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Game of Thrones Mance Rayder Cast

From Rome to the Game

By Robert T. Trate     August 18, 2012
Source: Entertainment Weekly

The biggest new Game of Thrones role is going to… Ciarán Hinds.

The Rome actor has been cast as Wildling leader Mance Rayder, the King Beyond the Wall. Rayder has united the disparate clans of the Far North behind a single mission: To attack The Wall. He’s been frequently referenced (though unseen) in the HBO hit fantasy drama’s first two seasons. In the second season finale, undercover Night’s Watchman Jon Snow (Kit Harington) was being taken to meet Rayder.

The casting caps months — years, really — of online speculation about who would play Rayder. For awhile, Hinds’ Rome co-star James Purefoy received some fan votes, though he’s booked on Fox’s The Following.

For Hinds, the casting is a sort of homecoming — he was born in Belfast, where the show’s primary production is based (Thrones S3 is also shooting in Croatia, Iceland and Morocco). He’s appeared in films such as Munich, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and John Carter. But TV fans know him best from Rome, where he was a very imposing Julius Caesar. He recently also had an arc on USA’s Political Animals.

The news marks the second actor to join Thrones‘ third season from Rome. Tobias Menzies (who played Brutus) was recently cast as Edmure Tully, the younger brother of Catelyn Stark, who has has become Lord of Riverrun in the wake of his father’s death.

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Wiseguy 8/18/2012 9:16:09 AM

This show doesn't lack in quality actors nor quality actors that want to be involved with it.

McQuestion 8/18/2012 1:32:30 PM

 Excellent news.

JarrodSarafin 8/18/2012 11:57:28 PM

Hinds in anything is a great move on the casting part. Long live, Rome. (**damn you, HBO**). Long live, Game of Thrones. (**validate yourselves, HBO**).

Jimvo, I'm sure it was an accident so I went ahead and took out your comment (along with relevant backlashes against said comment). As crazy as it is to have spoiler warnings against books from half a decade ago, remember there are fans of the TV series who haven't read the books and know nothing about the upcoming season.

ddiaz28 8/19/2012 5:51:08 AM

Oh yeah, Ciaran Hinds will defiinitely make a great Mance Rayder.

hanso 8/19/2012 7:39:58 AM

 WTF is going on man, are you in or out Jarrod?

JarrodSarafin 8/19/2012 11:43:08 AM

Hanso, you're nuts. I've been here since 97. Is it against the law for me to comment along with the rest of you?

hanso 8/19/2012 12:28:48 PM

 Nah man, but you got "delete" powers, I thought you were completely out when you left so I didn't know you were still monitoring comments and whatnot.

But by all means, post away my friend.  

almostunbiased 8/19/2012 2:00:00 PM

LOVE this show.  I've only seen season 1, but I'll be buying season 2 when ever it comes out.  Wonder how long I'll have to wait.  And nice to see you on here Jarrod.

redhairs99 8/20/2012 8:41:55 AM

 Jarrod, gotta agree with you on Hinds.  He's great in everything I've seen him in, especially as Caesar!

JarrodSarafin 8/20/2012 6:57:05 PM

Ahh, that's what you were referring to, H-so. Normally, I'm just taking out Spammers back in the Blogs and Groups section so you don't see me...Out of sight, out of mind. Btw, having our avatars back to back like that is creepy...

Damn right, Redhairs! Best part of having HBO GO is getting to watch Rome anytime I feel like it...Hinds portrayal as Caesar continues to kick-ass years after some crazy TV executive dropped the axe (way too soon).

Almost envy you, Almost. You still have a couple of great nemesis characters ahead of you...my favorite being the Trinity Killer. You're going to love him...

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