Have I mentioned that I am dying for the second season of HBO’s adaptation of A Song Of Ice And Fire to start? Well, I am. As you all know, I adored the first season of “Game Of Thrones,” and am patiently waiting for it to kick up again, even though it won’t be until next year (ugh). But there’s been a flurry of casting news about the second season, which will be based on George R.R. Martin’s second novel, A Clash Of Kings, and I figured I’d catch y’all up.
The following is the confirmed list of new characters and the actors who will play them. If you’re one of those who haven’t read the books, you’ll be confused. If you have, well, tell me what you think while doing your best not to give anything major away.
Oona Chaplin (who is actually the granddaughter of Charlie Chaplin): Jeyne Westerling
Liam Cunningham: Ser Davos Seaworth
Stephen Dillane: Stannis Baratheon
Natalie Dormer: Margaery Tyrell
Hannah Murray: Gilly
Gemma Whelan: Yara Greyjoy (called Asha in the books, but the writers didn’t want viewers to confuse her with Osha — dumb, I know)
Carice van Houten: Melisandre of Asshai
Gwendoline Christie (who is, for those curious, 6’3”): Brienne of Tarth
Robert Pugh: Craster
Michael McElhatton: Roose Bolton
Daniel Portman: Podrick Payne
Ian Hanmore: Pyat Pree