Game of Thrones season 6 casting has begun – and here’s the list!

ravenSeason 5 of Game of Thrones may not be over but preparations for season 6 are well under way, and casting season has begun! And the first casting breakdowns have found their way to our inbox, thanks to some great sources.

There’s a bit of a twist this year though. Since past role descriptions have leaked, the show has wised up and left the names off the write-ups this year.

But that’s not a problem for Game of Thrones fans, is it? We love a good casting puzzle. And some of these parts are obvious, even without the names.

Let the casting speculation begin!

The first role on the table is…

  • Pirate,  man in his 40’s to late 50’s. He’s “an infamous pirate who has terrorized seas all around the world. Cunning, ruthless, with a touch of madness.”
    He’s a dangerous-looking man. A very good part this season.

We’d heard unconfirmed rumors that Theon’s uncle Euron Greyjoy would be appearing in season 6, and this sounds like him, more than his brother Victarion.

Next up is the one I’m personally most excited about:

  • Father. Aged 50’s to 60’s, he’s one of the greatest soldiers in Westeros- a humorless martinet, severe and intimidating. He demands martial discipline in the field and in his home. It’s described as “a very good part” for next year and that he’s “centrally involved” in a protagonist’s storyline.

This is a clear description of Randyll Tarly, Sam’s abusive father and the famous soldier mentioned by Stannis Baratheon a couple episodes ago. Some had guessed the discussion might mean we’re seeing him next year, and they were right.

The next three characters appear to be linked to this storyline- most likely Sam’s mother, brother Dickon and one of his sisters. All have the same comment about being centrally involved in a protagonist’s storyline.

  • Mother, in her 50’s. She’s a sweet, plump, and adoring mother, and has a soft spot for one of her children who benefits from her decency.
  • Sister, in her early 20s. She’s a kind, friendly and unpretentious woman.
  • Brother, in his early to mid-20’s . Athletic, a good hunter, an excellent swordsman, manly, not particularly bright but the favourite child of the father.

Next up:

  • Priest, in his 40’s or 50’s. A gruff ex-soldier who found religion. Now a no-nonsense rural priest who ministers to the poor of the countryside. He’s salt-of-the-earth man who has weathered many battles.

Sounds like Septon Meribald, although it’s a little surprising we’d see him next year instead of this year. If it is him, that hints at someone surviving the season.

A few more roles:

  • Leading Actress, in her early 40’s, she’s an elegant actress with a traveling theatre company. Fun, charismatic, rum-drinking actress in the troupe.
  • Priestess. Mid-20’s to early 30’s. Any ethnicity- she’s beautiful, intense, and magnetic.
  • Fierce Warrior, a tall man in 30’s or 40’s with a powerful physique. They’re looking for someone with “mixed ethnicity” for the role.

They’re also searching for a trio of young boys with very specific descriptions. My instinct says another flashback- perhaps this time via the weirwood network?

  • A large boy, with an actor who is 10-12 but playing 7 or 8. He’s described as “a clever boy” who seems too large for his age. He’s big and tall but not fat. “Characterful squat features” are a plus for this part. it’s specified that this is a one-time appearance.
  • 12 year old boy, with brown hair and blue eyes. He needs to use a Northern accent. He has scenes where he has to spar with a wooden sword.
    The length of the role isn’t specified.
  • 7 year old boy with dark brown hair, a narrow face and green eyes. He also has a Northern accent. He also spars with the wooden sword, so it’s safe to assume it’s the same scene. This role is similarly open-ended, the description only stating that the character is being ‘introduced.’

It’s worth noting that Sean Bean has green eyes, so if this is for a flashback role, the write-up would be a good fit for a child Ned.

Alright, readers, what do you make of these?

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    1. Mads Mikkelson is my dream Euron but I don’t see that happening considering he’s in Hannibal (though I remember a video from last year where he said he’d consider a role, since his friend Nikolaj is on it.) No doubt the casting will wow us regardless.

