, and preparations for the siege. middle: the siege itself. last few episodes: the election. Stannis – first few episodes: a strange absence, as I believe that their season 3 storyline will end with them leaving Dragonstone, but no-one saying where they are going. middle: surprise appearance at the Wall. Daenerys – first few episodes: defeat of Yunkai. middle: road to Meereen. 6-8: Capture of Mereen. End: Barristan reveal, exile of Jorah. Ironborn – first episode: Balon’s death. after that: lead up to the kingsmoot, and the kingsmoot itself. Bran – will only appear in a few episodes. one or two scenes in the first half of the season, meeting with Sam at the Nightfort in 5 or 6, then one scene after that later in the season with Coldhands. Sam – first few episodes: fleeing from Craster’s keep and going to the wall. episode 4 or 5: Coldhands. 5 or 6: meeting with Bran. 6 or 7: return to Castle Black. Arya – will probably appear infrequently, and will end with probably end with her approaching Braavos. Theon – Assuming that season 3 is some deception on the part of Ramsay, I expect Theon will have between 3-5 torture/flaying scenes throughout the series, maybe ending with his attempted escape with Kyra. The Vale – maybe 1-3 scenes of the unrest and tension in the Vale in the first half of the season, with the Sansa/Littlefinger/Lysa stuff in the second half. Robb – nothing, just including his name just to be safe, because a non-book reader may draw conclusions from the absence of his name, and I don’t want to indirectly spoil the RW.Extra Stuff – we may get a scene or two with Edmure at the twins, a scene or two of the Blackfish at Riverun, and maybe a Lady Stoneheart Scene. maybe also a Dornish reaction to Oberyn’s death, but I don’t really expect that until the first episode of season 5.

    so I think they have plenty of material to fill season 4, without bringing too much in from AFfC, and easily saving enough material for at least 2, if not more seasons based on AFfC and ADwD.

  218. CaroH
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 7:31 pm | Permalink

    Joshua Taylor,

    Oh didn’t know Gillian Anderson was booked for that series… Hmm yes Barbara Dustin could be another perfect role for her to play. & Lady Dustin won’t appear for what-2 more seasons yet? Hopefully she’ll be available by then :D

  219. Rebecca
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 7:33 pm | Permalink

    Oliver,

    He’s british as well, and cheap i’m guessing. So i wouldn’t be surprised if they did cast Dave Benson Phillips

  220. CT Wahoo
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 8:20 pm | Permalink

    Ser Tahu,

    I agree with nearly all that you’ve outlined. I do think they will be able to show Arya more than infrequently as she has her adventure with the Hound (crossing the Trident, the encounter with Clegane’s thugs in the tavern, etc.) in his attempt to bring her to the Vale.

  221. YvyB
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 8:44 pm | Permalink

    Bri:
    Most likely a slim-to-none chance here, but Richard Armitage for Victarion.

    And if you want a slight visual accompaniment: http://goo.gl/Dq53E

    And the suggestion of Viggo for Euron works perfect with that too.

    Bri you’ve made an old woman very happy … I thank you :D

  222. MrsWun
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 9:00 pm | Permalink

    What about Satin !?!?

  223. A Man Grown
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 9:11 pm | Permalink

    I see I’m not the first to link Dorne to Spain, though I’m surprised so few do.

    Anyway, this is the best opportunity to throw out my pet crazy idea…as someone else mentioned, there aren’t too many opportunities left to cast name actors that would draw attention. Oberyn Martell might be the best opportunity of all. So hear me out – any fans of Almodovar movies out there? Maybe they’d be the least likely to call me insane when I suggest ANTONIO BANDERAS FOR THE RED VIPER!

  224. Tyrion Pimpslap
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 10:06 pm | Permalink

    Khal-A-Bunga,

    The guy is no Daniel Day Lewis, but it’s not like he’s Keanu Reaves either. He was good in ‘Sleeper Cell’ and I loved him in ‘The Mummy’. I don’t consider his acting ability to be a negative for his casting. Fehr has proven that he can play a badass warrior and a man whore. Is that not exactly who the Red Viper is?

  225. Joshua Taylor
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 10:39 pm | Permalink

    CaroH,

    Yeah it’s Anderson’s 1st American series in 10 years. She is playing Hannibal Lecter’ s therapist.

  226. Angel Andres
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 10:45 pm | Permalink

    Seven Hells Bells:
    Off topic, I know, but I often wonder how they’ll do Braavos as a
    setting. I mean will they film authentically at it’s focus of inspiration
    (Venice) or will they just use previous backdrops and be clever by not
    showing too much of Arya’s (and Sam’s) storyline outside?

    If not Venice for Braavos than maybe Brugge in Belgium. Oh, and Siddig for the Viper!

  227. Gary Vasut
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 11:02 pm | Permalink

    Michel,

    He was amazing in this season of Dexter.. I totally agree

  228. Perkins
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 11:15 pm | Permalink

    I’m not feeling Stevenson for Victarion. Its been mentioned, too nice. Too likable. I want a big dumb savage viking, I have faith in who ever they cast.

    Aero Hotah from his picture on a wiki of ice and fire reminds me of Phillip Seymour Hoffman so bad… is that wrong? (not that I would want him)

    http://awoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/Areo_Hotah

    Clare for darkstar would work real well-good call. Probably too young for Euron.

  229. KG
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 11:48 pm | Permalink

    Tom Baker for the Damphair!

  230. Spryte
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 12:20 am | Permalink

    I know a lot of people have Oded Fehr locked in as their fave for the Red Viper, and I love him also.. but how about a someone like Diego Luna?
    He meets the height requirements and has a sexy exotic vibe to him. If he’s too sweet-faced, then maybe he’d make a good Quentyn by HBO standards!

  231. Lea
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 1:11 am | Permalink

    I could see Polynesian actors fill in for the Dornish characters nicely. Cliff Curtis of Whale Rider and Once Were Warriors fame take on the role of the Red Viper.

  232. Mrs. H'ghar
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 1:38 am | Permalink

    A woman has carefully read all the above comments, and am stunned and amazed that Cas Anvar has not been mentioned for the Red Viper casting. Yes, Oded Fehr looks the part too, but Naveen Andrews? Come on now, he’s not yummy enough IMO. The Red Viper has to have the air of a warrior and a playboy, has to be old enough to have a bunch of young adult daughters from different mothers. And the threatening “I’ll kick your ass in a hearbeat” look about them,and not too puny to take on the Mountain that Rides. So some of the above ideas were yummy enough, but not old enough to play Dad to somebody like Parminder Nagra (for Arianne Martell, of course). Cas Anvar or Oded Fehr, yes to either.

    And why not look even further east than that for the Red Viper and posse? There’s a whole continent of ass-kicking warriors who are not only yummy and the imposing, but could probably knock out some of those fight-type scenes before lunch (’cause, like, they’ve been doing them for years). Think Chow Yun Fat, Donnie Yen, Mark Dacascos…all about 6 ft. tall, yummy, warriors, any of them could play the Red Viper and Donnie Yen could choreograph the scene for you too. Don’t know why nobody’s thought of them as part of the Essos mosaic of types, they would bring an exotic difference to Dorne and if you want to see a sword versus staff scene, check this one out (imagine the guy in black in armor and larger, this is in my mind’s eye when I read certain scenes):
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTsKEgUJyUQ

    Of course, they’ll be in armor so won’t be flying through the air, but that’s the kind of action that we SHOULD see in certain scenes where the tension should be high. Fast, sharp, medieval, yeaaaaaaaaaaah. And we want the yummy guy to win. Following that train of thought, why not Sammo Hung for Strong Belwas? He’s supposed to be a retired pit-fighter, a guy with some scars but still has the moves. Sammo Hung, veteran of dozens of Hong Kong action movies, and a woman just stumbles on this clip of Sammo versus Donnie Yen in a recent film…tell me this doesn’t say “Strong Belwas”:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rbk9b4oIzZo

    Oh yes, and Sammo could choreograph some of those fight bits too, he’s all that and a bag of chips.

