In addition to it being announced that two season one cast members will be returning for American Horror Story: Coven, a few hints were dropped about the show’s third season at the Television Critics Association press tour this week. I literally just cheered at my computer finding out one about this so let’s run through the news shall we.
Returning cast members
Can we all just take a moment to gaze at that picture? As I said way back in my first speculating post about AHS: Coven, I was hoping Alexandra Breckenridge, who played Young Moira in Murder House and did not appear in Asylum, would be back. Ryan Murphy announced on Twitter Aug. 2 that she will be back. I am super excited. Aside from my shallow reasons, I always liked Young Moira. Unlike the ridiculously attractive characters of Leo and Teresa in season two, Young Moira actually served a purpose in season one. She acted as Francis Conroy’s sexy superpower and Alexandra Breckenridge played an awesome sexy and she knew it, but also a trapped cynical character. I’m glad she’s back.
So, Evan Peters isn’t going to be the only guy on the show. As much I am still hoping for a lesbian theme, — and hey the show just added another hot 20-something — there has to be men on this show somewhere. Denis O’Hare played a good creep as Larry in season one and creepy is good for a horror show. I’m not overly excited about this but it’s still cool.
Coven plot points
Ryan Murphy hinted that there would be real horror in this season and that was confirmed this week. Newcomer Kathy Bates will be playing Madame LaLurie, who as a real Louisiana serial killer, who liked to bound her slaves. Fellow newcomer Angela Bassett will be playing real voodoo expert Marie Laveau. Both of those characters are from the past, which sounds like it is going to be separate from the witches in the present-day New Orleans I’m guessing because that is where filming is happening.
Those witches will be Jessica Lange playing Fiona and Sarah Paulson playing her daughter Cordelia. All of their interactions last season were amazing and I’m assuming this seems they are going to get quite a few season together. These two have pretty good on-screen chemistry so hopefully that doesn’t make it weird. I have faith that they can act around it. Unless the show creates a way for the characters in the present to interact with those in the past, the show has taken out the possibility of Jessica Lange and Kathy Bates having any scenes together, which seems like a weird choice.
Executive Producer TIm Minear said the season is going to have a strong theme of oppression of minorities — probably racial and Wiccan but that could mean gay — and feminism — duh, Orange is the New Black is probably the only show that has more chick characters than this season is going to.
With that said, there will also be witches fleeing from Salem to the South, who it seems like are going to be different than Jessica Lange and Sarah Paulson’s witches. So far, those witches could be played by returners Francis Conroy, Lily Rabe, Naomi Grossman, Taissa Farmiga — who is apparently in a Romeo and Juliet style romance with Evan Peter — or newcomers Emma Roberts, Gabourey Sidibe or Patti LuPone.
Alexandra Breckenridge is returning and Jessica Lange and Sarah Pauison are being mother and daughter. I’m happy. Can it be October yet?
When I did that last post, I was mostly going off fan speculation about season three of American Horror Story. Far more has been confirmed now but we still do not have a full picture to what the third season will look like.
Good call, fandom.
Before AHS: Asylum even ended people were talking about season three being witches. Well, Ryan Murphy finally confirmed that it is witches. It will be called American Horror Story: Coven. The season will also take place in three places throughout the country that have seen real horror. So, far all we know is New Orleans. But, the show will be filming on location for the first time and production has already started in New Orleans. Apparently, there is still going to be story lines in the present and past, which sounds pretty cool to me.
New cast members
We’re in the south. Might as well get an awesome actress with a southern accent.
I haven’t really seen her in that much since she was in terrible kids’ movies and shows that my little sisters used to watch. But, I’m sure she is better now and it will be good to have another teen-aged or early twenty-something character.
I think the show is just getting every great female actress it can.
I can’t really comment on these two because I have not seen anything they have been in. But, unknowns/unknowns to me is always fun and the fandom seemed excited about them.
So far the confirmed cast members for season three are new members Kathy Bates, Emma Roberts, Gabourey Sidibe, Angela Bassett, Patti LuPone and returning members Jessica Lange, Francis Conroy, Lily Rabe, Sarah Paulson, Taissa Farmiga, Naomi Grossman … and Evan Peters.
Taissa Farmiga and Evan Peters will be playing a young couple again, who are in a star-crossed Romeo and Juliet like romance, according to Murphy. With this many female characters this coven of witches has to be either celibate or lesbians.
