Casting

Yohn Royce cast

rupert_vansittartWe’re two months into filming as of yesterday, and there’s finally news from the Vale. According to his CV, English actor Rupert Vansittart has been cast as Lord Yohn Royce on Game of Thrones.

Vansittart will be playing the head of House Royce, bannermen of House Arryn and loyal to Lady Lysa.  The character is nicknamed “Bronze Yohn” in the books because of his bronze, rune-inscribed armor. Yohn is the father of Ser Waymar Royce, the young Night’s Watchman who was killed by a White Walker in the first fifteen minutes of Game of Thrones‘ premiere episode.

A familiar face on British television, the actor has guested on Doctor Who, Mr. Bean, Midsomer Murders, Any Human Heart and most recently, Foyle’s War. He portrayed Mr. Hurst in the 1995 BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, and appeared as Charles, Lord Ashfordly over several seasons on the police drama Heartbeat. Vansittart’s film work  includes The Iron Lady, Austenland, Braveheart, The Remains of the Day, Cutthroat Island, and Four Weddings and a Funeral.

Ours is the Fury: Vansittart seems like a good fit for the role. Royce doesn’t actually appear in A Storm of Swords, but it makes sense that we may see some of Lysa’s bannermen including Yohn, given certain storylines.

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  • some interesting characters from further in the series added to s4 now, this guy seems to be a good call though, one of my fave characters in book 4

  • Interesting… with Tycho Nestoris and now Bronze Yohn cast, it looks like some story elements will be brought forward, which is to be expected since D&D have said that the series will be less of a book-by-book adaptation and more of a general adaptation of the series post-season 3.

  • Seven Hells, I can’t wait to see the Vale again. Alayne’s chapters with LF weren’t the best in AFFC, but I bet it will be great on screen. Could it be Yohn Royce who will be accused of Lysa’s death? Thus liberating the way for Littlefinger to be Lord Protector of the Vale.

  • Dude really seems like the grizzled but honorable veteran who doesn’t take any bullshit, I can definitely see him going toe-to-toe with the cunning and small Petyr Baelish.

  • The first thing I thought when I saw this picture was “wow…they cast Mitt Romney in a role on game of Thrones”…

  • Since Bronze Yohn was a suitor for Lysa, but she went with Littlefinger instead, I’m curious if we’ll be seeing some of those scenes this year instead of it just being something referenced.

  • Awesome stuff. Yes please cast Lyn Cobray. With Gatiss as Tycho, the Daario recasting and filling out the noblemen of the Vale it appears D and D are setting audiences up for Feast/Dance. Introducing the new characters earlier so they won’t come out of nowhere. Boys are thinking ahead to the long term. Good stuff!

  • Ours is the Fury: Since Bronze Yohn was a suitor for Lysa, but she went with Littlefinger instead, I’m curious if we’ll be seeing some of those scenes this year instead of it just being something referenced.

    And I could see LF somehow redirecting blame for Lysa’s death toward one of her suitors, especially if they we’re in the Vale’s keep at the time….and noone saw…

    …”Only Cat.”

  • I think they are going to bring the Lord’s declerant into the story for season 3. As it might be quite interesting to have these lords already making trouble before Littlefinger is there. John Royce would be the leader of them in this case and Lyn Corbray taking his sword @ the meeting might be in one of the later episodes.

  • Victor:
    The first thing I thought when I saw this picture was “wow…they cast Mitt Romney in a role on game of Thrones”…

    There is a resemblance…

    And I also want to see Lyn Corbray.

  • mariamb: There is a resemblance…And I also want to see Lyn Corbray.

    Perhaps an amalgamation of Corbray & Royce into one character?

    Hey…D&D already put Bush’s head on a spike…why not add a Romney twist as well?

  • Can’t wait to see all the fan rage with the changes to the books from here on out.
    Personally, I’m excited that I’ll get to see my favorite books series made into one of the best television shows of all time while maintaining the sense of wonder and surprise with each episode.

