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The Maid of Tarth

hiya hiya hiya
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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sangkancilguru
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...
Gregor Manby
Jul. 9th, 2011 04:16 pm (UTC)
Re: Ashara Greyjoy?
I wouldn't get all annoyed about this until you know for a fact it's true...

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