Game of Thrones Casting Clue/Spoiler + Calling All ONTD (US) Artists!

George R.R. Martin has surprised us today by dropping what appears to be a new casting clue on his Not A Blog. The message is brief but tagged with “Game of Thrones” and “HBO.” Late-breaking casting news for season 3, perhaps?

The very brief clue from Froggy in a post titled “It’s the Pits” reads:

Son of Homer.

Update: We’re waiting on word from GRRM, but it’s likely that this clue points toward the ‘casting’ of the bear used in a notable scene from A Storm of Swords. It’s good to confirm we’ll get that scene in season 3.

Update by HmR: GRRM has confirmed it in a comment to his post:

You guys are smarter than the average bear, plainly.

Yes, it’s BART THE BEAR.

Or rather, Bart the Second. The original Bart, that nine foot tall star of stage and screen, has departed for the great forest in the sky. So Jaime and Brienne get to play with his heir and namesake.

HBO has launched a new contest over on the official Game of Thrones Tumblr page. The contest calls for artists to create an original, season three poster for a chance to win a prize pack, worth almost $1,000. The contest is open to US residents only and runs from today until June 14. To enter, first follow Game of Thrones on Tumblr and then submit your creation to them, tagged with “GoT Fan Art Challenge”. Here are the prizes that will go to the five lucky winners:

An HBO Shop Game of Thrones Prize Pack Consisting of: an Inside HBO’s Game of Thrones Book (Collector’s Edition), a Dragon Egg Paperweight, an Iron Throne Replica Statue, Direwolf Bookends, a Letter Opener, a Set of 6 Funco Figures, a $100 HBO Shop Gift Certificate, a Game of Thrones Fleece Blanket, a House Sigil Stone Coaster Set, a Hand of the King Pin, a Westeros Canvas Map, an Iron Throne Journal, A Feast of Ice and Fire Cookbook, a Sigil Shield Keychain, a Game of Thrones Card Game and a Sigil Beanie.

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