      Great scoop!

      Is that “large boy”

      Ser Duncan?

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    2. Ugh, Euron Greyjoy confirmed.

      Oldtown roadtrip confirmed!

      RANDYLL TARLY YASSSSS. SEPTON MERIBALD YASSSSS.

      Coupled with the Girona information and this information, I’m guessing

      Euron Greyjoy is going to attack the Reach, and Sam’s going to be caught up in it

      .

      The bit with the Northern boys sounds like it could be one of Bran’s visions of the past, except that the green-eyed boy is being “introduced,” which doesn’t sound like a one-off.

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    3. So, uh, wow holy crap this is totally awesome.

      I’d long thought that for the Sullied viewers out there, that there would be 3 kinds of roles we could see for the next year:

      Mop-up: characters who have already shown up in ASOIAF but not in the show that would be obvious ones to us book people. (Some of those descriptions above sound dead-on, and your expectation of Randyll Tarly means that we might see some Horn Hill drama and a voyage, et cetera. So that’s awesome news. Plus news of said pirate. And a possible Septon Meribald (!!).

      Made-up: Characters who come across as obvious show add-ins. “Casting is now commencing for Bob, a steel merchant!” That kind of nonsense.

      Real spoilers. People who may have been mentioned but as of yet have not appeared in the show…I won’t mention any names. But ones that might give the game away. I don’t think I see any above.

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    4. M,

      It’s vague, so I don’t know if they’re just shooting the one scene, and keeping their options open to theoretically shoot

      more visions with little Ned in the future. Assuming that’s who it is. And it sure seems like it.
      I thought maybe the big boy could be Robert, since he’s the same age as Ned.

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    5. Is the “Leading Actress” tied to

      Arya’s storyline? Or could it be unrelated?

      It seems odd that they would specify an eye colour that wasn’t grey for the boys if they’re supposed to be Starks, but if they are casting a child Ned, it makes sense that they would want that to be in keeping with Sean Bean’s eyes. Sean Bean doesn’t have a narrow face, though, which they also specified. Were it not for the Northern accent bit, I’d guess that the younger boy was young Littlefinger.

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    6. It looks like we will get weirwood flashbacks. I’m really excited!
      Also looking forward to Randyll Tarly, I wonder which actor they’re going to cast/have casted for the role. As for Pirate, he does sound like Euron, will he have a h*** with him? 😀

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    7. Fierce Warrior, a tall man in 30’s or 40’s with a powerful physique. They’re looking for someone with “mixed ethnicity” for the role.

      Could this be Darkstar-Gerold Dayne

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    8. I didn’t believe they’d bring in Euron! Very interesting. What part will he have to play, I wonder, what with Vic’s fleet, and his journey to Meereen, being non-existent and all.

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    9. Mr Fixit:
      I didn’t believe they’d bring in Euron! Very interesting. What part will he have to play, I wonder, what with Vic’s fleet, and his journey to Meereen, being non-existent and all.

      I’m guessing his role is to

      attack the Reach and cause havoc there. If we’re going to Oldtown with Sam and Gilly, I’m guessing something big has to happen there, and an Ironborn attack would do the trick.

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    10. So, not only Euron and Randyll are to be cast, but this basically confirms a certain character is going to Oldtown, right? If there was still any doubt, after all the setup. I’m particularly excited about Randyll, and whatever role he may play in TWOW / Season 6.

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    11. Could the green-eyed boy be a young Howland Reed?

      More spec: if Loras is the only Tyrell brother in the show, then maybe he’s released and heads back to the Reach

      just in time for the Ironborn’s attack, therefore joining up with Willas’ storyline

      .

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    12. M,

      Could be.

      Seems like the Ironborn attack on the Reach might be more important than I thought. I was of the opinion that it was Martin stacking the cards against the Tyrells when Aegon waltzes in from the East. It seems though that Oldtown and the Citadel are going to be crucial for the endgame.

