Curtain Call: Aimee Richardson
By Thoros on in Editorial.

Some of us had a feeling it was coming, others wished it wouldn’t, and now it’s become reality. Our sweet Aimee Richardson will no longer portray the role of Myrcella Baratheon in Game of Thrones. We can now all say that we share something in common with Cersei Lannister, as the last time we will have seen our familiar Myrcella, was when she sailed away to Dorne.

Our Last Time Witnessing Aimee as Myrcella Baratheon

Please join us after the break for a special ode to Aimee Richardson, and her time as Myrcella Baratheon.

From the first moment the summer child arrived at Winterfell in Winter is Coming, to the moment she was sent off to an unknown land, Aimee Richardson captured the sweet, gentle, and innocent character of Myrcella Baratheon.

We first experienced that innocence at breakfast after Bran was injured from his fall, as Myrcella was direly concerned about the poor young Stark, and again when she witnessed Ser Hugh slain at the Tourney of the Hand.

We admired Aimee’s ability to portray a politically naive young girl during a dinner with her mother Cersei, and potential new sister, Sansa Stark. Sansa and Cersei were visibly tense when Myrcella inquisitively chimed in about the impending Royal Wedding. She was eager for the nuptials to occur so that she could wear her two dresses, showing a young girl intent on becoming more like the ladies she admired. Aimee was able to depict her character’s progression, and bring to the princess to life, which for a young actor cannot be an easy feat.

In her most memorable scene, our hearts broke for her, along with Cersei’s, as the young girl was forced to sail away from her family and everything she had ever known. Aimee has revealed in an interview that the strong emotions were made easier to portray by realizing that she too would be leaving her family, the Game of Thrones cast, for many years.

Despite not being allowed to read the books at her age, Aimee has shown her dedication to truly understanding the character, and embodied Myrcella despite the small amount of screen time she was given.

Myrcella will reappear in Dorne next season, as she has been promised to Trystane, son of Doran Martell, the Prince of Dorne. We’ll get to see how the arrangement is working out for the young prince and princess, but the torch has been passed to Nell Tiger Free.

If you happen to follow Aimee on social media, you’ll know that her enthusiasm for the show has been unparalleled. If a crown was given for the best reaction to the now infamous Purple Wedding, Aimee may well have been the winner.

I am personally sad to see a promising young actress leave the show, especially when her character is just getting started. Aimee has a lot of adoring fans (myself included), and has maintained a fantastic attitude throughout the turmoil. She has a great amount of talent, and will undoubtedly continue to find success as an actor, if she chooses to pursue it as a career.

In fact, she’s available as a princess for hire!

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So in honor of Aimee I would like to thank her for joining us on Game of Thrones at such a young and important age, and leaving us far too early.

Please join me in WiC’s celebration of the smart, fantastic, and incredibly witty Aimee Richardson! Keep trucking along Aimee, you’re going to continue to be great! After all, you can say you were on the greatest television show in history.



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Done in the light of the Lord…


76 Comments

  1. The Loon
    Posted July 30, 2014 at 2:59 am | Permalink

    first recasting when the original actor/tress really wanted to stay on…good for Aimee taking it in stride and having a bit of fun with it even though I’m sure she’s disappointed

  2. jon snow
    Posted July 30, 2014 at 3:09 am | Permalink

    elllia!!!!

  3. GeekFurious
    Posted July 30, 2014 at 3:44 am | Permalink

    Aimee will always be Myrcella!

  4. KG
    Posted July 30, 2014 at 4:01 am | Permalink

    That’s a shame. Sorry that happened, Aimee. You deserved better.

  5. Azzy Mahmood
    Posted July 30, 2014 at 4:08 am | Permalink

    It’s pretty scandalous that they’ve recast Myrcella. Aimee looks just as old as the ‘new’ Myrcella, so the only way to take this news is that D&D don’t like Aimee’s portrayal of the character.

    Yet another glaring error from these guys.

  6. Zakalwe
    Posted July 30, 2014 at 4:49 am | Permalink

    Eh.

  7. dornishman
    Posted July 30, 2014 at 5:10 am | Permalink

    I would of loved for her to return!

  8. Melusina
    Posted July 30, 2014 at 5:11 am | Permalink

    Am I the only one who thinks Aimee is prettier than Nell?

  9. Arkash
    Posted July 30, 2014 at 5:19 am | Permalink

    Wishing her a long and productive career !

  10. Wodja
    Posted July 30, 2014 at 5:48 am | Permalink

    Dutch maester,

    Absolutely agree with this.
    While I feel sorry for Aimee Richardson, as I feel sorry for anyone losing their job (certainly such a great job as being an actor on GoT), my sympathy ends there. You said it all.

  11. Falcon
    Posted July 30, 2014 at 8:14 am | Permalink

    Some of the responses here are ridiculous. Nudity and personal dislike of Aimee had nothing to do with the recast.

    Myrcella is getting an actual plot arc and way more than two lines of dialogue this year, so they re-auditioned and obviously decided on what they thought was best for the show. It does suck for Aimee, but that’s life… there was someone better than her and they got the job.

