Friday, August 30, 2013

Game Of Thrones Season 4 Recasts Daario Naharis & Gregor Clegane Aka The Mountain

I am always a skeptic when it comes to recasting a beloved character, because the show loses its sense of continuity. Only one recasting was a little acceptable to me then and it was Albus Dumbledore's -- with the death of Sir Richard Harris it was inevitable that Michael Gambon should take his place as the Headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

And now, without having a choice really, we will have to deal not only with one but two recasting on everyone's favorite TV show, Game of Thrones, on its fourth season. The two male characters that will unexpectedly wear new skins this upcoming season are Daario Naharis and Gregor Clegane aka The Mountain.

If you have learned to love Daario Naharis played by Ed Skrein, you'll definitely miss him as he will be replaced by Michiel Huisman.

Ed Skrein as Daario Naharis

Michiel Huisman

For the forgetful lot just like me, Daario Naharis is a one of the minor leaders of the Second Sons, who beheaded two of his comrades to impress Daenerys the Khaleesi. He was eventually hired by Daenerys and since then the two had some steamy sexual tensions that only made Ser Jorah Mormont furiously jealous.

The next recasting has been no surprise really, since the role of Greor Clegane has been passed on to different actors before. He was first portrayed by Conan Stevens in Season 1, followed by Ian Whyte in Season 2. And now the role landed to a non-actor Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson for Season 4.

Conan Stevens as Gregor Clegane

Ian Whyte as Gregor Clegane

Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson

Ser Gregor Clegane is the head of House Clegane, minor vassals of House Lannister, older brother to Sandor the Hound and is known to many as The Mountain (short for The Mountain That Rides), because of his height reaching to more than 8 feet.

So far there is nothing really to worry about since I trust the judgment of the production team and executives of the show. We can't yet judge at this early point in time until we see the end product of Game of Thrones Season 4 and the effects of this recasting.

Game of Thrones Season 4 has already started production since July 8, 2013 and is expected to wrap up on the later parts of 2013. It will be aired in 2014, but no specific date for the premiere has been released yet.