    For Satin…US figure skater Johnny Weir. Or somebody like him. Perfect. And he does accents.

    The idea of siblings playing siblings is appealling re: the Greyjoys and the Mikkelsons, this would be an intriguing casting and they don’t look too far off from the current Greyjoy look. Make it so D&D, it could be a first in series television too, right?

    Wouldn’t it be cool if Tom Wlaschiha could play the Kindly Man? You don’t see his face for years anyway.

    Nobody’s ever going to be 100% great for every fan since so many have pre-conceived notions from reading the books, but Nina and co. have done a great job so far. A woman has faith they will continue to amaze us!

  233. Kathrina Martinsen
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 2:11 am | Permalink

    Remember, that Ellaria Sand is old enough to have given birth to several teenage girls – I’d really like for her to be both older and more sensual than a lot of the suggestions for her here. I want Monica Bellucci!

    Much as I don’t approve of Mads Mikkelsen’s Danish accent (as a fellow Dane, it’s extremely noticeable to me), I can see him as Euron.

  234. Arya Dunyett
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 2:16 am | Permalink

    The role of Arianne Martell has always been filled by Archie Panjabi, at least in my mind. She’s stunning, British of Indian descent, and she’s won an Emmy for her role in the series, The Good Wife. She’s plays smart, sexy and fierce, a perfect Arianne.

  235. Stephanie
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 2:59 am | Permalink

    Delete that last post, my mouse spazzed and sent it too soon! It’s not giving me the option to delete it.

    Mrs. H’ghar,

    Your choice for Arianne is the best I’ve seen so far.

  236. bako
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 3:13 am | Permalink

    Tastes may differ of course, but I am surprised that people keep proposing for Oberyn actors who look like coverboys of trashy romance novels or male strippers – Oberyn is supposed to be a very charismatic and bad ass character after all!

    I am almost sure they will replace Dareon with Pyp, they already gave him Dareons singing talents, + both Pyp and Grenn are not doing much in later books, so if there is something important in store for them in in TWOW or ADOS – this could be done by some new characters, that will be cast by Season 5-6.

  237. bako
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 3:24 am | Permalink

    Also – I think that some actresses proposed here for Arianne are too old for the part – of course that have aged up Margery already – but I think the books a leading to [at least temporary] pairing of Young Griff and Arianne – and Young Griff definitely has to be around Jon’s age, and therefore nArianne – close to his age. But, Of course thay can go for the “young boy seduced by older experienced temptress”-trope …

  238. Ser Tahu
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 3:52 am | Permalink

    Why is everyone guessing an Indian or Pakistani ethnicity for Dorne? I thought it was rather obvious that Dorne was mostly inspired by Spain with a bit of the Middle East thrown in there, with the food drawing from Mexico(?)

    bako,

    I thought Arianne was ~23-25 in the books?

  239. Mrs. H'ghar
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 4:05 am | Permalink

    Stephanie,

    Why thank you M’Lady! Parminder Nagra = Arianne Martell FTW!

  240. Mjoed
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 4:06 am | Permalink

    i really don’t know if she’s a good enough actor (she was quite good in misfits imho), but antonia thomas would be a PERFECT fit for arianne martell

  241. zambi76
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 4:07 am | Permalink

    I think that some actresses proposed here for Arianne are too old for the part

    Same problem with some choices for Mace Tyrell. Casting dudes who are only 5 years younger than Dianna Rigg. She is his mother not his wife, for gods sake. Mace is in his mid forties in the book, so I’ll grant you mid fifties, because everyone is older on the show but 60-80 is just idiotic.

  242. The B of B-town
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 4:20 am | Permalink

    As much as I want Purefoy for Euron, I am starting to be won over by the idea of James Callis playing the role if Purefoy cant.

    I am also a bit torn about where I want Brian Cox to come in, as Mace or as Randy Tarly, he is a bit of a big actor but would be awesome in either of those roles, possibly incredible as a seasonal cameo as Tarly. I also think the character might be bigger and more important in the end of the series.

  243. Steve Hugh Westenra
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 5:02 am | Permalink

    Alexander Siddig for Oberyn!

  244. Darquemode
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 5:23 am | Permalink

    Ser Tahu,

    You’re right..
    Arianne is 23 in the books..
    (just for reference Obarra is near 30, Nymeria is 25, Tyene is 23, Sarella is nearly 20)
    Even though most roles have been aged up 5 or so years(or maybe 15 years in some cases), I kind of hope they keep the young Dornish women about their ages in the books.

    I would like to see one of the newcomers cast by Nina Gold in ‘Honour’ recently, Aisha Hart or Caitlin Joseph. Both have a nice ethnic mix that lends itself to the Dornish I think. I also could see Amber Rose Revah as Arianne, but I REALLY like the idea of her as Nymeria down the road!

  245. Darquemode
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 5:32 am | Permalink

    The B of B-town,

    I love Brian Cox, but maybe he is too old for either role…
    Especially Mace Tyrell. Cox is mid-60s and Diana Rigg is mid-70s isn’t she? OF course they can age her up with make up. I guess I always pictured Mace as 40 to 45-ish. Tarly maybe a bit older…..

    IF they go white for the Dornish Cox could be an interesting Doran Martell maybe (I still hope they go more MiddleEastern personally though). I would love to see him in the series somewhere!

  246. Darquemode
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 5:36 am | Permalink

    Arya Dunyett,

    Lover her as an actress and her look for the Dornish, but isn’t she too old for Arianne? She seems more like the age of Ellaria Sand to me. Either way probably a moot point she she will likely still be on The Good Wife I guess….

  247. Darquemode
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 5:44 am | Permalink

    Kathrina Martinsen,

    What about Mads for Euron and Lars Mikkelsen for Victarion?
    Lars certainly has the stature (almost 6′-4″) to look powerful in full armor and does not look too dissimilar from Patrick Malahide IMO. I have never seen him in an English language film though so I have no clue about his accent…. I’ve only seen him in Those Who Kill and The Killing.

  248. Tom
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 5:56 am | Permalink

    Joan,

    He’s about 40 years too old

  249. Tom
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 5:59 am | Permalink

    Arya Dunyett,

    Arainne Martell – 22 years old
    Archie Punjabi – 42 years old

  250. King DBC
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 6:11 am | Permalink

    Antonia Thomas for Tyene Sand!