  12. ArgonathofBraavos
    Posted July 30, 2014 at 8:48 am | Permalink

    Why does it have to be “Aimee was a glorified extra” vs. “Aimee was extraordinary and she got robbed!”

    How about: “Aimee played her small part competently, and unfortunately faced significant competition for the part of Myrcella in season 5. Good luck to Nell!”

    Instead, people have to be nasty a$$es about it. Such an adolescent fan base sometimes.

    This Curtain Call is very sweet, and probably means the works to Aimee. Congrats to this site for being decent human beings in the face of a difficult industry. But the piece was also respectful of Nell Tiger Free, who deserves none of the nastiness some fans have directed at her.

    Grow up.

  13. ArgonathofBraavos
    Posted July 30, 2014 at 8:49 am | Permalink

    Meant to say “means the world to Aimee” not “means the works.” Darned autocorrect!

  14. A Man Grown
    Posted July 30, 2014 at 8:50 am | Permalink

    It is what it is, it happened, it’s over, so what’s the point of saying mean things about Aimee now? She might read these comments. You don’t always have to say *everything* that’s on your mind

  15. ArgonathofBraavos
    Posted July 30, 2014 at 9:01 am | Permalink

    A Man Grown:
    It is what it is, it happened, it’s over, so what’s the point of saying mean things about Aimee now? She might read these comments. You don’t always have to say *everything* that’s on your mind

    I know that all fan bases have nasty elements within them, as so most “groups” of people. But correct md if this is a misconception, but GoT fandom seems to be particularly cruel towards people – people involved with the show and books. Having followed Tolkien fandom for almost two decades, I can say with certainty that I never saw this level of downright meanness. Perhaps it has something to do with the source material, and the near-nihilism that exists within it? No idea, but as a fan of this show and these books, it’s a disheartening and embarrassing sight.

  16. Dutch maester
    Posted July 30, 2014 at 9:12 am | Permalink

    ArgonathofBraavos,

    There is nothing nasty about “glorified extra”. In fact, she literally was. She was an extra for the part in the original pilot, and then they decided she might as well stay because of the limited relevance of her part. Yet, through twitter, the WiC-visitors somehow connected to her. A glorified extra. So there you have it. Nothing nasty about it. Just realistic.

  17. SerCountryFriedSteak
    Posted July 30, 2014 at 9:31 am | Permalink

    Long Live Aimee!!! She’ll always be our Myrcella !!!

    And while we’re at it, let’s make Aimee our Arianne too!

  18. Hodorkovski
    Posted July 30, 2014 at 9:38 am | Permalink

    Best of luck to Aimee with future endeavours!

    She seems to be taking this very maturely for a 16-year old person, at least based on her Twitter.

    I’m sure I would have been catatonic for months.

  19. Nym sand
    Posted July 30, 2014 at 9:49 am | Permalink

    Dark star

  20. GeekFurious
    Posted July 30, 2014 at 9:56 am | Permalink

    I love how this comment section has become just as douchie as most fan sites. Finally. It happened.

    FYI, both actors are about the same age. Both are pretty. And Aimee has said they never even called her. So if it was about acting prowess, 2-years later, you’d think they’d give her a shot to prove she could handle the material.

  21. ArgonathofBraavos
    Posted July 30, 2014 at 10:08 am | Permalink

    GeekFurious:
    I love how this comment section has become just as douchie as most fan sites. Finally. It happened.

    FYI, both actors are about the same age. Both are pretty. And Aimee has said they never even called her. So if it was about acting prowess, 2-years later, you’d think they’d give her a shot to prove she could handle the material.

    Your information may be outdated. Aimee told her twitter followers that she did indeed audition for the part.

  22. Joe
    Posted July 30, 2014 at 10:20 am | Permalink

    Azzy Mahmood,

    How so?

  23. ArgonathofBraavos
    Posted July 30, 2014 at 10:22 am | Permalink

    Dutch maester:
    ArgonathofBraavos,

    There is nothing nasty about “glorified extra”. In fact, she literally was. She was an extra for the part in the original pilot, and then they decided she might as well stay because of the limited relevance of her part. Yet, through twitter, the WiC-visitors somehow connected to her. A glorified extra. So there you have it. Nothing nasty about it. Just realistic.

    A couple things.

    1. Interpretation of “glorified extra:” My understanding is that the use of the word “glorified” in this case is derogatory, and meant to belittle. I can’t see how it can be interpreted otherwise. I understand that she was an “extra” in the pilot, but the show runners liked her acting enough to give her a few speaking lines. I have friends with experience with casting, and she assures me that most “extras,” if asked to speak even one line, are simply awful, which if the budget allows, necessitates hiring someone with at least some acting training. Aimee must have passed at least that test in order to secure the role for two seasons.

    2. Realism: I have stated again and again that the reason for the recast has likely to do with Aimee not being able to compete with other more experienced young actresses. That seems to be the case. My eyes are certainly open about that!

