Casting for the second season of Game of Thrones is well underway– and a good thing, too, since a second season has been in the works since the airing of the show’s very first episode. This season will cover the second book of the series, A Clash of Kings, and has a whole bunch of new characters to get to know. Among them are Margaery Tyrell, the sister of Ser Loras “Knight of Flowers” Tyrell, who will be played by The Tudors actress Natalie Dormer, and Brienne of Tarth, an exceptionally tall warrior maid who will be played by the 6’3″ (you heard me: 6 foot three!) actress Gwendoline Christie. There are still plenty of roles left to fill, though; here’s who we’d like to see join the cast:
Stannis Baratheon: Christopher Eccleston
Robert’s brother Stannis is technically the true heir to the throne of Westeros, since Joffrey isn’t Robert’s and Renly is the youngest of the three brothers. This is the primary reason Ned was trying so hard to win support for Stannis. Unfortunately, the middle Baratheon brother also happens to be a pretty unpleasant guy with no sense of humor who is unlikely to inspire much loyalty. He has a tendency to get bent out of shape about anything he perceives as an insult, and he doesn’t forgive or forget anything (there’s a reason everyone would rather have Renly on the throne: He’s just so much more likeable). Stannis a bit of a dark horse, though; he’s known for being an excellent naval commander, so there’s a possibility that he might make a good, if not wildly popular, king. Christopher Eccleston is rumored to be in talks for a role in Game of Thrones; if the rumors are true, he’d make a superb Stannis. Eccleston is probably most well-known to American audiences as Claude the Invisible Man from the first season of Heroes, but he’s widely known in geekdom for his brief yet glorious season as the 9th Doctor on Doctor Who.
Melisandre: Christina Hendricks
There are many different religions warring for a place in Westeros, and Melisandre, often referred to as the Red Lady, is a high priestess of one of them. She worships R’hllor, the Lord of Light, which doesn’t make her that popular with most people. Stannis adores her, though, and she quickly converts him to the faith. Melisandre always dresses in red and has red eyes, so gee, that doesn’t sound evil at all, does it? Anyway, she’s also capable of great power– she has magic at her disposal and can see into the future. If Christina Hendricks is available while Mad Men is on hiatus, someone should call her up and book her for Melisandre, stat.
Ser Davos Seaworth: Tony Curran Mark Sheppard
One of Stannis’ most trusted advisers, Davos wasn’t always a knight. Nor was he upper class. In fact, he was once a lowly smuggler. Stannis knighted him and gave him a keep of his own after Davos managed to smuggle in a whole bunch of food to Stannis’ besieged castle– but not before taking a joint off of four of Davos’ fingers as payment for his past crimes. The food Davos smuggled in included a bunch of onions, giving him a nickname: The Onion Knight. Davos is one of many knights with lower class backgrounds roaming around Westeros, but unlike, say, the Mountain and the Hound, he’s got a sense of honor and justice that most of the others seem to lack. He’s fascinating character with a tough journey ahead of him. I’ve been hearing rumors that Tony Curran (left), who you probably saw (or rather, didn’t see) as the Invisible Man in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, is up for a role this season; I’d cast him as Davos if that’s the case. Though maybe Mark Sheppard (right)– our good pal Badger from Firefly would make a good Davos as well…