Gwendoline Christie Joins ‘Game of Thrones’

The actress will portray Briennne of Tarth in the second season of HBO's hit series.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

The Maid of Tarth has been found.

With casting for season 2 of "Game of Thrones" well underway, George R.R. Martin — the author of the original novels and an executive producer on the show — announced on his blog that Gwendoline Christie will portray Brienne, a fan favorite character.

"This was another one of those cases where there was hardly any debate," explained Martin. "The day the first batch of auditions went up for the role, we looked at a dozen actresses who were reading for Brienne and one actress who WAS Brienne. Gwendoline gave a great reading, and her look was just perfect. No, when she auditioned, she did not look she does in the photo above. She came in looking… well, like Brienne."

Christie is a largely unknown actress who previously had a small part in "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassas." Her character, Brienne serves in Renly Baratheon’s Rainbow Guard and dreams of becoming a knight. Brienne is also described as being very tall and homely, with other characters mockingly calling her “Brienne the Beauty" despite her very real skills as a warrior.

Late last month, Natalie Dormer was signed to play Margaery Tyrell, a young woman pledged to marry Renly (Gethin Anthony) to help support his quest for  King Joffrey's throne.

Martin also spoke about the second season of "Game of Thrones" during an interview with The Wall Street Journal. In particular, Martin noted that he is currently writing "Blackwater," the ninth episode of the second season which will depict the epic Battle of the Blackwater Rush.

"It’s going to be enormously expensive," related Martin. "There’s always the problem—when you write books, you can have everything be as big as you want, you can have all special effects budget in the world and you can have thousands of fighters and all that. But then when you actually put it on screen, it’s a little more challenging. So if anyone has an extra couple of million dollars they could give us, we could make the battle even bigger."

Martin will also be moderating the "Game of Thrones" panel at the San Diego Comic-Con International later this month.

What are your thoughts about the casting of Gwendoline Christie as Brienne or Martin's second "Game of Thrones" episode? Let us know in the comments below!

 Photo Credit: Polly Borland