    3. Courtesy: By your definition, Aimee might be a “glorified extra,” though I disagree with that assessment, as I felt she came across as a believable young royal. However, Aimee is a young girl, she’s enthusiastic about GoT and she was really hoping for the part. And given her support from GoT fandom, she is probably reading these comments. In that context, I think common courtesy dictates, IMO, that we treat her courteously and with respect. In my mind, that means keeping some of our “harsh reality” assessments in check. I mean, us it really so critically important for for people to come out in force to declare her an extra and nothing more? Just seems unnecessarily cruel.

    Look, I’m not a censor. You are all free to say what you want. All I ask is that we be nice human beings for a moment, thank Aimee for her time as Myrcella, wish her well, and give Nell Tiger Free the benefit of the doubt!

  24. Lightbringer
    Posted July 30, 2014 at 10:31 am | Permalink

    Let’s do our best to keep this comment thread about saying goodbye and good luck to a young woman who has been an enthusiastic member of the Game of Thrones community for years.

    If you’d like to speculate about the recast, head on over to the casting announcement post.

  25. Arrowtic
    Posted July 30, 2014 at 10:59 am | Permalink

    So this is what WiC has turned into ?!
    We didn’t see much of her , but at those few scenes of hers she was great . Those who say she didn’t have any good scene to get attention , what about her departure from KL ?!
    We have to wait and see how Nell Tiger acts(and I hope the best for her and the show) , but imho it’s really mean to say that Aimee was “just” an extra ! Yes , she might’ve been cast as that but her performance was really great based on little screentime that she got .
    Now that they’ve recasted Myrcella , I assume Nell Tiger has had a better performance , but in no way that means Aimee was bad or just a glorified extra . She just wasn’t what D&D had in mind but that doesn’t mean she’s talentless or anything . From what I saw from her and considering her small experience as an actress , she was absolutely great .
    Best hopes for her

  26. Phil
    Posted July 30, 2014 at 11:13 am | Permalink

    I still don’t see how they are going to do Myrcella’s story without Arianne. I mean what’s gonna happen when the sand snakes are locked up. Who’s gonna talk to Doran about why they did what they did.

  27. ArgonathofBraavos
    Posted July 30, 2014 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    Phil:
    I still don’t see how they are going to do Myrcella’s story without Arianne.I mean what’s gonna happen when the sand snakes are locked up.Who’s gonna talk to Doran about why they did what they did.

    The problem is your assumption that if Arianne is cut, other storylines will stay the same. Perhaps the Sand Snakes are NOT locked up? Perhaps one of them is left free, and that one talks to Doran? Perhaps a Sand Snake orchestrates the Queenmaker plot somehow. There are endless possibilities at this point…

  28. The Watcher
    Posted July 30, 2014 at 11:49 am | Permalink

    Phil:
    I still don’t see how they are going to do Myrcella’s story without Arianne.I mean what’s gonna happen when the sand snakes are locked up.Who’s gonna talk to Doran about why they did what they did.

    Ellaria. I expect her to play a lot of Arianne’s role. You don’t hire Indira Varma for a bit part, so I think she’ll be doing a lot in season 5

  29. Hollyoak
    Posted July 30, 2014 at 11:51 am | Permalink

    Really a shame that people can’t see the good will and kindness in wishing a young actress all the best in her future plans.

    Really sad.

  30. KG
    Posted July 30, 2014 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

    Yep the lack of strong moderation during the formative years of the site made it inevitable.

    GeekFurious:
    I love how this comment section has become just as douchie as most fan sites. Finally. It happened.

  31. Valyrian Eyes
    Posted July 30, 2014 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

    Sad to see her go since she’s such a nice person :( but wish all the best for both her and Nell.

    On another note…I honestly don’t get this fanbase sometimes. We read/watch and love this story, and one of the reasons why we love it that’s ALWAYS mentioned is the fact that these characters feel real because they’re not EXCLUSIVELY good or EXCLUSIVELY bad, they’re like people in the real world, with real emotions, with complex characters and motivations, whose actions we can’t write off as good guy vs. bad guy.
    SO WHY THE HELL do we always have to come to this comment section and read people saying that Mr. Whatever in the production team

    a) “Hates the boooks”
    b) “Despises GRRM and wants to write their own story”
    c) “Were UNBELIEVABLY MEAN AND DISRESPECTFUL to this or that ator”
    d) “Changed this or that JUST BEACUSE THEY’RE MEAN”

    …I mean…how old are you????????? These people can only believe in fairy tales and the easter bunny too. The people who make this show are professionals in a huge industry, and, sorry to break your bubble, their actions are probably done based first on how economically viable they are. We may think on what their motivations may be, but unless we know (KNOW, not guess) how a particular situation works inside this industry, we have no way of proving anything, so it SUCKS to read everywhere, tumblr, twitter, fansites, that they’re twirling their moustaches and drinking in celebration to Aimee’s recast and to whatever change they chose to make. Grow up people, this is their job, not a world conspiracy to make the fans unhappy. They make mistakes, of course, but they don’t do it with the exclusive purpose of making US cry -.-

  32. A Man Grown
    Posted July 30, 2014 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

    Valyrian Eyes,

    Well said, they have to make hard decisions and can’t make everyone happy all the time.

