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George R. R. Martin reflects on Dunk and Egg casting in The Hedge Knight



Dunk and Egg official artwork by Gary Gianni

The casting of characters has always been one of the greatest aspects of the Game of Thrones series. Even George R. R. Martin, the man behind the GOTverse, is amazed by them. The lead cast for the upcoming Game of Thrones prequel, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight was recently revealed. And Martin is just as excited as the fans.

George R. R. Martin praises Dunk and Egg casting

As Martin’s beloved Dunk and Egg novellas are being turned into a TV show, fans are excited about what HBO has in store. Martin, who was also a part of the casting process, recalled on his blog, Not A Blog:

We have our hedge knight. And he has his squire. Peter Claffey will play Dunk. He’s a former professional rugby player turned actor. And he’s tall. Ok, maybe not quite as tall as Ser Duncan the Tall, but still plenty tall, and with the magic of television… His readings were terrific. I think you’re going to love him.

As Egg, we’ve cast Dexter Sol Ansell. Most recently seen in the HUNGER GAMES prequel, but he’s got an amazing amount of experience for his age. I am told he cannot wait to shave his head. (Love that sort of commitment). His auditions were wonderful as well. Peter and Dexter. They should make one hell of a pair. 

Many more parts to cast, of course, but we’re seeing some great candidates. More news soon, I hope.”

What is The Hedge Knight about?

HBO recently revealed the official synopsis of the upcoming prequel:

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“A century before the events of Game of Thrones, two unlikely heroes wandered Westeros… a young, naïve but courageous knight, Ser Duncan the Tall, and his diminutive squire, Egg. Set in an age when the Targaryen line still holds the Iron Throne and the memory of the last dragon has not yet passed from living memory, great destinies, powerful foes, and dangerous exploits all await these improbable and incomparable friends.”

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