BREAKING NEWS: Ciarán Hinds Cast as Mance Rayder for Season Three

By Charlie Harwood on Aug 17, 2012 to Game of Thrones

We can now confirm that casting for the highly anticipated role of Mance Rayder has finally been released. HBOWatch would like to send out a nice, big CONGRATULATIONS to Ciarán Hinds for being selected to portray the infamous King Beyond the Wall. There has been a lot of speculation regarding who will play the the Wildling leader, and we can now finally put a face to the name.

Hinds is probably best known to HBO fans for his amazing role in the series Rome as Julius Caesar.  Let’s hope he displays the same acting prowess he has in that show for Game of Thrones!

Brief Bio on Mance Rayder via A Wiki of Ice and Fire:

Mance is a big man, long legged and lean, broad in the chest and shoulders. His once long brown hair is now gone mostly grey, laughter lines appear at the corner of his mouth. He is an unremarkable-looking man in his middle years, with a fondness for music. Mance was a wildling child taken by the Night’s Watch and raised as one of them.He was a loyal member of the Night’s Watch for most of his life until he suffered an injury while ranging, and was healed by a wildling woman. While he recuperated, she mended his torn cloak with swatches of red fabric. Upon returning to the Wall, the Night’s Watch commanders required him to replace his mended cloak with one of uniform black. This infringement of freedom caused him to abandon the Night’s Watch and live with the wildlings in the way he wished.”

Once again, congratulations Ciarán Hinds!

What do you think Game of Thrones fans? Is this a good choice for the King Beyond the Wall? If not, who would you rather see play Mance Rayder.

  • Sophie

    Yey! Aberforth :P
    This will be very interesting. Yes, I agree, more authority and such with age. I mean, Ned was in fact only like 35, but Sean Bean is like, older. I think they gotta do that. I mean, mid-thirties is like young nowadays, for me at least, but back then it was being settled, having (half-)grown children, being lord of this and lady of that. Let’s hope Ciaran’s Mance is as lively as in the books, and not some stale old raisin…!

  • Reeealy loved Rome. Glad a little piece of it is coming back to HBO! And Eleonora! What is with the older guy crush! Its sort of hot… anyway.. Great news everyone. I know he’s a great actor and will bring Mance to the next level.

    One thought though: DIA think Mance was a bit younger, handsome and a traveling singer? Maybe he’ll pull that off or maybe they’ll just change the character… Thoughts?

    • Eleonora

      LOL. Older men = less games, less nonsense to deal with and a lot of my older men crushes are distinguished gentlemen, if I say so myself. (just look at Charles Dance, although my husband pointed out that he is old enough to be my grandfather…eek!) I like Ciaran Hinds, in the sense that he has a foreboding look about him, he has that commanding presence about him (just look at Rome) and also at times, he can pull off quite the poker face (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy). I find myself intrigued by him. I’ve got good taste in men! :) I think maybe HBO wanted to present an older man, in the sense that he carries a great deal of authority and experience. Someone who can be rugged and survive the North but at the same time can also be charismatic. Just my thoughts! Cheers!

  • Eleonora

    This news just made my day! Okay, for the record, now I feel compelled to write up another ‘Top 5 Sexiest Men in Westeros’ – but that’ll be for Season III! ;) I loved Ciaran Hinds in Rome! He’s also starred in many movies to date, check him out in “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.” He’s great!

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