    Good casting, btw.

  • Victor:
    The first thing I thought when I saw this picture was “wow…they cast Mitt Romney in a role on game of Thrones”…

    Me too! Here I thought ol’ Willard was out of my life forever after the election!

    I’m happy they’re not cutting out the Lords Declarant storyline. This just reminds me how much I’m hurting for a status update on Sansa. I hear that GRRM wrote a chapter for ADWD and it was held back for TWOW. Apparently it’s controversial. Want now!

  • VERY VERY COOL. The Lords Declarant!! Again, with Tycho and now this, a lot of forward thinking here. I imagine the Lords Declarant will probably be mostly an amalgam, with this guy and Lyn Corbray and the rest mostly background-y types similar to the Brotherhood Without Banners were Beric/Thoros/Anguy and a lot of “other” guys.

    Not only does this show how D&D are thinking ahead and expanding the various areas in a slow, measured way, it also gives me hope that they intend on going ahead with the Dornish and Iron Islands, too. I mean, if they’re casting the likes of Yohn Royce, a name I completely forgot about, and the Iron Banker, well, it shows a great deal of foresight. So I applaud it on many levels.

    Also, can we get him to repeat his line from Four Weddings and a Funeral?

    “I was at school with his brother Bufty. Tremendous bloke. He was head of my house. Buggered me senseless.”

  • GreatJon of Slumber: Also, can we get him to repeat his line from Four Weddings and a Funeral?“I was at school with his brother Bufty. Tremendous bloke. He was head of my house. Buggered me senseless.”

    Damn, that was a funny movie. I wish Rowan Atkinson was the presiding pastor for all weddings!

  • Oh my god was this the “Insolent bastard I want this bastard’s heart on a plate!” English officer at the battle of Stirling in Braveheart?

  • Loki: Hodor’s Bastard, rowan atkinson should be the high sparrow.

    Stringing up Kettleblack and the subsequent walk of shame wouldn’t quite be the same! Perhaps a Youtube parody is in order?

    Or is it such a stretch? I always thought the “Most Devout” were silly (but dangerous), especially with Lancel in the mix.

  • It seems like they are doing ” A Feast for Crows” very early if they are bringing in Royce and Tycho .

  • There are some surprising castings this year. Characters I didn’t expect to see in season 4, if at all, like Bronze Yohn and Fat Walda. I’m glad though as they are both cool characters and it shows that D&D aren’t dawdling.

    Is it too much to hope for a Donal Noye??

  • Lotta C-plots from books four and five are getting some set-up work done this season. Makes sense, since the remainder of book 3 is only 1/2 as many pages as a standard season.

    Still holding out hope for a Kingsmoot by the end of this season!

  • Joshua Atreides,

    I looked him up because I thought he was Robert the Bruce’s leprous father, and I was shocked that they didn’t list his appearance in Ghost Dad, but it’s actually the nobleman who gets killed after invoking his “noble right” of prima nocte.

  • I vaguely recall his acting in ” The Remains of the Day “, &
    ” The Iron Lady ” , but not other cinema.

    He could also be a onscreen impostor for the US’s Mitt Romney.
    Is the name ,Mitt, really a forename or ” nickname ” ? who cares……

  • Hounded:
    There are some surprising castings this year. Characters I didn’t expect to see in season 4, if at all, like Bronze Yohn and Fat Walda. I’m glad though as they are both cool characters and it shows that D&D aren’t dawdling.

    Is it too much to hope for a Donal Noye??

    My fear is that Grenn will take the Donal role and get killed off. I’m looking forward to being proved wrong.

  • WildSeed:
    I vaguely recall his acting in ” The Remains of the Day “, but not other cinema.

    He could also be a onscreen impostor for the US’s Mitt Romney.
    Is the name ,Mitt, really a forename or ” nickname ” ? who cares……

    His first name is actually Willard. Mitt is either is middle name or a nickname, I forgot which.
    Mitt isn’t any less stupid sounding than Willard so idk why he goes by that.