I’m hoping for lesbians and let me explain why I think Murphy should take that path. Yes, it is a little Willow and Tara-ish. But Buffy ended 10 years ago, I think we can have lesbian witches without it being a copy-cat move. AHS has had gay couples in every season but both times they have either been in a failing relationship — Pat and Chad — or one of them was brutally murdered in episode two — Lana and Wendy — while the straight couples both important and not get to have their entire relationship played out and have sometimes unnecessary sex scenes — Leo and Theresa’s entire existence.
I did like everything that was done with Lana’s story line last season and the level of horror that was added to the plot just because the year was 1964. But, let’s have a magical power couple in this season. Or a fighting ex-couple? Apparently, Jessica Lange and Kathy Bates’ characters used to be on the same side then one switched over. Francis Conroy is going to be playing a bigger role this season, maybe she replaced Kathy Bates as Jessica Lange’s girlfriend or go along with that sadly debunked rumor and make it Sarah Paulson. I’m starting to dream speculate here, let’s switch gears.
You have to be back, right?
There are two people I would like to put in this category: Zachary Quinto and Dylan McDermott. Now as much as I would like a lesbian theme, AHS wouldn’t be the same without its two leading not-Evan-Peters men. These guys both stepped up the creepy last season playing Bloody Face and the Son of Bloody Face and this is a horror show so creepy is needed. But maybe these guys are taking the Dylan McDermott and Francis Conroy path from last season and will go unconfirmed until they just randomly pop up halfway through the season.
American Horror Story: Coven doesn’t have a set premiere date yet, but it is usually in early October on FX.
I’m glad I caught back up with Game of Thrones right when everything started to go crazy and get really good. I had not been as disciplined about watching season three as I had been with two when it was on. I have read all the books now and for a while I wasn’t that interested in it because I already now what going to happen. Now I’m not like one of these people.
But, I was getting a little annoyed with some stuff. Yes, Robb please go on more about how much you love your wife. I’m sure you will all be happy when the war is over. But there was one scene in particular that made me realize I wanted to see everything happen on the show.
Yeah it was Daenerys taking the Unsullied. Now everything I enjoyed so much in “A Storm of Swords” is happening and I’m all excited about the show again. This is pretty much my thoughts on what has happened from “Dark Wings, Dark Words” to “The Bear and the Maiden Fair.”
The Mother’s Camp
After being underestimated as a stupid Westrosi whore, Daenerys proved to Astapor and now to Yunkai that she really is the last Targaryen. She now has an army of 8,000 Unsullied and is making her way to freeing even more slavers in Yunkai. The dragons have gotten even bigger and scarier–and must be blowing the CGI budget. I liked how everything was with Dany’s story line in the books and it is staying pretty much the same. She should be meeting Daario in the next episode and the first real battle is growing closer. I like it. And Jorah and Barristan’s pissing constant has been awesome.
Robb has been doing far less fighting and more sitting in awkward family meetings and sleeping with his wife. Edmure and the Blackfish have been perfect. The introduction to Edmure being unable to hit his father’s coffin with an arrow was an excellent way to show us, he is not ready to be the lord of Riverrun. The Freys have been awkward and still make me feel nervous. Robb hit a Dany level of intense with how he dealt with the traitors. My only problem is that Talisa had gotten more nudity than Catelyn has lines.
Jon and Ygritte might be the cutest couple this show has ever seen. The show is doing an even better job than the books with explaining what it all means. As Ygritte said Mance does care about her and the Night’s Watch doesn’t care about him, all the have is each other. So, they follow along over the Wall and through Gift with the intent of attacking Castle Black. I think it was in Happy Place’s Facebook recap where there was a picture of them kissing on top of the Wall with the comment, “well it’s all downhill from here.” And it’s going to be so sad.
The Night’s Watch
The Night’s Watch drug themselves from the Fist to Craster’s Keep only for Rast and a few others to lead a mutiny and kill the Lord Commander. Sam grabbed Gilly and got the Seven Hells out of there. He then sang a song that didn’t seem so awkward in the books for some reason and plans to take her to Castle Black with him.
Bran and company
Bran and the newly added Reeds haven’t gotten much screen time. So far Jojen has scary looking dreams, Bran has more powers than he originally thought and Meera and Osha are too busy trying to out badass each other. And Hodor and Rickon are there.
Selyse is crazy. Stannis is awkward. Davos is still in the dungeon. And Shireen is the cutest kid in the Seven Kingdoms.
