All hail the King-Beyond-the-Wall! HBO‘s Game of Thrones has found their Mance Rayder. Yes, in a land like Westeros with already more kings than it has thrones there’s another Your Highness running around. Though, if you were to meet Mance Rayder, king is hardly the word that’d come to mind. Author George R.R. Martin describes Mance as, “an ordinary-looking man with a broad chest and long, greying hair.” Born a wilding but given to the Night’s Watch, Mance was one of their best rangers, before he became frustrated with their strict rules and traditions and fled the order. Mance returns, heralded as the champion of the wildlings and reunites several of the tribes into one massive army. We got a glimpse of that army at the end of season two when Jon Snow “betrayed” his brothers and “turned traitor.”
So who have they cast as the wildling’s king? The quite regal-looking Ciarán Hinds probably best known for portraying Julius Caesar on HBO’s Rome. All right, so at first glance Hinds doesn’t fit with my image of Mance Rayder but I’ve be assured the man’s got the acting chops for the job. Plus, I have complete faith in the Game of Thrones team, I don’t believe they’ve casted a role poorly yet. And matching the book’s description isn’t paramount to casting the right actor. Take Ian Glenn for instance, he’s looks nothing like the burly, hairy Jorah Mormont described in the books but I couldn’t imagine a better actor for the role.
What do you guys think of Hinds casting as Mance? And of all the new faces coming in season three - Clive Russel as Brynden “Blackfish” Tully, Nathalie Emmanuel as Missandei, Mackenzie Crook as Orell, Kerry Ingram as Shireen Baratheon, Thomas Brodie-Sangster as Jojen Reed, Ellie Kendrick as Meera Reed, Richard Dormer as Beric Dondarrion, Paul Kaye as Thoros of Myr, Dianna Rigg as Olenna Tyrell – who are you most excited for?
Source: Screen Rant