Finally, 'Game Of Thrones' Casts A "Mountain" That Lives Up To The Name

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Finally, 'Game Of Thrones' Casts A "Mountain" That Lives Up To The Name

By Joanna Robinson | Trade News | October 11, 2013 | Comments ()

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As we mentioned a few weeks back, Game Of Thrones is not too shy about recasting characters. And the character of Gregor Clegane has been recast not once, but twice now. I’m not at all bothered for two reasons. 1) The new actor’s name is amazing. Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson?!? He sounds like an armored bear. 2) They finally found an actor who lives up to the name “Mountain.” Not that Conan Stevens (Season 1) and Ian Whyte (Season 2) were tiny. But this man. Jaysus. Clegane has much Martell-related business to do in this upcoming season, so I’m glad to see they upgraded.


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  • Mrcreosote

    Oh, look it's Cersi and the Mountain having a nice laugh. The pile of innocent mangled bodies must have been cropped out.

  • Barry

    Dude looks like Will Sasso's big brother, and that's saying something because even "skinny" Sasso ain't tiny by any stretch.

    Good Lord.

  • GAH. I feel sexually attracted to The Mountain (SO. BIG.) and I can't reconcile it with the character and now my brain is broken.

  • This is where I am.

    Trusting that the powers that be at HBO will make him appropriately menancing, and not so much with the "let's give new meaning to 'The Mountain That Rides'"

  • e jerry powell

    I'm hoping that the powers that be at HBO will make him inappropriately naked.

  • RockyJohan

    ehm, you mean a
    panserbjørne right?

  • manting

    stop fucking recasting characters! Its about the only fault in the show but its still annoying.

  • Shawn

    Conan Stevens left bc of spartacus and the hobbit. Ian was tall and skinny like a stick. Thank goodness the mountain was recast.

  • Walt Jr

    I want one of those. On a leash. Where is it available for purchase please?

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Um, awesome. Please tell me he comes from the World's Strongest Man competition.

  • Billybob

    Possible transliteration of his first name: Half-Thor.

    Let's stand him next to Chris Hemsworth and judge for ourselves.

  • aj

    Actually it means Sea - Thor (Haf = sea/ocean)

  • Bert_McGurt

    With a name like that, he must be Icelandic...

    /checks Wikipedia

    Oh, 2-time winner of Iceland's Strongest man, you say? 3rd place in the World's Strongest Man two years running? Shocking.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    YES. I hadn't read the comments when I posted. I'm so excited.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Seriously?! That was my first thought when I saw him, "He looks like one of those Icelandic guys from the World's Strongest Man competition." I have got to get out more.

  • Bert_McGurt

    I love that you know World's Strongest Man. They have the BEST events in that tournament (see also: lumberjack competitions).

  • e jerry powell

    Nope. The best event would be each of them carrying my fat ass from the kitchen table to the refrigerator.

    Shut up. It's MY world.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I stayed at a hotel once where a Strongest Man competition was going on. I saw a guy in the elevator with three pizza boxes and I thought: I bet those are all for him.

  • e jerry powell

    See, I like a man like that. Makes me seem downright dainty eating only one pizza.

  • Mrs. Julien

    I'm even bigger on American Ninja Warrior.

    I enjoy watching men being testosterrific. Ninja Warrior, Strongest Man, lumberjacks, SURFING, extreme sports. No organized sports though. Yawn.

  • Bert_McGurt

    Of course you do. How silly of me!

  • Blake

    It's odd seeing Cersei look genuinely happy...

  • F'mal DeHyde

    She was very grim in The Sarah Connor Chronicles too but she's always smiling and lovely in candid photos. I bet she's a blast to hang out with.

  • Marc Greene

    I still think Conan Stevens will be missed. He's 7'1", while Halfthor is 6'9" for scale. Maybe just have Conan and Halfthor battle it out for most manly name...

  • Judge_Snyder

    Yeah. He's not an awful lot taller than Rory McCann. The Mountain needs to tower over everyone else in the room, not marginally top.

    Should have brought Stevens back, big though this new guy is.

  • e jerry powell

    That first shot, bitch needs to eat a sandwich.

  • Marc Greene

    ...more like a whole deli

  • Fredo

    Still busy with The Hobbit, no doubt.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Is it just me or is that a serious case of steroid face?

  • Marc Greene

    Sounds appropriate for the Mountain's disposition right? Halfthor looks like a kindly giant who loves rabbits.

  • Mrs. Julien

    So he's Lenny with a broadsword? Someone should warn Cersei, she looks very soft and huggable. You know what? Never mind.

  • SlurpyDurp

    Chris Pratt is really taking this fitness thing seriously...

  • TK

    Holy Christ. That looks like a normal sized (albeit well-built) guy playing with a Cersei Lannister doll. That is fucking nuts.

  • phofascinating

    It's like someone took a picture of a beefy man and pulled the corner to expand it.

  • bastich

    So where would one find a Cersei Lannister doll?

    It's Christmas gift...yeah, that's the ticket....

  • zeke_the_pig

    Double that order please

  • e jerry powell

    I'm'on' send him a ME doll to play with.

  • Sherry

    He's perfect save for one thing. I don't think the Mountain knows how to smile. And this man's is lovely.

  • e jerry powell


    Oh dear.


  • PDamian

    Like the fist of an angry god, I would.

  • Mrs. Julien

    I think he might actually be the fist.

  • bastich

    Fainting couch, stat!

  • Mrs. Julien

    Mind the antimacassars. They stain so easily.

  • e jerry powell

    You think I'm gonna have anything around that's not Scotchgarded?

    Woman, Vivienne is TWO!

  • Mrs. Julien

    Are you okay? It's a lot to take in.

  • e jerry powell

    Girl, you have to watch out for those dangerous double entendres...

  • Mrs. Julien

    What makes you think it was unintentional?

  • e jerry powell

    Because it's YOU.

  • Dita Svelte

    The giant is using a naturopathic Westeros crystal deodorant based on Walter White's recipe, and Cersei is tripping balls on the fumes.

  • Laura

    Lena Headey is like 5'5", so how tall is this guy? 7'?

  • Marc Greene

    The first two Mountains were 7'1"

  • Vanessa
  • Tinkerville

    Holy wow. I wouldn't mind taking Cersei's place in that picture there.

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