Nerd School: GOT COK! Game of Thrones Season 2 Casting Roundup

by Joe on July 25, 2011

Last Month I wrote a article about who I would like to see cast as the myriad of strange and unique characters we’ll meet in season 2 of Game of Thrones: Clash of Kings. Since then, several of the big name characters have been cast and one has to wonder how do they match?

First to be cast was someone who I didn’t even mention in my previous article: Margaery Tyrell. Margaery, the only daughter of Mace Tyrell and sister to Loras (who we last remember playing Renly Baratheon’s skin flute), is both a pawn and a major player in the “Game of Thrones”. She is generally used as a token of alliance, being married off to whoever is seemingly in power. I didn’t include her in the first article because she really doesn’t have that big of a part in book two, but the producers could be doing what they did with Theon Greyjoy and Renly Baratheon and fleshing out her part for future seasons. I would expect her to have a much larger part due to her being played by Natalie Dormer, who was most recently seen this summer making out with Captain America. Though she’s not 16 as described in the book, Dormer has period cred (that sounds so wrong) from playing Anne Bolyn on the vagina moistening “Tutors”


A much bigger character in the second book (no pun intended) is Brienne of Tarth. The abnormally large and strong female knight who is in love with Renly plays a big role in Catherine’s scheme to get her daughters back from the Lannisters. For the tall woman, the producers casted 6’3″ Gwendolyn Christie. Christie was initially suggested on several message boards to play the Maid of Tarth, and from there Christie’s agent got her in the producers eyeline. Christie, primarily a stage actress, doesn’t have a lot of film/television credits, but there are some weird short films she’s done on YouTube.  For anyone unconvinced of Christie’s height for the part, the picture here shows her with the adorable 5’2″ Anna Friel.  I know I know 5’2″ isn’t that tall in comparison, but my wife assures me that everyone in Hollywood is 5’5″ or under so it should work.



Stannis Baratheon, the brother of Robert and Renly, was, in my opinion, going to be the big casting choice. I thought for sure the producers were going to get a name, at least on par with Sean Bean. Surprisingly, Stephen Dillane was cast out of nowhere. Most online articles will comment that Dillane is best known for his work as Thomas Jefferson in the HBO miniseries John Adams.  I added the video so you can get an idea.

Seriously after watching this I was a bit bored with the pick. This isn’t the inflexable, unlikable hard-ass I’ve read. However, upon furthur research I discovered that Dillane played Merlin in the terribly wonderful “King Arthur” movie!

Though the character in no way seems anything like Stannis, I feel a little bit better now.

As I stated in the previous article, The Red Witch Mellisandre is just as important as Stannis. The two are uniquely linked in the story. You can’t have one without the other. Cast as Mellisandre is Carice van Houten who I only know as playing Tom Cruise’s hot German wife in Valkyrie. Apparently she was in the awful Repo Men movie  with Jude Law, but I’ll be damned if I watch another Forest Whitaker movie that’s not Ghost Dog. Anyway, she’s Dutch like Rutger Hauer, and has red hair so I think that’s good enough for me.





The last of the big casting decisions that have come out in the last few weeks has been for Davos Seaworth. Stannis’ Hand, and former smuggler, Davos is a bit on an everyman. Imagine a cross between Josh Lyman from the West Wing and the Sea Captain from the Simpsons.

Yarrr... I Don't be gettin your references!

The producers struck gold by casting  Liam Cunningham in the role. One of my favorite things about reading casting descriptions are the weird things writers single out. Jame Hibbard from Entertainment Weekly said “Cunningham has appeared in many productions over the years, including Starz’ now defunct Camelot, the recent Clash of the Titans remake and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.” In reality he had a tiny part in one episode of “Camelot”. If you want to see Cunnigham’s best role I suggest watching “Dog Soldiers“. But if you want a better “Camelot” connection, Cunningham played Agravaine in the unbelievably bad “First Knight“.

Well That’s currently it for now. I’ll be sure to write up on the new casting when it’s announced.

Read Joe’s other articles:Trek in your Queue 1 and 2, Game of Thrones Primer II,  Obama Trek Mutant Fatigue Sci-Fi A-Team Star Trek: A Different Generation, An Alternate History of the Doctor, Inn at the Crossroads interview, A Love Letter to Natalie Portman, Failed Star Trek Spinoffs, Thor Primer, Doctor Who Season 6 primer, A Game of Thrones Primer, More

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Kevin July 26, 2011 at 11:11 am

Stephen Dillane is very, VERY good as Thomas Jefferson in JOHN ADAMS — He basically steals the miniseries. So Stannis is in good hands.


Joe July 26, 2011 at 12:04 pm

Paul Giamatti would have made a great Davros to Dillane’s Stannis


Steve July 26, 2011 at 11:21 am

Carice Van Houten importantly for me played a “witch” in Black Death, which starred Sean Bean. She strikes me as a totally bang on choice, the role had a lot of the fervour that Melisandre has in the books.


Joe July 26, 2011 at 12:01 pm

I have to watch that movie, its streaming on netflix


rbtroj July 26, 2011 at 12:11 pm

In what book does Taena of Myr show up? I’m looking forward to that casting.


Joe July 26, 2011 at 12:13 pm

she’s in a storm of swords


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