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    13. M,

      Makes sense because if I were Loras after all this King’s Landing stuff, I would get the hell out of town.

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    14. So Euron and Randyll for sure. Then it sounds like a flashback with a young Ned as seen by Bran. A Septon-Meribald-like character. And then it sounds like the theater company aspects of the Mercy story are going to get brought in for Arya.

      One thing I note is missing is Oldtown characters. None of this sounds like Sarella or Marwyn or any of them. I would have thought we’d be getting some Citadel maesters with the path we seem to have Sam on, but maybe some combination of cutting characters and merging some others. Maybe send another Sand Snake to the Citadel for some reason?

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    15. Afeastfordances,

      This is not the full casting news we’ll get. Every year people assume that’s the case every time there’s a piece of news like this, and then eventually many others roll out.

      Mr Fixit,

      I’m pretty sure it’s mostly because a main character (Sam) will be there. They wouldn’t bother otherwise. It means TWOW Sam’s story in the Citadel will be affected by the Ironborn attack to the Reach, as one would expect they will attack Oldtown.

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    16. Interesting that Randyll Tarly is (in theory) at home rather than on the battlefield.

      How are they going to end in 7 seasons if they’re still doing scenes from the 4th book in season 6?

      Are we sure that they’ll be pulling the Dothraki back into the story? Is that the mixed race warrior?

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    17. They’re planning on using Girona for three weeks, and they only had the Water Gardens for a week, so that gives some notion of how important whatever will be filmed in Girona will be. That screams a major, major storyline happening in the new setting which Girona will double for.

      I’m thinking Septon Meribald is showing up in Season 6 and not Season 4 or 5 because

      the Hound is coming back in Season 6. CLEGANEBOWL GET HYPE.

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    18. – Leading Actress, in her early 40’s, she’s an elegant actress with a traveling theatre company. Fun, charismatic, rum-drinking actress in the troupe.

      – Priestess. Mid-20’s to early 30’s. Any ethnicity- she’s beautiful, intense, and magnetic.

      – Fierce Warrior, a tall man in 30’s or 40’s with a powerful physique. They’re looking for someone with “mixed ethnicity” for the role.

      Have a feeling that each of these characters are connected to Dany’s storyline in S06 which I expect

      to be focused on her march across Essos and her invasion of Westeros. Besides, the mixed-ethnicities and priestesses things are connected to Essos & R’hllor (c.f. the red priestess that Tyrion sees in Volantis).

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    19. I’m not seeing any KL castings here–seems to be Reach/Essos/North stuff, mostly–but I’ll be very interested to see if any KL castings dribble out.

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    20. BTW, that priest could just as well be the Elder Brother, right? I’d always assumed they would merge those two roles anyway if any of them were to appear at all.

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    21. Also interesting thought on the “Priest, in his 40’s or 50’s who started a religion” proposed by redditor talt123 Could it be Aeron Damphair Greyjoy? Missing madness component but another possibility besides Meribald.

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    22. Well Bronn’s still alive and Jaimie has been an ass to him most of the season I could see him having very similar plans to the darkstar for myrcella

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    23. Season 5 is not even over and I’m already getting Season 6 hype. WHAT IS THIS SORCERY. Thank you WTW. Thank you Sue 🙂

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    24. exciting stuff! i wonder if any of these more ambiguous roles (“priestess” and “warrior”) could end being part of Rickon’s comeback… you’d think when he shows up again it would be surrounded by typical Northern sorts, but he’s been wandering the offscreen void for so long, it’s not beyond the realm of possibility that he could find some “mixed ethnicity” friends.

      Better yet, maybe he will get caught up in the show’s version of an Ironborn invasion storyline.

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    25. Oh my god Euron <3 I had actually given up hope so this makes me so happy. I reckon we could be in for some setup for him in the finale after the Yara news the other week! That leech is still in play after all!

