Son of the Queen of Thorns, Lady Olenna, father to Loras and Margaery, and head of the House Tyrell. He’s a big man, both figuratively and literally, and a big man is needed to fill the role. Look no further than Roger Ashton-Griffiths, an actor you probably recognize immediately but can’t quite place. That’s because he’s in virtually everything, from Brazil to King Ralph to A Knight’s Tale to Gangs of New York. And those are only his more high profile, film roles, he’s also appeared on dozens upon dozens of British television shows. So, y’know, this guy’s no amateur.
It’s simply another triumph in casting for HBO‘s Game of Thrones. Author George R.R. Martin made the announcement on his blog, Not a Blog, yesterday afternoon,
He’s a father, he’s a son. He’s been a bishop, a cardinal, a prior, a friar, a vicar, a knight, a lord, a mayor, a director. There’s one born every minute, but by any other name he’d smell as sweet. Yes, it’s the fine British character actor Roger Ashton-Griffiths, who has been cast in the role of Mace Tyrell, son to the Queen of Thorns, and father of Loras and Margaery.
With every new role cast for Season 4, the more excited I am. To bring you up to date we have: Pedro Pascal as The Red Viper, Indira Varman as Ellaria Sand, and Mark Gatiss in some mystery role. I know many of you solely-TV viewers can’t imagine it, but where the story goes from here is even more epic than where we left everyone in Season 3. And these characters, especially those from Dorne, will be a big part of the coming excitement. What do you think of all this recent casting?