The Brotherhood without Banners
I’m a little mad I missed the Twitter explosion caused by the “my lady-milday” line. But, I’ll set my shipping aside for a moment. The Hound killed Beric only for Thros to bring him back to life for the fifth or sixth time. Gendry joined the Brotherhood as their blacksmith only for his season one story line of being King Robert’s son to be discovered by Melisandre. She needs King’s blood to give to the lord of light for Stannis. They replaced Edric Storm with Gendry. I like it. Ayra escaped the Brotherhood only to fall into the hands of the Hound. She got some awesome foreshadowing from Melisandre though, who said she will kill people with many different colored eyes.
My favorite thing that is happening in King’s Island right now is the marriage pentagon that Cersei, Loras, Tyrion, Sansa and Shae are caught in. That and Sansa utter lack of gaydar. The groan worthy conversations between Cersei and Tyrion have been kept up with the awesome zing offs from last season. Shae has been playing Shae the funny whore a lot. Speaking of whores, I would like to take a moment of silence for Ros’ unexpected murder at the hands of Joffrey. The show is not being shy about his evilness.
I’m still trying to figure out why Garlan and Willas Tyrell were eliminated as characters, making Loras the heir to Highgarden. I wonder if that is going to effect him becoming a member of the King’s Guard.
Jaime and Brienne
Staring from the moment they fought before being capture, these two have become my favorite characters– book and show. Jaime still acts arrogant and cocky, while still trying to protect Brienne, up until the moment his hand is cut off. The bath scene made me cry and Jaime jumping into the bear pit to save Brienne was just as epic as I always imagined it. I wish they would have kept in the virgin joke though. I can’t wait to see how the show does their relationship from this point forward.
Season two of American Horror Story is over and talks of season three started the moment the madness ended, if not before. A couple of cast members have confirmed they will be back, but we still don’t have word on all of them. Also, Ryan Murphy has only given a few hints about what the plot will be. So, let’s talk casting and speculation. Enjoy.
Show creator Ryan Murphy will not say what season three will be about but he has dropped a lot of hints, such as “evil glamour,” a place that has seen “real horror” and the setting being three different cities throughout the country. Those hints have landed the fandom on a witches theme in modern-day Salem, Massachusetts. Murphy said the season will have a historical element but will be set in the present. I don’t know if I like this theory or not but it would be interesting to see. Witches is a pretty common theme so seeing Murphy’s take on it would be cool.
Most of my interest is toward the three different cities thing. Both seasons were focused around one location and its past and present residents. Maybe Salem and two other places with historical witchcraft or magic activity? Having two seasons in a row set in Massachusetts might be a little much, but if they can bring back the accents I’m down.
Murphy also said there will be a young romance aspect. I never really liked Violet (Taissa Farmiga) and Tate (Evan Peters) in season one, but romance is always good and it was sort of lacking last season. Taissa Farmiga will be back and playing half of the romance. Evan Peters is the only confirmed male cast member so far, so everyone is assuming he will be playing the other half.
I don’t want to jump to that conclusion just yet. He might be the only cast member to fit the age range to be with 19-year-old Taissa Flemnga but maybe someone new will come along. With the gay couples, Chad and Pat in season one and Lana and Wendy in season two, never getting much couple time together I hoping for a gay romance, which would almost guarantee a new cast member because none of the women are close to 19. And lesbian witches has been done before, but so far there is only going to be one guy on this show so why not?
Did they actually need to confirm this? It’s Jessica Lange. Of course, she will be back. I don’t think this show would work without her. After playing the crazy, sort of villain of Constance in season one and the villain-turned-hero Sister Jude in season two, the show could do anything with Jessica Lange in season three and it would work. Both characters turned into fan favorites even if we were supposed to not like them. I even found early, evil Sister Jude likable and kind of funny. My guess is that her character is someone who seems evil and that we are supposed to hate but by the end of the season will be terrified that she might die. But for AHS to get away from the “you can’t kill off Jessica Lange” audience assumption, it might be good to have her die shortly before the season finale.