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    26. Are some of these hinting at a possible cliff-hanger at this season’s end? If so, it gives chance to prolong the resolution. How do they fill the space?

      (1) Missed characters and plots that people hoped for in this current season.

      Ironborn, mostly. Including resolution of…. what’s his name?

      (2) Background characters and story to certain current characters.

      The Tarly Bunch

      (3) More flashbacks

      Bran’s level of skills training revealing more facts about heard of but never seen in person characters. Brandon, Ned and Benjen as boys growing up. Brandon with Ned & Robert, training. Hope for Ned with Lyanna to resolve R+L=J

      (4) Flashforward – Unknown. The Future? Is it set in stone?

      The first 3 seem probable. 4th? Maybe too soon, perhaps for season 7

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    27. Graham McTavish sounds like the right sort for Randyll Tarly. Big, bald, imposing. Yeah.

      Also, since nobody has said it yet, THIS CONFIRMS DEEPWOOD MOTTE!

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    28. I’m seriously busy at the moment, so I’m not going to be able to comment properly on this until later, or tomorrow (when I’m sure there will be hundred of comments), but kudos for getting the BIG scoop again this year. Sounds very exciting, and I look forward to reading all the speculation.

      I was wondering if we would get something like this, but you don’t know, it’s so fantastic that you have.

      Now back to work…

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    29. Paging Ray Stevenson.

      THIRTEEN!!!

      Also the mixed race fierce fighter will likely be the leader of another dothraki army dany encounters…

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    30. M,

      I’m with you on the inclusion of Euron – but I guess if he is important in the as yet unprinted books they had to cast him.

      Sue the Fury, do you know if this is a full casting (as far as important characters are concerned) are might some more characters be cast who are not mentioned in the above feature?

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    31. It can’t be Littlefinger as he mentioned in the show that he sustained real wounds from the fight with Brandon, not wooden sword-wounds.

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    32. Yeeeesss! This is good news indeed. I really do hope that these turn out to be who we all think they will be, it does seem pretty obvious but you never know. I really look forward to seeing Euron and Randyll.

      Does anyone else think that if they have Euron, they will have Victarion too? I really hope so.

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    33. Damn, this is exciting! Just yesterday I was thinking “Wasn’t it around this time last year that Sue posted the first casting calls for Season 5? I hope that information about Season 6 starts to emerge in the next few weeks.” Lo and behold, here it is, right on schedule! Thanks as always to you and your sources, Sue!

      As several people have already noted, several of these descriptions are obvious.

      Pirate is clearly Euron Greyjoy. This casting call isn’t exhaustive, but I expect he’s the only Greyjoy uncle that we’ll see. With the Battle of Meereen gone, whatever value Victarion contributed to the narrative (personal opinion: next to nothing) is gone. Aeron is possible, but his primary purpose would be as a foil to Euron – a role that could probably be filled by Yara, especially if she doesn’t cross paths with Stannis. I suspect that we’ll learn that Balon has died in the one of the final three episodes of this season, and Yara will put in a brief appearance to set up this plotline for next year.
      Father is Randyll Tarly. Mother is Melessa Tarly (née Florent). Sister is Talia Tarly, Brother is Dickon Tarly. Sam and Gilly are definitely heading South, presumably to Oldtown, although I don’t see any obvious candidates for Maesters on this casting call. Regardless, the external drama of this storyline will likely arrive in the form of Euron attacking the Reach, just as many suspected.

      Quick guesses:

      Priest: Septon Meribald seems likely.
      Leading Actress: No idea. A new character, maybe? There’s Arya’s theater troupe, but with Mercy happening this season, I’m not sure if that will be included.
      Priestess: A Red Priestess of some kind would be my guess. Far from certain.
      Fierce Warrior: A Dothraki, perhaps? Khal Jhaqo?
      The three boys: A flashback seems likely. Robert, Brandon, and Ned? If so, perhaps young Lyanna will put in an appearance as well, though she isn’t featured on this particular casting call.

