Game of Thrones fans are still waiting to see who will finally get cast as the often-mentioned King-Beyond-the-Wall, Mance Rayder, for the upcoming third season of the hit HBO series. One actor came very close to being cast as this important character—but ultimately said NO.
The actor is none other than Dominic West, whom we recently saw in John Carter as the villainous Sab Than.
The revelation that West had been offered a role on Game of Thrones and had then turned it down came in an interview with Huffington Post's Maureen Ryan.
Though West doesn't openly say the part was that of Mance Rayder, Winteriscoming is quite certain (and we tend to agree) that this was indeed the role Dominic West was offered.
Here's the interesting bit:
On Wednesday, I interviewed West, who played the iconic cop Jimmy McNulty on The Wire, about the second season of the period drama The Hour, in which he plays newscaster Hector Madden. I asked what other kinds of roles he was interested in, and Game of Thrones came up in the conversation.
"I was offered something on Game of Thrones and unfortunately, I hadn't seen it, but my nephew and his father said, 'Gosh, Game of Thrones is the only great show on!' And I felt terrible, because I'd just turned them down," West said.
So what part was West offered? He hasn't read the books, so the name didn't stick in his head. But he did say that taking the role — a substantial one and similar in stature or importance to Sean Bean's Season 1 character Ned Stark, according to West — would have involved being "in Reykjavik for six months." (Game of Thrones shoots the scenes set north of the Wall in Iceland.)
Then Dominic West said about the part:
"it was a lovely part, a good part. I'm going to regret it," he said with a rueful laugh. "My problem is, I've got four kids, and at the moment, I'm reluctant to be away from home for a long time. I can get a lot of work in London and still be at home. That's one of the many brilliant things about The Hour.''
We actually think Dominic West could have made a great Mance Rayder, had he accepted the role, but we understand the reasons why he refused the part.
But looking at the picture of the actor above, there's another Game of Thrones role we actually think the actor would be kind of perfect for and that's the one of Prince Oberyn Martell, also known as The Red Viper, whom we should expect to see in season four.
Just a thought, guys. Just a thought.