  33. Joh
    Posted July 30, 2014 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

    I’m with Beauty Brienne on this one. Aimee can be the next Mountain. Or Ser Robert Strong. He never takes his visor off anyway. ;)
    No character confusion there.

    Or she could come back as a zombie or white walker North of the Wall! That would be a cool.

    There are a lot of ways that the production team could bring her back for a cameo or a small part that wouldn’t interfere with the Myrcella storyline.

  34. Steve
    Posted July 30, 2014 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

    This website has turned into the most pro and defend Benioff and Weiss one on the web. They could no wrong for some of you. It’s part of the reason a new and likely better one is coming, and part of the reason why so many people have abandoned this site. It’s been ruined by Johnny come latelys and band-wagoners.

  35. chamush
    Posted July 30, 2014 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    They should recast everybody!
    New faces every 2 seasons…

  36. Sword of the Morning
    Posted July 30, 2014 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    Phil,

    According to HBO, Trystane is the heir to Dorne. And Trystane is betrothed to Myrcella. So Trystane actually has much more incentive to play the Queenmaker in the show than Arianne ever did in the book. If Myrcella becomes Queen of Westeros, he becomes King of Westeros.

  37. Toby
    Posted July 30, 2014 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

    Aimee will always be MY Myrcella.
    Such an outrageous decission has ruined the entire storyline for me. Add the supposed absence of A in it and they have fucked up before they even started.

    I can not and will never ever support an insane decision like this. Aimee is a talented young woman who was really enthusiastic about the show. And yet they cast some random girl instead of her without any proper reason.
    Clearly they think she sucks at acting or they wouldnt have done this which is a grave insult.

    I’ll talk to them 10 years from now when Aimee is a big time actress and they’ll realize their grave error.

    NO recasts unless absolutely necessary (death, pregnancy, incapable, actor doesnt want to be on show anymore) QUIT the crappy recasts!!

  38. Grijnwaald
    Posted July 30, 2014 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    I’m actually pretty disgusted at how rude and cynical some of the above people are but enough about them.

    Wishing Aimee all the best in her future endeavours. It’s sad to see her go, she is such a lovely girl.

    I’ll also wish the new girl Nell all the best for her up and coming role on the show.

  39. Joh
    Posted July 30, 2014 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

    Valyrian Eyes,

    Thank you for this.

    I’ve been following WiC a lot less lately, just because I’m getting tired of the tantrum-throwing in the comments section.

  40. Dutch maester
    Posted July 30, 2014 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

    ArgonathofBraavos,

    This is getting out of hand, which was not my intention. Let me be clear: I was never opposed to this curtain call or paying respect to Aimee’s contribution to the show. I am opposed to the idea that this recasting is some ridiculous decision from D&D, which some people suggest. Or that they set aside Aimee “for no good reason”. Both are just not true.

  41. smitzzz
    Posted July 30, 2014 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

    Steve:
    This website has turned into the most pro and defend Benioff and Weiss one on the web. They could no wrong for some of you. It’s part of the reason a new and likely better one is coming, and part of the reason why so many people have abandoned this site. It’s been ruined by Johnny come latelys and band-wagoners.

    Or it could be due to the site being a show fansite that doesn’t want to bash the show and whine and complain about every possible meaningless change in a similar way to westeros.org does for example .

    And LOL at “johnny come latelys” yet another westeros.org moron who thinks they are superior because they read the books a couple of years before somebody else lmfao

  42. The Winter Rose
    Posted July 30, 2014 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

    Aww, I am sad to see Aimee go. She looked very much how I pictured Myrcella and I had been hoping to see more of her in the coming seasons. Her ethusiam for the show and connection to the fandom was lovely, plus she seems like such a sweet girl. I wish her the best.

  43. Axechucker
    Posted July 30, 2014 at 1:57 pm | Permalink

    Lovely curtain call, Thoros!

    The very first time I noticed Aimee’s skill was actually the very first time I saw her; Myrcella stepping out of the massive wagon in Winterfell, looking about the courtyard, one part childlike uncertainty, one part dubious regard for the primitive surroundings. Because at that point I knew she was only an extra, yet didn’t oversell it at all. She was right on point.

    Getting to meet her years later at TitanCon, it struck me that she was nothing at all like Myrcella. (Yes, I know, they call it “acting.”) Aimee is funny, self-deprecating, and clearly eager to mix it up with the fans. Her family is lovely too; I can see where she gets her warmth.

    The show has lost a bright little star.

    That said, I will never forgive her for her stubborn (nay, petulant!) stance in the name of the color indigo.

    No. No I won’t let it go. No I won’t.

    (Love ya, Aims!)