  • GreatJon of Slumber: Yohn Royce, a name I completely forgot about

    If Raymar’s name weren’t mentioned, I’d draw no recollection whatsoever.
    I’s always interesting with GoT’s choice of minor characters that they’d
    choose to depict on the production. I question him having any secondary
    role other than name recognition for the Eyrie

  • sunspear:
    Lotta C-plots from books four and five are getting some set-up work done this season. Makes sense, since the remainder of book 3 is only 1/2 as many pages as a standard season.

    Still holding out hope for a Kingsmoot by the end of this season!

    Really smart, from where I stand. It’s good stuff. And it’s also a nice nod to the fans to even have appearances of characters like Fat Walda, who don’t really matter so much to the plot. To that end, hoping to see Gemma Lannister, Jaime’s tough aunt, at some point, too, perhaps Season 5. I don’t agree with everything D&D do, but they really do play a long game well, which is very much in the GRRM spirit, and that’s smart. I suppose in some ways you could see that with the introduction of Craster in Season 2, an otherwise unremarkable moment that could have been excised and saved for Season 3 when they return there, but it added to the heft of the entire proceedings (ok, it would have badly damaged Sam’s arc in Season 3, so there’s that, but still, if they were looking for big cuts, that would have been one of them).

    Jim:
    Joshua Atreides,

    I looked him up because I thought he was Robert the Bruce’s leprous father, and I was shocked that they didn’t list his appearance in Ghost Dad, but it’s actually the nobleman who gets killed after invoking his “noble right” of prima nocte.

    The one who gets his throat cut in the first skirmish that the Wallace folk are involved in?

  • Haha.. Cool.. Saw this guy’s picture and immediately heard his voice in my head.. He really does aristocratic and contemptuous very, very well..

  • This is good. I never really considered it, but the Lords Declarant storyline could be really tense on screen. Especially if they ratchet up the threat of violence. And poor Sansa trapped in the middle. The Unsullied will love it.

  • As a UK citizen I know his face from many TV appearances without knowing his name. He does have “presence” though just thinking about “Heartbeat” and “Foyle’s War” makes me feel ill [not the actor’s fault, I just hated those shows]. I think he will be a good addition to the cast.

  • I am really happy to see Yohn Royce being cast, especially since i imagined Brynden Tully would somehow take the part of the leading voice in The Lords Declarant, because he is granduncle to Little Robert and would have only the best in mind for him. Nice to see that!

    After that casting now i thought about the Greyjoys again. Many fans have argued about the possibilty of merging the Greyjoys into one person. I could never imagine Victarion and Euron being merged into one and i am still very positive that one of them will be cast.
    But introducing one more unlikable character other than Balon needs time again. Balon is still built up to this role, the unlikable king of the Iron Islands. So why waste his role. Could it be they wont let him die like in the books and take Eurons role.
    That would save them to introduce a new character as well as filming the kingsmoot. Still we could get the great Victarion, leader of the Iron Fleet.

    Ok i know Balon has two healthy eyes, perhaps someone can do something about that, too? ;>
    Do you think thats a possibility or something that will never happen??

    ps: could never distinguish Yohn Royce from Nestor Royce, and had to look it up :)

  • Ours is the Fury:
    Since Bronze Yohn was a suitor for Lysa, but she went with Littlefinger instead, I’m curious if we’ll be seeing some of those scenes this year instead of it just being something referenced.

    Perhaps. Don’t they still have unused footage of the Vale to use too?

  • RedComet,

    Fully agree about Bronze Yohn!

    However not so sure about the Balon replacing Euron idea… Mainly because it would ruin Stannis’ leech burning. 3 leeches are burned, 3 kings are cursed and 3 Kings die. Balon has to die. I don’t think we’ll be seeing the Greyjoy Uncles but I think we’ll be seeing them in season 5. I think we have pretty much a full roster of new characters for season 4 with –

    Oberyn, Ellaria, Mace, Styr, Fat Walda, Bronze Yohn and Tycho Nestoris.

