Now, with that out of the way, let's move on to the others.
Be'lal only shows up briefly toward the end of the third book, but this is after a whole book in which is character is behind much of what happens. I think he should be shown masquerading as High Lord Samon for a while before he reveals who he really is. Simon Ward (left) knows how to play major villains and I think he'd do well here, but really, this is a role that it would be easy for an actor to define considering he gets so little to do in the book itself.
I chose Hans Matheson (right) to play Asmodean, because he's a great actor and looks very similar to the character as described. He could find the middle ground between a man who used to be a pretty bad guy and a man who's a shadow of what he once was and is changing to be good. He's a fairly recognizable name at this point, but then, Asmodean can very easily end up in the main cast, considering he starts out as a hidden Big Bad and then become's Rand's reluctant trainer just after having his power cut off. As for the mystery of who kills him, I don't think we should leave it a mystery on the show the way the books did. Fans have already had enough fun trying to guess at his killer, and since we now know who it is, there's no reason to keep the mystery on the show.
Moghedian is a hard role to cast because she's a pretty major character for exactly one book (mostly using the name Ghyldin), and after that she only appears sporadically. I decided to go with an unknown for her, and based the casting choice entirely on her look. Her name is Montserrat Lombard (left), and I like how she can look so sneering and dismissive, not to mention scheme-y. She definitely looks like someone who would be thought of as spider weaving webs of deceit. Yep, I like her for Moggy.
Graendal is probably one of the more popular Forsaken, and definitely one of those that's around the longest. She's described as beautiful, red-headed and shapely, with an hour-glass figure. Polly Walker (left) pretty much played exactly this character on Rome, and considering that Graendal is a pretty major character, I don't have any issue at all casting a well-known actress in this role.
Mesaana's look is barely described in the books, but her disguise is. Once again, I don't have a problem using her disguise as her main persona. The book even says she looks much like Danelle, the Aes Sedai she was disguised as. She's not a huge character, either, so I went with little-known actress Rosanna Lavelle (left). My thought is that for most of the series she'd be Danelle, and only during the Forsaken's social would the viewer find out she's Mesaana.
And now the new generation: five of the Forsaken later show up in new bodies; Aginor becomes Osan'gar, Balthamel becomes Aran'gar, Lanfear becomes Cyndane, Ishamael becomes Moridin and finally Graendal becomes Hessalam.
Aran'gar and Osan'gar spend almost the entirety of their time in the story infiltrating the Asha'man and the Salidar Aes Sedai, respectively, under the assumed names Corlan Dashiva (Osan'gar) and Halima Saranov (Aran'gar). Dashiva is described as having a plain, creased face with lank hair and is "not young." Sounds like Ned Dennehy (right) could do that.
Next Up: The rest of the Aes Sedai!