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And his name is Ciarán Hinds.
I have to admit, when I think Mance Rayder, I always pictured a younger man. Charismatic, handsome, and more than capable of holding his own in a fight. The first image that pops into my head isn’t exactly … Ciarán Hinds.
Rayder is a pivotal character in “Game of Thrones”, and is scheduled to appear in Season 3 of the HBO fantasy show. A former Nights Watchman, Mance goes native beyond the wall, eventually becoming their King, a man who through sheer strength and more than a little charm assembles the disparate clans of the “Wildlings” (the “uncivilized” people living in the frozen forest beyond that huge ass ice wall, aka The Wall) for one mission: break down The Wall and invade Westeros. Rayder is something of a bogeyman in the books, oft-referred to but not seen until Jon Snow goes missing, as shown in Season 2 of the show. You already saw a glimpse of Mance Rayder’s assembled Wildling army near the end of “Game of Thrones” Season 2.
As for Hinds, he’s a pretty prolific actor, with plenty of TV credits along with big-budget and smaller indie feature films to his credit. You might recall him from “The Woman in Black” with Daniel Radcliffe, or “Political Animals” currently playing on the USA Network. He also played Gaius Julius Caesar in “Rome”, and for you comic book-inclined kids out there, he was the devil in “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance”.
So let me ask you, readers of the “Game of Thrones” books — when you thought about Mance Rayder, did you picture … Ciarán Hinds? It’s an excellent casting choice from an acting perspective, but from a visual angle, I can’t quite wrap my head around it.
Season 3 of “Game of Thrones” is expected to adapt the epic “A Storm of Swords” book, volume 3 in the series by George R.R. Martin.
Via : EW