"The bloody lash knows what it's like to be dead. He's met his waterloo and been a casualty, and seen his share of apparitions too."
The bloody lash is Jhogo, one of Dany's bloodriders. He's the one she gives the whip too. In the series, he will be played by Londoner ELYES GABEL.
Gabel played Rob Cleaver in WATERLOO ROAD, 'Guppy' Sandhu in CASUALTY, and Vimal in APPARITIONS. In DEAD SET his character becomes a zombie, so he knows what it is like to be dead. You'll enjoy watching him as Dany's whip man. It is known.
(And for those of you who are keeping score, Dany's other bloodriders will be played by extras or featured extras, at least in season one).
"The horny-headed hammerhand is older than you might have thought, but too young to need a pacemaker, though he might have ridden on the ferry with Gerry. Another friend of our kraken's sister, he knows the doctor and the wizard too. Damned if he doesn't play what he calls football (not the real kind)."
You got this one very fast. Yes, the horny-headed hammerhand is Gendry, the armorer's apprenctice, who fashions a horned helm for himself, and is told that his hands were made for hammers. Portraying him in the series will be JOE DEMPSIE.
Yes, Dempsie is considerably older than Gendry in the books. David & Dan decided to age up the character, as with many of the children in the books (Robb, Jon, Dany, etc). Dempsie hails from Liverpool, on the Mersey, which is why you will find those references to Gerry and the Pacemakers in the clues (though he's still so young I doubt he knows who Gerry and the Pacemakers were). He's played in MERLIN and DOCTOR WHO, so he knows the wizard and the doctor, though he's perhaps best known for his role as Chris in SKINS. He's been on LILY ALLEN AND FRIENDS, and he was in THE DAMNED UNITED, a soccer movie. That's "football" for those parts of the world that don't know True Football.
So... two more bright young talents come to Westeros. I think you'll like 'em.