HBO's newest hit, Game of Thrones, is in the beginning stages of shooting its second season. The show, an adaptation of George R.R. Martin's acclaimed "A Song of Ice and Fire" fantasy novels, had a tremendously successful first season, and with a show where no one is safe, casting is an ongoing process. HBO just added another big piece, as well as a small one, of season two's narrative pie.

Over the past month or two we've been getting a steady stream of Game of Thrones Season 2 updates (despite the lengthy title, I hope they dub the second series Game of Thrones: A Clash of Kings) with most of the major players being cast: Melisandre (Carice van Houten), Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane), Davos Seaworth (Liam Cunningham), Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie), and Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer).

However, a fairly significant character, Theon Greyjoy's older sister Asha (changed to Yara for the series to avoid character confusion...Osha -- Asha) had yet to be announced, until today. HBOWatch broke the casting news, stating that "Gemma Whelan has been cast as Theon Greyjoy's bold and brave older sister, Asha, in HBO's fantasy series." You probably haven't seen Whelan in much, but she did have bit parts in The Wolfman and Gulliver's Travels, and she definitely looks the part.

The HBO blog just updated the article with another casting announcement, this time a minor but still important character in the Daenerys storyline across the Narrow Sea. According to HBOWatch, "Xaro Xhoan Daxos, a merchant prince of Qarth who provides shelter and guidance to Daenerys, will be played by British actor Nonso Anozie." Anozie can be seen in Guy Ritchie's RocknRolla, Joe Wright's Atonement, and the upcoming Conan the Barbarian (maybe his link with Khal Drogo/Conan/Jason Momoa helped land this part).

Everybody's obviously anticipating the show's return in March 2012, and having just finished Storm of Swords, I can't wait to see some of the craziness unfold on the small screen.

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