    AxeyFaB

  44. King Stannis
    Posted July 30, 2014 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

    I honestly don’t know what to type without laughing at the comments and feeling sad for Aims at the same time. But I will speak the truth as always. I saw Aims in a few scenes that is all, so I cannot say she was the best Myrcella ( That job was for the grabs as far as I can see)

    This is not who had the best personality on Twitter contest but who can get the job done as an actress playing the role and although they cast Aims early when it came time to execute perhaps she didn’t deliver. I’m sure we can all agree the casting crew take their job serious on this show, I mean they won’t be casting Dwayne Johnson just because he may look like someone on the book or because he’s such an awesome guy outside of acting.

    Recast happens a lot in many series for different reasons, this is nothing new in the entertainment business. How about we give the new actress a shot and wish Aims well. I remember when Heath was casted as The Joker and all the Fanatics cried an uproar similar to Pedro as Oberyn.

  45. rofl
    Posted July 30, 2014 at 3:29 pm | Permalink

    i simply don’t get the folks that keep saying how Aimee had only three lines and isn’t worthy of this praise… acting isn’t just about saying a dialogue and the longer the speech the better the performance, myrcella doesn’t say much in the books either, she ain’t no tyrion for crying out loud…
    i’d say that Aimee portrayed this character for a while, she got into all of our memories and yet again, unfortunately, we’re loosing a familiar face, but it’s not like that never happened before on the show… so you people stop giving the sweet girl a hard time just because it upsets some people that she’s being recasted

  46. ArgonathofBraavos
    Posted July 30, 2014 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    Dutch maester:
    ArgonathofBraavos,

    This is getting out of hand, which was not my intention. Let me be clear: I was never opposed to this curtain call or paying respect to Aimee’s contribution to the show. I am opposed to the idea that this recasting is some ridiculous decision from D&D, which some people suggest. Or that they set aside Aimee “for no good reason”. Both are just not true.

    I agree 100%. To believe that this recast was done “for no reason other than D&D’s evil moustache-twirling” is pretty ludicrous. I just wanted to make the point that, IMO, Aimee did more than just an extra’s job. She acted and did it competently. But in all likelihood, she had very tough competition from other gifted actresses, Nell bring one if them.

  47. Tony
    Posted July 30, 2014 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    Dutch maester:
    ArgonathofBraavos,

    This is getting out of hand, which was not my intention. Let me be clear: I was never opposed to this curtain call or paying respect to Aimee’s contribution to the show. I am opposed to the idea that this recasting is some ridiculous decision from D&D, which some people suggest. Or that they set aside Aimee “for no good reason”. Both are just not true.

    that’s entirely subjective. Both those statements are true in my book.

    Two things i was especially looking forward to in Dorne Storyline. Seeing Myrcella / Aimee again and Arianne. It’s ruined… For me it’s ruined.

    King Stannis:

    Recast happens a lot in many series for different reasons, this is nothing new in the entertainment business. How about we give the new actress a shot and wish Aims well. I remember when Heath was casted as The Joker and all the Fanatics cried an uproar similar to Pedro as Oberyn.

    and they should NOT. There is no good reason for it. This isnt some crappy network show. This is GAME OF THRONES. Aimee was perfect for the role. She looked exactly as Myrella should. This is by far the worst decission taken on the show. Aimee isnt dead, pregnant or incapable > no recast thank you very much… Yuck!

    I will not be buying the bluray as punishment(if i can find the audio commentaries that is). Vote with your wallet! Ridicilous decision.


    It shouldnt be the new girls fault. But she is the one taking over Aimee’s role. She could have said ‘screw this Aimee should play the part’. She has likely never even SEEN the show though… She might not even have known it was a recast. Poor, poor girl. She better be really good rather than marginally (and arbitrary) better…

  48. ArgonathofBraavos
    Posted July 30, 2014 at 4:44 pm | Permalink

    But she is the one taking over Aimee’s role. She could have said ‘screw this Aimee should play the part’.

    That’s sarcasm, right? If so, ignore the below. If not, read on.

    First of all, you are assuming that there was a photo-finish competition between Aimee and Nell (which is a preposterous assumption) and that Nell had the opportunity (and the authority) to graciously hand the role over to Aimee. This is the height of insanity. Had Nell said “Naw, I think Aimee should take the part,” it’s perfectly possible that Nina Gold had a number of other actresses to give the part to! They would have no obligation to do what Nell Tiger Free wanted, particularly as she just turned down a role with them.

    Secondly, Nell Tiger Free is not exactly Meryl Streep, with the star power and the financial security to go around turning down roles for charity. She’s a very young actress at the very beginning of her career! You can’t expect that from her.

    Lastly, Aimee has been incredibly gracious about this turn of events, and does not benefit from fans shouting down the decision, and putting unfair pressure on Nell. Tainting Aimee by association with a rabid (and mean) fanbase is doing her a real disservice, IMO.

    Hopefully, no one has gotten on social media to attack Nell.

  49. Zack
    Posted July 30, 2014 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

    I don’t understand why the recast. Beyond her fine acting in the briefest of moments she had, I’ve also enjoyed her enthusiasm and her social media presence as ambassador for the show.

