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'Game of Thrones' Casts Role of Brienne, George R.R. Martin Delivers 'Blackwater' Script

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jul 8th 2011 6:05AM
Gwendoline Christie and Polly BorlandAll the pieces are falling into place for 'Game of Thrones' Season 2 ... More exciting news for fans as author George R.R. Martin makes two big announcements.

The fan favorite role of Brienne, Maid of Tarth has been cast. And, he's delivered the first draft of his 'Blackwater' episode to producers.

British actress Gwendoline Christie snagged the coveted role of Brienne after nailing her audition.

Martin had earlier given fans a teaser as to the identity of the actress, writing in his online journal that: "The she-wolf of France has stormed the barbican. The Aussie turned her into a bunny."

Martin said "This was another one of those cases where there was hardly any debate. The day the first batch of auditions went up for the role, we looked at a dozen actresses who were reading for Brienne and one actress who WAS Brienne."

"Gwendoline gave a great reading, and her look was just perfect," he added. The 6'3" actress "came in looking ... well, like Brienne."

And as for Martin's clues? "Christie played in a music video called DAMARIS, which includes a song about Isabelle, the She-Wolf of France (wife of King Edward II, for the history nerds out there), and played in Shakespeare's CYMBELINE at the Barbican theatre. She also posed for Australian photographer Polly Borland for a show called 'Bunny.'"

Brienne is one tough woman. Skilled with a sword she serves late King Robert's brother Renly Baratheon and longs for a knighthood. She's described as a large and piggish-looking woman with an awkward personality who's mocked as "Brienne the Beauty."

According to Martin, "Gwendoline will be a great Brienne. It's a thrill to have her join the cast."

Production on Season 2 of 'Game of Thrones' is slated to being at the end of July and the casting directors have been working overtime to fill roles. Natalie Dormer's already confirmed as Margaery Tyrell, and Christopher Eccleston is rumored to be thinking about strapping on Stannis Baratheon's armor.

In a tantalizing glimpse of what we can expect in Season 2, Martin revealed that he's finished the first draft of his pivotal 'Blackwater' episode.

"I delivered the first draft of 'Blackwater' ... (Finally) A bit overdue, as always. And probably too long and long expensive, as my scripts always are. (I got to write the Battle of the Blackwater. I tried to be good and restrain myself, but you know how things go. Oh, well. I knew the job was dangerous when I took it).

"This is television ... (no, it's not TV, it's HBO) ... so there will undoubtedly be many further drafts and revisions. But the first draft is the hard one."

Are you now even more excited for Season 2?! Stay tuned for more updates.

And please, please: No spoilers in 'Comments' about what happens in the books beyond the story lines we saw in Season 1.

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Game of Thrones is the best show made for television. EVER.

July 14 2011 at 11:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Interesting choice. I know that Christie and the Dutch actress Eva Damen were in contention for this part but Christie is taller and has more acting experience. So far the casting for GoT has been spot on so I am sure this is an other example. Look foreard to S2.

July 08 2011 at 7:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Apparently a British actress named Gemma Whelen has been cast as 'Yara' Greyjoy, a renamed version of the character of Asha Greyjoy from the books. Still waiting for HBO to confirm that though :-)

July 08 2011 at 6:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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