Game of Thrones’ leading ladies arrive in Belfast; plus a casting update!

We have a couple quick Game of Thrones casting updates and a few Belfast sightings for you all today.

margaret jackmanFirst up, British actress Margaret Jackman will be playing an Old Lady in season 6. Her Spotlight CV cites Mark Mylod as her director. He’s directing episodes 7 and 8.

The specifics of the role aren’t known, but given her listed role name, that she’s not an extra, and not a local to the shooting area but was brought in to film, it’s safe to guess that it’s a small speaking part.

Diogo Sales photoThere’s a name to add to the growing Dothraki lineup for this year: Brazilian actor Diogo Sales. According to his Spotlight CV, the actor has a recurring role as a “Blood Rider” in next season of Game of Thrones.

Bloodriders are the respected bodyguards of a khal. Which khalasar this new bloodrider is a member of remains to be seen as there may be multiple Dothraki groups in play in season 6.

His CV cites Jeremy Podeswa as director, but with Sales’ recurring gig, there may be other directors.

As if there was any doubt, another new cast member (who headed to Belfast yesterday) Staz Nair shared this video today via Instagram. The clip features Nair playing piano and singing, with Sales popping in toward the end with his moves.

So that’s how Dothraki get wild in hotels.


In other Belfast sightings, a couple of the show’s leading ladies have made their way to the city this week. One enterprising fan met both Emilia Clarke and Lena Headey:

Meanwhile, season 6 director Daniel Sackheim (helming episodes 3 &4 for next season) shares a foggy black and white shot from Belfast.

Belfast seems very busy this week. With Emilia arriving in town, most likely she’ll be a part of the Dothraki business, but it’ll be interesting to see if any Cersei rumors find their way to us.

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    1. I thought that Lena had dyed her hair blonde for next season. The wig department has done a hell of a job, judging by

      her Dubrovnik photos.

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    2. Greenjones,

      Okay thanks 🙂
      Almost there…… 6 months to go give or take till premiere. I feel like ive been saying that for a while now. Ugh.

      Cant wait to see what happens to my beloved snow 😐 and with Dany and the dothraki!!!!!!

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    3. Hi, 1st post here!
      But saw this post on reddit earlier, the photo doesn’t really spoil anything but the OP claims that this is for a big scene in S06 episode 8 (don’t know how credible that last part is but the photo definitely looks legitimate) .

      https://www.reddit.com/r/gameofthrones/comments/3rcuan/s6_spoilers_is_this_the_temple_of_the_dosh_khaleen/

      It seems a bit late into the season to still be in Vaes Dothrak, but it would make sense to give Dany a big scene prior to Jon Snows in ep. 9 (e.g. Hardhome and The Dance of Dragons)

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    4. I’m still trying to figure out,

      who is going to end up on the Bolton’s crosses:

      If Ramsay burning two characters on X-crosses during the battle is a book thing, too, I guess it will be Mance and Stannis. Burning two “kings” who have worked against them at once will be a big symbol for the power of House Bolton. Furthermore, it would discourage Jon and his “army”, which will consist of Mance’s Free Folk and the remains of Stannis’ army that he left behind at the Wall (maybe including new sellswords from Braavos brought by Ser Justin Massey). Both Mance and Stannis are some kind of role models for Jon, so seeing them burn during the battle will affect him somehow.

      In the books, Mance is already in the Bolton’s captivity and I think this will be the main motivation for the Wildlings to march against Winterfell with Jon. If the “Pink Letter” is legit, Stannis could have been defeated and captured by the Boltons, too. If not, I think this will happen at the very beginning of TWOW. Stannis’ story has to end at Winterfell somehow and I guess Brienne won’t make it to the North for his execution in the books. Nevertheless the outcome has to be the same. So it is totally possible that Stannis becomes a prisoner of the Boltons and is burned during the Battle of the Bastards.

      The show has to take another route of course, …

      as Mance is already dead and Stannis has probably lost his head, too. Maybe Tormund will take Mance’s role as the “Wildling leader” as he did before, but I can’t see who should stand in for Stannis. Maybe Brienne has not killed him after all and he gets left behind to be found by the Boltons or he joins Brienne and Podrik (+ Theon and Sansa?) only to be captured when they run into Ramsay’s 20 good men? This is not very likely of course and it would somehow suck to see Stannis survive his “execution” only to see him being tortured and burned by the Boltons, all the more as Brienne’s trip to the North would have been totally pointless in this case.

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    5. Idk why but when i think of that maid i see her having scenes with rickon. Maybe shows a closer look at the House he is residing at.

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    6. That Chris guy must be a Belfast resident, he’s everywhere; unless he has $$$$$ and free time on hand.
      I read that all of northern Europe is shrouded in fog, WW on the move with Winter around the corner.

