With filming for Game of ThronesSeason 4 underway, we’re getting a look at some of the fresh new faces on board for next season. Not only does the show have its usual gang of all new characters, but this season there are also several characters who have been recast. Let’s take a look at the old roles getting new actors.
Daario Naharis. Several fans thought the appearance of actor Ed Skrein wasn’t quite right for the role. Now it seems Daario fans will get another chance to fall under the sellsword’s spell, as his role will reportedly be filled by Nashville actor Michiel Huisman going forward. Michiel does have more of a Daarioish look, since he can grow a beard and looks like he could maybe win a fight or two, but is it wise for the show to re=cast such a big role? While Daario isn’t a major character per se, he did have a number of scenes with Dany last season, and their growing chemistry was a big part of her storyline, so it looks like Huisman has some ground to make up for fans to accept him in the role, if the reports of recasting are true.
The Mountain. Another year, another Mountain. Icelandic strongman Thor Bjornsson has been cast in the role of the Hound’s big, bad brother. He is the third to fill the Mountain’s giant shoes, following Conan Stevens in Season 1 and Ian Whyte in Season 2. The character was absent from Season 3, so it’s highly unlikely many fans will be wondering what happened to Ian Whyte when they see Thor next season. While Thor doesn’t really have any acting experience, The Mountain basically just needs to be a monstrous brute, and the 6’9”, 419 lb. strongman seems to fit that description just fine.
Tommen Baratheon. Another character who was absent from Season 3, Joffrey’s little brother has reportedly been recast as well, with actor Dean-Charles Chapman replacing Callum Wharry in the role. Tommen is set to play a much bigger role starting next season. The show's Powers That Be are probably hoping no one notices the difference. Though Chapman is a little older than Wharry, after a season has passed a growth spurt shouldn’t be too shocking (just look at Bran). Coincidentally, Chapman previously played the role of a Lannister on GoT, portraying one of the prisoners slain by Rickard Karstark, though we only expect the most eagle-eyed stalwart fans to notice.
What do you think? With a cast this big, it’s already pretty hard to keep track of everyone, and having new faces filling old roles probably isn’t going to help.
Are all of these recasts too much? Or do you think the roles are all minor enough that it won’t make a difference? Sound off in the comments!