Show notes – Recorded October 20, 2013
Introducing the hosts, how we first found Game of Thrones, what else we do in our lives…
1. Casting reactions.
Tommen Baratheon (Dean-Charles Chapman, Martyn Lannister, The White Queen)
Interesting to see them recasting from within, Dean-Charles playted Martyn Lannister in season three, one of the hostages that Rickard Karstark murdered as a measure of vengeance. Recasting Tommen older seems like a great idea considering everyone else was originally cast older than their ‘book age’, and also will help to mitigate some of the “icky” that is upcoming in season four.
Gregor Clegane (Thor Bjornsson, 3rd place world’s strongest man 2012)
Trivia: Thor is twenty years younger than the actor who plays Sandor Celgane, Gregor’s younger brother!
Replaces Ian Whyte, who was a recasting for season two, and did not appear at all in season three.
Daario Naharis (Michael Huisman, Treme, Nashville)
Replaces Ed Skrein as Daario, after the former was only on the show for only three episodes in season three.
I personally liked Ed Skrein as Daario, he had a really great cokiness, and he had an interesting chemistry with Dany in the few scenes they shared. I’m open minded, but now that I have a picture in my head of what Daario ‘should’ look like, this could be the most extreme change for me. Worried
Bloodraven (Struan Rodger, Law and Order UK, The Madness of King George)
The Three Eyed Raven. This character shouldn’t appear in the show until late in this season, as Bran and the Reeds have a long road ahead of them until they meet him.
Hizdahr zo Loraq (Joel Fry, Plebs)
Hizdahr is a pretty important character in the Essos plot, and while I don’t expect we’ll see him until the end of the season, I think this young actor could really give a pretty nice edge to a character that ends up playing a pretty big role in the Danaerys storyline this season.
Tycho Nestorius (Mark Gatiss, Sherlock)
Tycho Nestorius is a representative of the Iron Bank of Braavos, the financial institution to which the Iron Throne is heavily indebted. This is a character that doesn’t appear in the books until much later than season four appears to delve.
Mace Tyrell (Roger Ashton Griffiths, Gangs of New York, The Tudors)
I feel that this actor will be able to portray bumbling Mace Tyrell effectively. And while the character is a war character ultimately, this aspect of the man is less important than his political mismaneuverings.
Oberyn Martell (Pedro Pascal, Burn Notice, Graceland)
Oberyn Martell, aka the Red Viper is one of the most important characters to be introduced in season four. He comes to Kings Landing with a sole mission – vengeance for the murder of his elder sister, Elia Martell, wife of Rhaegar Targaryen, during the sack of Kings Landing. Pascal has been the source of much internet despair due to his light-skinned appearance and latin heritage.
Ellaria Sand (Indira Varma, Rome, Bones, Human Target)
I saw her on Human Target, Season two a few yrears ago. She was pretty good, despite the fact that her character wasn’t particularly useful or well written. As Ellaria Sand I have a feeling she could provide the right balance to the Red Viper’s intensity. The interesting thing is that she is an actrress of Indian descent, which is actually closer to the ‘internet’ perspective on how the Dornish should appear… interested to see how she and Pascal look beside one another
2. GoT Bad Lip Reading!
3. GRRM Speaks! On Season Four and Beyond!
GRRM discusses the show and its divergence from the books growing more and more apparent as Season four approaches. He discusses the butterfly effect of a few choices that the producers made earlier in the show (writing Garlan and Willas out of the show, cutting out Marillon’s tongue), he states straight up that the books are his, and the show belongs to Benihoff and Weiss.
He mentions he has anxiety about the show getting to the point where it meets up with the books, he compares it to being bound on a train track and seeing the smoke in the distance. Even if he can’t see the train, he knows it is coming.
He mentioned the POV characters he had selected from the start of the series and how he might have done something differently. He feels now as though it would have made sense for Robb to be a POV character.