WinterIsComing.net has confirmed that 6’9″ tall Icelandic strongman Hafþór “Thor” Björnsson will be portraying Gregor Clegane, The Mountain That Rides, in the upcoming fourth season of Game of Thrones.
According to WiC:
Thor was on set in Belfast earlier this August, and [...] he is currently in Dubrovnik with the rest of the cast, preparing to film scenes for season four.
Hafþór will be replacing Ian Whyte in the role. This is not the first time this character has been recast. Conan Stevens portrayed Ser Gregor in the first season, but was replaced by Whyte in season 2. Read more about Conan’s take on the role of The Mountain in our extensive interview with him.
This news comes right on the back of another recasting, that of Daario Naharis. How do you feel about this change? Will it matter, given Gregor’s role? How does Hafþór compare to Conan and Ian? One thing is for certain – he’s certainly the right size for the job!
Author’s Note: I had been expecting something like this to happen with The Mountain. It seems as if Ian Whyte was used as a last minute replacement for Conan Stevens, as Whyte is something of a resident stuntman for the show, and would have been on hand. However, Hafþór seems much more suited to the role. He definitely has the right physique and look, and hopefully this means we’ll once again see the ferocious monster that we have missed since season 1!
Game of Thrones Season 4 will premiere in spring of 2014. We’ll provide an exact air date here when we have it.