Sarah Paulson has an interesting place in the realm of AHS cast members. When season two started, I knew she was a returning member but I couldn’t remember who she played. After looking it up and reminding myself, “oh the medium chick,” I thought it seemed like a random person to give a major role to. Now, Sarah Paulson is up in top three actors on the show. Like most of the minor roles in season one Billie Dean was pretty one-dimensional, but in season two overly ambitious and almost not our hero Lana Winters was an excellent character. Lana was my favorite character even though I was pretty mad at her in “Continuum” for choosing fame over saving Jude. But, in “Madness Ends” she made up for herself by coming clean about all her lies and working with Kit to save the day. After playing the hero in season two, Sarah Paulson predicted she will probably be a villain next series. Evil, witch Sarah Paulson? Sounds good to me.
After really playing three characters in the past two seasons, Lily Rabe will probably be excellent at anything AHS throws at her. With Nora Montgomery, Sister Mary Euince and demonized Sister Mary Eunice all being so different, I’m not even going to try to predict what type of character Lily Rabe could be playing next season. Sarah Paulson predicted she would be switching places with Lily Rabe with our Lana being evil next season and our demonized nun being a hero. Sounds good.
Evan Peters will be returning, being the only confirmed male cast member in the girl power cast so far. Ryan Murphy has said that Evan Peters requested to be a more emotionally stable character in season two giving us chill and open-minded Kit Walker in contrast to weeping, troubled psychopath Tate Langdon from season one. Murphy said Evan might be more like Tate next season and I’m rather indifferent about it. Sure, Kit was a more likable character but Tate made things a little more interesting. If this witches theme actually happens, it might be kind of fun to have a crazy, psychopath running around too.
So, Taissa Farmiga, aka Violet Harmon from season one, confirmed that she will be returning for season three, telling us that cast members can skip a season and still not be done with AHS. Ryan Murphy said Taissa was a little too young, only 17 at the time, to be part of Asylum which is understandable. Apparently, she will be back as half of the confirmed young romance aspect that will play a major role in season three. The fandom seems to assume it will be with Evan Peters again, but Ryan Murphy hasn’t confirmed anything yet. Violet and Tate were not my favorite AHS paring but I believe in the shows ability to create new characters and improve on its past.
My cast hopefuls
I’m a little surprised that Zachary Quinto has not been confirmed yet. After being awesome, sassy Chad in season one and nice-guy-turned-villain Bloody Face in season two, I’m certain Zachary Qunito will be back. I really like him in the villain role in season two because it caught me completely–and maybe a little embarrassingly — off guard when he was relieved as Bloody Face. I really liked Zachary Quinto and seeing him as an insane, serial killer rapist was strange at first because I had to really convince myself that he was evil. With that said, he could pull off anything in this show and I’m sure it will work.
Like Zachary Qunito after being in both seasons, I assume Dylan McDermott will be back. I found most characters from season one sort of annoying and Ben Harmon fell into that category, but Johnny Thredson was far better in a scary, disturbing sort of way. He is one of the actors that I hope is not confirmed and just randomly appears again like he did in season two, with most people thinking he was Zachary Qunito in his first appearance in Asylum.
If the show can work in an adorable French girl again, go for it. Ax murderer? Witch? Alien advocate? I don’t care, I liked Lizzie Brochere‘s portrayal of Grace in season two and if the series can find a way to bring her back I would be happy. She was a random addition to season two because she was a major character, then killed off for a few episodes only to be brought back to life and killed off again. But, I liked her enough to not care that she was an insane, ax murderer and be sad both times she died. French witch?
Clea DuVall seemed like a random actress throughout the entire season. Why cast a big name and actress known for playing lesbians if she is only going to be alive for two episodes? She appeared in five episodes and was either mentioned or in a photograph in almost every episode. Maybe Clea DuVall was cast because she is recognizable so everyone knew her and remembered throughout the season. I hope AHS brings her back and keeps her alive a little while longer.
I decided to do these two together because both of their characters were iconic aspects of the seasons. Alexandra Breckenridge‘s character of young Moira was mostly about sexual appeal and was a visual reminder that Moira was actually a super-hot 20-something. But, unlike the super-hot season two characters of Leo and Teresa, young Moira actually played a role in us understanding the murder house and had a good story of her own.
Naomi Grossman‘s role of Pepper is similar. Its is mostly about visual appearance and a way to understand season two’s secondary setting: the 1960s. Post alien abduction Pepper told us that she didn’t stand a chance against her murder charge after the judge saw her. She too got to play a role in the plot in the last few episodes. I would like to see both of the back because they did a good job of playing likable and important minor character. Plus wouldn’t these two being best friend witches just be fun?