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    34. So does Randyll and Meribald being cast mean that Brienne will be meeting them both? Or will Sam be going back home?

      I’d be kind of dissapointed if Brienne backtracks and essentially has her AFFC storyline now. I’d rather her find Rickon, meet the BWB, or cross paths with Jaime somehow.

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    35. Greatjon of Slumber:
      Graham McTavish sounds like the right sort for Randyll Tarly. Big, bald, imposing. Yeah.

      Graham is in another show currently running. (Outlander) It depends on shooting schedules, I suppose. He could be the archetype for whomever they’re looking to cast. BTW – you forgot his beard adds to his appearance.

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    36. Valaquen,

      Mads Mikkelsen is my dream Euron aswell! he would be just perfect for the role.

      Am I the only one that thinks that the “Priest” could also be the Damphair?

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    37. I am wondering with this likely being Septon Meribald, if that is a clue that

      Brienne and/or Pod

      make it out of this season alive?

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    38. Ser Duncan The Tall,

      Damphair isn’t a “rural priest who ministers to the poor of the countryside.”

      Brendan,

      It’s the entire Tyrell family, so this isn’t back-tracking to AFFC; this is unknown TWOW material.

      Whatever Sam does in the Citadel has to be interrupted when the ironborn attack Oldtown, and after that who knows what will happen. Apparently, at least in the show, Sam will meet with his family.

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    39. Dame of Mercia: Sue the Fury, do you know if this is a full casting (as far as important characters are concerned) are might some more characters be cast who are not mentioned in the above feature?

      Every year they do multiple castings. The biggest ones tend to be first. Smaller roles tend to be on a more rolling basis. We had a few casting posts like this last year, here and at WiC.

      As for the little boys they’re casting- it’s worth noting that Aidan Gillen’s eyes are blue.

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    40. Harrrrr:
      It can’t be Littlefinger as he mentioned in the show that he sustained real wounds from the fight with Brandon, not wooden sword-wounds.

      And they weren’t 7 to 12 years old when it happened.

      ZappaCreed: Graham is in another show currently running. (Outlander) It depends on shooting schedules, I suppose. He could be the archetype for whomever they’re looking to cast. BTW – you forgot his beard adds to his appearance.

      True. But it’s that kind of appearance. Ray Stevenson fits this bill as well.

      Brendan:
      So does Randyll and Meribald being cast mean that Brienne will be meeting them both? Or will Sam be going back home?

      I’d be kind of dissapointed if Brienne backtracks and essentially has her AFFC storyline now. I’d rather her find Rickon, meet the BWB, or cross paths with Jaime somehow.

      I doubt she’ll meet Randyll Tarly. It’s more important to have him – given how he’s been mentioned, by name or not, since Season 1 – interact with his son, as right now I’d place Sam in the 7th position in terms of important GOT protagonists (after Tyrion, Jon, Dany, Sansa, Arya and Theon), and Brienne is somewhat after that.

      How she’d encounter Meribald is another thing I’m unclear of. Given the way you could see Meribald and Elder Brother combined, one could see how a direct conversation between her and with “Gravedigger,” who she bested, could lead to the Cleganebowl as many rumor. And a hell of a match-up that would be.

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    41. Luka Nieto,

      True, also the kingsmoot plot is not completely necessary to introduce Euron. Wonder if

      Balon ends up dead and how

      Sue the Fury,

      Aidan Gillen’s eyes are blue……so maybe a Robert, LF, Ned flashback?

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    42. I wouldn’t be surprised if the “Septon Meribald” one was in fact Aeron. It could kinda fit him, and with Euron up Aeron is not out of the question.

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    43. Can the fierce warrior be Victarion? I guess the events of the kingsmoot are going on now, we will start seing the Ionborn story like half way through AFFC and then I guess some dudes will narate the important stuff of the first half.

