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Are you getting sick of the slow trickle of casting for the upcoming and highly anticipated sophomore season of HBO's Game of Thrones? Well, too bad because I find every little piece of casting to be of great interest, mostly because I'm two books ahead of the show and these characters actually mean something to me. Don't worry, for those less interested in casting details I've also included a rad 'RPG' version of the show that's definitely worth a watch.
First up, the casting news. Just two days past we got word of who would fill the roles of Theon Greyjoy's older sister Asha (to be referred to as Yara in the series to avoid any name confusion) and Xaro Xhoan Daxos and this was right on the heels of the previous week's news of Brienne of Tarth, Stannis Baratheon, Melisandre and Davos Seaworth and Margaery Tyrell.
Yes, these are just random, funny sounding names to the uninitiated, but for those slightly ahead of schedule, they are important, engaging and, in some cases, even likable characters... Don't worry, when they make their television debut, you will also start to care about or hate them. And another one of these minor but incredibly intriguing characters has just been cast.
According to Winter-is-Coming.net (and confirmed by THR), "the part of Jaqen H’ghar will be filled by German actor Tom Wlaschiha." H'ghar is one of the more enigmatic characters to enter the series in the second book and ultimately figures in prominently in the Arya Stark narrative. We first meet Jaqen, a Lorathi criminal, while Arya is on her trek to the wall with Yoren of the Night's Watch and then... HBO describes the character as,
...sly, enigmatic, and a dangerous criminal, part of Yoren’s group of recruits taken from King's Landing to join the Night's Watch. A foreigner from the Free Cities, he speaks broken English. Seductive, charming, and very dangerous.
Tom Wlaschiha is relatively unknown to American audiences but you may have seen him in Enemy at the Gates, Munich and Valkyrie. He sure looks the part (once they slap on his famous two-toned long hair-do) and I'm excited to see what he'll bring to the small but important role.
Oh, yes. I almost forgot about the fun part of the post. Here's a rad video that the people at CollegeHumor put together... The Game of Thrones RPG. Yes, it's amazing.
Game of Thrones will return to HBO Sundays for Season 2 in the spring of 2012.