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‘Game Of Thrones’ Casts Its Melisandre and Stannis Baratheon

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The casting for A Game Of Thrones has revealed two new major roles, that will obviously mean more to those that have read the books than those who just watched the first season. Today has EW.com revealing that Carice van Houten, a Dutch stage and film actress who was seen recently in the films Valkyrie and Repo Men, will be taking on the role of Melisandre, “described as a seductive force possessing prophetic powers who’s willing to impose her religion on the world by any means necessary.” In addition to her, they’ve also cast British actor Stephen Dillane, who is taking on the role of Stannis Baratheon. Stannis is described to EW as a man who “believes himself to be the Iron Throne’s rightful heir and is described as humorless and authoritative, with a strict moral code (his younger brother Renly, who also wants to be king, memorably described Stannis in the first season as having “the personality of a lobster”). But Stannis is gradually succumbing to the power of his newfound religion.”

Melisandre is powerful woman who counsels the late King Robert’s eldest younger brother, Stannis Baratheon, in his quest to claim the Iron Throne.

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