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Two for the Road

Froggy would like to hint around with you madmen some more, but Andy is too damn tired right now. It's less than a week before I fly off to Ireland, and I'm still exhausted from the long trip to Australia... so I will forgo the games this time around and just tell you straight out that David & Dan and HB0 have filled two more roles for GAME OF THRONES.

The part of Hot Pie will be played by a newcomer named BEN HAWKEY. And as Lommy Greenhands, we will have EROS VLAHOS, best known for his role in the "Nanny McPhee" movies.


I hear some of the purists pointing out that Lommy and Hot Pie don't actually appear in the first novel. You're not wrong. In the books, they don't appear until the first Arya chapter of A CLASH OF KINGS... but they'll be in season one, looks like.

Other announcements should be coming soon, though it's not likely that I'll be the one making them. I'll be packing or flying to Ireland, and afterwards to Malta. We've very close to naming actors for the roles of Stiv and Ser Meryn Trant, waiting only HBO approval, and Nina and D&D have been looking at Kevan Lannisters as well. Soon, I think...


Oct. 5th, 2010 02:38 am (UTC)

Greatest battle-cry ever.

I'm trying to remember who Stiv is.

I guess the Freys, especially Walder, are the main roles left?
Oct. 5th, 2010 05:38 am (UTC)
If memory serves Stiv is one of the Free Folk who attacks Bran in the woods.
Oct. 5th, 2010 03:34 am (UTC)
Yeah, who the heck is Stiv?
Shea Coffey
Oct. 5th, 2010 04:18 am (UTC)
Oh man, I can't wait for the show. If only I had something to hold me over until then. A book, perhaps.
Oct. 5th, 2010 06:59 pm (UTC)
Luckily there are lots of books to tide us over while we wait for Dance. I'm in no rush. :)

Currently re-reading Consider Phlebas.
Oct. 6th, 2010 01:03 am (UTC)
Books to tide...
Yeah, I just got _I Shall Wear Midnight_, Pratchett's latest, but there's just something quantitatively different there. :-)
Oct. 6th, 2010 08:36 am (UTC)
Random question, but is your username from Myst? It's been a while since I encountered another Myst fan. (My username elsewhere on the internets, including at westeros.org, is from the series.)

Otherwise....yeah! Hot Pie! Definitely the third head of the dragon and I'm glad to see him cast. ;)
Oct. 6th, 2010 07:37 pm (UTC)
Yep, I'm an old school Myst fan. Read the novels, played the games... back in the 90s, I used to hang out on the Cyan's website chat and BS with employees. Yeah, I was hardcore back in the day. Always good to meet another fan.
Oct. 5th, 2010 10:55 am (UTC)
Any plans to visit Northern Ireland / Belfast ?
Huge fan here in Northern Ireland. It's been great looking around the various locations (well the limited bits that are visible to us outsiders). Still can't get over the fact that this is being filmed on our doorstep.

Any plans for appearances whilst you are over here. I know you're in Dublin for Octocon on the 16+17 October, just wondering whether you are doing any booksignings etc. in Belfast, or if it's possible to show up at the likes of Castle Ward ?


Oct. 5th, 2010 05:45 pm (UTC)
Stiv was one on the Wilding Chieftains if I recall. Or not, I have bad memory. Or perhaps wait... "travelling" companion to our Osha? Apparently either way I am leaning "Wilding."
Oct. 6th, 2010 05:22 am (UTC)
Stiv = Wilding met along with Osha
Had that verified by @axechucker (one of
Many amazingly great regular gameofthrones twitterm posters. Actually JOINED twitter b/c wanted more and more raw news on @gameofthrones. Now I enjoy it for that and the peeps I met and the comedians I often follow for daily chuckles.

Anyhow, back on topic (it's past 1am, writing code and delusional with sleep derivation this
Month) I now recall all aboutr Stiv but
Prefer to respect those new to the seriesand not spoil even minor stuff.
Oct. 5th, 2010 07:02 pm (UTC)
I realize D&D in this case stands for Dan and David, but I couldn't help reading it as Dungeons and Dragons, and for a brief second, I thought you might be announcing a new role playing series... which would be cool.
Oct. 6th, 2010 12:16 am (UTC)
See you in Ireland!
Oct. 6th, 2010 02:23 am (UTC)
"I hear some of the purists pointing out that Lommy and Hot Pie don't actually appear in the first novel." Just as long as it helps the story and not butcher it a la "Legend of the Seeker."
Oct. 6th, 2010 02:36 am (UTC)
Ireland-That's Awesome!
Here is my recipe for more plane travel.