    Then in season 5 I think we’ll meet –

    Victarion, Euron, Damphair, Arianne, Some Sand snakes (but not all), Arys Oakheart, Jon Connington, Young Griff and Wyman Manderly.

  • RedComet,

    Well, I think Euron has to be cast or the story changes completely. Euron brings the horn from his trip to Valyria, and the horn will likely play a huge role in Dany’s storyline as well as Euron’s and Victarion’s and everyone in Meereen.

  • Hounded,

    However not so sure about the Balon replacing Euron idea… Mainly because it would ruin Stannis’ leech burning. 3 leeches are burned, 3 kings are cursed and 3 Kings die. Balon has to die.

    Jentario,

    Well, I think Euron has to be cast or the story changes completely. Euron brings the horn from his trip to Valyria, and the horn will likely play a huge role in Dany’s storyline as well as Euron’s and Victarion’s and everyone in Meereen.

    yes you two nearly convinced me, especially the burning of the leeches and that they spoke all three kings names
    i guess u are right ;)

  • YOHN ROYCE!!!!!!!!’

    No way! Another one of my favorite characters cast!

    This is going to be the greatest series in the history of film television and pop culture!

    Fans can rejoice! Or maybe reroyce! Ha!

  • Easteros bunny,

    We get it your sick of fanboys. Maybe if you didn’t post on a fan site dedicated to the show and the series you wouldn’t have anything to be cynical about. Just sayin’.

  • As lord of these lands I will bless this marriage by taking
    the bride into my bed on the first night of her union.

  • In terms of the theory about Grenn playing the Donal Noye role, have no idea if they would go down this path but if they do, it would certainly make that scene much more powerful than it was in the books. I’m not entirely sure what they would end up doing with Grenn after S4 anyways since he’s basically discarded in the books and would have to either remain off-screen for a very long stretch (and who knows if he even plays a role in future books) or they would have to create new material for him. Giving him a heroic death and letting the actor be cut loose seems like a much better idea than shunting off to never never land indefinitely.

  • Rygar:
    Is it pronounced Yo Hin or Yawn (like John w a Y) or Yo In (silent H) or Cock (like what’s for dinner)?

    In my head, I pronounce it like “John” but with a Y.

    But maybe on the Welsh theme for the Vale it should be pronounced YO-an, like Welsh actor Ioan Gruffudd’s name (which equivalates as “John Griffith” – Ioan is very protective of his Welsh heritage and refuses to Anglicise his name – he’s a native speaker of Welsh, same as Iwan Rheon aka Ramsay Snow).

    In other news, how do we pronounce Tycho? In my head it’s “Taiko” like the Japanese drumming style… But if it’s from Classical Greek, should it be like Tücho? Is the ‘ch’ a k sound or like a German ‘ch’ sound?

    NEST-or-is or Nest-OR-is?

  • Loki:
    Hodor’s Bastard, rowan atkinson should be the high sparrow.

    That’s not the worst idea I’ve heard.

    I wouldn’t have thought of it, but if they could get him in for a cameo… Could be pretty cool.

  • And while we’re doing wild speculation involving character merges, since we’ve got a lot of fans wondering what’s going to happen with Bowen Marsh, why don’t they just take Edd and put him in that spot. First as Jon’s trusted advisor, then as someone who becomes more disillusioned and frustrated with Jon’s decisions until the breaking point is reached. They could alter his character slightly by having him come back from Craster’s as a more hardened and resolute NW man who is distrustful of Wildlings. If they wanted to go that route, the relationship with Jon would be far more tragic and it would give the character something worthwhile to do as Edd is more or less shunted away (like Grenn) after Jon becomes LC. Not saying they need to do this but it involves them utilizing both Grenn and Edd in more efficient ways and avoids having to build up new characters that the audience needs to care about out of the blue.