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    7. The King Who Cares,

      …dammit. I think you may be right about

      Tormund. It actually makes a lot of sense. I don’t expect Mance to live for much longer if he’s really been captured by Ramsay (and I suspect he has), possibly being, err… given back to the Wildlings in a similar manner to whoever are on the crosses on the show.

      Since Mance is already gone, I think another Wildling might take his place… the obvious pick being Tormund. In fact, Tormund being captured might be what stirs the Wildlings to fight with Jon in the first place, similar to the book when the Wildlings find out about Mance. How sad it will be when they arrive only to find him burning on a cross…

      Seriously, fuck Cleganebowl… it’s all about SNOWBOWL now. Some heads are gonna roll, baby… preferably of the Bolton variety.

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    8. Maggie,

      That fits with Emilia and the Dothraki actors being in town. The only bit that we know is wrong is

      the bit about the scene in question being in ep. 608. When we know from L7R’s info that that scene is directed by Daniel Sackheim and that Dany leads the Khalisar away from Vaes Dothrak in a Jack Bender episode.

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    9. RandomSand,
      No idea but didn’t it say on here he was in some talent show boy band?……Googles…..yeah they were called Times Red and were on X-Factor (in the UK). Sounds like the sort of ballad-y thing those shows go for.

      Jr Targ
      Hi new person *waves* 🙂

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    10. Is Margaret Jackman this year’s version of “Old woman who seems kind and then gets tortured later”?

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    11. That fan with only one expression is a bit creepy, ha!

      Gotta say, Daario has gotta be feeling a wee bit nervous this season. LOL.

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    12. Haven’t we seen tweets + photos of this Chris Creaners so many times already? You could have been a paparazzo my boy – you certainly have the talent!
      EDIT: apparently I was not the only one to notice that Chris is really dedicated to discover GOT actors everywhere!

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    13. Emilia looks very pretty in that stalkery fan photo! Lena too. But stalkery fan is stalkery! And yay to more Dothraki eye candy!

      Jr Targ: https://www.reddit.com/r/gameofthrones/comments/3rcuan/s6_spoilers_is_this_the_temple_of_the_dosh_khaleen/

      It seems a bit late into the season to still be in Vaes Dothrak, but it would make sense to give Dany a big scene prior to Jon Snows in ep. 9 (e.g. Hardhome and The Dance of Dragons)

      I think they are wrong about which episode this is for. It’s possible that they had to recreate the Vaes Dothrak set again in N.I. for filming of a specific nature in a more controlled environment than in Spain.

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    14. The King Who Cares,

      Either you re-inserted them later on, or there is something going on here: to me it seems that you covered your spoilers perfectly.

      EDIT: or maybe it is possible to cover them later on? Well, not really important I guess. Is there one human being belonging to the fan species that resists uncovering spoilers, anyway? ?

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    15. PLEASE don’t make us waste another whole season with Dany in Essos. I don’t care enough about the Dothraki to deal with an entire season of her getting them on her side and Emilia isn’t that good/compelling enough of an actress, so she needs to be with other main cast for me to find her good. Acting across Tyrion raises her, for example, and giving her good material landing in Westeros would be gold. Camping in Vaes Dothrak is such a groan for me.

      On the show even more than the books it feels like the threat and the balance of things all lies in the North, so all of Dany’s drama in Mereen feels even less consequential. In the books, she’s tied into the plot by Euron/Victarion, Dorne/Quentyn, and even the Aegon implications etc, so you feel like there’s still a larger world she’s part of and that world is still somewhat important. The show has eliminated ALL of that and has shown so much more of the White Walkers (Craster’s baby in the Far North, Hardhome) and the intense consequences, so that it’s really hard to care about Dany pooping around in the desert.

      WHY does everyone like Dany’s character so much?!!

      /Dany rant over.

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    16. The King Who Cares,

      It is a good try! I had also put my money on Tormund for the same reasons you name, that is to mobilise the Wildlings against the Boltons and added Davos as a shock value for the viewer and because his character has no purpose any longer. But would John send them to the Boltons if Sansa reaches the Wall and tells how cruel they are? What is the point in risking good men in negotiating with butchers? It all depends of course on the politics behind the bastardbowl. We have no idea how the Rickon card will be played, what the Umbers will do and what kind of trajectory Sansa will have in all this. Not to mention how will the Watchers brotherhood respond to Jons resurrection? How Jon will avenge the traitors? It is this last bit that make me think that Olly and Ser Allister will have to pay with their lives and a clever way for Jon to do it without taking the responsibility is to send them to Boltons as messengers. Furthermore, it doesn’t need to sacrifice Tormund in order to mobilise the Wildlings. They will march willingly southwards. So this is really tricky.