    In any case, spilt milk.

    It will be odd getting used to someone else in the role, but it must be done.

    Fare thee well, Aimee.

  50. MX
    Posted July 30, 2014 at 5:45 pm | Permalink

    In spite of very little dialogue, Aimee was a great Myrcella. She was genuinely enthusiastic about the show, and it doesn’t seem to be that D&D treated her appropriately.

    In some way, the show has become monstrous. I enjoy it a lot — for the first time in my life, I’m part of mainstream. I haven’t even gone to movie theater since 2007 and I don’t own a TV, but I love this show. Yet, the success has created a shift — the machine is callous.

    I don’t like apologists for the decision, because they will just argue on behalf of whoever is in power, and I am disappointed by many decisions which are about to be implemented. In general, acting on GOT is superb, but occasionally, one can see even the best of them deliver a weak script unconvincingly…now whose fault is that?

    Oh well. This will motivate me to read the entirety of the books, which is just as well since I am a bookish type. I will still enjoy the show, but I will detach from it emotionally and see it as more trivial.

    Aimee’s replacement is just one little drop of bitterness among quite a few. Best wishes to her and to the new Myrcella.

  51. Big Mac
    Posted July 30, 2014 at 5:53 pm | Permalink

    I’m sorry to see her go. I love her enthusiasm for the show, and how much she seems to love interacting with fans. True, she didn’t get many lines, but I thought she played all her scenes very well, holding her own against the likes of Peter Dinklage and Lena Headey.

    Still, these things happen… And I guess at the end of the day, Nell simply gave the better performance.

    Good luck to Aimee in her future endeavours.
    Good luck to Nell in filling this role.

  52. Argonath of Braavos
    Posted July 30, 2014 at 6:15 pm | Permalink

    MX,

    But how do you know she wasn’t treated appropriately? Were you present during the audition process? Do you know her well enough to get a sense of whether or not she can pull of a significantly increased role as Myrcella?

    Why, in your view, do you think Aimee didn’t land the part? Do you believe that those “in power” – in this case, D&D – are simply abusing that power for the heck of it, and not giving a great young actress a chance just because they are now proto-Dark Lords?

    I just don’t understand the certainty, that’s all. I have no idea what went down behind the scenes, but according to Aimee’s own twitter feed, it was nothing nefarious! She tried for it, and didn’t get it. Fair and square.

  53. MX
    Posted July 30, 2014 at 7:09 pm | Permalink

    I’m too drunk on my favorite Chilean wine to speak anything but archetype here. But in defending Aimee, I am also thinking about the false meritocracy which permeates our world.

    No, I can’t know if Aimee was the best actress. But I know few would have been more devoted and more passionate about the show. Sheer inertia, if nothing else, would have dictated that she stay on the show. But no, even though there are plenty of mediocre actors on the show, she had to be bumped out and money and energy were spent on an unnecessary replacement. This decision smacks of some kind of calculation, that much is clear.

    In other words, although I am neither Christian nor Jewish: “I have seen something else under the sun: The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all.” (Ecclesiastes 9:11)

    Nothing against the new girl, of course. I bear her no ill will.

  54. ArgonathofBraavos
    Posted July 30, 2014 at 8:12 pm | Permalink

    MX,

    I actually share your sentiment about the modern professional world, and called it “The Tyranny of the False Meritocracy” in a speech I once gave to an international relations graduate program.

    However, what I am objecting to here is your confident assessment in the face of significant uncertainty.

    The question is not just: How do you know she auditioned well? It’s also: How do you know that she worked well with the cast and crew? How do you know she didn’t have difficult scheduling requirements? How do you know there were not elements of the script that she wasn’t comfortable with? How do you know, etc, etc, etc.

    At this point, all we really have to go in is what we know from Aimee, and from the producers. Aimee hasn’t objected to how she was treated, and there is no intelligence to suggest that she wasn’t treated fairly. Aimee now posted a very funny vine of herself sitting on a street corner with a sign that reads “Princesses for Hire.” Sounds like she’s still bursting with creative energy (and humor!)

    In this context, I just don’t see why the default is: “The industry chewed her up and spit her out, the heartless monsters!”

    Despite that being a convenient fiction, that might shore up our worldviews and philosophies (and it generally does shore up mine) it’s not necessarily the truth of the matter. And most of the evidence suggests that it’s not at all!

    From what I’ve seen and heard from cast and crew, D$D and their team are extraordinarily nice people!

  55. Thoros
    Posted July 30, 2014 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

    Just a friendly reminder to keep the posts clean and in celebration of Aimee.

    Thank you.

  56. ArgonathofBraavos
    Posted July 30, 2014 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

    Oops. Typo up above. I meant to say D&D, not D$D. Probably my most seemingly Freudian slip typo yet!

  57. Arys
    Posted July 30, 2014 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

    Oh, look there is a King’s Guard in that boat … I wonder if they will cut him from next season?

  58. Phil
    Posted July 30, 2014 at 10:19 pm | Permalink

    I’ve never watched a show with so many recasts as Game of Thrones. Kinda sad.

