So are you already looking forward to the next season of “Game of Thrones” on HBO? Well, fear not, casting for main characters is well underway and these three are the latest to have been announced as cat:
British actor Stephen Dillane has been cast as King Robert’s brother. Those of you familiar with the books know that Stannis is a major player in the upcoming books, as he is one of the kings that rises after the death of Robert and the questioning of Joffrey’s legitimacy as king. Stannis is a stern, humorless character, with a strong moral code, who is more comfortable on a battlefield than on a throne. Dillane is known for his role as Thomas Jefferson in John Adams, as well as long list of other roles in British film and television.
Dutch actress Carise Van Houten will play Melisandre. Melisandre is a powerful sorceress and priestess of the god R’hllor who counsels Stannis in his quest for the Iron Throne. She’s a seductive woman with great power, including the power of prophecy, and she’s more than willing to force her religion of a monotheistic god upon Stannis’ followers. She is also referred to as the Red Priestess. Houten is a veritable newcomer to American audiences, but she did play the sorceress in the medieval horror film Black Death, a movie that starred Sean Bean.
Last, but not least, Liam Cunningham has been cast as Davos, otherwise known as the Onion Knight. Davos is a former smuggler and follower of Stannis who is missing three fingers – he carries the bones of the missing fingers in a pouch around his neck. Davos has become a knight under Stannis and is dedicated to wresting the Iron Throne from the Lannisters. Cunningham is best known for his role in Starz Camelot, as well as on Outcasts.
So there you have it. The first three new characters to be announced for season 2 of Game of Thrones. It’s funny about Melisandre as when I watched the film Black Death, I immediately thought that Van Houten could easily play Melisandre. I’m not as sure about the other two, although with the rumors circulating that Christopher Eccleston might be cast as something, I had sincerely hoped to see him as Stannis Baratheon.
What do you think?