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HBO Confirms It Will Go On Without George R.R. Martin, Plus a 'GoT' Casting Rumor that Includes an Oscar Nominee

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | July 14, 2014 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | July 14, 2014 |

Our own Joanna Robinson (Hi Joanna!) over on Vanity Fair actually went with the “Did an Oscar Nominee Just Land the Role of Your New Favorite Badass?” angle for this casting rumor, which sounds a much sexier than “Keisha Castle-Hughes, who maybe only a few of you remember from Whale Rider, is rumored to be up for the role of one of the Sand Snakes, i.e., one of The Red Vipers’ bastard daughters.

Castle-Hughes really was awesome in that movie, though. Then she made Nativity and that was basically the end of her movie career (it also appears that she and her family had a lot of tabloid-y struggles in New Zealand during the last eight or nine years).

Anyway, those bastard Sand daughters — as we’ve been learning — will be a very big part of season five of Game of Thrones, as the action moves to Dorne. Joanna is speculating that the character — think “Arya meets Brienne meets Oberyn Martell’ — could be Obara Martell. She also writes extensively about potential spoilers in that casting, but I didn’t read that part because I would like to remain spoiler-free at least until season five starts (book readers, feel free to do so).

Meanwhile, to no one’s real surprise, HBO has confirmed that it will move ahead with Game of Thrones whether or not George R.R. Martin is caught up or not. From the NYDaily News:

HBO programming president Michael Lombardo assured TV critics here that even if Martin hasn’t finished it by the end of next season, the show will go on.

“Obviously George is an integral part of the creative team,” said Lombardo. “With respect to next season, every move is being choreographed very closely with him.

“After next year, we will have to figure it out with George if his book’s not finished. But we’re in conversations with him. We’re not concerned.”

It’s nice that HBO is not concerned because EVERYONE ELSE ON THE PLANET IS, especially those book readers who will lose the ability to LORD THEIR KNOWLEDGE OVER OUR HEADS.

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