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August 16, 2011

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Game of Thrones Casting Info

Posted by on Aug 16, 2011

In case it hasn’t been obvious, we miss HBO’s Game of Thrones and cannot wait for it to come back.  Luckily we can occasionally get our GoT fix in in the form of news about the upcoming season from the studio, and today is one of those occasions.  It seems that HBO has just finished casting the second season of the show, and the guys over at TV Overmind have provided us with a write-up of all sixteen new cast members and the roles they will be playing.  I’m fairly unfamiliar with most of these actors, as will be most American audience members, I suspect, but just the thought of the next chapter in this amazing story being played out onscreen is getting me giddy with anticipation.

Check out the write up here (Warning: Season one spoilers, as well as tips on new characters for those of you not already familiar with the events of book 2).

So what do you think about the casting?  Let us know in the comments.

  • Jon

    Oh this is cool.  Just based off of the descriptions and the images of these actors, some of these castings look like they will be perfect.  Namely, Stannis, Melisandre, Margaery, Jaqen H’ghar, and Davos.  They look pretty similar to how I envisioned these characters in my head while reading.  And just looking at Michael McElhatton and imagining him as Roose Bolton gives me the willies. 

    However, it appears that there are to be some serious changes from the books starting in season two.  I am not sure why they are deciding to change Asha Greyjoy’s name to Yara… And having a new character, Alton Lannister, seems interesting, even if he will just take over for Cleos Frey.  I wonder how GRRM is feeling about these changes – surely they ran it by him, but I wonder how much say he actually has in the TV series production.

    But needless to say, I think season two is going to be incredible, and am very upset that I have to wait until next spring.  The Blackwater scenes have the potential to be some of the best and most epic television scenes of our day. 

    • The casting note that I think is most cool is Roy Dotrice playing Hallyne the Pyromancer.  Dotrice is the narrator of the Song of Ice and Fire audiobooks, and so impressed Martin that he insisted he be cast.  I think that’s cool, and having listened to several of these, I can attest to his awesomeness.