Friday, January 24, 2014


According to the Hollywood Reporter, EdSkrein is out of 'Game Of Thrones' as Daario Naharis.  He will be replaced by Michael Hulsman.

When I heard that the sell-sword Daario Naharis of 'Game of Thrones' was being being recast, I wasn't too happy.  I don't like Recastaways.  They take you out of the illusion.

But at least George R.R. Martin provided an out for a splainer such as m'self: the society of Faceless Men who can change their appearance.  It was already established in the televersion of "A Song Of Ice And Fire" thanks to the character of Jaqen H'ghar.  (Which was too bad, because I really liked the actor who first played Jaqen.)

But now I've read that the character of Gregor "The Mountain" Clegane has been recast THREE times!  And the roles of Beric Dondarrion and Tommen Baratheon will also be recast.

Tommen is easy enough to splain away - growing pains.  The Toobworld Dynamic always makes allowances for the aging process.  

But as for Beric and The Mountain?  

I have to admit, I never even noticed the switch done on these Recastaways.  But I don't think the Faceless Men splainin is going to work for these two men.  I don't see them as the type of men woul would join such a cult.  And what of his brother, "The Hound"?  I'm fairly certain that he will act as though this is the brother whom he has known (and hated) all of his life.  But shouldn't he act as though something happened to his brother's face?

Could it be that magic of the kind used by the witch Samantha Stevens and the genie Jeannie Nelson on their spouses was used on The Mountain for the same reason?  Samantha altered the face of her husband Darrin and Jeannie did the same to Tony.  And they did so with no one noticing.  (Samantha even did a test run earlier on nosy neighbor Gladys Kravitz.)

Magic existed on Mondas, the twin planet of Earth Prime-Time on which Westeros could be found.  So why couldn't some of the magic later found on Earth Prime-Time - like that used to alter physical appearances without anyone noticing - have found its origins on Mondas?


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