Game of Thrones Summons Rome's Ciarán Hinds to Play Mance Rayder

Belfast native Ciarán Hinds — best known to TV viewers as Rome’s Julius Caesar but currently wrapping a run as Political Animals ex-POTUS Bud Hammond — has been tapped by HBO’s Game of Thrones to play the pivotal role of Mance Rayder, EW.com reports.

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Per the Song of Ice and Fire novels, Mance was a loyal member of the Night’s Watch until he broke his vows and went to live with the wildings. There, he rose to an influential position, ultimately becoming regarded as The King Beyond the Wall.

Mance has occasionally been alluded to on the HBO series — most recently in the Season 2 finale, as Jon Snow was being led to meet with the wildings’ leader.

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Season 3 of Game of Thrones is set to premiere March 31, 2013.

Thrones faithful, is Hinds how you envisioned Mance Rayder?