George R.R. Martin’s ‘A Game of Thrones’: We Have Our Brienne!


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.


  • Yes, this actress is too pretty. I think she’ll probably look ‘Hollywood ugly’ on the actual show, though. Which….whatever, fine. As long as she’s good at sort of clumsily kicking ass.Let’s not forget they also handsome-d up Tyrion, who’s supposed to be hunchbacked for starters…

  • Matt Staggs

    Saladin, I wondered about her attractiveness, but think that Martin’s enthusiasm counts for a lot. Sure, Tyrion is supposed to be hideously misshapen, but I’m willing to overlook that to have an actor of Peter Dinklage’s quality on board. I also wonder if the regular folks unfamiliar with the series would be willing to bond with a truly hideous Tyrion. People can be pretty judgmental for the most superficial of reasons.

  • Stewart Todd

    Matt, I agree with you as to how well they might be received by the TV viewers if they were not at least reasonably “pretty”.
    My take on it is that ultimately per the book you are dealing with a dwarf and a 6′ 3″ woman. Normally, the people of Westeros would feel that, at best, the first one should be dressed in a costume and telling jokes to the king and the other, no matter how “freakishly” large, should be at home knitting something and staying out of way of the men and not “playing” at being a Knight.

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