    Good luck to Aimee Richardson in her future career, maybe she can be in Star Wars with Gwendoline Christie if Disney doesn’t manage to screw up that franchise.

    I’m kinda worried that Arya will learn the secrets of the faceless men, and that they’ll recast Maisie. I can live with an episode or two where she has a different face, but not a recast. Imagine the riots if they did that.

  59. ArgonathofBraavos
    Posted July 30, 2014 at 11:13 pm | Permalink

    No. I suspect that Aimee was recast because they thought Nell was a better fit for Myrcella 5.0.

    I liked Aimee a lot, and wish her nothing but success. But let’s accept Nell, and hope she does a great job.

  60. MX
    Posted July 31, 2014 at 4:47 am | Permalink

    I don’t think that decisions in GOT (or in other institutions) are made on the basis of who is “better”, but rather on who is more “convenient” and what is more “profitable.” The machinery is too big.

    We are all supposed to be cool about it, and genuine passion be damned. :(

    Let’s hope for the best for both girls in spite of this.

  61. Dis Pater
    Posted July 31, 2014 at 5:08 am | Permalink

    This recasting was total, utter bullshit… I feel so bad for Aimee :(

  62. Dutch maester
    Posted July 31, 2014 at 6:19 am | Permalink

    Tony,

    I’m subjective? If you say things like: “Aimee was perfect for the role. She looked exactly as Myrella should. This is by far the worst decission taken on the show.” “I will not be buying the bluray as punishment”. “She could have said ‘screw this Aimee should play the part’.” I have to say it’s the other way around. The thing is, we don’t know and we can’t know what the process here was. Because you weren’t part of it and you haven’t seen Aimee act since we last saw her cry on a boat to Dorne in 2012, it is not for you to judge. You can and you probably will, but that only makes you less credible here. Those who are in charge of this know they’re doing.

    Phil:
    I’ve never watched a show with so many recasts as Game of Thrones. Kinda sad.

    I’ve never watched a show with over 150 major or recurring characters other than Game of Thrones. To see only 4 out of those 150 get recast with only Daario recasting being truly noticeable, and having seen Mountain/Tommen/Myrcella for the last time in S2, I’m not complaining.

  63. Glr99
    Posted July 31, 2014 at 6:47 am | Permalink

    Melusina,

    100% agree.

  64. DorneLover
    Posted July 31, 2014 at 7:06 am | Permalink

    Phil,

    I highly doubt that we’ll see the Sand Snakes imprisoned. I think they will skip that totally, should Arianne not make an appearance. Although it might make sense to imprison them because of Oberyns death anyway. Whatever the descision is: I don’t think, the imprisonment is story-relevant anyway, so they could just leave it out completely. Maybe they even skip the Myrcella should be crowned storyline and start with Doran asking the Sand Snakes to do that jobs for him.

  65. DorneLover
    Posted July 31, 2014 at 7:08 am | Permalink

    Dutch maester,

    Well, I still don’t feel that Tommens recasting was a good thing. For my taste, he’s too old. I liked the GRRM storyline better with Tommen still a child and Margaery being more motherly to him instead of seducing.

  66. Phil
    Posted July 31, 2014 at 7:37 am | Permalink

    Feel bad for Aimee Richardson would loved to see her continue. Good luck to you Aimee!

  67. marta
    Posted July 31, 2014 at 8:56 am | Permalink

    I wish you all the best Aimee!!! waiting for your blog/vlog hahah XO

  68. ArgonathofBraavos
    Posted July 31, 2014 at 11:59 am | Permalink

    MX,

    But this comment throws Nell Tiger Free under the bus, simply because you don’t know her. How do you know she’s not just as passionate about GoT as Aimee? How do you know she’s not an absolutely wonderful person, that could use a break like this? You are choosing Aimee over Nell because of “fan nepotism,” basically. You follow Aimee, and you love her, and so you ignore the feelings and character of the actress who is succeeding her.

    I respect the idea that passion should be a deciding factor more often in the professional world, but I don’t accept the idea that we should make knee-jerk judgments before the facts are in. As far as I can tell from her Twitter feed, Aimee has graciously accepted the decision, and is even being very funny about it! And from what little I saw of Nell in her intro video, she seems like a very genuine person. So, let’s wait a bit before flipping our lids, shall we?

  69. ArgonathofBraavos
    Posted July 31, 2014 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

    MX:
    I don’t think that decisions in GOT (or in other institutions) are made on the basis of who is “better”, but rather on who is more “convenient” and what is more “profitable.” The machinery is too big.

    We are all supposed to be cool about it, and genuine passion be damned. :(

    Let’s hope for the best for both girls in spite of this.

    And what about choosing Nell Tiger Free seems “more convenient” or “more profitable” to you?

    If you’re talking about “looks = profit” both Aimee and Nell are pretty young actresses. If you’re talking “availability = convenience” both girls probably have the same availability, as they’re young actresses at the start of their careers.

