Finally getting around to reading this interview at The Daily Beast with A Game of Thrones show-runners D. B. Weiss and David Benioff (Benioff is hot, who knew) and I loved this bit about why they cast my beloved Carice Van Houten as the red sorceress Melisandre in the upcoming season(s):
Weiss: ... she has always been in the forefront of our minds, ever since we saw Black Book five years ago.
Benioff: Melisandre is a tricky role, and very few actresses have all the attributes required. Drop-dead gorgeous? Check. Charismatic and fiercely intelligent? Check. Able to convey a sinister, menacing presence without going over-the-top villainess? Check. In Carice’s hands, Mel is like Lady Macbeth and the three witches rolled into one.
Weiss: When you put it that way … yeah, it is a tricky role to cast. If we hadn’t gotten Carice, we might’ve just had to put Lena [Headey] in a red wig.
They also say the third book A Storm of Swords will have to be split into two seasons, which makes sense and elicits a PHEW from me. But that also means the 4th and 5th ones will have to do the same, don't it? Things ain't getting any less complex, yo!