  251. Nick Larter
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 8:33 am | Permalink

    Ser Tahu:
    I really don’t see why The Kindly Man or The Waif should need to be cast until season 5. And I hope they leave Euron, Victarion and the kingsmoot stuff until season 5. As for the Martells, they might want to cast some of them for reactions to Oberyn’s death. And I think that they will need to cast at least 1 Kettleblack

    People keep on saying that they should bring forward some ADwD and AFfC stuff into season 4, and then use seasons 5 and the first half of 6 to cover the two books, but I would be greatly disappointed if they do that. Instead of bringing stuff forward and compressing it, I hope that they bring nothing forward to season 4, and stretch AFfC and ADwD out over seasons 5, 6 and possibly even the first half-two thirds of 7, and use the opportunity to expand on the following storylines:

    - Quentyn’s journey to Meereen
    - Aegon and Jon Connington’s path to Westeros post Tyrion’s kidnapping, and their campaign in the Stormlands
    - The Ironborn invasion
    -Rickon’s journey with Osha
    - Hardhome and the wildlings post Stannis crushing them
    - Stannis between leaving Castle Black and taking Deepwood Motte
    - the unrest in the Vale
    - and the Dornish uprising

    The producers have an opportunity to expand on areas that the books left out, and should take it while they can instead of compressing things and leaving them out. Also, by stretching and expanding, it will give GRRM more time to get ADoS done before they catch up to him (I am confident that he will have TWoW done before they catch up, but if they compress stuff instead of expanding, then they will catch up to him before the last book is done)

    anyway, even though it will never happen, am I the only one that wants Morgan Freeman for Brown Ben Plumm?

    P.S although I could could see Viggo Mortensen as Euron, I still think that he would have made a much better Mance Rayder (I refuse to accept Cirian Hinds as Mance Rayder, he looks nothing like Mance)

    Excellent stuff – couldn’t agree more!

  252. Nick Larter
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 8:55 am | Permalink

    Braavos – if not Venice then St. Petersburg would get my vote!

  253. Needle
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 9:23 am | Permalink

    Probably Kindly Man and The Waif won’t appear in season 4, but I really like the idea of Patrick Stewart or Derek Jacobi. I would also love Ian Mckellen as Kindly Man (highly unlikely, I know..)

    The Waif – I thought about Dakota Fanning.

  254. NewJeffCT
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 9:36 am | Permalink

    Sure, they made Gimli and the hobbits look short in the Lord of the Rings movies, but they did that with camera angles, filming the characters separately and CGI, if I recall. My thought was that HBO probably doesn’t have the budget to enhance the size differences via CGI and to film multiple takes.

    And, with Tom Cruise, he is such a heavyweight actor that he can use his “pull” to make sure that the female lead/co-star is on the shorter side, and the bad guys are also not too tall. (Plus, he never comes across as tall on screen, IMHO – just not short as he really is)

  255. Biobi
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 9:40 am | Permalink

    Mace Tyrell is on the small council. He should be in Season 3

  256. loco73
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 10:09 am | Permalink

    What about the Sand Snakes? Are we going to get any of Oberyn’s daughters on the show?

  257. Sandor
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 10:12 am | Permalink

    Victarion:
    Jerard Butler
    Hugh Jackman
    Chris Hemsworth
    or… Dolph Lungren

  258. Khal-A-Bunga
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 10:38 am | Permalink

    loco73:
    What about the Sand Snakes?Are we going to get any of Oberyn’s daughters on the show?

    I’m sure a few of them will be in, and the Firefly fan in me wants to see Morena Baccarin take one of the roles.

    http://browncoats.com/UserFiles/431ba1b696633/Image/ChelliesPictures/morena3.jpg

  259. Phil Norris
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 10:56 am | Permalink

    Michael Hogan as Randyll Tarly

    Alexander Sidig – Red Viper

  260. Eleanor
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 11:05 am | Permalink

    I’m making a little bet with myself before I read anything: how many of the 259 comments currently here will be about James Purefoy as the Red Viper?

    I’ll be conservative and go with 60.

    EDITED: When did the fancasting of him for Euron start?? I am standing corrected?

    Re Alexander Siddig, it has been pointed out over and over that he’s too old by this point.

  261. Winter Is Coming
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 11:06 am | Permalink

    To those who don’t think they will have The Kindly Man or The Waif in season four, what exactly do you expect Arya to do next season?

    Here is her storyline, post-RW in ASOS:

    -Wanders around for a while doing nothing
    -Arrives at inn, kills the Tickler (probably Polliver in the show), gets Needle
    -Abandons a dying Sandor
    -Gives coin to ship captain for passage to Braavos

    That’s it. So unless they add a whole bunch of stuff to her story or they reduce Arya’s role to a 2-3 episode appearance next season (not likely considering she is one of the most popular characters on the show), they will have to add some stuff from AFFC.

    I don’t think they would need to go too deep into her AFFC storyline just to flesh it out. The nice thing about the voyage is you could leave Arya off-screen for multiple episodes and it wouldn’t feel strange. My proposed breakdown of Arya’s storyline in S4:

    Ep. 1: Arya dreams of the RW, but this time it is from Nymeria’s perspective; Arya is coming to grips with losing her mother and brother, Sandor doesn’t seem to care
    Ep. 2: Arrive at inn, kill Polliver, get Needle
    Ep. 3: Abandons Sandor, arrives at Saltpans and gives the coin to the ship captain
    Ep. 7: Arya is on the ship to Braavos, adopts the name ‘Salty’, ship’s crew is wary of her, giving her gifts and teaching her their names, Arya learns a bit of Braavosi
    Ep. 10: Arya arrives in Braavos, is taken to the House of Black and White, sees the dead and dying, enters and meets The Waif, eats the worm, The Kindly Man reveals his true face

    Still a fairly Arya-light season, but she has a grand total of 7 chapters between the end of S3 and the end of Dance, which will likely be season 6. So some of these seasons will have to be Arya-light. I think adding stuff to her storyline in Braavos will be a lot easier than trying to add stuff to the time between the RW and her leaving for Braavos. So, in short, I think getting her to Braavos by the end of season 4 isn’t rushing things and is really the only way to do it.

  262. Darquemode
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 11:10 am | Permalink

    loco73,

    They will be in the series in some form I’m sure, but none of them should appear in Season 3 or maybe even Season 4 honestly unless they move material forward or add new scene.

    From everything hinted at in AFfC and ADwD all 4 could be somewhat (if not very) important players in the future books. I really hope they keep all 4 of the older Sand Snakes and keep them all looking diferently than one another due to their various mothers.

    I think having them all be bastards from different women adds so much to their characters, and in particular it adds to th Red Viper’s character. Plus, GRRM does have a thing for bastards in the saga. I would dislike if they made them all from one mother personally….

    Khal-A-Bunga,

    She may make an interesting Ellaria Sand, but that may be too small a role for her. I think she is too old for any of Oberyn’s daughters other than Obarra and she does not fit that role IMO.

  263. Khal-A-Bunga
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 11:36 am | Permalink

    Darquemode,

    I think they’ll be aging Oberyn up, and that his daughters will similarly be aged up. Morena is only 33, anyway, so I can see something similar to Natalie Dormer being cast occurring, no matter who they ultimately decide to go with (as far as the age discrepancy).

    And to those saying Stevenson is too charismatic and light to play Victarion – that’s exactly what these Iron Island roles need! They need the kind of actors who can engage an audience, because otherwise people will start to lose interest (like many who’ve read the books have complained about when it comes to some of the story lines in AFfC & ADwD), and that would be the death of the show. So even though Stevenson might not be exactly the Victarion from the novel, he’d be an ideal choice to bring the role to life. It doesn’t HAVE to be him, obviously, but the role certainly shouldn’t be as dour and hard as it is in the books. Also second Purefoy as Euron (with an expanded role), as I have a feeling his show on FOX won’t do too well (based on the TCA press tour reactions, and the fact that it might be a bit violent for the 9:00 P.M. time slot on a broadcast network).

    @Tyrion Pimpslap

    The casting of Fehr wouldn’t be a detriment in and of itself, but when there are much better people for the role, then yes, it is somewhat of a wasted casting choice (just my opinion). I agree with the poster above who likened his look to that of someone on the cover of a cheesey romance novel – hit the nail on the head.