  • King Tommen,

    I thought Grenn playing the role of Donal Noye was a good idea until re-read the second half of storm of swords. There is some hilarious dialogue between Grenn and Pyp that will have to be cut if they go down that path. Jon: “I must rest, the wall is yours Grenn. “Me!?” asked Grenn. “Him!?” Asked Pyp. xD

  • He’s the Braveheart rapist lord:

    “I was practicing the right of First Night!”
    “And *I* am practicing the right of a HUSBAND!” (caves his skull in with a flail)

  • Tycho Nestoris AND Bronze Yohn? I am very much liking how the tertiary characters from AFfC/ADwD are being introduced early.

    Others I wouldn’t mind seeing early:
    Lyn Corbray
    Skahaz mo Kandaq
    Nestor Royce
    Randyll Tarly
    Bowen Marsh (although my theory, in light of the recent news is that Alliser Thorne will take his role, while Locke takes Alliser’s role in the scheming)
    High Sparrow
    Tristifer Botley (combined with Qarl)

    Characters I don’t want to see early:
    The Dornish
    Griff and co
    The Braavosi (not that I don’t like them, but because it would just be a mistake to introduce them early)

    Characters who I think need to appear in season 4:
    the Greyjoy brothers (minus Victarion, he can wait until season 5)
    Coldhands
    Hizdahr zo Loraq (to help set him up)
    Brown Ben Plumm
    Val (probably combined with Dalla)

  • Ser Tahu: Skahaz mo Kandaq

    Holy crap! What a list!
    Skahaz mo Kandaq? Ay, Big Nose!

    Know any actors with jaundice and a large honker?

    (Secretly still hoping for BBP)

    (P.S…By the way, on a sports note….Rafa!!!)

  • Hodor’s Bastard,

    Brilliant actor Michael Gambon , has a nice honker, but not a huge nose compared
    to some. Besides, and I realise that you jest about of this, FX prosthetics demonstrates
    beautiful work. Brings to mind actress Nicole Kidman, portraying Virginia Wolf,
    in ” The Hours “, with Steven Dillaine. Fantasy productions get the most mileage
    out prosthetics, so there are even better examples in cinema.

  • Chickenduck,

    No – I got the incest joke. Sorry if I came across as sarcastic – that wasn’t my intent. I was glad to hear that others noticed what I had – that Lena and Oberyn looked very “comfortable” together.

  • WildSeed: Hodor’s Bastard, Brilliant actor Michael Gambon , has a nice honker, but not a huge nose comparedto some. Besides, and I realise that you jest about of this, FX prosthetics demonstratesbeautiful work. Brings to mind actress Nicole Kidman, portraying Virginia Wolf,in ” The Hours “, with Steven Dillaine. Fantasy productions get the most mileageout prosthetics, so there are even better examples in cinema.

    Talk about a stunning “recasting” moment. Indeed, MG made the most of the monumental task of filling the woollen socks of the great Richard Harris as Dumbledore.
    S Dillane and the amazing Ms. Kidman…good reference! What a couple, portrayed very well.

  • GeekFurious,

    I swear these comments from that page win the internet:

    “Cersei is clearly banging Oberyn”

    “I doubt that. They’re not even remotely related to each other.”

  • I hope they’ll have him him mention Waymar being at the wall, would be nice for TV viewers to know his son was the first death on the show.

    Also I wonder if this early casting lends some credence to the theory that the Royce’s know who Alayne Stone really is.

  • Hodor’s Bastard: Talk about a stunning “recasting” moment. Indeed, MG made the most of the monumental task of filling the woollen socks of the great Richard Harris as Dumbledore.
    S Dillane and the amazing Ms. Kidman…good reference! What a couple, portrayed very well.

    Some people are photogenic, even with simple features or delicate beauty . The same
    concept could be applied to particular actors / actresses, like Dillaine or Streep or
    Redgrave. These are so effectual, so elegant , in their portrayals.

