For all of its run, "The Borgias" aired on the same night as "Game of Thrones," and many fans argued that "The Borgias" would have done better in the ratings if it didn't have to square off against another costume drama about backstabbing families. For many members of "The Borgias" cast, moving from Showtime to HBO would be a natural way to showcase their costume-drama talents to a bigger audience.
It's fair to say that most actors like to do a diverse array of projects, and not all actors want to do period dramas back-to-back. However, "Game of Thrones" has become a cultural juggernaut, and many actors from "The Borgias" would likely jump at the chance to join a series with so much critical acclaim.
François Arnaud (Cesare Borgia) clearly loves period pieces. In addition to his work on "The Borgias," he also starred in the Civil War drama "Copperhead." Given his willingness to tackle one period drama after another, many "Borgias" fans are hoping that Arnaud will be asked to join the cast of "Game of Thrones."
The AV Club's Les Chappell argues that Arnaud would be a natural fit for "Game of Thrones." In his review of "The Borgias" series finale, Chappell wrote, "In my dream casting pool, I'd put François Arnaud into consideration as Oberyn Martell. As Cesare, he certainly displayed the force and wit the Red Viper was known for, and given the hot-blooded and sexually active reputation of the Dornishmen, it'd be an easy transition from the lusty Renaissance of 'The Borgias.'"
Chappell also speculated that Sean Harris (Cesare's personal assassin Micheletto) would be a good addition to the Wildlings group and added that Holliday Grainger (Lucrezia Borgia) could fit in very well with the Tyrell court.
Other "Borgias" stars would also be a natural fit for the world of "Game of Thrones." Ruta Gedmintas (Ursula Bonadeo) would be a welcome addition to any of the courts in Westeros, while Lotte Verbeek (Giulia Farnese) would be a great addition to Littlefinger's brothel. Both women have shown that they are comfortable doing nude scenes, something that is required of many "Thrones" characters.
Why should the cast of "The Borgias" seek asylum on "Game of Thrones"? What actor wouldn't want a chance to be a part of the most talked-about show on television?
"The Borgias" brought many new faces to the public's attention, but a role of "Game of Thrones" could turn relatively new talents like François Arnaud and Ruta Gedmintas into big stars. The cast of "The Borgias" was astounding, and they deserve a show where they can showcase their talents to a larger audience.
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