Several corners of the intertubes, including George R.R. Martin’s official site, are now confirming that British actress Gwendoline Christie will be playing the part of Brienne of Tarth, also known as Brienne the Beauty or the Maid of Tarth, in the second season of HBO’s A Game of Thrones. At 6’3″, Christie is certainly tall enough to play the duty-bound warrior woman, but is she – well – homely enough? While there’s no accounting for taste, I think she’s fairly attractive. Not to worry, according to Martin:
“The day the first batch of auditions went up for the role, we looked at a dozen actresses who were reading for Brienne and one actress who WAS Brienne. Gwendoline gave a great reading, and her look was just perfect. No, when she auditioned, she did not look she does in the photo above. She came in looking… well, like Brienne.”
Our second season is really starting to shape up. I can’t wait to see more!
Meanwhile, here’s a video featuring Gwendoline Christie from a stage production of Dr. Faustus.
MOMMY MOMMY! I WANT TO MAKE BRIENNE OF TARTH FLY!