Catching up on back seasons of Game of Thrones is fun in part because you start matching well-known actors to all the weird names you’d heard thrown around. And, as with any post-Oz HBO program, we recognize some faces from previous worlds. It’s difficult, for example, not to think of brothel owner Petyr Baelish, played by Aidan Gillen, as the similarly cunning Mayor Carcetti from The Wire. In fact, sometimes I just imagine Carcetti stepped into a C.S. Lewis-like wardrobe and never came back.
relies heavily on the stiff British accent, it might be best to infuse it with even more U.K. flavor. I, for one, cannot believe that Stannis is not Jason Statham. I noticed also that Theon Greyjoy’s lackey, Dagmer Cleftjaw, is a role played by Ralph Ineson, who had a great turn on the first incarnation of The Office
as all-around blowhard Chris Finch. Obviously, with Ricky Gervais resurrecting TV’s worst boss
, David Brent, we should import everyone from that awkward sitcom into this medieval war epic. Instant beheadings!
But if you want some real synergy? Some can’t-miss premium cable drama? Then figure out a way to get Bryan Cranston’s Walter White into King’s Landing. Imagine it: he’d never have to use a sword, because he’d be such a badass evil alchemist, brewing all his poisons and explosives, disappearing in clouds of smoke whenever he felt like it. The notion is so promising that I’m half-expecting Vince Gilligan to take that route in the second half of season five. Hey, it’d be no weirder than a Better Call Saul! spin-off