  264. Nezzer
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 11:46 am | Permalink

    Sad news, everyone. Wilko Johnson, who plays Ser Ilyn Payne, has been diagnosed with terminal cancer and has chosen to not receive any chemotherapy. I guess we won’t have those funny “conversations” he had with Jaime in AFFC :(

  265. King DBC
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 11:51 am | Permalink

    Ser Tahu,

    I 100% agree with everything you just said. They can definitely fill almost the whole S4 with ASoS’s second half. The need minimal book 4 & 5 parts. Here’s hoping they save the Lady Stoneheart reveal for the very last moment of S4

  266. Darquemode
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

    Khal-A-Bunga,

    Even if they age up Oberyn (which I agree they could easily do), I think Baccarin is too old for the only Sand Snake she is suited for, Lady Nym. At least as I see the character I guess…

    Agreed on Stevenson. He and Purefoy for years have been my first choices for Victarion and Euron . Victarion can be agruff, devout and a man of few words and still be charismatic. I think Stevenson can be bring all that along with the right physical build for the role.

    I haven’t read the recent TCA accounts of The Following, but the majority of the early reports before the 2012 Fall season of TV began were very positive and FOX has put a lot of backing into the series. I would not cancel it just yet….. no matter how much I would like Purefoy as Euron.

  267. Nick Larter
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

    Winter Is Coming,

    I was wondering if they could the Quiet Isle stuff with Arya in S4 – she doesn’t desert Sandor but is there when the monks arrive. They fake a grave and take him to the Quiet Isle, where he is nursed to recovery and Arya stays there a while before heading off to board ship That would give one less place for Brienne to have to traipse around in S5.

  268. Sergio
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

    Padma Lakshmi for Ellaria?

  269. David
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

    Philip Seymour Hoffman for Mace Tyrell

  270. sannael
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    Dude I’m sorry but he passed away some time ago…

    saark:

    Peter Postlewaith for the Kindly man.

  271. Stephen
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

    They could combine Ellaria and Arianne into one character, introduce her along with the Red Viper. Give her Ellaria’s name and Ariannes plot.
    I always saw Zulheika Robinson (Rome, Homeland) as Arianne, though she maybe tied up with Homeland

  272. Arkash
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

    If they are ever to combine Arianne and Ellaria, they’ll keep Arianne as a name, and as a niece of the RV… the only thing she’d get of Ellaria would be accompanying her uncle to KL.

  273. Westvista
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

    Rufus Sewell would be nice.

  274. Bill
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

    Aeron Greyjoy aka Damphair – Brendan Gleeson
    Euron Greyjoy – Danny Huston
    Victarion Greyjoy – Liam Neeson
    Oberyn Martell aka The Red Viper – Alexander Siddig
    Ellaria Sand – Monica Bellucci
    Mace Tyrell – Brian Cox
    Randyll Tarly – Terence Stamp

    Never going to happen, but oh well.

  275. NomadicDirewolf
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

    mace tyrell-richard girffiths or colm meaney
    oberyn martell- oded fehr or cliff simon
    euron greyjoy-james purefoy
    victarion greyjoy-i’m think ray stevenson might be good for this one, but if they get Purefoy as well then it would start looking to much like Rome, especially if they want to get McKidd into play Connington (and i really want them to make that casting happen) tbh i’m quite happy for them to go for a lesser known actor on this one, but stevenson is the best suggestion i have heard
    aeron greyjoy-John Lynch, or maybe Tony Curran or Eddie Marsan
    brown ben plumm- george harris
    randyll tarly- agree that graham mactavish would be best for this role but he’ll probably be doing the hobbit so robert glennister http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0322563/
    taena merryweather- indira varma(vorenus’ wife in rome)
    i dunno about the kindly man or the waif
    those are all the castings i think they’ll do out of that list, tbh i think they’ll probably cut ellaria sand and strong belwas and dareon will be left to season 5 if he’s in at all

  276. bako
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

    Winter Is Coming,

    They can beef up Arya’s story in Season 4 without introducing Braavos - thay have changed Dannys story a lot last season , Arya spent half season interacting with Tywin – and it was pretty good,,, so I have an alternative to your proposal
    Arya – Season 4 – let’s keep in mind that season has just 10 epps, and not all of them have to feature Arya – so there is enough material for 7-8 epps here:

    Arya Spends part of the season travelling with Sandor, trying to reach Vale, maybe even clashing with some mountain men…
    + some scenes from book 2 – that were not used in Season 2 – can be reworked (so the events and places witnessed by Arya and Yorrens team will be witnessed by Arya and Sandor)
    Eventually thay can settle in peaceful village but spend longer time there – untill being ousted,
    all this can contain lots of interaction and friendship/hate realationship between Arya and Sandor… then big clush with bad guys, and in the last epp – Arya takes the ship, says magic word and is last seen sailing to Braavos…”
    Season 5 then can be fully dedicated to Aryas adventures in Braavos

  277. RAblogger
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 3:10 pm | Permalink

    Rygar,

    I reiterate – Richard Armitage. The actor has acting chops to spare plus more than fulfills your criteria for Euron Greyjoy. See him currently as thunderous Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit – in order to understand the powerful presence the actor has onscreen. Then he speaks, and most audience members wonder why they’ve not seen him anywhere before Tolkien’s prequel to LOTR. More than one review has stated Richard Armitage stole the film.

  278. Mrs. H'ghar
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

    Winter Is Coming,
    “To those who don’t think they will have The Kindly Man or The Waif in season four, what exactly do you expect Arya to do next season?

    Here is her storyline, post-RW in ASOS:

    -Wanders around for a while doing nothing
    -Arrives at inn, kills the Tickler (probably Polliver in the show), gets Needle
    -Abandons a dying Sandor
    -Gives coin to ship captain for passage to Braavos…..

    You’re probably right on the money here, with perhaps a few more scenes where Arya sees things in her dreams from Nymeria’s point of view and starts to ask others about what these dreams could mean. She has to hear the word “warg” at some point, and it would probably terrify her, adding to her wish to run and stay away from Westeros for a while.

  279. AdrianAegon
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

    First: Yes! A harsh bugger, but dignified.What role would you give Peter Capaldi if you could get him?That’s who I was thinking of when I mentioned Harry Enfield, didn’t know his name. Good call.

    The Mad King :))

  280. Ichi1
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

    Belwas’s Stool: Strong Belwas – Mark Hunt

    Awesome idea. Can Hunt act? I know he can knock fools out and I saw him drop an atomic butt on Vandy….but can he act?

  281. bbb
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

    Oberyn Martell : James Purefoy or Jordi Mollà or Alessio Boni

    Euron Greyjoy : Mads Mikkelsen.

    Victarion Greyjoy : Ray Setevenson

    Doran Martell : Giancarlo Gianini

    Ellaria Sand : Polly Walker

    Aeron Greyjoy : Robert Carlyle

    Dareon = Pyp

    The Kindly Man : Klaus Maria Brandauer (fantastic actor + helps keeping Braavos german :)))

    I am not sure there is a time to introduce Arianne in Season 4 but I’d love if they could bring Darkstar in Oberyn/Ellaria entourage
    And start Dorn story in Season 6 by having them bring back to Dorne the body of Oberyn – so we will have alreadyu two familiar faces there . I would have also combined ellaria with some of the sandsnakes making her less peace-oriented :)

  282. Al Swearengen
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

    If they cut Strong Belwas I’ll be pissed.

