George RR Martin not only likes to entertain his fans but also likes to keep them guessing. GoT fans have been waiting (not so patiently) for casting news since the series was greenlit so many months ago. And while HBO, hasn’t yet announced any actors (since Finn Jones as Loras Tyrell), GRRM has taken it upon himself to keep the buzz going. He’s thrown a bone to his fans in the form of clues, Similar to those given before the pilot was filmed. Martin writes:
The old maester has lived many lives, brief but numerous. In his youth he fought in the wars that some say inspired all of this. He has been a king and a god, but he’ll always be daddy to me.
While the debate rages on www.westeros.org and www.winter-is-coming.net about whether the clue refers to Maester Aemon or Pycelle, the general consensus is the actor in question is Roy Dotrice. Having played kings, gods, and ‘War of the Roses’ (which GoT was based on) Dotrice has previously worked with Martin on the television program Beauty and the Beast, where he played the father (daddy). Dotrice is also the voice of many of the Song of Ice and Fire audio books.
A second clue states:
He doesn’t have a lot to say, but he says it a lot. He’s not a muslim, not a pagan, not a scientologist, but he might be a town in Scotland.
One of the fitting candidates is DJ turned actor Kristian (not muslim etc…) Nairn (town in Scotland), who is known to have auditioned for the gentle giant, Hodor. His audition tape has already circled the fan community.
Update: Kristian Nairn has replied on twitter to a question about the series saying
Hey man. Not sure what I’m supposed to say or when and where ! But if I said “Hodor!?” … It might tell u something 😉
Right or wrong, Martin’s clues tell us our wait is almost over.