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    44. GREEEYJOYYY !!!!
      This goddamn show will drive me mad. One second I’m here thinking it’s not so bad that some of my faves don’t make into it, rather than being mischaracterized, and the next moment I’m jumping over the place because of a casting call.
      I’m overly excited by Euron coming in, I’m pretty sure Vic and Aeron are out (which is sad considering the main interest of their storyline is their family relationships) but this still means there is hope for a decent Ironborn arc and some sass contests between Asha and her nuncle.
      Also, yay Tarly, and considering the show’s dynamic so far, I think Sam and him are gonna meet again, and that should be hella interesting to watch.

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    45. Haldon Halfmaester,

      I don’t get this speculation at all… Granted, Damphair is a newly-religious man who was once a great warrior, but… he certainly doesn’t minister to the poor of the countryside, does he?

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    46. Robert, Ned and possibly Benjen for the boys, I’d say.

      There’s absolutely no question on Pirate, Father/Mother/Brother/Sister
      Euron, hell yes. Let’s scrape Dorne off our boots and head north.

      Priest might be a combo Meribald/Elder Brother

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    47. Lucius,

      Wouldn’t make sense to have Victarion with mixed ethnicity, considering he’s a Greyjoy. Maybe one of Euron’s crew (the one that blows the horn perhaps)

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    48. I screamed like a little girl reading this news. Euron, Randyll and Meribald are in! Now, collecting signatures to the “Mads Mikkelsen for Euron now!” campaign. By the way, this post will easily reach 600+ comments.

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    49. Luka Nieto:
      Haldon Halfmaester,

      I don’t get this speculation at all… Granted, Damphair is a newly-religious man who was once a great warrior, but… he certainly doesn’t minister to the poor of the countryside, does he?

      Not sure about it, but I seem to remember that the priests of the Drowned God are wandering types.

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    50. YESYESYEYSYESYESYESYESYESYESYES WHAT IS DEAD MAY NEVER DIE YEYSYESYEYSEYESYEYSYES WE DO NOT SOW YESYESYESYESY..

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    51. I wonder where all the screentime for what’s shaping up to be a big Reach/Oldtown plotline is going to come from. Dorne being cut? Less time in the North? Less Arya? Less KL?

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    52. Hmm. Looks like two of my S6 speculation (Euron Greyjoy & Oldtown) is correct so far.

      Nifty. Here’s to seeing more casting calls in the future.

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    53. Wow. Very exciting and interesting news. Genuinely surprised about Euron. Goes to show he will be important in the plot (unlike Victarion). Casting is crucial here – the character cannot come across as GoT’s answer to Jack Sparrow.

      And I am 100% convinced that the suppositions being made about the septon are right and we will see a certain character once more. Hoorah!

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    54. Valaquen:
      Mads Mikkelson is my dream Euron but I don’t see that happening considering he’s in Hannibal (though I remember a video from last year where he said he’d consider a role, since his friend Nikolaj is on it.) No doubt the casting will wow us regardless.

      Me too – I also hold out little hope, although you never know as Siddig was my dream casting for Prince Doran and it happened. Anyways, Iron Islands/Greyjoys/more Asha-Yara (I think that actress is tremendous and should have played Danerys) so fangirl SQUEE!!!!!!

      And ooh, Graham McTavish is a great choice for Randyll Tarly. I’m not such a fan of the Sam character (although most of that has to do with irritation with Gilly/never-aging baby Sam), but if we have to go there, we need an actor who isn’t just a weak imitation of Charles Dance. Graham McTavish is awesome on Outlander. May the Seven hear us 🙂

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    55. I keep thinking boy with narrow face to be Howland Reed. He, Robert and Ned were childhood friends, right?

      Also – this is my nomination for Sue the Fury to be Awesome Queen of the Seven Kingdoms! Thanks Sue!

