Child of the Forest cast in Game of Thrones

By Cian Gaffney on Jul 2, 2013 to Game of Thrones

octavia-selena-alexandru-17071__1372802300_93.107.159.83Update 11/13/13: It has since come to light via her modeling CV that young Miss Alexandru will be playing a Child of the Forest.

According to her agency’s website, 10 year old young actress Octavia Selena Alexandru has been cast in Game of Thrones for the upcoming fourth season.


According to the information we currently have, Octavia is credited as “The Child of the Forest”. The presence of “the” would indicate that there is some more significance to her character, which leads me to believe her to be playing Leaf, or at least what amounts to that character. Leaf’s introduction would make sense given the recent casting of the Three-Eyed Raven.


Game of Thrones season 4 premieres in Spring 2014. We’ll provide an exact air date here when we have it.

  • Ray Feighery

    They already had an actress as Jeyne in Season 1. While they may recast I doubt they would go this young.

  • Summer Karen

    I also think she’ll be the Waif.

  • James Brown

    Fake Arya and Leaf are good calls, but I have another idea as to who she might play: with Pedro Pascal already confirmed to play Oberyn Martell the real motive for him coming to King’s Landing will have to be explored. They’ll have to explain his feud with the Lannisters for Elia and her children’s death, so when I saw Octavia I wonder if it’s possible that we might see her playing Elia’s daughter, Rhaenys, in a flashback scene or two? Of course, this would mean the series’ writers lifting their ban on flashbacks thus far, specifically those dealing with Rhaegar and the war, although his sneeky mention on the Walk of Punishment last seasons makes me think he’ll play a bigger role in the next two, more reason to include Elia and Rhaenys. Can’t wait for season 4!

  • Could also be someone who isn’t in the books as well..

  • SerTahu


    Although my first thought was Jeyne Poole, they may want someone older to play her due to some of the scenes she will have in future seasons. Over at three other possibilities have been mentioned: The daughter of the village elder who tries to befriend Arya (which I think is also a good possibility), one of Margaery’s cousins (which I think is unlikely) and the Waif (also unlikely, unless they rush ahead with Arya’s storyline). As for Leaf, my personal theory is that Bran’s storyline will contain some invented material in season 4, and that he won’t reach the cave until the latter half of season 5. I think that in the first half of season 4 we get two travelling scenes, one of which contains the Knight of the Laughing Tree story. They then take refuge in a village and are assaulted by wights, only to be saved by Coldhands (with the scene playing out in a similar way to Coldhands saving Sam in the books). We then get one more scene near the end of the season where Coldhands reveals that he is in the service of the three eyed raven. So I think we can rule Leaf out of this season.


    So, in the end I suspect that she will be playing the village elder’s daughter.

    • joe

      what about myrcella?

      • SerTahu

        1) Myrcella won’t appear again until season 5.
        and 2) Aimee Richardson, who played Myrcella in seasons 1 and 2, is still being used to promote the show at exhibitions and the like, and seems to be on very good terms with a lot of the cast, so I don’t see her role being given to someone else.

        • How do you know Myrcella won’t appear until season 5? Being Oberyin Martell introduced in season 4, I see a lot of reasons for the producers to include scenes of Dorne and remain the audience Myrcella is held guest in Dorne.

          • SerTahu

            I don’t really see any reason for them to include Dorne in season 4. It would require them to cast and pay a bunch of actors to have a scene or two, in which they don’t do anything or have any real impact on the plot. And they can’t bring forward the plot from book 4, because the catalyst for that happening was the events surround Oberyn in book 3. They won’t want to cast more actors when the cast is as big as it already is, and the characters aren’t needed yet, and they have never brought forward storylines from future books (they have invented stuff for already established characters, but have never invented stuff that would require major characters to be introduced sooner).

            From a production, budget and adaption standpoint it makes no sense to introduce Dorne in season 4, and I think that overall the chances of it happening in season 4 are slim to none.

          • gamer60

            The “Reek” storyline (Theon Grayjoy) with the Bastard of Bolton occurs in the fifth and latest book, A Dance With Dragons, and yet much of it was dramatized this season. Which was a smart move by the show’s producers. In a series of books, you can drop a character for awhile and bring him/her back later. Not so in a TV series. Though it isn’t likely that this new actress is Myrcella, reminding the audience that she’s in Dorne makes perfect sense, as does briefly setting up the Red Viper’s large family before he makes the trip to King’s Landing, HBO’s budget for the show is enormous for a TV show, but they’re getting their money’s worth, and making it back as well. As for problems with production and adaptation…What problems? You know how easy it would be to drop in a scene or two in Dorne, either to introduce the Viper’s many daughters and his brother before his big scene, or better yet, to get their reaction to what happens immediately afterwards? It’s not that difficult for a show with a generous budget to get an establishing shot of a city, then move inside for a scene with, say, the Prince of Dorne, the Viper’s daughters, etc. I suspect they’ll drop the whole storyline in which the Dorne princess tries to kidnap Myrcella, and jump right to the Prince of Dorne sending his son off to treat with Dany (after dealing the Viper’s many daughters of course). I’m not saying we will see Dorne in season 4, but the idea that it can’t be done without messing with the adaptation of the books is ludicrous. There’s been plenty of invention in the series, almost of all of it for the good of the story (as presented in the dramatic form). Maybe a character or characters have yet to be introduced in an invented scene, but that doesn’t mean it can’t or won’t happen if the producers decide that it’s necessary.

          • SerTahu

            Except that none of the Theon material that happened during ADwD was dramatised at all. The Theon material was stuff that happened in flashbacks in ADwD and showed what happened between his fall and him appearing in ADwD. In other words, it is stuff that actually happened during the timeframe of ASoS,

            And I’m not saying that introducing Dorne in season 4 would mess up that adaption of the books. I’m saying that from a budget standpoint it makes no sense. It would still require them to cast at least 5 main or supporting actors who aren’t actually needed until season 5 (Quentyn, Doran, Arianne, and then two or at most three of the Sand Snakes (I have a feeling that we will only see Nymeria and Tyene in the show. Obara’s role will be taken by Ellaria sand)). I think that we will get the Dornish reactions in the season 5 premiere. As for the Queenmaker plot, I don’t see them dropping it, as it has an impact on how other storylines play out (particularly Kings Landing).

            My prediction:
            4×09 – the duel
            4×10 – Ellaria leaves KL with RV’s body.
            5×01 – Ellaria arrives at the water gardens and we get the reaction.

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