Originally Posted by Trackman
I agree. My other small casting quibbles would include Jon Snow - though that may change as I watch more episodes. In the first few episodes, the actor playing him seems a bit more gloomy and morose than I would like. I see Jon as having a chip but not being sulky. Also, Catelyn should have been more of a physical rival to Cersei than the actress cast.
Spot on = Dany, Rhaeger (sp?), all other Starks, the King, Tyrion, Jaime, Joffrey, Kal Drogo, the Hound.
Oh, Ilyn Payne should be larger.
Originally Posted by 77Pat
I agree with most. Also thought Varys was perfectly cast.
I mostly agree, too. Like Trackman, I can't quite make up my mind about the casting of Jon but think the actors playing Cersei, Daenerys, King Robert, and the others mentioned above could hardly have been better.
I thought the Catelyn character could have been better cast. Although Michelle Fairley, who plays Cat, is a wonderful actress, I think she looks far too old for the role and lacks the great beauty of the Cat described in the books. On the other hand, I think I understand what the casting directors had in mind when they cast Fairley. Cat is tough and stalwart, traits that Fairley handles wonderfully well.
I agree that Conleth Hill, who plays Lord Varys, is great. I also think that Sean Bean was perfectly cast as Ned Stark. Perhaps the best casting choice of all was Mark Addy as King Robert. I am rereading the novel now and every time the King speaks, I hear Addy's voice.
All in all, Season 1 of Game of Thrones was remarkable in every respect.