    So where does this idea that D&D were motivated by profit and convenience for this decision come from? If that was the case, wouldn’t they just choose the hottest young Disney actress? Or better yet, age her up and cast Scarlett Johansen as Myrcella?

    I’m seriously trying to understand your logic, and am very interested in your response.

  70. jwal
    Posted August 1, 2014 at 1:00 am | Permalink

    I don’t get the controversy. Is it a controversy? Aimee had 4 or 5 scenes, only 2 of which were speaking 1 or 2 or 3 lines. She’s been onscreen less than freaking 5 minutes. If she was that good she’d have more than a small role in 2008!!!

  71. loco73
    Posted August 1, 2014 at 4:54 am | Permalink

    I don’t really understand the recast, but it happened, and short of some type of massive protest or some other such endeavour by the fans…I’m not exactly sure what people expect to accomplish by constantly pointing at it!

    I wish Aimee all the best and godsspeed! Thank you for your love and enthusiasm for the show, and thank you for what you did on our behalf as fans and for continuing to still be enthused about the series!

    I welcome Nell to the cast, wish her well and hope that she will fit right in with the rest of the great cast we have!

    PS As for the site “going down” or “getting worse”, yep, I agree, it has, especially since Fansided took over…

  72. MX
    Posted August 1, 2014 at 5:53 am | Permalink

    No sense in prolonging the discussion (and even so, I’ve succumbed to mild logorrhea below).

    As I said, powerful institutions subsist on inertia. It is easier and cheaper to just keep an actress rather than hire a new face. You have to spend money and effort to recast someone.

    I doubt that Aimee’s acting was so bad that they felt they HAD to replace her; even if it had been mediocre, the show has seen some mediocre acting and she is not a central figure. She wanted to stay on the show and she was an ardent promoter.

    This points to only a few possible reasons why they did that:

    1. Money (did they insist on paying her the same amount as before in spite of more screen presence? I don’t think Aimee would have minded, but her agents might have objected)

    2. Pleasing someone important (Nell was connected to someone who wanted her in that part rather than Aimee)

    3. Sex (or sexy) scenes (maybe Aimee wasn’t comfortable with that)

    My experience in some of the best universities in the world (including both sides of the Atlantic) and around some diplomatic circles has taught me that most people just want short-term profit and that they yearn to impress and to be impressed by powerful patrons. Skill and dedication exist, but they do so on the margins. GOT, a slightly different (yet similarly powerful and international) institution, is no exception to that.

    As I said, I do not doubt that Nell might be highly qualified, but I do not believe for a moment that Aimee wasn’t. D&D want to make money and to impress powerful people more than they want to dedicate themselves to the show; it’s in the nature of the beast. I accept that (otherwise I’d be labeled as a radical, or, God forbid, a romantic). But in exchange for accepting it, I want to also be a bit public with my cynicism and hypocrisy. That’s it.

  73. ArgonathofBraavos
    Posted August 1, 2014 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

    MX,

    The quote below is what I find baffling, particularly as a fellow academic:

    As I said, I do not doubt that Nell might be highly qualified, but I do not believe for a moment that Aimee wasn’t.

    I just do not understand the source of your “belief” that Aimee is highly qualified. We have very little to work with in the show, and we have no idea how she auditioned. We simply cannot make an informed judgment about her acting skills.

    …and she is not a central figure.

    Do we know that’s the case? IMO, given that Dorne is one of the primary locations for season 5, I think Myrcella is likely to play a very significant role in the plot. I believe this might be part of the reason why they re-opened the casting call.

  74. ArgonathofBraavos
    Posted August 1, 2014 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

    MX:
    No sense in prolonging the discussion (and even so, I’ve succumbed to mild logorrhea below).

    2. Pleasing someone important (Nell was connected to someone who wanted her in that part rather than Aimee)

    3. Sex (or sexy) scenes (maybe Aimee wasn’t comfortable with that)

    The baseless speculation in points 2 and 3 are not just speculation, they are highly insulting to Nell Tiger Free. Why? Because:

    1. You are implying that Nell Tiger Free landed the part not through her own abilities, but because of a powerful patron.

    2. You are implying that Nell Tiger Free may have gotten the part because she agreed to participate in sexually-charged scenes (or scenes involving sex), despite the fact that Nell Tiger Free is fifteen years old, and not likely to be comfortable with that (if it’s even legal, which in the UK, I believe it may not be).

    I wouldn’t have too much of a problem if you simply lamented Aimee’s departure. But the way you are doing it throws Nell Tiger Free, who you know nothing about, fully under the bus (though at least its made of straw…).

    As an intelligent adult, I am not sure what would compel you to tar someone’s reputation with such baseless assertions. Especially not the reputation of a 15-year old girl, who did nothing to deserve it.

    I can’t say I’ve encountered a fan base with fewer scruples.

  75. Phiiiiill
    Posted August 2, 2014 at 7:43 pm | Permalink

    When you play the game of Hollywood, you win or you get recast, there is no middle ground.

  76. jock
    Posted August 6, 2014 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    That sucks. Kind of makes me hate HBO.


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