Can you hear my screeching? The giddy laughter caught in my throat? Well you should, cause believe me, it’s loud and unencumbered, for this is the best news I’ve gotten all August!!
HBO has finally cast the pinnacle character of Game of Thrones S3 and if you were as ecstatic about the genius of this teams’ casting magic a couple months ago, like me, I know you’ll be chomping at the bit with this one.
When the names and characters were released at Comic Con, you know I couldn’t contain myself but I have to admit I was confused. I didn’t understand why Mance Rayder, one the most anticipated and influential characters in Martin’s third novel, A Storm of Swords, was still left a casting mystery, without even a whisper or a rumor. Therefore, when my groggy, blurry eyes read the news of who was giving face, flesh and blood to this beast of a character, the King Beyond the Wall, I was delighted but more so grateful. If the reason for the casting silence was this team was taking their time deliberating and courting this actor, instead of just offering the role to any old white guy, I have to admit I’m more than pleased. No, perhaps the word is impressed.
It was announced today that Irish actor, Ciaran Hinds will be joining the cast of Game of Thrones for Season 3 as the notorious Night’s Watch deserter, Mance Rayder. Hinds is best known by cable television audiences for his role in HBO‘s Rome as Julius Caesar and as recent as this summer, USA‘s Political Animals’ Bill Clinton doppelgänger. Personally, my love for Hinds began long ago with his adaption roles in both Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre and Jane Austen’s Persuasion, released in the mid 90’s. For he created such a solid interpretation of the characters of Mr. Edward Fairfax Rochester and Captain Frederick Wentworth, that no matter the amount of new films produced and lauded since, no one has been able to match his grasp of the characters’ controlled emotional depth on-screen.
Hinds has also had pivotal roles in films popular films, like Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, The Phantom of the Opera and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. I also reported on his appearance in The Debt last year but was highly disappointed in his barely thirty second appearance in the film, however, I will admit he still managed to solidified his character for the flashback portion of the film.
Clearly, this could be looked at as a poor move, given Hinds’ past in one of HBO’s most popular programs, but Hinds is more of a chameleon actor, making no moves to draw visibly from previous roles– creating a stark difference between his acting approach and his preference of characters. This brings to mind Natalie Dormer‘s Lady Margaery Tyrell, a role fairly similar to her interpretation of Anne Boleyn in Showtime’s The Tudors. Therefore, at times it seems she just jumped from one set to another. Rayder’s personality and most importantly, Hinds’ interpretation, should have little to no physical or characterization resemblance to Caesar, and should be no hindrance in believing him as the brusque, lascivious, Wildling leader— the infamous King Beyond the Wall.
Right now, the current cast and crew are filming in several locations including Ireland, Morocco, Croatia and Iceland. Season 3’s cast is literally bursting at the seams, however, according to the producers and creators of the series, each season isn’t necessarily a live action of it’s numerical counterpart, which is rather phenomenal news. A Storm of Swords is an extensive novel and will need more than a measly 10-episode season to convey. With this knowledge, it also fortifies hope these cast members (and by default, their characters, that we know and love) will garner more screen time and an extended stay. There are a few other parts yet to be revealed, but if the casting of this third installment continues to be this stellar, there is nothing to worry our pretty heads about.
Game of Thrones Season 3 premieres March 31, 2013.