May 25, 2009

Song of Ice and Fire- Winterfell

I'm going to do something a little different in this post. For one, I am going to spread the cast over many postings, as there are simply too many characters to post at once. The posts will instead be separated by region. For example, this post will be cast the Starks and Winterfell. The next will be King's Landing. This will allow each post to be a reasonable length. Also, I will not go into individual books. These casts are for the series as a whole.

In light of the pending pilot on HBO, I will also provide the actors who have officially been cast for the show. This isn't to judge how many I get "right", but to offer a professional opinion. There's no way that the cast I present would work. This is a dream cast and no film company would ever front the budget that the stars in my cast would require. And just for fun, I'll throw in an artist's rendition of each character, when I can find one. On to Winterfell....

House Stark is the principal noble house in the North; many lesser houses are sworn to them. Their seat is Winterfell. Their sigil is a grey direwolf on a field of white, and their house motto, referred to in-universe as their words, are "Winter Is Coming."

The Starks are descended from Brandon the Builder, a legendary figure from the Age of Heroes thousands of years in the past, who built Winterfell and the Wall. They were Kings of Winter in the North from the Age of Heroes beginning with Bran the Builder until Torrhen Stark submitted to Aegon the Conqueror at the end of the War of Conquest. Since that time the Starks have held the North for the kings of Westeros as Lords of Winterfell and Wardens of the North.


Eddard "Ned" Stark

DC: Daniel Day-Lewis
HBO: ?

Eddard Stark is Lord of Winterfell, Lord Paramount of the North, and Warden of the North. He and Catelyn have five children, and he claims a bastard son, Jon Snow. Eddard is known for his sense of honor and justice; he dislikes deceit, intrigue, and secrecy. Though his family finds him kind, some consider his reserved personality a sign of coldness and disdain. He is in his mid-thirties. He has a long face, dark hair, and grey eyes. His closely-trimmed beard is beginning to grey.

Catelyn Stark

DC: Sonya Walger

Catelyn Stark is the wife of Eddard Stark and lady of Winterfell. She had five children: Robb, Sansa, Arya, Bran, and Rickon. She was born into House Tully. Catelyn is seen as honorable and upright by acquaintances, holding duty over desire as a governing principle of behavior. She has a deep love for family and a strong faith in the Seven. However, she regards the bastard Jon Snow as an outsider to her family, and has never forgiven Eddard for bringing him into her household. She is described as beautiful, with auburn hair, blue eyes, and long fingers.

Robb Stark-

DC: Ed Speelers

Robb Stark is Eddard Stark's eldest legitimate child, and the heir to Winterfell. He bears great responsibility with scant complaint, and shares his father's devotion to honor and justice. He is frequently accompanied by his direwold is Grey Wind. Robb's appearance favors his Tully side, with a stocky build, blue eyes, and thick auburn hair.

Sansa Stark-

DC: Rachel Hurd-Woods

Sansa Stark is the elder daughter of Eddard and Catelyn Stark. She possesses the traditional feminine graces of her milieu and is a strong believer in the world of chivalry portrayed in stories and songs. She is beautiful and excels at many female leisure activities, including singing, dancing, playing musical instruments, sewing, fashion, and social graces. Sansa is traditionally beautiful, with high cheekbones, vivid blue eyes, thick auburn hair and, as she grows up, a tall and graceful figure.

Arya Stark-

DC: Holly Gibbs

Arya Stark is the third child, and second daughter of Eddard and Catelyn. She is nine at the start of A Game of Thrones. A spirited girl with an interest in fighting and exploring, she is a foil of her proper sister Sansa, whom she often describes as "stupid". She is particularly close to her bastard half-brother Jon Snow. Throughout her travels, Arya displays great resourcefulness, cunning, and an unflinching ability to accept hard necessity. She is said to take after her fiery aunt Lyanna in temperament. Arya is skinny and athletic. She has strong Stark family features, with a long face, grey eyes and brown hair. A the start of the story, she is generally regarded as plain, as exemplified by her nickname Arya Horseface, and often mistaken for a boy.

Bran Stark-

DC: Jasper Harris

Brandon Stark, typically called "Bran", is Eddard and Catelyn's second son. He is nam ed after his uncle, whose death was one of the series of events that led to Robert's Rebellion. Bran enjoyed climbing and exploring Winterfell until he was crippled. Like his siblings, he is dutiful and tough-minded.

Rickon Stark-

DC: Kristopher and Jason Simmons

Rickon Stark is Eddard and Catelyn's youngest child, only three years old when the series begins. Rickon is a naturally aggressive and strong-willed child, but his youth makes it difficult for him to cope with the terrible changes that come to his family and life.

Jon Snow-

DC: Aaron Johnson

Jon Snow is the bastard son of Eddard Stark, by a mother whose identity is not widely known. He was raised by his father alongside his true-born half-siblings, but joins the Night's Watch when he reaches adulthood. Jon has a strong Stark features. He has a lean build and a long face, with dark hair and grey eyes.

Theon Greyjoy-

DC: Skandar Keynes

Theon Greyjoy is the son and heir apparent of Balon Greyjoy. He was taken as a hostage and ward by Eddard Stark when he was ten years old and raised in Winterfell for ten years. Theon is lean, dark, cruel, and vain, taking pride in his skills of archery and seduction. Having grown up a hostage in another family, Theon feels caught between the Stark and Greyjoy worlds, belonging to neither in full. ßPin It


Anonymous said...

Charles Dance is Tywin Lannister

J J said...

sean bean as eddard!

Anonymous said...

Your casting is shit!

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