Don’t say anything about Francis Conroy
Whoops. Well, when I started writing this nothing had been said about Francis Conroy. Today Ryan Murphy announced on Twitter that she will be back. I’m excited. Francis Conroy is awesome, I love her with Jessica Lange and Moira and the Dark Angel are two of my favorite characters. Why I didn’t want to be told about her was because it was an awesome surprise when she returned and I wanted to be surprised again. I know seeing her would have been in the back of my mind during every episode of season three, so maybe this news is for the best. Francis Conroy has been excellent in smaller roles in both season, so maybe that’s where she will be again. Just give her at least one season with Jessica Lange and I’m happy. I wonder if she’ll get to be alive this time?
I have not finished reading “A Dance with Dragons” yet. But, this post is long enough. So, here are the relationship from the end of season two through books 3 and 4, “A Storm of Swords” and “A Feast for Crows.” Book 3 is going to be split and be season 3 and 4 for the show. So, these are the relationship through season five, I guess. Obviously, this has spoilers through the end of book 4. Enjoy.
I didn’t really like Robb and Jeyne. I like Robb and Talisa. Robb and Jeyne’s relationship also seems shorter. We meet Jeyne in “A Storm of Swords” and Robb dies later in the same book. I have said before that I find it all very childish. They go around being stupidly in love and Jeyne reminds me of early season one Sansa. During Robb’s camp’s time in Riverrun, they become very sexually active children and Jeyne proceeds to tell Catelyn all the time that they are trying to get an heir. Apparently, it worked. I’m not sure if it matters now though. I was first annoyed at Jeyne chasing after Robb crying on his way to the Twins, but now that I now what happens it is kind of sad. May the old gods watch over your soul, King Robb.
I was happy to see this relationship happen, for however short it was. The dick jokes started to subside and Ygritte taught us and Jon that he really knows nothing. They both spend a lot of time trying to protect each other, but the relationship ended when they both had to focusing on protecting themselves. This was a wildling relationship and it ended the wildling way. I like to think that it wasn’t Ygritte’s arrow that hit Jon when he fled from the village in the Gift after everyone suspected he was still a Crow at heart. And Jon told us it wasn’t his arrow that killed Ygritte when the wildlings attacked the Wall. This relationship had one of the saddest endings and I don’t think Jon would be able to handling being Lord Commander if it wasn’t for what Ygritte taught him. May the old gods watch over your soul, Ygritte.
Nothing really even come out of this relationship. Margaery did a pretty good job of avoiding her husband-to-be by surrounding herself with her family and Kingsguard brother. And they were only married for a couple hours before Joffrey’s death. Margaery definitely catch a break there, even through she seems to be a bad luck charm for husbands. May the warrior protect you, Tommen.
There is a lot of killing in GoT. Some of it is justified and some of it has me screaming, “No, I will not believe it.” Tyrion killing Shae is the latter. I am holding onto the hope that this happens differently in the show. Shae is different, so I’m hoping her end will be different too. In contrast to the books, Tyrion seems to be much more in love with Shae than he is with Tysha. So, I am hoping that Tywin makes Shae disappear somehow and the “wherever whores go” line is about her and not Tysha. Because if he kills her in the show, I might have to take that poster of Tyrion off my wall and burn it dracrays style.
As much as they both seemed to hate their arranged marriage, I liked it because it gave Sansa something she had not had in a really long time: safety. Though the Hound is obviously Sansa’s greatest protector at court in season two, Tyrion would be a good second. I was kind of annoyed that Sansa was so adverse to being nice to Tyrion. She didn’t have to sleep with him or anything but at last be nice to him. Tyrion went out of his way to try to protect her, even before they were married. This wasn’t a good marriage and nothing happy was going to come from it but it kept Sansa safe for a little. Are there divorces in Westeros because these two are still married.
The fuck, Littlefinger? All right, we understand that you love Catelyn and that you only married Lysa to get the Vale, but did you really have to push her out the moon door? After telling her you loved her sister more? In front of Sansa? Before this I thought Littlefinger was just a creep, now he is a crazy, scary creep. Run Sansa, Run! This scene made me fear Littlefinger and really worry that Sansa being in his presence might be just as dangerous as Joffrey.
