Loyal bottom supporters, it is time to look at what was going on in the community in August 2011, three years ago. Like this year, the show was between seasons and so we were getting casting news concerning new characters for season two (a veritable myriad thereof!), while filming was in full swing.
- Gemma Whelan was confirmed as Yara Greyjoy, and Kerr Logan as Matthos Seaworth. Nonso Anozie was cast as Xaro Xhoan Daxos. Tom Wlaschiha joined as fan favourite Jaqen H’ghar (who may return this year!), Roy Dotrice was cast as Pyromancer Hallyne, and we found out Hannah Murray joined in the role of Gilly. We got Robert Pugh as Craster. We also figured out that Michael McElhatton was cast as Roose Bolton, and that Ben Crompton was to play Dolorous Edd – he has had great one-liners, that guy! Later that month we got Patrick Malahide as Balon Greyjoy, Daniel Portman as Podrick Payne, Ian Hanmore as Pyat Pree, Ralph Ineson as Dagmer Cleftjaw, Lucian Msamati as Salladhor Saan, and Andy Beckwith as Rorge. We also found out Laura Pradelska was to play Quaithe (when will we see her again?) and Forbes KB got the role of Black Lorren, one of the Ironborn.
- Filming was taking place at Clandeboye Estate (Craster’s Keep), at Ballintoy Harbour and other places along the coast such as Murlough Bay (Theon’s storyline, including his baptism).
- What was originally an April’s Fool joke yours truly came up with (to tease as certain Rabbit and other Croatian readers) became a reality, as shooting in Croatia was first strongly rumoured and then confirmed. Dubrovnik and several surrounding locations were chosen to feature in S2. Iceland was likewise added as a new country that season.
- David and Dan revelaed for the first time that A Storm of Swords would not be adapted into a single season (which they stayed true to, as we know).
- Lastly, the Always Support the Bottom shirts were offered to the community! Are you still in the dark about the origin of the phrase? Sound off in the comments, and the old guard will tell you the cool story behind it. We will include it in our FAQ one day soon 😉