Ciarán Hinds Cast As GAME OF THRONES Season 3′s “King Beyond The Wall” Mance Rayder

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Though a slew of actors were recently announced at Comic Con as new additions to HBO’s Game of Thrones third season cast, one of the biggest roles remained a mystery — that of Mance Rayder, known as the “King Beyond the Wall.”  Though exhaustive speculation and fancasting has taken place since the series’ first began regarding who might play the popular character, it was revealed today that Irish actor Ciarán Hinds (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) will take the role.

Mance is connected to the story of Jon Snow (Kit Harington), and is leader of the Wildlings — a singular presence who has united the forces beyond the Wall together to march south into Westeros, something that the now scattered and beleaguered Night’s Watch has been preparing for with dread for years.  For more on the casting, hit the jump.

game-of-thrones-season-2-kit-haringtonMany HBO fans may remember Hinds’ fantastic turn as Julius Cesare on Rome, and while a great number were hoping his charming Rome castmate James Purefoy (who played Marc Antony) would take the role of Mance, EW tells us Purefoy was unavailable due to a scheduling conflict with Fox’s The Following.

British actor Dominic West (The Wire) was also approached for the role but turned it down because of family reasons (admirable of course, though reading the filming timeline he was given it seems someone didn’t do a very good job of explaining exactly how much of that filming bloc he would actually be required for).

Still, the outcome has turned out fine as Hinds is a truly great actor who should embody the cunning role of Mance perfectly.  Hinds joins another Rome alumnus on set – Tobias Menzies (who played Brutus), who has already been cast as Catelyn Stark’s younger brother Edmure.

The third season of Game of Thrones is set to return in March of 2013.

 




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  • Anonymous

    Am I the only one who feels he is to old for mance, he’s certainly a capable actor it just doesn’t feel right to me

    • Stef

      Doesn’t mean he can’t play parts 10+ years younger than himself.

      Not sure why a lot of people have Mance as “young” in their eyes. I certainly did not feel he was young. I expect him to be around half hands age.

    • Anonymous

      I’m right there with you. I do love Ciaran, he’s a great actor, but he’s too old for this role. Purfoy or West would have been excellent choices for Mance and I wish they’d gone with another actor in the same age range. I feel this is a poor casting decision. Mance was a man in his prime.

  • pastaman

    YES!! Great choice!

    • Weeks

      Agreed. Love this guy!

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  • Kevin

    Ciaran is great!! and I’m happy with this casting news but for me Mance was another actor of Rome when I was reading the books.
    Is funny because for me is an “almost” perfect casting. If the have choosed James Purefoy then it would have been just like the guy that I imagines as Mance.
    Anyway Ciaran is a good choice.

  • Kevin

    Ciaran is great!! and I\’m happy with this casting news but for me Mance was another actor of Rome when I was reading the books.
    Is funny because for me is an \"almost\" perfect casting. If the have choosed James Purefoy then it would have been just like the guy that I imagines as Mance.
    Anyway Ciaran is a good choice.

  • Nitsud

    Purefoy is still too young for Mance Rayder, the guy who played Caesar is a bit short for what I imagined Mance to be like, but whatever he’ll obviously pull it off. James Purefoy would be better for the Red Viper of Dorne, the arrogance and confidence he displayed as Antony would be so perfect for that character. They might even introduce the character in Season 3 as well, but if not then he would definitely be in Season 4.

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