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Two For The Watch

The ranks of the black brothers are beginning to fill up.

The part of Rast, one of the nastier of Yoren's recruits, will be played by a young British actor named LUKE MC EWAN, a 2009 graduate from the Oxford School of Drama.

More information about Luke can be found at http://www.spotlight.com/6697-3497-3183

And as SAMWELL TARLY, we've cast a very talented newcomer named JOHN BRADLEY-WEST:

The side used in the auditions for Sam featured the scene where Sam tells Jon Snow how his father Lord Randyll dispatched him to the Wall. A difficult scene, but Bradley-West did an amazing job with it in his reading. This was one of the toughest calls, at least for me, since there was another talented candidate who was also very strong, but in the end JB-W's heartbreaking performance could not be denied.

Bradley-West will be graduating from the School of Theatre at Manchester Metropolitan University on July 16. I am told this was his first professional audition, and I imagine it is his first professional role as well. Going straight from graduation to a pretty significant part in an HBO series... hey, it doesn't get much better than that. He'll make a great Sam. (And if the show lasts till season four, he may even get a sex scene!)

Expect four more black brothers to be joining them soon.

And now their watch begins. Let's hope it lasts seven seasons.


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Jul. 13th, 2010 12:14 am (UTC)
Bradley-West looks almost exactly how I pictured Sam Tarly to look. Excellent casting! :)
Jul. 13th, 2010 12:48 am (UTC)
Those were exactly my thoughts when I saw the pic. He looks perfect!
Jul. 13th, 2010 01:42 am (UTC)
I COMPLETELY AGREE! I was like "OMG! It's Sam!!!" ;)
Jul. 13th, 2010 12:20 am (UTC)
Luke McEwan is exactly who I pictured for the part of Rast. I'm not familiar with this actor, but visually he looks like he fits the part.

John Bradley-West looks like he'll make a wonderful Sam, one of my favorite characters from the series. I imagine Game of Thrones will really jump-start this young man's career.

I know you haven't posted it yet, but WOW about the actor playing Littlefinger. The Wire was a fantastic show, and it'll be great to see Aidan Gillen in another HBO series.

Thanks for this great update!
Jul. 13th, 2010 12:31 am (UTC)
Yeah, getting hired after one's first professional audition just doesn't happen at all...I mean it happens (heard about it a few other times), but really it doesn't happen. The guy must be terrifically talented.

Same goes for Emilia Clarke - girl had, what, a single professional credit before Thrones, a 1-episode appearance on a series? To go from that to the lead of a major show like this is a gigantic step.
Jul. 13th, 2010 01:12 am (UTC)
I think these young, fresh talented actors are exactly what makes me terribly excited for the show to air. I love having unknown talent be these characters!

I was impressed with Emilia and excited to see John's portrayal of Sam, one of my favourite characters. George, your description of his "heartbreaking" scene makes me think he's perfect!
Jul. 13th, 2010 01:22 am (UTC)
I can only imagine the excitement these actors must be feeling having landed such coveted roles. The casting looks to be excellent all the way through and I'm very glad that you are directly involved in this process. No TV show ever reaches greatness without the right ensemble.
Jul. 13th, 2010 01:40 am (UTC)
WOW. That guy has EXACTLY the face I imaged for Samwell!
Jul. 13th, 2010 01:55 am (UTC)
Bradley-West looks amazing for Sam! I'm really looking forward to seeing him in action.
Jul. 13th, 2010 02:45 am (UTC)
I'm glad you have some feedback on the casting.
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Jul. 13th, 2010 08:36 pm (UTC)
Harry Lloyd indicated a "non-accent" would be used, ala the LotR films, which I'm assuming means a sort of generalized British accent that doesn't quite belong to any one area, but I may be wrong in that.
Jul. 13th, 2010 11:46 pm (UTC)
By "non-accent" he might mean Mid-Atlantic, which is what a lot of Shakespearean actors use. It's literally right between US English and UK English and sounds fairly accentless to both but maybe slightly tinged with the other, depending on what is native to you.
Jul. 14th, 2010 07:18 am (UTC)
Ah, well. Perhaps that's what it is. He cites LotR, though, where I can't say I can recall anyone speaking that way. But maybe that's just his recollection.
Jul. 14th, 2010 07:25 am (UTC)
A lot of the LotR cast definitely spoke with a Mid-Atlantic dialect:

Jul. 14th, 2010 06:59 pm (UTC)

Beg to differ, Brude. See this document from Andrew Jack, which laid down the plan for the various accents that would be used in LotR.

The Hobbits were West Country (save Pippin, who became Scottish, and Frodo and Bilbo who, being more educated, come out more Received Pronunciation). RP for Gondor and the Elves, too, and for Théoden. Almost-but-not-quite RP for the Rohirrim, who get an "Irish 'R'". And so on.

Mid-Atlantic's never mentioned. Also, I can't help but note that the Wikipedia article makes it pretty plain that Mid-Atlantic accents are almost non-existent in film or television these days...


You could be right that Lloyd still means a Mid-Atlantic accent, of course, but then he's wrong to cite LotR, or isn't quite sure what Mid-Atlantic "non-accents" actually sounds like. :)
Jul. 13th, 2010 12:15 pm (UTC)
Like said above, he has more or less the face i was imagining for SAM. Let's find him a pretty Gilly now :)
Jul. 13th, 2010 01:46 pm (UTC)
I was under the impression that blog posts and responses would be free of spoilers, however minor. HYPOCRISY!!! lol.
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