Gwendoline Christie is Brienne

The casting clues are back, and so is the fans’ ability to quickly solve them. This first round of casting clues for season two has been confirmed by George R. R. Martin to reveal Gwendoline Christie has been cast as Brienne of Tarth in Game of Thrones. Kudos to Starkgirl for being the first one to solve it.

The character of Brienne is a freakishly tall and strong girl who is more comfortable adorned in armor and with a sword in her hand than dressed up in flowers and silks. In A Clash of Kings, she joins up with Renly Baratheon in his attempt to seize the Iron Throne.

Christie is a 6’3″ British actress with primarily stage credits to her name. Interestingly, it is possible readers had a hand in her getting the role. Her name was first mentioned back in March 2010 as a possible Brienne by commenter Mauberly. Paul Gude then took the initiative and alerted her agent to the role. And now, almost a year and a half later, she has been cast.

Winter Is Coming: Love this casting! I was a fan of Christie back when her name was first mentioned (as you can see in the comments at the time). And I had her as my top choice when we did our Brienne casting speculation post. She definitely has the size, the talent, and, with the right makeup (or lack thereof), the looks, to play Brienne.