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A New Daenerys

Those of you who read Mo Ryan's blog for the CHICAGO TRIBUNE will already have heard the news: http://featuresblogs.chicagotribune.com/entertainment_tv/2010/05/game-of-thrones-hbo.html

Yes, the role of Daenerys Targaryen in the HBO series of GAME OF THRONES has been recast.

Our new Daenerys is a beautiful and talented young actress named Emilia Clarke, a recent graduate of Drama Centre London. You can learn more about her here:


I haven't had the chance to meet Emilia yet, but I've seen her auditions. She gave some kickass readings, winning out over some amazing competition from all around the world. She should make a great Dany.

(None of which should be taken in any way as a slight against Tamzin Merchant, another wonderful young actress. Her perfomance as Dany in the pilot was wonderful, I thought).


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May. 22nd, 2010 04:58 am (UTC)
Reading Dreamsongs....
I'm looking forward to the series. But I am reading dreamsongs volume 1 right now,just finished Second Kind of Loneliness and it was INTENSE. could really feel the character. I couldn't stop reading it if someone broke into my house it was that good.
May. 22nd, 2010 05:41 am (UTC)
pod cast
Mr. Martin have you considered making some pod casts? or maybe having your own channel? I for one would love to be able to down load all things George R.R. Martin (does'nt really matter what it is) from book updates, book readings, book signings, book sales, movies, art, HBO cast updates, miniatures, everyday life... ect. please consider this venue. I have a zune but may be getting an Ipad in the future. Sorry for being off subject.
May. 22nd, 2010 06:56 am (UTC)
Honestly, No. I disagree.
Of course, neither HBO nor GRRM cares what I think. But Emilia Clarke isn't fine-boned enough for this role. Her cheese are too flat. Obviously her hair will be dyed. But overall her face is too broad. I am disappointed in HBO today.
May. 22nd, 2010 03:04 pm (UTC)
Re: Honestly, No. I disagree.
Be reasonable. You can't possibly tell whether somebody is right for a role purely on the basis of what their facial bones look like (or on the basis of the flatness of dairy products for that matter ;) ). There'll be writers, producers, studio execs, casting agents and the like in the decision, all of whom do this sort of thing for a living, and will no doubt have experience of the industry, and in depth knowledge of the plans for the series. I can't help thinking that between them they know what they're doing - let's not be criticising people before we've actually seen them, as their characters, on screen.
Re: Honestly, No. I disagree. - strongboar2112 - May. 22nd, 2010 03:14 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Honestly, No. I disagree. - sabah - Jun. 14th, 2010 04:06 pm (UTC) - Expand
May. 22nd, 2010 07:02 am (UTC)
I'm sure Emilia will be fine but I think Tamzin had that otherworldly "blood of the dragon" look about her that I always thought was integral to Daenerys' character.
May. 22nd, 2010 07:08 am (UTC)
She's gorgeous. If her acting performances are as good as she looks, she has my full confidence.
May. 22nd, 2010 07:47 am (UTC)
Thank you for the headnews. I liked the old version (well I can only speak for looks, obviously), but this one looks even better. SHe has splendid eyes :) Hope it'll be a good recast and that she will perform well as Dany :)
May. 22nd, 2010 08:10 am (UTC)
For some reason I always pictured Daenerys with a rounder face than either of these girls - I'm not sure if that's supported by the books or if I just made it up. Emilia does look a bit more like I pictured Dany than Tamzin - beyond that I know nothing about her, but I hope she does well.
May. 22nd, 2010 08:55 am (UTC)
Hmmmm can't say I can understand this change. I too thought Tamzin looked more appropriately 'otherwordly' and young .... oh well.
May. 22nd, 2010 09:29 am (UTC)
She is beautiful and really close to how I pictured Daenerys, especially after checking out the Samaritan ad, so for me personally this re-cast has been a hit :))) (nothing at all against Tamzin Merchant, she's lovely and a great actress but imho not so fit to command an army)
May. 22nd, 2010 11:19 am (UTC)
For some reason i always saw Daenarys as having large eyes and an almost waif-like look. This actress is certainly closer to the one in my head. Glad to hear its been cast.
May. 22nd, 2010 02:04 pm (UTC)
She's beautiful and I'm sure her skills are impressive.

But...not best suited for Dany's role imho. I think there's something about her face's shape that doesn't fit.

I wonder, Mr Martin, if she was your first choice. I kinda think she wasn't.

I think, however, skills will prevail and she'll make a stunning Dany.
May. 22nd, 2010 03:33 pm (UTC)
She's... not too bad. I thought Tamzin was better suited to the role, to be honest (which doesn't say a whole lot). Enter special effects and makeup, though, and she'll probably look okay. Perhaps silvery-gold hair will make hair a decent Daenerys. I'm kind of losing confidence in this series the more it approaches - I don't know why that is. I hope, for our and Mr. Martin's sake, that it is well done.
May. 22nd, 2010 03:50 pm (UTC)
Now on the basis of those b&w photos, despite being quite fetching, she doesn't look like Dany to me, but I must say she has those big beautiful innocent eyes and with the right makeup and costume and acting she might just be an awesome Dany! I for one am looking forward to seeing her in the role.
May. 22nd, 2010 04:53 pm (UTC)
It's funny that so many blonde characters are being played by brunette actors and actresses instead of blondes. Emilia Clarke is definitely beautiful (those eyes!), but more importantly, she impressed HBO enough to cast her in this important role, so let's give her a chance. HBO is all about high quality programming, and most of their shows have succeeded in casting the perfect actor/actress for the role. I can't wait for this new series.
May. 22nd, 2010 07:27 pm (UTC)
I like her. She looks a bit like a young Emmauelle Béart to me
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