    I hope exec producers overcome their distain for ASOIAF- Stannis, and allow for
    a better depiction in future seasons. I’d admit that even when reading, my
    attention really picked up again in ADWD.

    Well, watch out for ” Snarks and Grumpkins ” per Tyrion Lannister………..

  • Man this Braveheart talk is causing me to mourn the late Patrick McGoohan. His Edward I was awesome stuff. Braveheart has a zillion historical inaccuracies but McGoohan’s “Longshanks” was spot on. Edward I fucking hated the Scots.
    “Scot-Land. My land.”
    “Grant them prima nocte.” Looks creepily/menacingly at Sophie Marceau’s Isabella II, “First Knight.” He clarifies for her. “If a common girl is to be married, a noble man shall have sexxx -u-al rights to her on the night of her wedding. If they don’t give them out we”ll bleed them out.”

    Dude would have been an awesome Aerys II.

  • With characters from the Vale being cast already is this confirmation that Joff is kicking the bucket in George’s episode…??? Or atleast in the first 4/5 episodes and not the expected episode 9…??? To give Sansa and LF time to get to the Vale before the season ends

  • SerKenjiGerrard,

    The PW will be within the first 4 episodes. My bet is still on episode 4. Speaking of the PW, I believe they will film it this coming week, with the ceremony and reception being held outside at Gradac Park.

    ‘Oh So Small’ talent agency also tweeted the following:

    “Best of luck to our four guys who are filming all of next week in Croatia….Season 4 is going to be a good one. #Game of Thrones #GOT”. Why is this important? They are an agency that works with dwarf/little people actors/extras. Can you say jousting/tumbling dwarfs meant to humiliate Tyrion?

  • Joshua Atreides:
    Man this Braveheart talk is causing me to mourn the late Patrick McGoohan. His Edward I was awesome stuff. Braveheart has a zillion historical inaccuracies but McGoohan’s “Longshanks” was spot on. Edward I fucking hated the Scots.
    “Scot-Land. My land.”
    “Grant them prima nocte.” Looks creepily/menacingly at Sophie Marceau’s Isabella II, “First Knight.” He clarifies for her. “If a common girl is to be married, a noble man shall have sexxx -u-al rights to her on the night of her wedding. If they don’t give them out we”ll bleed them out.”

    Dude would have been an awesome Aerys II.

    I’ve been thinking recently about how awesome he was as Edward I, having recently read a book on the Plantagenets. Maybe the best performance in Braveheart! Can’t stop laughing whenever he’s on screen, especially when he’s glaring at his son. Kind of reminds me of Tywin and what a scary father he’d be.

  • Tyrion Pimpslap:
    SerKenjiGerrard,

    The PW will be within the first 4 episodes. My bet is still on episode 4. Speaking of the PW, I believe they will film it this coming week, with the ceremony and receptionbeing held outside at Gradac Park.

    ‘Oh So Small’ talent agency also tweeted the following:

    “Best of luck to our four guys who are filming all of next week in Croatia….Season 4 is going to be a good one. #Game of Thrones #GOT”. Why is this important? They are an agency that works with dwarf/little people actors/extras. Can you say jousting/tumbling dwarfs meant to humiliate Tyrion?

    To the ‘Oh So Small’ news – as many thumbs up as I can muster with only two hands!

    Regards the other speculation, I think you’re correct. Besides ep 9 being the “big event” episode (this season it’ll be some amalgamation of the Wall battles, probably with Stannis showing up, plus the Mountain v Viper back in KL) they also set ep 4 up as the season’s second biggest episode, with at least a few WTF, OMG and other acronym-worthy moments. In S3 it was the mutiny at Craster’s, followed by Dany’s BBQ. In S4 it’ll be Joff’s Wedding.

  • awesome! have seen the actor in a couple of things before now, he seems pretty good for Yohn Royce, he’s definitely one of the characters i’m happy to see be brought forward into season 4

  • ChickenduckIn other news, how do we pronounce Tycho?In my head it’s “Taiko” like the Japanese drumming style…But if it’s from Classical Greek, should it be like Tücho?Is the ‘ch’ a k sound or like a German ‘ch’?