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    56. M,

      I’m guessing less Dorne. The Sand Snakes will probably be out of town (on their way to King’s Landing) at the end of this season, so I don’t think we’ll se much more Dorne in Season 6. I think that we’ll spend significant less time in the north too, depending of the outcome of the Boltons vs Stannis battle.

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    57. M: I wonder where all the screentime for what’s shaping up to be a big Reach/Oldtown plotline is going to come from. Dorne being cut? Less time in the North? Less Arya? Less KL?

      If I had to guess?

      Probably by folding Arya’s storyline into the Oldtown storyline. There is that Faceless Man hanging out in Oldtown (Pate), so why not swap Arya into that place instead? Her FM training is bound to be coming to an end soon after the Mercy chapter in tWoW anyway.

      Also, the Dorne storyline will probably be folded into other stories. One Sand Snake (Nymeria?) off to KL, one Sand Snake (Tyene?) off to Oldtown, and the third one doing whatever.

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    58. Davos’ Luck:
      M,

      I’m guessing less Dorne. The Sand Snakes will probably be out of town (on their way to King’s Landing) at the end of this season, so I don’t think we’ll se much more Dorne in Season 6. I think that we’ll spend significant less time in the north too, depending of the outcome of the Boltons vs Stannis battle.

      And Dany will be in Westeros.

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    59. I totally ship Mads as Euron. Even though it probably won’t happen, I’ll just pretend it’s him in every scene. I always pictured him while reading the books too. <3

      DonalNoyesArm,

      Well some things in life just don’t have to make sense 🙂

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    60. DonalNoyesArm:
      Valaquen,

      Why do people keep saying Mads though? He will look and sound completely different than his supposed siblings. I like him fine, but he would make zero sense in this role.

      I’ve never really understood it either. He does have a very distinctive look, but I don’t think he fits well for this role at all.

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    61. Fierce Warrior, a tall man in 30’s or 40’s with a powerful physique. They’re looking for someone with “mixed ethnicity” for the role.

      I think this is a Dothraki warrior (Possibly Khal Mago recast- or another Khal that will support Dany on her return to Mereen).

      Priest, in his 40’s or 50’s. A gruff ex-soldier who found religion. Now a no-nonsense rural priest who ministers to the poor of the countryside. He’s salt-of-the-earth man who has weathered many battles.

      I think this is Aeron tbh. They can easily alter his backstory for the show. OR alternatively- could this be the High Sparrows candidate for Cersei’s trial by combat?

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    62. What’s amazing is didn’t we think the Ironborn were gone.
      I mean except for two?
      Always liked the crazy Greyjoys, I think this opens up more casting.
      Tho God knows more show characters!?

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    63. Fierce Warrior, a tall man in 30’s or 40’s with a powerful physique. They’re looking for someone with “mixed ethnicity” for the role.

      clearly a Dothraki Khal

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    64. Regarding the seeming Septon Meribald:

      I doubt it has anything to do with Brienne and Pod — how would they ever get back into anything like their Riverlands story at this point? Much more likely that he’s a combination of Meribald and the Elder Brother (the “gruff ex-soldier” part is far more the Elder Brother than Meribald, who was really little more than a kid who followed along with the entourage), who will reappear alongside the Hound.

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    65. Why would they bother with a flashback of an event that has already been described at least once in the show, i.e., the fight between Brandon and Littlefinger? More likely it will be something that hasn’t come up in the show yet, as was the case with the Maggy the Frog scene, if there’s going to be a flashback at all.

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    66. Aeron may be a priest who is a reformed killer-type, but I wouldn’t call him “rural” or say he administers to the “poor of the countryside.” That sounds like a mainlander, not an Iron Islands character where there really isn’t any countryside.

      Given there’s no character name, he could be anyone- he just matches Meribald most closely. Elder Brother has a similar background but is more rooted to one spot, on the Quiet Isle. It would be interesting if they created a character who was an amalgamation of the two for practical purposes.

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    67. Welp, I didn’t expect to see Euron or

      Sam’s Citadel arc.

