‘Game Of Thrones’ Season Two Adds ‘Star Wars’ Actor

Just like winter, “Game of Thrones” season two casting news keeps a-comin’. The role call thus far: we’ve got Natalie Dormer as Margaery Tyrell, Gwendoline Christie as Brienne, Stephen Dillane as Stannis Baratheon, Carice van Houton as Melisandre and Liam Cunningham as Davos Seaworth.

While HBO is at it, why not add one more to the clash of kings?

The latest casting news comes from none other than “A Song of Ice and Fire” mastermind and “Thrones” executive producer George R.R. Martin, who announced on his blog (via Spinoff Online) that veteran actor Oliver Ford Davies is joining the HBO series as Maester Cressen.

He’s perhaps an unfamiliar name for those of you who haven’t read the “Ice and Fire” books, of course, so check out a quick primer after the jump if you feel so inclined. But once again: spoiler alert!

Cressen is the elderly maester of Dragonstone, once the seat of House Targaryen (of which Daenerys remains the only known living heir) but now the home of Stannis Baratheon, younger brother of King Robert and rightful heir to the Iron Throne now that Westeros’ fat drunk of a ruler is dead and his “sons” are not actually his, but Jaime Lannister’s bastards. The old maester has seen better days mentally, physically and politically, the latter of which is caused by the arrival of Melisandre the red priestess. Her sorcery and influence over Stannis immediately poses a threat in Cressen’s book, prompting him to take matters into his own hands.

Davies, perhaps most widely known as Sio Bibble in the “Star Wars” prequel trilogy, is a more than welcome addition to an increasingly impressive cast. Is this the last “Game of Thrones” casting news before today’s Comic-Con panel, or should we expect to hear more before the day’s out? We’ll certainly keep you posted either way!

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