  283. Sarah
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

    I have thought of two characters that are not on the list, and is unsure if they have already been mentioned but…..Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen. It would be the perfect time to do so what with Bran and being all tree like, Theon seeing things and Dany having further visions, ones meant to be in HotU. Plus you would get an idea of who the Starks and Targaryens were before everything took place

  284. AdrianAegon
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

    why Cliff Simon for Oberyn Martell:
    -He is 50 I know, but Oberyn is like what? 45? is that much of a difference? With a little bit of hair coloring, and make-up, everything is possible! + Peter Dinklage is 42 and he plays a late twenty year old. And he is Great!
    -He is tall, but not that tall, he is fit and muscular, he has intelligent eyes, and what a gaze he has….
    -He can play a smart, charismatic character. He can play a fighter!
    -And he is a great actor! (Oh, and Giancarlo Esposito can play Doran Martell! He is 4 years older than Cliff Simon! This would be Perfection!)

    I don’t know, maybe is just me, but he fits completly. He just clicks!

  285. E
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

    gecc1,

    Siddig, Simon, et al are OK, but not menacing enough; has to be Édgar Ramírez (Carlos, Domino, Zero Dark Thirty) – right range of emotion, flair… dude would make a perfect Red Viper. Great actor. If his manager isn’t trying to get him that role he needs a new one…

    Also, Conan Stevens is a must – have to get him back for that scene.

  286. Nick Larter
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

    Kindly old man – c’mon folks – there’s only one candidate – Derek Jacobi

  287. TheWalkingDave
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 4:35 pm | Permalink

    Oliver Reed would have been amazing to see in this series. He was great in Gladiator!

  288. Quowala
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 4:59 pm | Permalink

    AdrianAegon,

    Yeah I agree 100%.
    Cliff Simon would be perfect. Alot of people are saying James Purefoy for the Red Viper but I’m sorry but he’s just too white!

    It would be cool to have Purefoy in the series but I don’t know who as. Ray Stevenson is perfect for Victarion and Mads would be awesome as Euron.

  289. Steph Hodges
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

    For Strong Belwas I’d probably prefer David Benson Phillips to Mark Hunt. There’s just something about him that’s perfect for this role, I can’t see anyone else doing it. I actually pictured him while I was reading his parts in the book.

    DAVE FOR BELWAS FTW

  290. dizzy
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 5:32 pm | Permalink

    Winter Is Coming,

    It all depends on how much stretching of Storm of Swords is going to go on. I would prefer that they move things along to Braavos by the end of season 4. Personally I think her interactions with the House of Black and White are more interesting and are easier to expand upon than wandering around with Sandor.

  291. Khal-A-Bunga
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 6:01 pm | Permalink

    AdrianAegon,

    Totally agree. Anyone who doesn’t think he can play “intimidating” obviously hasn’t seen his turn as Ba’al in the Stargate television series. I personally think he’s a perfect fit for the role.

  292. unrobb
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

    So the Petyr Baelish “Littlefinger” facebook page is claiming that HBO has confirmed season 4, and that these roles will be cast. Also apparently claiming that the page admin is an HBO employee. Any truth to this?

    See
    https://www.facebook.com/PetyrBaelishLittlefinger/posts/450741064975651

  293. Arya Dunyett
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 6:27 pm | Permalink

    Tom
    Darquemode

    You’re both right. Archie Panjabi is too old, and too busy. She was born in 72 and at 40 can play 30s. But not 20s. Moot point, as you say. She’s found her niche.
    Nina Gold & Company haven’t always been concerned about this age niggle; i.e. Ciaran Hinds. Too long in the tooth for Mance, IMHO. But I must withhold judgment here. He’s a fine actor. I don’t want his age to distract me from his work.
    So Monster is his first child? No other whelps? The books raised this riddle and the series exacerbates it. Perhaps all his former mates and spawn died in childbed. Perhaps I have this issue with older men who gather trophy wives.

  294. King Stannis I
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 6:28 pm | Permalink

    They better not have skipped Arianne Martell! I enjoyed reading her.

  295. Nezzer
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 6:45 pm | Permalink

    unrobb:
    So the Petyr Baelish “Littlefinger” facebook page is claiming that HBO has confirmed season 4, and that these roles will be cast.Also apparently claiming that the page admin is an HBO employee.Any truth to this?

    See
    https://www.facebook.com/PetyrBaelishLittlefinger/posts/450741064975651

    No, AFAIK none of the WiC admins are HBO employees. HBO has not confirmed those characters listed. And I doubt the admin of that page is one like he said. If they did confirm it, why did “Littlefinger” copy the list from WiC?

  296. BethHarpy
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    I’d like to see Alfred Molina as Doran Martell. He’s a great actor, plus he’s suitably swarthy and plausibly gouty.

    It’s a pity Moon Boy isn’t a sufficiently big role to be certain to be cast. I always picture Matt Lucas.

  297. Quowala
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

    Nezzer,

    Never trust Littlefinger !!!

  298. Adrià
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 7:28 pm | Permalink

    John G.:
    They could go for Spanish actors for the Dornish, as I think Dorne is more analogous to Moorish Spain than to North Africa or the Middle East.

    Sergio Castellitto as Oberyn?

    Then again, HBO may want to take the opportunity to expand the ethnic origin of the cast, as they’ve done with Xaro and Salla without textual support, and cast actors from Indian or South Asian background. Most actors of Arab descent are virtually indistinguishable from Spanish, American or British, (Vince Vaughn anyone?) so they could also potentially flavor the cast with a couple fairer toned Middle Eastern actors alongside the cheaper British stage and small screen personalities they’ve gone for in the past. How about Omar Sharif as Doran?

    I think that you get the point. Dorne is not written as Meereen or the slave bay, it reminds me the south of Spain, and their people are not descripted like hindian or pakistani people, but as “Spanish” cause, in comparision with irish and british people, all mediterranian skins are darker and less frikled :P, and being from Barcelona by myself, i have always realised that Tyrells and Martells represent the northern and southern spanish mediaeval kinds of knights and Sirs, and i believe that more “exotic” actors should be left for the Dany arc.

  299. Darquemode
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

    AdrianAegon,

    Alot of people have issue with Simon being South African of European heritage, but his parents were Ashkenazim. So in my opinion he has that sufficient MiddleEastern look. Aside from his ethnicity, he certainly has the physical traits of the Red Viper:

    “Oberyn has a lined face with thin eyebrows, black “viper” eyes and a sharp nose. His hair is lustrous and black with only a few silver streaks and recedes from his brow into a widow’s peak.” http://www.torrentsland.com/upload/preview/images/cr_actors/1/1/1/500f5bdfaae453617b0dc057f138031b.jpg

    His role as Baa-al showed he is capable of playing a charming, lusty and intelligent role, and as an ex-Olympic calibre athlete, he certainly has physical skills and grace to play the part.

    I quite like the idea of Cliff Simon as Oberyn although I would not mind seeing someone with a stronger MiddleEastern look like Amir Waked or Navid Negahban either.