This relationship come out of nowhere and ended very quickly after. Ser Arys Oakheart is the member of the Kingsguard that was sent to Dorne with Princess Mrycella. Arianne is the Prince of Dorne’s eldest daughter. Inheritance goes by age in Dorne, so she is also the heir. Arianne convinces him to break his celibacy vow and they work together to claim the Iron Throne for Mrycella. But, all this gets Arys killed by Arianne’s father’s guards. May the Mother have mercy on your soul, Ser Arys.
I didn’t know if I should put this in past or present relationships. Jaime and Cersei might be done or at least Jaime decided to not respond to Cersei’s plead for help that ended in three “I love you”s. They seem to have been growing apart and can hardly stand being in the same room with each other. I think Jaime has moved over to the good Lannister side with Tyrion while Cersei stayed on the bad side. I’m happy he didn’t answer the note. Cersei deserves to die and it would open up the way for Jaime to be someone who is actually nice to him.
Well, Sam knows were to put it. After a night of rum and Gilly’s idea of “what happens on the ocean stays on the ocean,” Sam breaks his Night Watch vow and sleeps with Gilly. Yay for Sam! I’m glad that this crush became a relationship, because they both seemed to need somebody. Sam has been through a lot since the Fist and his secret plot to make Jon the Lord Commander seemed to decrease their friendship a bit. I hope Gilly is able to go to Horn Hill and stay with Sam’s mother. Even if they can’t be together, Sam would just want her to be safe and happy.
Robin/Robert Arryn is a weird kid. But, he isn’t dangerous so that makes him better than Joffrey and Littlefinger. I have no idea if Littlefinger’s planned wedding between his bastard daughter Alayne Stone aka Sansa and Robin Arryn will ever happen. It probably will not, because I don’t think Robin is going to survive the trip down the Vale. He also thinks Sansa is his mother, but that probably will not matter to him when it comes time to make heirs. Eww. It could be worse, Sansa. And usually you can’t say that about your situation so…yay?
Though their wedding ended in the death of most of King Robb’s camp, Edmure and Roslin survived the carnage and they are still married. Edmure was being held by the Frey/Lannister force outside the walls of Riverrun, until he pretty much sold Riverrun to Jaime in exchange for his life. He and Roslin seemed to hit it off before their wedding, so something might come out of this when the War of the Five Kings ends. If it ever does.
I don’t know if I can actually call this a relationship. Sure, they are married, but Tommen is eight and Margaery is 16 in the books. Cersei hardly lets them see each other. So far Margaery has done nothing more than encourage him to learn to fight and give him kittens. Margaery is a bad luck charm for husbands, but if Tommen and her survive everything this might become a good political marriage.
Yes, Irri is still alive in the book. Yes, Dany and her have a small mostly physical relationship. When Dany gets to the post-Qarth stage of her journey she has had a lot of men consistently trying to get with her; Xaro Xhoan Daxos offering gold for marriage, Daario flirting with her at ever turn and Jorah in his never-ending fight to get out of the friendzone. All that brings Dany and Irri together on a boat on the way to Astrapor. Boats equal sex as weddings equal death. Dany said she thought about Drogo the whole time and told Irri they would not do it again because she doesn’t want her to be a sex slave. But, they do do it again. So, not the most romantic same-sex relationship. But being into this kind of thing, it was one of my favorite relationship. I’m mad at the show for killing of Irri. Hopefully that is why they aged up Missandei.
I’m really glad Jaime isn’t talking to Cersei anymore because it opens up the possibility for this relationship. Even though Brienne may be dead and they could never see each other again, I am still hoping for this relationship. It took a very long time for these two to even talk nicely with each other. But, I think they understand each other and see that they are similar. They both don’t really fit into regular society and fighting is the only thing they are good at. Jaime teases Brienne in season two that she just wishes for that man that is stronger enough to defeat her. We find out later that that was actually true. Jaime then says he is strong enough. That also turned out to be true. It is not that all the crushing is coming from Brienne. Jaime did jump one-handed into a bear pit to save her. Please be alive, Brienne.
There is even less of a chance of these two getting together now. Age difference aside, Ayra is in Braavos studying to be a faceless man and Gendry is the blacksmith at an Inn populated by children somewhere in the Riverlands. Brienne ended up at the Inn and that is the only glimpse we have gotten of Gendry since the Hound ran off with Ayra. They are now on other sides of the world and Ayra might be blind. I will keep a little hope alive for them but all my ‘shipping power is going into Jaime and Brienne now.
