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The Maid of Tarth

I see you guys are just as sharp as ever. The long layoff between first and second season casting hasn't made you rusty. Once again, you nailed my obscure hints within minutes.

Well, okay, I did fool a few of you. For a couple minutes, anyway. But others correctly puzzled out the casting. The part of Brienne, Maid of Tarth, will be played by British actress GWENDOLINE CHRISTIE.

This was another one of those cases where there was hardly any debate. The day the first batch of auditions went up for the role, we looked at a dozen actresses who were reading for Brienne and one actress who WAS Brienne. Gwendoline gave a great reading, and her look was just perfect. No, when she auditioned, she did not look she does in the photo above. She came in looking... well, like Brienne.

As for my clues... Christie played in a music video called DAMARIS, which includes a song about Isabelle, the She-Wolf of France (wife of King Edward II, for the history nerds out there), and played in Shakespeare's CYMBELINE at the Barbican theatre. She also posed for Australian photographed Polly Borland for a show called "Bunny."

She also appears in the recent IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSAS, though I did not use that one in my clues.

Gwendoline will be a great Brienne. It's a thrill to have her join the cast.

Congratulations to everyone who figured it out... and for those who guessed wrong, well, better luck next time.


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Jul. 8th, 2011 01:03 pm (UTC)
Wow, she is so tall!
Jul. 8th, 2011 01:30 pm (UTC)
I'm unspeakably happy
Love Gwendoline, thrilled she got the part. Here's yet another fan-casting that came true! I'm also glad to see the casting clues come back--for any character. Heck, at this point I would have been happy with a casting clue for Eurythredes Wayn.

Now, as for Gemma Whalen as "Yara" Greyjoy and Kerr Logan as "Matthos"...can you confirm either of those, and whether or not it's Matthos Seaworth he'll be playing, and is this Asha renamed?

Also still wanna know who played Timmett, Chella, Biter and Rorge.
Jul. 8th, 2011 01:47 pm (UTC)
She looks just right! Awesome :D
Jul. 8th, 2011 01:50 pm (UTC)
Brienne's a babe????
Sorry, but I see this as a Hollywood cop out. Sure, she's tall--but hardly "beauty challenged" in the way that Brienne struggled with all her life!
Jul. 8th, 2011 08:27 pm (UTC)
Re: Brienne's a babe????
I mean, you also have to take into account height and acting ability, so it's not like they could only focus on finding a horsey, mannish person to the exclusion of everything else...
Jul. 8th, 2011 02:04 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you said she came in looking like Brienne and I'm relying on your judgement, because...tall? Check. Beautiful eyes? Check. But ugly? No check. She's gorgeous. Not even plain, gorgeous. She'll never be horsefaced, not with that tiny chin, but I'm really hoping the makeup artists can pull off the rest and really make her for-real ugly, not just Hollywood ugly, which is still 1,000 times prettier than I was on my best teenage/20-something day. I don't suppose the Powers That Be would let you post a screencap from her audition?

PS - Brienne is one of my favorite characters. Possibly I'm somewhat over-invested here.
Jul. 8th, 2011 07:40 pm (UTC)
She looks less glamorous in other shots, like these:



By no means ugly, of course (I think she's sort of adorable), but not totally gorgeous, either. I can see how she'd pull it off.

(Also an over-invested Brienne fan. :D)
(no subject) - nutmeg3 - Jul. 9th, 2011 01:04 am (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 8th, 2011 02:07 pm (UTC)
I was a little worried about how this character would look compared to how I saw Brienne in my head. I can see this particular woman becoming very Brienne-like with a few cosmetic changes.
Jul. 8th, 2011 02:33 pm (UTC)
OK, I trust you...but I am still having reservations.
Jul. 8th, 2011 02:34 pm (UTC)
The fair maid of Tarth
For me its the perfect pick, she looks very tall. though she might not be as photoshop perfect as some other actresses out there, she has a certain allure and beauty of her own, a strong woman...just as i had imagined Brienne. Perfect or should i say HODOR !
Ilea Ulery
Jul. 8th, 2011 02:37 pm (UTC)
The Renaming of Asha Greyjoy
George, I beg of you, please do not let anyone change her name! Change Osha's name instead. We haven't even heard her name yet on the show, and Asha is such a great name that it would make me sad to see it go. :(
Jose R. Perez
Jul. 8th, 2011 02:43 pm (UTC)
They gonna have to make her look uglier!
Jul. 8th, 2011 02:47 pm (UTC)
This is gonna be AWESOME! I'm in my re-read of A Storm of Swords right now to prep for A Dance with Dragons. I just got to part where Jaime turns his group around to rescue Brienne from the bear pit. I know that won't be until Season 3 of the HBO show but MAN I can't wait to get there!

I'm really looking forward to the casting news of the Bloody Mummers too! Vargo is my favorite man to hate! ^_^
Jul. 8th, 2011 02:47 pm (UTC)
book available in UK
Hello Mr Martin

First post and not sure where to put it. Sad to say that waterstones.com, the online version of that bookstore, shipped ADwD yesterday and broke the embargo in the UK. It has arrived today. Hope heads roll...
Jul. 8th, 2011 04:21 pm (UTC)
Re: book available in UK
I just got an email today from Play.com saying my copy has been shipped. It probably won't reach me until the day before the release date at earliest, by still.
Jul. 8th, 2011 02:52 pm (UTC)
I LOVE how this show feels like a co-production between the fans and the creators. I'm sure she wouldn't have been cast if she hadn't been on everyone's mind as Brienne since... forever. :))
Patrick Zingaro
Jul. 8th, 2011 02:53 pm (UTC)
Maid of Tarth
Very excited about season 2, thought season 1 was very enjoyable. It's a great pleasure seeing my favorite books come to life in a way that even my friends who have not (as yet) read the books.

This actress is quite a bit prettier than I thought Brienne to be, but of couse with costume and makeup...

Looking forward to book five!
Megan Johnson
Jul. 8th, 2011 02:58 pm (UTC)
She looks perfect! Can't wait for the next season. :D
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