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Game Of Thrones Casting News: The Mountain That Smiles & A Friend For Arya?

While villages in the UK are busy renaming themselves King’s Landing in anticipation of Game of Thrones’ new season, we’re keeping our ear to the ground on just where the next season will take us. Needless to say (or should that be Needle-less?), if you thought Arya was badass already, a new casting item may mean she’s about to take it up a notch. Find out more, plus a look at our new Mountain after the cut. 

Game of Thrones has had to do a bit up shuffling when it comes to casting of Gregor Clegane, aka The Mountain, through no fault of their own. Originally played by Conan Stevens, replaced for scheduling reasons in season two with Ian Whyte., and missing from Season 3, Season 4 will see actor Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson take on the role for some bigger action than just standing around looking menacing. Anyway, the actor posted a shot of himself on instagram in costume and looking the opposite of menacing.

In other GoT news, according to the eagle eyes at Ours is the Fury, actor Gary Oliver’s CV lists him as playing a “Braavosi Captain” in Season 4. It also says he’ll be in an Alex Graves-directed episode, of which there are four this year, but IMDB places Oliver specifically in episode 10. Our speculation? He’ll be the one who sails Arya away from the main action of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire novels, and into Braavos where she’ll not only become someone else (again) but pick up a new trade. Though if this takes place in episode 10 of Season 4, it would leave a lot of story wide open for Arya’s character, and the captain of the ship is given the name Ternesio Terys in the novels, so it could be someone else entirely but that’s our best guess.

(via The Hollywood Reporter, Observationdeck.io9)

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  • Anonymous

    If that’s their decision, they’re going to have to plot an entire season’s worth of original material for Arya. I’m not sure that works. The point in the book was that, with her family dead, she had nothing left to tie her to Westeros. That doesn’t hold up if she stays in Westeros for a whole season after the Red Wedding.

  • Laszlo

    They left out lots of stuff that happened before the Red Wedding, I guess they can include some of that with a bit of reworking.

  • brokey mcpoverty

    Yeah, there are some pretty character defining chapters for Arya in Storm of Swords before she leaves, it will take many episodes tho to flesh em out tho if she leaves at the end

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  • Aeryl

    I am very excited for this, more time for Arya and Sandor.

    I figured they’d move further into AFFC this season, but ending Arya’s story at that point also works. They skipped over some crucial characters from Arya’s time at Harrenhall, so this gives them time to build up the conflict she will have with them.

    The (new)Mountain looks TOO nice.