  300. Quowala
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 9:37 pm | Permalink

    Bill,

    Haha Liam Neeson would be amazing as Victarion.
    A lot of people have said Alexander Siddig for Oberyn but he’s just too friendly-looking for me! He looks like a really nice chap and has real puppy dog eyes. Whereas Cliff Simon – he looks like he could play a mean bastard!

    http://www.cliffsimon.com/img/cliffsimon_01.jpg

  301. K26dp
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 11:06 pm | Permalink

    Aeron Greyjoy aka Damphair – Alfred Molina
    Euron Greyjoy – Christopher Eccleston
    Mace Tyrell – Jim Broadbent
    The Kindly Man – Malcolm McDowell

  302. Selmy
    Posted January 10, 2013 at 2:51 am | Permalink

    Ser Tahu:
    I really don’t see why The Kindly Man or The Waif should need to be cast until season 5. And I hope they leave Euron, Victarion and the kingsmoot stuff until season 5. As for the Martells, they might want to cast some of them for reactions to Oberyn’s death. And I think that they will need to cast at least 1 Kettleblack

    People keep on saying that they should bring forward some ADwD and AFfC stuff into season 4, and then use seasons 5 and the first half of 6 to cover the two books, but I would be greatly disappointed if they do that. Instead of bringing stuff forward and compressing it, I hope that they bring nothing forward to season 4, and stretch AFfC and ADwD out over seasons 5, 6 and possibly even the first half-two thirds of 7, and use the opportunity to expand on the following storylines:

    - Quentyn’s journey to Meereen
    - Aegon and Jon Connington’s path to Westeros post Tyrion’s kidnapping, and their campaign in the Stormlands
    - The Ironborn invasion
    -Rickon’s journey with Osha
    - Hardhome and the wildlings post Stannis crushing them
    - Stannis between leaving Castle Black and taking Deepwood Motte
    - the unrest in the Vale
    - and the Dornish uprising

    The producers have an opportunity to expand on areas that the books left out, and should take it while they can instead of compressing things and leaving them out. Also, by stretching and expanding, it will give GRRM more time to get ADoS done before they catch up to him (I am confident that he will have TWoW done before they catch up, but if they compress stuff instead of expanding, then they will catch up to him before the last book is done.)

    You know what’s wrong with what you just wrote? On TV, this is boring. People talking, planning, explaining, bla bla bla. I’m not saying it’s bad, hell it’s awesome. They (D&D) probably won’t expand the storyline, but instead amplify the action and write new scenes. They need viewers and interesting scenes. I think season 4 and 5 will be the most far from the books. But hell I could be wrong.

  303. jonathan eigen
    Posted January 10, 2013 at 8:04 am | Permalink

    Naveen Andrews for the Red Viper
    Alexander Siddig for Doron Martell

  304. Nick_Scryer
    Posted January 10, 2013 at 8:06 am | Permalink

    How about Keith Allen (Alfie’s real father) to play Damphair?

  305. Clambake
    Posted January 10, 2013 at 8:42 am | Permalink

    Euron Greyjoy – Ian McShane

    Or Ian McShane for anyone else so long as he’s on the show.

  306. Deme
    Posted January 10, 2013 at 10:35 am | Permalink

    May I please have Aamir Khan as Oberyn?

    I also see John Rhys-Davies as Doran. Not like they pictured him in the books really…but I like my version better.

    Note..John Rhys-DAVIES…Sallah from Indiana Jones….not John Rhys-MYERS.

    Also like Derek Boyer for Strong Belwas.

  307. manen
    Posted January 10, 2013 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

    Fenouillet Benoit:
    Euron Greyjoy : Mads Mikkelsen
    Victarion Greyjoy : Vladimir Kulich
    Oberyn Martell aka The Red Viper : Oded Fehr
    Doran Martell : Alexander Siddig
    Brown Ben Plumm : Giancarlo Esposito
    Randyll Tarly : Alan Dale

    All of my monay

  308. That Chubby Kid
    Posted January 10, 2013 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

    Strong Belwas- Tank Abbott MMA fighter of old. Belly…check. Scary yet funny.
    or maybe James Gandolfini.
    Damphair-Jermaine Clement. Glasses with the robe. Spiritual yet confused.
    Oberyn Martell-David Spade…small and quick, sarcastic, snarky and pissed.
    Kindly Old Man-Rhys Darby…very kindly, would obviously tell arya to do odd tasks
    Victarion-Alan Tudyk. He has experience being a pirate.

  309. Phil
    Posted January 12, 2013 at 2:59 am | Permalink

    Victarion Greyjoy – Vladimir Kulich, Robert Carlyle
    Oberyn Martell aka The Red Viper – Amir Arison, Amr Waked, Naveen Andrews
    Doran Martell – Navid Negahban, Alexander Siddig
    Ellaria Sand – Aishwarya Rai (Highly unlikely), Emmanuelle Chriqui, Archie Panjabi, Padma Lakshmi
    Taena Merryweather – Morena Baccarin, Zuleikha Robinson, Indira Varma
    Strong Belwas – Omid Djalili, Christopher Judge
    Brown Ben Plumm – Alexander Siddig (I know he’s on here twice!), Giancarlo Esposito, Peter Mensah
    Dareon – Jonas Armstrong, Peter Mooney, Christian Cooke
    Randyll Tarly – Graham McTavish
    Arianne Martell – Anushka Sharma, Hannah Simone
    Mace Tyrell – Hugh Bonneville
    Euron Greyjoy – Richard Armitage, Henry Ian Cusick, Eoin Macken, Ola Rapace

  310. Lisa Gouget
    Posted January 12, 2013 at 7:12 am | Permalink

    Brad Villane: James Purefoy

    OMG I LOVE this idea!!!!!!

  311. caoimay
    Posted January 12, 2013 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

    COLM WILKINSON COLM WILKINSON COLM WILKINSON

    HAS TO BE CAST ON THIS SHOW!

    I thhink he could be a greyjoy, but I had dreams of him being a martell (though he’d need a tan…)

  312. Darquemode
    Posted January 12, 2013 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

    caoimay,

    I was trying to think ofa role for him too….
    I was thinking maybe Maester Gorman or a maester f the Night’s Watch… I think there is one at East Watch and one at Shadow Tower if I recall, but not very large roles…
    Maybe the Kindly Man?

  313. A Man Grown
    Posted January 13, 2013 at 8:01 am | Permalink

    I feel like it would be hard to get rid of Edric Storm, whether he’s a featured extra in season 3 that we don’t know about yet, or if he gets cast in season 4. Stannis doesn’t have a whole lot of story in the first two thirds of ASoS, but Edric Storm is the focal point of what he does have. If they don’t cast Edric they’d need to either somehow have Gendry get captured by Stannis instead, or completely change that part of the story :\

  314. Nick_Scryer
    Posted January 13, 2013 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

    Don’t know if it’s posted already but this is the reason most people want Ray Stevenson for Victarion Greyjoy.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35nrS59Dxg4

    So Badass, He is Victarion.

  315. Walter_Eagle
    Posted January 13, 2013 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

    Ged:
    RON PEARLMAN for AERO HOTAH

    Hotah needs to be a nobody actor who blends into the background. Perlman would be horrible.

  316. m
    Posted January 13, 2013 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

    Barbara Hershey- Alannys Greyjoy

  317. Matt
    Posted January 14, 2013 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

    Rygar,

    You’ll have to head to Kentucky and drag his ass all the way from Harlan to Westeros!

  318. WildSeed
    Posted January 14, 2013 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

    This is just an observation; In the few snippets we’ve seen of upcoming GoT
    episodes, Diana Rigg appears as a giantess alongside soon to be queen
    Margaery. She does not share an onscreen embodiment of the QoT, but
    there’s not doubt of her acting abilities. Her script may be revised and/or
    abbreviated anyway. In the books , I enjoyed her unassuming tiny ,
    grandmotherly frame and conniving mind.