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    17. Every new actor cast to play a dothraki warrior gets me more excited Lol these guys are so good looking!

      I’m not sure about that information from the reddit poster either. The scene filmed in that tent should be from Episodes 3-4. The tent will be destroyed after that. And not sure they have similar tents out of Vaes Dothraki.

      And considering the area they’ll be shooting now looks nothing like the areas they filmed in Spain, where the areas were mostly drought I’d guess they’ll use the tent for internals of scenes filmed in spain and externals to film other confrontations prior to the scenes of when they arrive in Vaes Dothraki – the big scene to still be filmed might be filmed in opened enviroment.

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    18. It’s seems to be an issue with iOS. Both my iPhone’s are having problems (safari browser) one of which has current iOS installed and the other with previous version. It’s been an issue for two days, but has also happened couple of times before so I’m not sure what’s going on.

      Dame Pasty:
      Apollo,
      They are working fine in IE and Chrome on PC’s.What are you viewing the site with?Phone, laptop, tablet, etc?Include browser and version please.

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    19. Robb Snow,

      The King Who Cares,

      dothrakian raven,

      Spoilers

      I don’t think they’ll need Tormund on the cross to motivate the Wildling’s. I think Jon’s resurrection may be motivation enough. I suspect Jon’s body will be taken to the old forest to be burnt in the Weirwood grove. Mal, some black brothers and the other Wildling’s will see him resurrected from the flames putting him in messenger of the gods/Messiah realm.

      Instead I think there will be a Jenny Poole like character used as a cover for Sansa doing a bunk, who will be burnt alongside another lord who is caught out going behind the Bolton’s back. Another option is to have one of the black brother’s or Davos giving the Bolton’s an ultimatum – a reverse pink letter if your would – that results in them being burned also.

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    20. WiC has a big spoiler? pic, well it determines everyone’s state of mind when seeing it, but I would say 99% will come up with the same conclusion on first watch, whether it’s the case, we’ll all have to wait.

      Row row row your boat I couldn’t resist.

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    21. tyjon:
      WiC has a big spoiler? pic, well it determines everyone’s state of mind when seeing it, but I would say 99% will come up with the same conclusion on first watch, whether it’s the case, we’ll all have to wait.

      Row row row your boat I couldn’t resist.

      Saw that pic, and I went ;Oh!

      Gendry arrived

      finally.

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    22. it took gendry 3 seasons to row from dragonstone to kl? Maybe that meme was right and kept rowing around and around dragonstone

      ?? ?

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    23. They hype continues, all these casting/filming bits just get me more excited! S6 can’t premiere soon enough. Btw do we usually get the first trailer before or after the promo pictures are released? I can’t remember

      Lulus Mum,

      I looked them up but it doesn’t match any of their songs. I can’t understand how even googling the lyrics I still can’t find it. Now I really want to find it, gosh.

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    24. Mimi,

      Season 1 finale name is Fire and Blood

      I’d like to see them make an episode named “Fire made Flesh” cuz thats one of my favorite quotes in the book.

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    25. Huh…looking at her picture, I never would’ve thought Margaret Jackman would be cast as an “old lady”….. And while I’m at it, Chris is a bona-fide GoT cast stalker. Ever since I’ve followed GoT sites this guy is in 95% of random pics taken with the actors. Dudes got issues

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    26. JCDavis:
      57 comments.*shame ring* *shame ring* *shame ring*Color me verklempt !

      Not enough? It appears the fandom’s heart is firmly settled in the North. Dothraki, even though nice to look at, make me go ‘meh’. Can’t get hyped for some reason.

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    27. Newbietothegame: Not enough? It appears the fandom’s heart is firmly settled in the North. Dothraki, even though nice to look at, make me go ‘meh’. Can’t get hyped for some reason.

      Enough or not enough…not really the question or the way I was thinking when I made the post. Usually when I come here, the EU contingency has been online for half a day and the comment section is hundreds of comments already. So seeing that I read this article yesterday and then today checked the comments and there were only a few after yesterday…..yup, seems that I expected a lot more than did write. Not that the world needs to please me in the least, just an observation. 🙂

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    28. tyjon:
      That Chris guy must be a Belfast resident, he’s everywhere; unless he has $$$$$ and free time on hand.
      I read that all of northern Europe is shrouded in fog, WW on the move with Winter around the corner.

      Yep, the fog is pretty intense around these parts. I just left the cinema where I’d been watching Macbeth. In no way did this fog work with the film to create a creepy atmosphere, except in every known sense possible. 😛

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    29. Dornish Pastie,

      OT, and I apologize, but you already got to see Macbeth??? It isn’t released in the States for another month. It’s been a long, long time since I’ve looked forward to a film so much. I’m soooooooooooooooooo jealous.

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