HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ Casts Strong Female Character — and Gives Her a New Name

Aug 3, 2011  •  Post A Comment

"Game of Thrones" has cast the sister of Theon Greyjoy, a woman who commands her own ship, leads men into battle and enjoys throwing axes, reports EW.com’s Inside TV blog.

The HBO show’s producers have cast Gemma Whelan of "Gulliver’s Travels" to play the character, who has been renamed. Originally Asha Greyjoy in the books, she will be known as Yara in the television series — "presumably because the former sounds too much like another character in the show, Osha," the piece notes.

Theon Greyjoy is a ward of the Stark family, while Yara is his older sister.

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