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The Waiting Game

I know, I know. Still no announcement from HBO, alas, and I can't say when and if it will be coming. I know that many of you are going mad with impatience. Me too, actually. Sure, I know who has been cast, but I'm dying to see the reactions.

But we're all going to have to wait. HBO calls the tune. And while we have six roles filled but yet announced, others of equal importance still remain unfilled. HBO may very well be waiting until some of those pieces fall into place before making the next announcement.

Meanwhile, some of you are warm and some are very cold. One of my clues seems to have been puzzled out by many of you, so I will fess up and admit that you're correct -- yes, the line about "small but important" roles refers to two of the children. You will, alas, never get those two. Even if I told you their names, you'd never find 'em. They're not on IMDB, and when you google 'em you get dozens of listings for other people who share their names, but none for the child actors. So they're essentially unknowns... but I have seen their readings, and I think that both of them will be great.

That still leaves four adults you can try to figure out, though. And among the hundreds of theories and guesses, I've seen a couple of you getting it right... or coming close, riding the right theory to the wrong conclusion. So keep at it.

In the absence of an announcement, I'll give you a few more clues. One cast member was played by a puppet. Another has been seen wandering a castle exclaiming about roses. A third is too good to be true. The fourth is the fifth. Esquire thinks one of them is hot.

'Nuff said.

And while you guys are chewing on those, off in London and New York and LA and Dublin, casting continues. They're reading for some smaller parts now: Gared, Ser Rodrik, Maester Luwin, and the like. Even for these "lesser" roles (you know the old chestnut, there are no small roles, only small actors), we're seeing some great readings. David, Dan, and Tom are going to have some tough decisions to make. Me, I'm going out for coffee and a danish.


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Aug. 15th, 2009 06:12 am (UTC)
May the Seven help me :(
I appear to have entered into an abusive relationship with one of my favourite authors... I have been checking this way to much recently, and cannot believe how much you abuse us with your teasers, that said keep it coming.
Aug. 15th, 2009 07:28 am (UTC)
thinking out loud...
Clue: One player has something in common with Ned.
Clue: Shows can get canceled and so can characters, but two of them have been seen on American TV recently.
Clue: A third is too good to be true.

I'm thinking Miranda Otto (she played Eowyn in Lord of the Rings...in which Sean Bean played Boromir). She was in the now canceled American TV show Cashmere Mafia. Her being cast is in fact too good to be true :)

Aug. 16th, 2009 06:21 pm (UTC)
Re: thinking out loud...
I could see her as Cersei (or Catelyn, actually, but Catelyn has already been cast).
Re: thinking out loud... - jd1977 - Aug. 17th, 2009 04:09 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: thinking out loud... - pearl_gemstone - Aug. 17th, 2009 06:41 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: thinking out loud... - gzahl - Aug. 17th, 2009 07:45 am (UTC) - Expand
Aug. 15th, 2009 08:05 am (UTC)
This takes me back ten years to the casting of LOTR. *rubs hands gleefully* It's like waiting to find out what you got for Christmas. :)
Aug. 15th, 2009 08:13 am (UTC)
This has nothing to do with the clues, but I half expect Helena Bonham Carter to join the cast, because the bitch pops up in everything. (Not that I'm complaining.)
Aug. 15th, 2009 09:48 pm (UTC)
she was played by a puppet in Corps Bride
Aug. 15th, 2009 08:42 am (UTC)
James Marsters
Aug. 15th, 2009 08:52 am (UTC)
I love this riddle game..! ^_^

I hope HBO announces soon and that one of them is Carice (since that will mean the series will very probably be aired here in the Netherlands as well)
Aug. 15th, 2009 09:11 am (UTC)
I've got it!
In the absence of an announcement, I'll give you a few more clues. One cast member was played by a puppet.
David Borneaz (I know, that's not how you spell it, is it?) - was turned into a puppet in Angel

Another has been seen wandering a castle exclaiming about roses.
Alan Titchmarsh
A third is too good to be true.
Cliff Richard, obviously
The fourth is the fifth.
Err, Jermaine Jackson?
Esquire thinks one of them is hot.
Megan Fox. I have yet to see a magazine that hasn't declared that Megan Fox is hot.

I would pay a LOT to see this!
Aug. 15th, 2009 09:11 am (UTC)
*wrings hands in suspense*

Will have to wait for it to come out on DVD here in Africa. *sigh*
Aug. 15th, 2009 09:47 am (UTC)
Got to be Alfie Allen, probably as Theon :P
Aug. 15th, 2009 10:42 am (UTC)
This month's Esquire magazine has Gerard Butler (of 'THIS IS SPARTA!' fame) on the cover, though the UK edition has Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter)...
Aug. 15th, 2009 11:20 am (UTC)
The "played by a puppet" part makes me think of Jonathan Hardy and Lani Tupu, who voiced Rygel and Pilot in the show Farscape (Tupu also played Captain Crais). Both are New Zealanders though; did they do a casting search there?

A picture of Hardy: http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/File:Jonathanhardy.jpg

A picture of Tupu: http://farscape.wikia.com/wiki/File:LaniTupu.jpg

Both would probably be excellent for several roles.
Aug. 16th, 2009 02:58 am (UTC)
I thought of these guys too, but only for minor roles and I don't think we're to the point of fleshing out minor roles yet. I think we're still in the major roles process...
Aug. 15th, 2009 11:42 am (UTC)
>>A third is too good to be true.


Aug. 15th, 2009 11:56 am (UTC)
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is Danish (caffee and Danish) played in the TV show "new Amsterdam" (Dutch) who was cancelled. Maybe he is Jamie ??
He played in kingdom of Heaven with Orlando Bloom - Orlando Bloom was co-star with Sean Bean (someting in commun with Eddard) in Lord of the Rings
Aug. 15th, 2009 11:59 am (UTC)
Siege of HBO offices in order?
Personally, I think we should all stage a siege of HBO's main offices and refuse to let them leave until they tell us who has been cast. That definitely falls under freedom of speech or something, right?

Now for a slightly more serious stab at guessing things... could the puppet person be a Muppet? Or a retired Sesame Street character? Or one of the wonderful people from Avenue Q? Or, continuing in the Broadway musical trend, the Lion King? Too good to be true makes me think of someone whose character is perfect, rather than the actor/actress cast for that part. Could it be Sansa? Loras? Tommen and Myrcella seem like nice kids. Fourth is the fifth... while I hold out hope for Jovovich, I wonder if this could refer to an actor/actress who was born fifth in their family? Or is it the fifth Stark child, Rickon? That would certainly fit an unknown child actor. Esquire has a long list of people they think are hot, so I'm not even going to take a stab at that one. However, in reference to the boney pop singer from the previous post, could we see somebody from Spinal Tap? I realize that's about the least likely thing in the world, but I wonder if one of them could be one of the wilder characters?
Aug. 15th, 2009 12:33 pm (UTC)
Ok, were George RR Martin's bitches D:

Im betting on the possibility of the "fifth" being the "fith element". OMG, it would be gorgeous.
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