  319. Whitewolf
    Posted January 17, 2013 at 2:43 am | Permalink

    Arthur Darvill for Euron Greyjoy!!! Can do dark and rough and has a certain something and not too large a star!!! Otherwise I would have suggested the guy they had casted for the Singer in Season one (his name escapes me currently)

  320. dinobot77
    Posted January 23, 2013 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

    Edward James Olmos as Doran Martell. He is a bit older older than Oberyn, so I think he would work. Plus just thinking if his reserved, yet completely in command portrayal of Adama on BSG, I think he would be awesome in the role.

  321. Al Swearengen
    Posted January 24, 2013 at 7:02 pm | Permalink

    A new idea has crossed my mind for Euron Greyjoy – Gary Stretch http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0834282/

  322. Manny
    Posted January 27, 2013 at 6:49 pm | Permalink

    Aeron Greyjoy aka Damphair – Andy Serkis
    Euron Greyjoy – Mads Mikkelsen
    Victarion Greyjoy – Ray Stevensen
    Oberyn Martell aka The Red Viper – Cliff Simon
    Ellaria Sand – Morena Baccarin
    Mace Tyrell – Nathaniel Parker
    Randyll Tarly – Ian McShane
    Taena Merryweather – someone sexy
    Strong Belwas – someone fat
    Brown Ben Plumm – Giancarlo Esposito
    Dareon – Someone jerky
    The Kindly Man – Ian McKellen
    The Waif – don’t care

  323. Darquemode
    Posted January 27, 2013 at 10:45 pm | Permalink

    Al Swearengen,

    Not familiar with his work, but heas a good look for the rol…

    Manny,

    Ha!
    I love the “someone this or thats”!
    I think I would enjoy all of the actors in th roles you lsited, but I’m not sure some would be cast….

  324. kody christensen
    Posted January 31, 2013 at 12:07 am | Permalink

    All I know is that Ray Winstsone needs to have a role on this show. Alexander Siddig would be great for Oberyn, if not him than Cliff Simon. Oded Fehr is too muscular and the guy from Lost is too short and doesn’t look like the Oberyn I imagined.

  325. Jack Marcinkowski
    Posted February 5, 2013 at 4:10 am | Permalink

    I was wondering if you had your mind on anyone in particular for the role of Quentyn Martell? I think I would be able to play the role great after reading the books and realising that his attitude is just like mine can be. Not easy to smiling and very serious about things. I’m of average height with olive skin and tan very easily if I needs be darker. Physically fit and work out, I am not a professional having only been in short films for university projects for friends but have been told that I really get into the character, I would love to know if there are any open casting days for season 4.

  326. Hounded
    Posted February 11, 2013 at 8:02 am | Permalink

    What are the chances of Wyman Manderly being in season 4?

    Because if Stannis is at the wall in season 4, what’s Davos going to do if not meet with Wyman Manderly?

  327. Al Swearengen
    Posted February 11, 2013 at 8:07 am | Permalink

    I’ve been watching World Without End on channel 4 and there’s an actor in there I could see as another potential Euron, his name is Ben Chaplin.

    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001035/?ref_=tt_cl_t1

    He’s a tiny bit tanned for the role but I can look past that once he grows his beard and hair.

  328. Dominick
    Posted February 13, 2013 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

    Euron Greyjoy : Mads Mikkelsen
    Victarion Greyjoy : Vladimir Kulich

  329. Robin
    Posted February 13, 2013 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

    Euron Greyjoy=Richard Armitage!
    And I’m Italian, so I’d love to see an italian actor (Giancarlo Giannini or Sergio Castellitto) as a Martell.

  330. OzViking
    Posted February 13, 2013 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

    If Ser Ilyn Payn needs to be re-cast, I’d like to see Jens Hultén
    His looks are similar and he is a very physical actor, which will come in handy for the “conversations” with Jaime.

  331. Catesby
    Posted February 13, 2013 at 7:56 pm | Permalink

    Ned Dennehy for Aeron Greyjoy

  332. Susie-Q
    Posted February 14, 2013 at 10:06 am | Permalink

    I love the idea of Oded Fehr as The Viper. For his older brother, I’d love to see Alfred Molina.

  333. Petyr Pint
    Posted February 14, 2013 at 7:33 pm | Permalink

    Always imagined Joaquim de Almeida as Oberyn.
    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0021835/?ref_=sr_1

  334. Tyrion Pimpslap
    Posted February 14, 2013 at 7:52 pm | Permalink

    Petyr Pint,

    He looks more like Doran. Plus, 56 is way too old for the role of Oberyn.

  335. REEZY
    Posted February 16, 2013 at 4:05 am | Permalink

    Nick_Scryer,

    CUT Hotah??!?!?!?! CUT Areo HOTAH?!?!?1 WTF is wrong with you???!?!?!?1 I’d love to see you travel to Sunspear, walk up to the Captain of the Guard and tell him AND his huge AXE that he should be CUT from the show.

  336. Jake Cave
    Posted February 21, 2013 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

    Mark Strong -Oberyn
    Alexander Siddig – Doran
    Richard Armitage – Victarion
    David Tennant – Euron
    Hugh Bonnevile – Mace
    Alicia Vikander/Roxanne Pallett – Arianne
    Indira Varma – Ellaria Sand

  337. Katie Liv
    Posted February 22, 2013 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

    All I want is Oded Fehr as Oberyn Martell.

  338. Al Swearengen
    Posted February 25, 2013 at 12:52 am | Permalink

    I’ve found my Arianne Martell………..Samantha Barks from Les Miserables but I doubt very much she’ll be considered or will be interested in tv :-(

  339. james Warnes
    Posted March 21, 2013 at 5:52 pm | Permalink

    saark,

    sorry, but Pete Potelwaithe is dead

  340. kody christensen
    Posted April 3, 2013 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

    OzViking,

    I like that idea a lot.

  341. kody christensen
    Posted April 3, 2013 at 4:28 pm | Permalink

    Euron Greyjoy – Peter Mullan http://www.imdb.com/media/rm2960502016/nm0611932

    Victarian Greyjoy – Ray Stevenson. It is known.

    Oberyn Martell – Alexander Siddig

    Arianne Martell – Evangeline Lilly. Haters gonna hate.

    Doran Martell – Jimmy Smits http://www.imdb.com/media/rm2456125440/nm0001751

    Taena – Valerie Cruz. I really don’t want them to cut Taena http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1395858/

  342. Pau Soriano
    Posted April 3, 2013 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

    kody christensen:
    Euron Greyjoy – Peter Mullan http://www.imdb.com/media/rm2960502016/nm0611932

    Victarian Greyjoy – Ray Stevenson.It is known.

    Oberyn Martell – Alexander Siddig

    Arianne Martell – Evangeline Lilly.Haters gonna hate.

    Doran Martell – Jimmy Smits http://www.imdb.com/media/rm2456125440/nm0001751

    Taena – Valerie Cruz.I really don’t want them to cut Taena http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1395858/

    I always think about Evangeline Lilly when reading Arianne!!! I know she’s supposed to be black of hair but….and also Naveen Andrews for Oberyn, I guess Lost was running strong when I read the books ;)

  343. voicareason
    Posted April 7, 2013 at 11:19 am | Permalink

    Randyll Tarly – Jonathan Banks

  344. Michel
    Posted April 7, 2013 at 11:27 am | Permalink

    voicareason,

    Awesome!!!! Never thaught about that, Jonathan is great.

