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The Maid of Tarth

I see you guys are just as sharp as ever. The long layoff between first and second season casting hasn't made you rusty. Once again, you nailed my obscure hints within minutes.

Well, okay, I did fool a few of you. For a couple minutes, anyway. But others correctly puzzled out the casting. The part of Brienne, Maid of Tarth, will be played by British actress GWENDOLINE CHRISTIE.

This was another one of those cases where there was hardly any debate. The day the first batch of auditions went up for the role, we looked at a dozen actresses who were reading for Brienne and one actress who WAS Brienne. Gwendoline gave a great reading, and her look was just perfect. No, when she auditioned, she did not look she does in the photo above. She came in looking... well, like Brienne.

As for my clues... Christie played in a music video called DAMARIS, which includes a song about Isabelle, the She-Wolf of France (wife of King Edward II, for the history nerds out there), and played in Shakespeare's CYMBELINE at the Barbican theatre. She also posed for Australian photographed Polly Borland for a show called "Bunny."

She also appears in the recent IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSAS, though I did not use that one in my clues.

Gwendoline will be a great Brienne. It's a thrill to have her join the cast.

Congratulations to everyone who figured it out... and for those who guessed wrong, well, better luck next time.


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Jul. 8th, 2011 04:35 am (UTC)
Jul. 8th, 2011 04:37 am (UTC)
So excited and pleased that Gwendoline got the part! She's going to be great.
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Jul. 8th, 2011 06:53 am (UTC)
Well, she's 6'3" and can act. Making her look the part beyond that, can be handled later.

You can't train 6'3".
Jul. 8th, 2011 05:04 am (UTC)
The make-up guys will have their job cut out for them uglying her up enough to play the Maid of Tarth.
Jul. 13th, 2011 07:39 pm (UTC)
I agree! She is beautiful... not how Brienne is described to be.

Although, it may be adequet for television (people like watching
'beautiful' people it would seem. :/
Jul. 8th, 2011 05:07 am (UTC)
she is sooooo perfect!
very beautiful eyes and everything)))
Wade Stemple
Jul. 8th, 2011 05:09 am (UTC)
This has made me a happy man. Brienne is one of my favorite characters after Feast. She looks perfectly tall for the role too.
Jul. 8th, 2011 05:12 am (UTC)
Very impressed! Casting has really been amazing so far. I thought this would be one of the tougher roles to fill, but it looks like you guys have nailed it yet again!
Jul. 8th, 2011 05:15 am (UTC)
I know nothing about Ms Christie as an actress, but she looks fantastic already. At 6 ft 5, she's going to tower over everyone (including a certain Ser she has a lot of interactions with) and like Brienne of the books, has incredible eyes. I can't wait to see her in action. Brienne's one of my favourite characters in the series and it's obvious Ms Christie will do her justice. :)
Jul. 8th, 2011 05:22 am (UTC)
She looks awesome! :)
Jul. 8th, 2011 05:24 am (UTC)
Jul. 8th, 2011 05:50 am (UTC)
I love her eyes. This is great casting choice.
Ivan Stoner
Jul. 8th, 2011 05:56 am (UTC)
You picked someone insanely hot for Brienne?
Jul. 8th, 2011 05:58 am (UTC)
Gwendoline was my dream Brienne! I'm so happy she got the part!!
Jul. 8th, 2011 06:21 am (UTC)
Ashara Greyjoy?
Heard HBO is changing the name of Asha Greyjoy to Yara. Sounds bad.

If it's done because of confusing Asha with Osha or Arya, why not just expand the name?

Ashara Greyjoy. There you go, no more confusion with Osha or Arya. Sounds good actually.

HBO, you need to employ me as your consultant. Call me.

Billy Wilde
Jul. 8th, 2011 05:56 pm (UTC)
Re: Yara Greyjoy? YARA?1?
I wasn't aware of Asha's name being changed until I read this post. Truth to tell, it's sullied the news of this excellent piece of casting.
'Yara' Greyjoy? Why? Please answer me, HBO - why?
Do you really assume your viewers are so pig-thick that they cannot differentiate between an Osha and an Asha?
For shame...
Re: Ashara Greyjoy? - manby - Jul. 9th, 2011 04:16 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 8th, 2011 06:24 am (UTC)
Looks like excellent casting, but after Season 1's excellent cast I'm not surprised. I also love these casting clues, even though I'm never able to guess it myself. It's pretty much the only show I know about that we can have these little games since we all know the characters already. Can't wait for the rest.
Jul. 8th, 2011 06:37 am (UTC)
looks really cute
...for someone who is as strong as Gregor, but not so pretty ;-).
Jul. 8th, 2011 06:39 am (UTC)
How in the nine hells can this cute girl play Brienne? :)))
Jul. 8th, 2011 08:19 am (UTC)
Brienne is my favourite character in the entire series, so I was both looking forward to her casting a lot and dreading it a bit. Gwendoline Christie has been on fandom's radar screen for a while, and I am pretty chuffed with the choice. However, I hope the make-up department will uglify her since she's such an adorable-looking young woman - not excatly the next Angelina Jolie, but in no conceivable way ugly or freakish.

But it's reassuring to hear that her acting skills impressed everyone so much. Did she also have to audition with Gethin Anthony, Michelle Fairley or Nikolaj Coster-Waldau since Brienne interacts with Renly, Cat, and Jaime the most?

Jul. 8th, 2011 08:20 am (UTC)
saphire eyes on photo)
Jul. 8th, 2011 08:35 am (UTC)
erm, isn't she way too goodlooking?
Jul. 9th, 2011 06:25 pm (UTC)
Makeup, my friend.
Jul. 8th, 2011 08:40 am (UTC)
Now there's a case of "Hollywood homely" if I ever saw one. But I suppose it cannot be helped.
Jul. 8th, 2011 08:50 am (UTC)
Great choice! :D I can't wait to see her as Brienne :D
Jul. 8th, 2011 09:10 am (UTC)
Great choice!
Dariusz Mysłowski
Jul. 8th, 2011 09:55 am (UTC)
I know she will do good after makeup, hair cut, etc. Her height is perfect. But I'm worried about time to prepare her for this role.
Brienne was one of best knights in Westeros! Question is: actress will start evryday training of sword fighting and some gym to get muscles or you will hire stunt-girls? ;d I hope she will prepare herself good!
Jul. 8th, 2011 10:29 am (UTC)
Cool news! :-)

Are you allowed to confirm that Gemma Whelan has been cast as a possibly-renamed Asha Greyjoy after it was let slip yesterday? :-)
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