Buy 2 quarts of Orange Juice.

Drink them the day before departure date.

Pee-obviously before heading out.

'Nuff Said!


P.S. Head to Health Club/Gym and Sauna for 15 to 20 minutes to clear lungs out of cack.
Oct. 6th, 2010 04:42 am (UTC)
Any idea when it shall air?
And when I can pre-order the DVD boxed sets?

(Hint to HBO: If it will help get this thing renewed for as many books as George takes to tell the story, I'm willing to pay for the DVD boxed sets NOW.)
Oct. 6th, 2010 04:50 am (UTC)
I haven't got HBO so I will wait till the first series appears
on DVD. I want also to read some reviews before I trust the HBO adaptation. I know they are experts, I have watched ROME and DEADWOOD, but still it would be pity to have one of my best fantasy authors (next to another R.R.) spoiled. I watched a very bad adaptation, made here in Poland, based on our best fantasy series and the scenes from the movie haunted me for some time while I was re-reading the series.
So I am re-reading A SONG OF I&F and it's a great fun. As I read it for the first time I had to look up literally thousands of words in the dictionary, and the series is so addictive and engrossing that I nonetheless kept on reading (or rather studying :-)). And now I can read without looking up so many words and it gives me extreme satisfaction.
Oct. 6th, 2010 07:12 am (UTC)
As soon as I heard about the series I ordered HBO. There's some OK movies on there, but I'm not interested in any of the series running now. I'll of course be setting my DVR to record all the GoT episodes, and hopefully enjoying them along with Kong...use some gas bombs before the dinosaurs attack you too (just kidding...take your time...you are a master when you are allowed to write at your own pace).

If it was any other author I would suggest splitting Kong into much smaller pieces...like maybe normal novel size like 700 pages. That way you can move some of the book into final edits and on their way to the printers. Kong wouldn't be as intimidating if he's only as tall as a bread box. However, you are G.R.R. Martin and that means you need the entire story available to sneak in hints and clues about what you are conjuring up for Winter. It wouldn't be the same without them. Just make sure you have as much fun with it as you can, cause once we get our hands on it it'll be our party...and we spike the punch!
Oct. 6th, 2010 12:22 pm (UTC)
I'm curious how Hot Pie and Lommy could possibly appear in the first season, unless they're simply condensing each storyline on an individual basis, pushing Arya's story forward in general. Though that seems like it would be a bit risky considering not all the books are out.

Oh well, no biggee one way or another. I just hope it doesn't mean Arya's story is being trimmed down too much.
Oct. 6th, 2010 07:47 pm (UTC)
Hot Pie and Lommy appear literally in Arya's first chapter in aCoK. It's not at all a stretch to put a taste of that first chapter (and journey) as Arya's last scene in the TV series.
Oct. 6th, 2010 04:52 pm (UTC)
Walder Frey and Roose Bolton?
Are Walder Frey and Roose Bolton going to be in season 1? It seems like the question most fans wants answered regarding the TV-series at the moment.
Oct. 6th, 2010 07:32 pm (UTC)
I know this is unrelated, but I just heard a highly entertaining interview with George over at io9:

Sol O'Rielly
Oct. 6th, 2010 08:28 pm (UTC)
Does this mean we may be seeing Rorge, Biter and Jaqen H'Ghar earlier as well?
Oct. 7th, 2010 04:05 am (UTC)
Not till season two, so far as I know. Assuming there is a season two.
Oct. 7th, 2010 02:48 am (UTC)
I always imagined Hot Pie to be kind of scrawny (growing up in Flea Bottom and all) and a bit closer to Arya’s age. That being said, his look seems to fit the character well enough. I have faith. Or at the very least, hope.
Oct. 7th, 2010 04:04 am (UTC)
Well, in the novel Arya is described as being "two years younger than the youngest orphan boy," though I don't know that I ever specify whether that was Lommy, Hot Pie, or someone else.

However, there are a number of mentions of Hot Pie being fat.
Oct. 7th, 2010 07:38 am (UTC)
Gocha. Guess I’ll have to read a bit more carefully on the next go 'round! ;p


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