  345. Michel
    Posted April 7, 2013 at 11:30 am | Permalink

    Ray Stevenson was amazing in Dexter and in GI Joe, it would be really a shame if he isn’t cast as Victarion

  346. eclairesh
    Posted April 12, 2013 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

    Mads Mikkelsen would be a perfect Euron Greyjoy, the guy is oozing with sex which is basically Euron….
    I guess Richard Armitage could make a great Victarion, but so can Ray Stevenson – these two are ideal for the role.
    Oh and Oded Fehr, yes he would be amazing as the Red Viper, bring it on.

  347. bufkus
    Posted April 14, 2013 at 10:37 pm | Permalink

    I know he was played by an unknown but Dareon was already in season 1. I wonder what the odds are that they will use the same actor? Same with Bowen Marsh for S5 and beyond.

  348. Nezzer
    Posted April 19, 2013 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

    Is this Simon Merrells (Marcus Crassus from Spartacus) with Kit Harington?
    http://sphotos-c.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/3561_513066435424251_571639070_n.jpg

    If it’s really him, could this mean that he is joining the cast in season 4? He’s my favorite choice for Euron Greyjoy and this had me very excited. This pic was taken this week, so it’s very recent.

  349. Stephanie
    Posted April 19, 2013 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

    Nezzer,

    looks like him but I cant tell because I’m distracted by that goofy expression on Kit’s face.

  350. Nezzer
    Posted April 19, 2013 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

    Stephanie,

    LOL, but never mind, it’s actually Sasha Roiz:
    http://www.imdb.com/media/rm4128616960/nm1501388

    I had never heard of this actor, so all I could see was Simon Merrells until someone told me about Roiz. Still, who could he be? He’s Israeli so he’d probably be from Essos, or maybe he could be Dornish if that’s how they are depicting the Dornishmen. Oberyn Martell maybe?

  351. Stephanie
    Posted April 19, 2013 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

    Nezzer,

    It could be anything really. Or nothing at all. Maybe Kit’s going to be on Grimm, maybe they are going to be in a project that has nothing to do with GoT at all. It’s too soon to tell especially since we dont know the circumstances that lead to their being acquainted.

  352. !ZAR!
    Posted April 19, 2013 at 6:36 pm | Permalink

    Picturing Mark Strong as the Red Viper

  353. asperpali
    Posted April 27, 2013 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

    I love you boozie

  354. Kaitlin
    Posted April 29, 2013 at 7:07 pm | Permalink

    Michel,

    Ray Stevenson for Jon Connigton!

  355. Chickenduck
    Posted May 9, 2013 at 7:46 pm | Permalink

    Regarding the sand snakes, I personally just want them to be crazy diverse visually… From white to black to Polynesian to Asian. Even the ones that won’t become speaking roles in the show later, it’d be cool if at some point we could see them all in a room together, played by ethnically diverse extras. Make it clear the Red Viper got around… the mothers weren’t all Dornish.

    Haven’t been any Asians on the show yet! People complain about whitewashing and wanting more “POC” (vague, generic term that it is), but most commenters seem to use that to only mean “brown”. Let’s really break the fantasy mold and get a strong Asian lead character in.

    But my guess based on prior casting is that they’ll go for British actors of Indian, Middle Eastern or African descent, a la Missandei and Grey Worm etc (Naveen Andrews as Red Viper anyone?) Which is fine, but I reckon you could be more daring.

    Like… if you want to really gets nerds excited… Doran Martell = George Takei. Make the Dornish straight-out East Asian in appearance. Obviously I don’t mean for that to be taken 100% seriously (though it would be Diana Rigg-level of awesome), but you get my drift. Dorne may be inspired by Moorish Spain, but it isn’t an exact replica any more than Braavos is 100% Venice. The main thing is that it’s obviously different from the rest of Westeros.

    Although maybe there needs to be some connection with the Volantene Talisa’s appearance, assuming that the Volantenes are also Rhoynars.

    Maybe the Red Viper could be Daniel Dae-Kim…

    Seriously, I’d totally dig them subverting the dominant fantasy clichés :)

  356. Charlie
    Posted May 11, 2013 at 12:00 pm | Permalink

    HyacinthGirl,

    Holy shit yes. Yes.

    Viggo Mortenson would be perfect for Victarion!

  357. Emil
    Posted May 12, 2013 at 10:37 am | Permalink

    I just had an epiphany, Mads Mikkelsen as Euron Greyjoy, and Lars Mikkelsen as Victarion Greyjoy. Real life brothers playing brothers, it’s perfect.

  358. Peter
    Posted May 27, 2013 at 10:21 pm | Permalink

    Anson Mount as Euron Greyjoy.

  359. Kate
    Posted May 27, 2013 at 10:45 pm | Permalink

    Earl Greyjoy,

    Would love Derek Jacobi as the Kindly Man: I’m desperate for some sort of I Claudius connection because so much of the books reminds me of that series. I also adore Mark Strong as an actor so would love to see him as Euron. James Frain has to be in the series but I can’t decide as who. Perhaps Coldhands? He doesn’t appear until much later but would give Frain a lot of scope.

  360. Keith Almirol
    Posted June 5, 2013 at 9:46 pm | Permalink

    I envision Christian Camargo, Dexter’s brother, as Oberyn Martell.

  361. Chris
    Posted June 10, 2013 at 5:14 pm | Permalink

    Winter Is Coming,

    Dorne characters will have to be introduced next season! The Red Viper was Tyrion’s champion after a certain event happens at Joffrey’s and Margaery’s wedding (all the book readers know what I’m talking about). Being that their wedding happens at the end of book 3, we are expected to see scene unfold pretty early in season 4. I think that Ellaria will be cut and replaced by Arianne to prevent introduction of too many new characters. Only reason they brought in the Greyjoys at the season finale is because the viewers are already familiar with those characters and the Theon storyline needed some sort of a conclusion for the season.

  362. Vince
    Posted June 15, 2013 at 11:47 am | Permalink

    Mads Mikkelsen as Euron and a slightly more buff Lars Mikkelsen as Victarion. This would be ideal as they already resemble Patrick Malahide slightly in their ghoulish paleness. Also, they are brothers in real life. As for James Purefoy, I don’t know if he would fit the part of Euron as well. Sure, he looks dark and intimidating, but it don’t think he looks very sly or enigmatic.
    Damphair should be played by Jonathan Ryan in the series.
    Randyll Tarly is a hard one, but i’ll have to go with Mark Strong just because he’s awesome and is good at play strict, harsh characters
    Mace Tyrell would be Brendan Gleeson, that’s a given.
    Oberyn could be played by a lot of people, so I am really unsure about this one, but perhaps Viggo Mortensen would be fit for this role? I don’t know, but I don’t really know who else I would cast.

  363. James
    Posted June 30, 2013 at 4:36 pm | Permalink

    I’ve read all the books. And I don’t know why, but I’ve always envisioned Ron Perlman as Victarion Greyjoy. I know that Perlman expressed interest in being cast for Thrones a couple of years ago, and I think he would play the role of the Iron Captain perfectly as long as he could get the accent down. He’s awesome on Sons of Anarchy.

  364. Jessica
    Posted July 5, 2013 at 2:53 am | Permalink

    Idk why but I’ve always thought Joseph Fiennes as Euron. In the books and in my mind, I pictured Euron as a typical tall, dark and handsome with that mysterious look and michevious grin. Perhaps he may be too young for the part especially since he’s older than Victarion but he has that sort of devil-may-care look about him.

  365. Al Swearengen
    Posted July 5, 2013 at 2:57 am | Permalink

    How about David O’hara for Victarion ? you may recently have seen him on the latest episode of Luther.

    Jessica – That’s a fine idea.

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