‘Game of Thrones’: Casting the Clash of the Kings
Actors will be lining up to sit on the 'Throne' (Nels Israelson/HBO)
First, it was announced that Natalie Dormer, formerly of "The Tudors," would be popping up in Westeros as Margaery Tyrell, whose hand in marriage becomes a prize in the ongoing game of thrones. And then rumors began to spread that one-time "Doctor Who" Christopher Eccleston was poised to join the program as well. While the specific role he's up for hasn't been confirmed, it's been widely speculated that he'd play Stannis Baratheon, the elder of dead King Robert's younger brothers and a major player in the second book, "A Clash of Kings."
These pieces of casting news made us reach for our tattered copy of "Clash" in search of other new characters that will likely be introduced on HBO. Here are some of the people you may meet when the show returns and who we think should play them. (Warning: Some minor spoilers may lurk within.)
Our Pick: Anna Friel
As Stannis enters the competition for the Iron Throne, one of the most powerful weapons in his arsenal is the priestess/consultant Melisandre, who lends her magical talents to his campaign against the other surviving Baratheon brother, Renley (Gethin Anthony). Ex-"Pushing Daisies" star Anna Friel has the right combination of striking beauty and inner strength to bewitch us in this role.