Casting is is slowly happening for the second season of HBO‘s Game of Thrones but today we learned Gwendoline Christie has been cast as Brienne, the Maid of Tarth. Unfamiliar with this ass-kicking lady? Here’s here write-up from the Wiki of Ice & Fire,
Brienne Tarth is the only daughter and heiress of Lord Selwyn Tarth of Evenfall Hall; she had three siblings, none of which survived childhood. Larger and stronger than most men, Brienne is a skilled warrior and longs to be a knight. She has an awkward personality, but is also honest and stubborn. She holds a naïvely idealized notion of knighthood despite the insults she receives from many knights, who call her “Brienne the Beauty” to mock her ugliness.
She’s like the Ripley of Westeros, but no where near as sexy as Sigourney Weaver. Not even close. I can’t even count how many times she’s called ugly by everyone who meets her. Even her allies will remark to themselves on how unfortunate her looks are. Kind of twist then that Christie appears to be anything but ugly, but did we really expect HBO to actually cast an ugly actress in the role? This is fantasy.
The 6’3 actress was perfect according to series author, George R.R. Martin,
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. No, when she auditioned, she did not look she does in the photo above. She came in looking… well, like Brienne.
I’ll be really interested to see how she looks as Brienne. More importantly I can’t wait to see Christie kicking men’s asses left and right as they assume she’s a pushover in armor. They soon realize the Maid of Tarth is one hell of a warrior, some even learn this too late.
Season two is set to begin filming some time after Comic-Con, at where I’m sure the full season two cast will be announced. As of now the only other newcomer confirmed in Natalie Dormer as Margaery Tyrell, another tough lady who fights her wars with pleasantries rather than steel.