    A friend of mine is called Tycho and in Dutch it’s pronounced as ‘Teegoh’ with the g being the guttural type of g, which is tricky to explain, other than writing a word like gggh.. If you want to truly understand that particular g, look up on YouTube how Dutch people pronounce ‘Van Gogh’..

    As a sidenote: here’s an interesting linguistic coïncidence; Roose Bolton’s legitimate son is named ‘Domeric’ which in Dutch is pronounced similar to ‘Dommerik’, which roughly translated means something like ‘Dumbass’, which seems appropriate.. :D

  • jarnomiedema: A friend of mine is called Tycho and in Dutch it’s pronounced as ‘Teegoh’ with the g being the guttural type of g, which is tricky to explain, other than writing a word like gggh.. If you want to truly understand that particular g, look up on YouTube how Dutch people pronounce ‘Van Gogh’..

    Yeah, I know the Dutch g sound. I speak German, but can fake a little Dutch also…

    That said, I don’t think they’d use the Dutch version of the name on the show. I’d be guessing it’ll be either “Taiko” or “Teeko”.

  • Hwoah. I love how far ahead the showrunners are plotting the seasons. And they’ve cast the perfect Yohn Royce. Just look at that stern scowl! Bronze Yohn came off the page as a relentless bad-ass, and one neither cowed nor convinced of Petyr Baelish’s seemingly benevolent stewardship over the Vale. Can’t wait to see him brought to life — and his famous rune-inscribed armor!

  • Tyrion Pimpslap:
    SerKenjiGerrard,

    ‘Oh So Small’ talent agency also tweeted the following:

    “Best of luck to our four guys who are filming all of next week in Croatia….Season 4 is going to be a good one. #Game of Thrones #GOT”. Why is this important? They are an agency that works with dwarf/little people actors/extras. Can you say jousting/tumbling dwarfs meant to humiliate Tyrion?

    Wow, nice catch! I can’t believe they’re really putting that scene on TV. It will be such a hugely cringeworthy thing to watch! Poor Tyrion! But Peter Dinklage will act the hell out of that scene.

  • Tyrion Pimpslap: SerKenjiGerrard, The PW will be within the first 4 episodes. My bet is still on episode 4. Speaking of the PW, I believe they will film it this coming week, with the ceremony and reception being held outside at Gradac Park. ‘Oh So Small’ talent agency also tweeted the following: “Best of luck to our four guys who are filming all of next week in Croatia….Season 4 is going to be a good one. #Game of Thrones #GOT”. Why is this important? They are an agency that works with dwarf/little people actors/extras. Can you say jousting/tumbling dwarfs meant to humiliate Tyrion?

    Penny!! Who was that talented 9-11 yr old girl actor/dancer they hired a few months back?

  • Lex,

    Lord Yesman: An excellent idea Sire.
    Edward I: Is it?!

    Awesome. Yeah shades of Tywin for sure. Speaking of Tywin, I have been rewatching the series and I have come to love the Tywin/Littlefinger scene. The contempt that he shows for Baelish is so achingly perfect. Gillen is great in that scene as well, fearless yet slightly muted.

  • Lex: I’ve been thinking recently about how awesome he was as Edward I, having recently read a book on the Plantagenets. Maybe the best performance in Braveheart! Can’t stop laughing whenever he’s on screen, especially when he’s glaring at his son. Kind of reminds me of Tywin and what a scary father he’d be.

    Yes to all. And yes, he would have made a terrific Aerys II.

  • Hodor’s Bastard: And I could see LF somehow redirecting blame for Lysa’s death toward one of her suitors, especially if they we’re in the Vale’s keep at the time….and noone saw…

    …”Only Cat.”

    You also have to figure that Marillion hasn’t played a part in the show either; Littlefinger needs another patsy. But it might be hard to deflect blame for her death onto one of these lords who are held in so high of a regard. No one would believe it.