Littlefinger is a creep. I always thought he was kind of creepy, but after “A Feast for Crows” I’m set that he is a super creep. Though it was his idea to make Sansa his bastard daughter Alayne Stone, he is still creepily flirting with her while telling her how much she reminds him of her mother. Gross, Littlefinger just keep it in your pants. I really wish the Hound was still alive so he could barge in and save her. Maybe Brienne is alive and she could save her. For the love of the gods, somebody save Sansa from the creepers.
I put this relationship in the possible category because we don’t actually know if it is a relationship or not. Rumors in the Riverlands are that the Lord of Lightening aka the dead Lord Beric Dondarrion found a dead woman alongside the Trident. He kissed her, she was awoken and they fall in love. By the end of book 4, it has been confirmed that Lady Stoneheart is Catelyn; dead, unable to speak, and a lot fiercer than normal. Alive Catelyn didn’t seem to be over Ned. Maybe dead Catelyn is different, maybe this is just a dead political pairing. I don’t know, zombie Catelyn freaks me out.
Because I’m about 800 pages into “A Storm of Swords” and14 new season three cast members were recently announced, I would like to talk about them. Most of them I’m pretty indifferent about, which is probably because I am American and don’t know most of these actors. Some of them are minor characters; Tara Fitzgerald is Selsye Baratheon and Kristofer Hivju is Tormund Greatsbane. Others I can hardly remember; Mackenzie Crook is Orell. But, it’s Mackenzie Crook so I’m surely he’ll be good. In my head the Queen of Thorns has always been Maggie Smith, but she was just the first snarky old British woman that come to mind. I’m sure Diana Rigg will do an excellent job as Lady Olenna Tyrell.
The characters I do what to talk about are the Reeds and Missandei. I could do this entire post about my love for the Reed siblings and my minor disappointment that they weren’t introduced in season two. But, now that my opinion is out in the open, let’s move onto the casting.
At first I didn’t know what to think about Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Ellie Kendrick being cast at Jojen and Meera Reed. They fit what I pictured and they look like they could be related. But, in the book, Jojen is 13 and Meera is 16. Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Ellie Kendrick are both 22. The kid playing Jojen, looks just that: a kid. Ellie Kendrick looks pretty young too. So, I’m interested to see how old they make them in the show.
Also, both the actors seem like hipsters and if there are any hipsters in Westeros Jojen and Meera would be my first pick. I mean, they live in a place we have never heard of (Greywater Watch), eat food nobody else does (frogs) and have magical powers (well, at least one of them does). Overall, I agree with this casting choice.
That is not to say that I disagree with this casting choice; I’m just a little confused. Missandei is a 10-year-old slave girl that comes into Daenerys’ service after she kills her master and frees her. She is originally from Naath, so ethnicity is up in the air. But, Game of Thrones gave the part to Nathalie Emmanuel, 23-year-old Nathalie Emmanuel. What? Book Missandei is a child-slave Dany takes into her service. Nathalie Emmanuel is only two years younger than Emilia Clarke.
Now that I got that little rant out, I am interested to see how this casting choice pans out. Maybe Missandei was made an attractive young adult to make up for the fact that GoT killed off all of Dany’s attractive young adult friends(Irri, Doreah, Rarkaro). Obviously, Missandei is not the first character to be cast a lot older or way different than the book version. It can either go really well of really poorly. Margaery was cast by 30-year-old Natalie Dormer, which has aged her character up from 16 to I’d guess mid-twenties. Other than that and being made slightly bolder, she didn’t really change. And I like show Margaery better.
On the other hand, we have Xaro Xhoan Daxos who was played by Nonso Anozie and went from white and gay to black and straight. But most things in Dany’s season two story line changed. I didn’t really care, her story line wasn’t that great, book or show.
GoT hasn’t added an awesome young actor in a while and the show has a knack for finding them; Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner, Issac Hampstead Wright, etc. Missandei could have been the chance to add another. To contradict myself, only good things have been said about 13-year-old Kerry Ingram, who will be playing Shireen Baratheon. It will be interesting to see how/if the casting choice changes the character of Missandei. I’m excited for all the new characters. And as long as they aren’t change in a bad way, I’m not complaining.
And we must remember not even all the new characters have been announced yet. There is still no news on Mance Ryder or Vargo Hoat. I don’t know if Mace Tyrell, Garlan Tyrell, Edric Storm, Strong Belwas, Hoster Tully, Roslin Frey, all the Martells, and about 100 others will make it into this season, but if they do we still have no word there either.