Casting has been circling the airwaves since Comic Con 2013, with rumors of recasting and highly anticipated book characters. And now we finally have the first stills from the new season to whet our appetite for what awaits us all this season.
The production chose to split Martin’s third novel from the Song of Ice and Fire series in two, embarking to cover them over two complete seasons, therefore, season four endeavors to wrap up and transition from Storm of Swords into A Feast of Crows.
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I’ve come to appreciate and perhaps, even relish, the spot on casting of this series(when they choose to align closely with the novel) and the news of Chilean theater actor, Pedro Pascal (The Good Wife) and Indira Sharma (Luther), probably best known in the US for her role in HBO original series Rome, are no different. Pascal will portray “The Red Viper” or Prince Oberyn Martell, a virtually magnetic character, with charisma that charms in droves, who clamps on the scene in King’s Landing and makes enemies of the Lannisters fairly quickly. While Sharma, is visually divine as The Red Viper’s lover (paramour) and mother to his four daughters. Both actors are supreme and ooze mystery and sexuality. Their coupling will be a great treat for all fans of the novels and the series, I have no doubt.
Roger Ashton-Griffiths (The Tudors, A Knight’s Tale) as Mace Tyrell
Mark Gatis (League of Gentlemen, Sherlock) as Tycho Nestoris
Joel Fry (Twenty Twelve) as Hizdahr zo Loraq
Elizabeth Webster (Call the Midwife, The Spa) as Walda Frey
Paola Dionisotti (Forever Green, Miss Marple) as Lady Anya Waynwood
Rupert Vansittart (Pride and Prejudice, Johnny English) as Bronze Yohn Royce
Yuri Kolokolnikov (Besy, Raspoutine) as Styr
Struan Rodger (Chariots of Fire, Stardust) as the Three-Eyed Crow
Octavia Alexandru (Die zweite Frau, Ward 3) as a Child of the Forest
Natalie Dormer (Margaery Tyrell) and the always wittingly wonderful Diana Rigg (Olenna Tyrell).
“The Hound” with his unlikely travel companion Arya Stark played by the spunky Maisie Williams.
In the area of recasting, the most surprising has to be Daario Naharis from Ed Skrein to Treme‘s Michiel Huisman. There’s been no official statement for Skrein’s departure but I can’t say I’m altogether displeased. I suppose the biggest issue with the recast in any sense is the production’s deviation from the original look and approach of the novelized character. For, Naharis was written as a much more flamboyant character, but the adaption has opted for a much more subdued “realistic” warrior archetype and going with Huisman makes that decision even more apparent.
Also by way of recasting, Gregor Clegane “the Mountain,” will now be undertaken by Icelandic strongman, Hafþór Júlíus “Thor” Björnsson and Dean Charles-Chapman moves from his lesser known role as Martyn Lannister to little Tommen Baratheon, King Joffrey’s younger brother. Emilia Clarke and Nathalie Emmanuel as Daenerys Targaryen and Missandei respectively.
Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister )