News has finally leaked out about about who will be playing the "second most devious man in Westeros" It's none other than the man I dubbed as the most logical choice to play Littlefinger: Aidan Gillen.
Back when I did a post on who I thought should play Littlefinger, I thought the artist formerly known as Tommy Carcetti would be a good choice. Here is why I thought he had a chance and why he will be a good fit for Lord Petyr Baelish.
Gillen is one of the most logical choices to play Littlefinger. He has the prior relationship with HBO, and his agent even admitted to contacting the team behind Thrones to get Gillen some work in the series. The shooting will take place in Northern Ireland, which happens to be Gillen's home. All of these factors suggest some sort of involvement for the artist formerly known as Councilman Carcetti in Game of Thrones. What makes him a wonderful fit for Littlefinger is the ruthless ambition he displayed as Tommy Carcetti. Not only that, while watching the show, I actually believed that Tommy would actually fix Baltimore's problems even being familiar with the man's ambitious nature. A lot of that credit goes to Gillen's acting as he made the audience believe that he was the man for Baltimore. That kind of talent is going to come in quite handy if he gets cast to play Westeros' second most devious man. If you look at the picture above, you could totally see that smirk on Littlfinger's face as he sits in another one of the Small Council's meetings.
The Verdict - You don't break the bank on him, but he provides with you with a solid performance. Not only is Gillen a very talented actor, he is not well known, and that makes him perfect (From HBO's standpoint) for a supporting role like Littlefinger.
I think HBO picked the right guy to play one of the most important roles in the series. Hell, looking at the pictures, I can even see some resemblance.
Here is a clip of his work though beware there are a lot of spoilers for The Wire.
With Pycelle, Littlefinger, and some other minor characters cast, it now remains to be seen as to who will play the sellsword Bronn and the Patriach of the Lannisters: lord Tywin Lannister. I'm pretty sure we will get the news on them soon.
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