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Two Out of Three

Hiya, kids, hiya, hiya.

Okay, you've managed to puzzle out two of the three castings I hinted at yesterday. Congratulations to whoever was first to come up with the right answer.

"The first never says a word in the books." No, not Ilyn Payne. (I told you he hadn't been cast yet). It's Lord Jon Arryn. Who is dead before the books begin. We do hear others quoting things he said, but never from Lord Arryn himself. But in the series, he will appear on screen in a flashback scene.

"The first flew by night to find the truth." In my Hugo-losing novella "Nightflyers," the scientist Karoly d'Branin leads an expedition to find the truth behind the legendary volcryn, voagers through interstellar space. In the 1987 film NIGHTFLYERS his name his changed to Michael d'Branin, and he is portrayed by the fine British actor JOHN STANDING.

Sir John Standing is a distinguished veteran of stage and screen, and the descendant of a great British acting family. We're incredibly honored to have him as Jon Arryn. And hey, maybe he's even forgiven me for NIGHTFLYERS.

"The third birthed a monkey, a pimple, and a loon."

Yes, it's Ser Alliser Thorne, master-at-arms at Castle Black, who fastens those nicknames on three of the young recruits that he is training.

"The third was a supervillain, and once ambled amongst oak trees and hollies, where he might have come across a golden rose."

Playing the part of Ser Alliser we have DEREK HALLIGAN, who played the supervillain Dr. Nightshade in TONIGHT WE FLY, and also appeared in the British soap opera HOLLYOAKS, where he might have encountered Finn Jones, our Knight of Flowers (the golden rose). His reading was lights out. I sure wouldn't want him chewing my ass in medieval boot camp.

As for the second lord... the one where the clue is really really obscure... you bunch o' jugheads haven't come close to that one yet, heh heh.

Meanwhile... lots more casting announcements coming soon. Ser Vardis, Pyp, Grenn, Maester Aemon, Bronn, Lady Lysa, Sweetrobin, Yoren, Old Nan, Septa Mordane, and more... and maybe even a big one that you have all been eager for. But you'll read those elsewhere first, most like... though I will echo when I can. Some terrific actors coming your way.


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Jul. 16th, 2010 05:54 pm (UTC)

Again and again we see stunning casting. Everything is perfect. Amazing.

The second lord... I'm so excited... I can't wait to find out who it is.

And you're such a TEASE with 'A big one you've all been eager for.' Who???
Jul. 16th, 2010 05:59 pm (UTC)
Is this the first confirmation of flashbacks or have we known they were using them already?
Jul. 16th, 2010 06:00 pm (UTC)
credit goes to...
The John Standing guessing credit goes to Nymeria and c0venant over on winter-is-coming.net

Though I believe paulgude got the ball rolling by guessing another actor from nighflyers. I could be wrong.

I can't believe it has taken this long!
Are we even close character wise on the 2nd lord?
Jul. 16th, 2010 06:15 pm (UTC)
Re: credit goes to...
Yes, some people have figured out the character.

The actor, not so much.
Jul. 16th, 2010 07:39 pm (UTC)
Re: credit goes to...
The old bear, Jeor Mormont?

*Nods* Yes? Yes?
Jul. 16th, 2010 06:21 pm (UTC)
Flashbacks hmm? Please tell me this means we'll get to see a flashback of Rhaegar and Lyanna!!! <3
Jul. 16th, 2010 06:38 pm (UTC)
oh YES!!!!!!!!!!! Please let it be so!!!!!!
Jul. 16th, 2010 06:39 pm (UTC)
Yes, this! Especially because Ned's flashbacks to Lyanna in GoT were very vivid and informed his character quite a lot.
Jul. 16th, 2010 08:17 pm (UTC)
Yeah. I would love to see a flashback of the tournament where Rhaegar crowns Lyanna the Queen of Love and Beauty *insert fangirl swoon here*
Jul. 16th, 2010 06:28 pm (UTC)
As the Old Bear...
Alan Dale
Who shares a name with a merry man, and who played in Alien Cargo, as a crewman on a cargo ship to Mars.
Jul. 16th, 2010 06:51 pm (UTC)
This is a lark, but:

Ronald Pickup:

Played Merriman Lyon in the radio adaptation of "Over Sea Under Stone" in 1995:

He also did the voice of Aslan for the Narnia TV series.

Aslan, C.S. Lewis's Christ-like lion, could be seen as a God of (War)drobe.

Like I said, this is for fun. If it turns out to be the clue, it's a real groaner.

(Especially because of the fact that he's FROM from the God of War in the clue.)
Jul. 16th, 2010 07:02 pm (UTC)
Well, I got Standing right but the role wrong. One out of six ain't bad.
Jul. 16th, 2010 07:19 pm (UTC)
Great choices once again!

Would be very interesting too see the NIGHTFLYERS movie. It's a shame they have never released it on dvd.
Jul. 16th, 2010 07:42 pm (UTC)
Read the novella.
Jul. 16th, 2010 07:53 pm (UTC)
Oh, I already did. Found it from Dreamsongs a year ago. Very thrilling story indeed.
Jul. 16th, 2010 07:46 pm (UTC)
Tysnow from Winter Is Coming has suggested James Cosmo for The Old Bear:




Archie Comics, Jugheads...

It all fits.
Jul. 16th, 2010 07:51 pm (UTC)

You got it.

Damn. Thought I'd fooled you this time. I didn't figure anyone would ever puzzle out that clue. COSMO THE MERRY MARTIAN lasted for only a handful of issues half a century ago, after all.
Jul. 16th, 2010 08:55 pm (UTC)
Ohhh Bronn better be amazing! I wanna cast Bronn! ha.
Jul. 16th, 2010 08:57 pm (UTC)
Holy smoke! That guy looks EXACTLY how I imagined Allister Thorne to look in my head! Uncanny!
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