Ever since the climax of Season 1 of the outstanding Game of Thrones, I’ve been really holding out for news on who was going to play three of the main protagonists in Season 2. And if you trawl the forums, I’m by no means the only one – the internet has been ablaze with fans nominating who they think should play Stannis Baratheon, Davos Seaworth and Melisandre. All sorts of names have been flying around, some good and some totally unrealistic to be honest, but now we need guess no longer, because we now know who has been cast in these roles.
British Actor Stephen Dillane has been cast as Stannis Baratheon. Dillane is a very fine actor, and in fact one of my favourites. If you’re not familiar with his work, check out the fantastic British movie 44 Inch Chest, to see one of his more recent performances alongside other great British actors such as Ray Winstone, Tom Wilkinson, John Hurt and Ian McShane.
Irish Actor Liam Cunningham has landed the role of Davos Seaworth, the Onion Knight and Stannis’ right-hand man. Cunningham is another great actor, and a veteran of a lot of movies and TV. I’ve recently watched him in the ill-fated BBC effort Outcasts, but others might have seen him in Camelot. He’s also played similar fantasy/period roles in recent movies such as Clash of the Titans and Centurion, and should slot in fairly easily to Game of Thrones.
And the final piece of casting news concerns of course Lady Melisandre, Stannis’ manipulative advisor, who will be played by Dutch actress Carice Van Houten. I’m not familiar with Carice’s work but she has played parts in Repo Men, Valkyrie and Black Death so she’s no newcomer. And she certainly looks the part.