  • Roekest: You also have to figure that Marillion hasn’t played a part in the show either; Littlefinger needs another patsy. But it might be hard to deflect blame for her death onto one of these lords who are held in so high of a regard. No one would believe it.

    Yeah…I just thought that M was already dealt with fairly severely in KL (no tongue thanks to King J & IP), which is not what happened to him in the books. He got around a lot in the books! Do we honestly think that he has arrived at the Vale independently (or with LF/Alayne) to be a patsy or is this a chance for D&D to assert themselves on the overall storyline once again?

    I’m inclined to agree with another poster that Dontos might actually be a Vale patsy possibility as well.

  • Hodor’s Bastard: Yeah…I just thought that M was already dealt with fairly severely in KL (no tongue thanks to King J & IP), which is not what happened to him in the books. He got around a lot in the books! Do we honestly think that he has arrived at the Vale independently (or with LF/Alayne) to be a patsy or is this a chance for D&D to assert themselves on the overall storyline once again?

    I’m inclined to agree with another poster that Dontos might actually be a Vale patsy possibility as well.

    Marillion’s a bit of a Macguffin in this point of the narrative. His actions could be done by someone else.

    Whilst I wouldn’t be too bothered if they change it so Dontos makes it to the Vale alive, only to be killed as patsy for Lysa’s murder, they could just create a different bard character.

    I can’t remember – was Marillion referred to by name in S1? If not, someone new called Marillion could be at the Eyrie, and S1 tongue guy could just have been a different bard.

    The important thing is that someone relatively weak is blamed for the murder – thus setting off suspicions among the Lords etc etc etc. Exactly who it is doesn’t matter as much. As long as the story gets to the correct next stage…

  • Hodoreo:
    Give him the bronze armor D&D. You may as well.

    Can’t see why they wouldn’t.

    Also, from memory I think House Royce’s sigil with the runes was shown onscreen in S1 if you look carefully in the background of the tourney.

  • Chickenduck: Marillion’s a bit of a Macguffin in this point of the narrative. His actions could be done by someone else.Whilst I wouldn’t be too bothered if they change it so Dontos makes it to the Vale alive, only to be killed as patsy for Lysa’s murder, they could just create a different bard character.I can’t remember – was Marillion referred to by name in S1? If not, someone new called Marillion could be at the Eyrie, and S1 tongue guy could just have been a different bard.The important thing is that someone relatively weak is blamed for the murder – thus setting off suspicions among the Lords etc etc etc. Exactly who it is doesn’t matter as much. As long as the story gets to the correct next stage…

    Ok! As this “Lords Declarant” thread comes into focus probably after S4 eps 4 or 5 the build up (and GoT changes) will be interesting. I may scream loudly….depending…

  • Hodor’s Bastard: Yeah…I just thought that M was already dealt with fairly severely in KL (no tongue thanks to King J & IP), which is not what happened to him in the books. He got around a lot in the books! Do we honestly think that he has arrived at the Vale independently (or with LF/Alayne) to be a patsy or is this a chance for D&D to assert themselves on the overall storyline once again?

    I’m inclined to agree with another poster that Dontos might actually be a Vale patsy possibility as well.

    I think he’s effectively dead. After that scene in S1 with the tongue and all, M is out of the Game. My guess: As other posters have stated, Lysa’s death will be blamed on a lesser of the Lords declarant. Or, the Dontos angle if he’s tapped to bring Sansa to LF in the Vale. Can you imagine that drunk on the trail to the Eyrie? He’d probably fall off a cliff….

  • “Bronze” Yohn Royce is another one of those interesting almost background characters that as a reader you want to know more. It is good to have him included in the show in my opinion.
    Plus Mr. Vansittart already looks like a badass, I mean look at the picture, that’s not someone you want to mess with! Another great addition to our wonderful cast. I think that once we’ll see this year’s cast round up, as viewers we should be more than pleased.