      . No idea how they want to fit all this in 7 seasons.

      Yay for Septon Meribald (if it’s him and not Aeron).

      I do wonder

      if Euron’s introduction could mean Ramsay will bite the dust soon. GoT wouldn’t be the same without completely nuts characters to hate, so maybe Euron is included to fill the crazy quota for season 6. And I guess to provide some conflict in Westeros before Dany and the WW arrive.

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    68. what’s all the fuss with the greyjoys? the two uncles were so boring (still funny that they ignore balon in this week episode with stannis).

      they didn’t have time for one more tyrell brother but they have for the tarly clan?
      its still bother me…why no north lords? they are truly missing in the show, with no north clans with stannis, no truly north remembers….isn’t they gonna bring rickon back? blakfish?

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    69. I agree with the responses re: Stannis and the Boltons. It sounds like the Stannis/Bolton clash is going to come to a head in a big way in Season 5 to make all that room for the Oldtown/Reach storyline. Maybe this season will spoil the outcome of the Battle of Ice after all.

      I also agree that if Septon Meribald/Elder Brother makes an appearance, it will be unrelated to whatever it is Brienne and Pod are doing. The showrunners aren’t tethered to POVs, so they can just have a scene with

      Meribald/Elder Brother and the Hound

      without needing Brienne to be present.

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    70. If they are casting a young Robert Baratheon, I hope somebody has the foresight to pick a kid that looks like a young Gendry as much or more than a young Robert.

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    71. I actually don’t want Mads as Euron, since his English is heavily accented as far as I can tell, and I’ve never seen him do a British accent. That’s fine for the exotic Essosi characters, but the British-accented Greyjoys need someone who sounds more or less like them.

      Euron is a fun part, though, so I’m sure they’ll find someone good. There are lots of charismatic, talented British 40-50something actors running around who’d do a great job.

      The Internet has done a good job with predicting some characters–Alexander Siddig as Doran Martell, Gwendoline Christie as Brienne–but I just don’t see Mads as Euron, even though I love him as Hannibal.

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    72. Especially after watching The Gift, I have to say, I love the ongoing focus that Sam is getting. I was worried he would fade into the background a bit in season five, in a way that might never be repaired; but I’m glad to be proved wrong! I hope they take similar pains for Davos’s sake.

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    73. Fierce Warrior, a tall man in 30’s or 40’s with a powerful physique. They’re looking for someone with “mixed ethnicity” for the role.

      I have a feeling this is a Dothraki Khal that Dany will encounter.

      Priest, in his 40’s or 50’s. A gruff ex-soldier who found religion. Now a no-nonsense rural priest who ministers to the poor of the countryside. He’s salt-of-the-earth man who has weathered many battles.

      I think this is either Damphair (they can easily alter his backstory) or, wait for it……The Faith Militants candidate for Cersei’s trial by combat!

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    74. Ross: I’ve never really understood it either.He does have a very distinctive look, but I don’t think he fits well for this role at all.

      Well, the actors playing Theon and Yara look absolutely nothing alike either, so I don’t think that’s a requirement. Same for actors playing Sansa and Robb, for example.

      For me it’s more that Mads looks eerie and exotic, yet also feral and threatening. Not your typical square-jawed blond Viking. It’s a rare combination, and perfect for the weirdness/toughness that Euron comes across with in the books. I mean, he supposedly went to Valyria, right? So he’s got a bit of a spooky factor.

      Re: Brian Cox as Randyll, I don’t know who suggested it but this is a great idea, he’s an awesome actor…but doesn’t he act very rarely now? Something about how he hates travelling to be on set, so he would be probably reluctant to locate to Croatia or wherever they’d be shooting his scenes…

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    75. I’m really happy about the Septon Meribald casting, especially if it means we get to see more of the war ravaged Riverlands. They will probably include his speech too, which is going to be beautiful.

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    76. WOW! I got work tomorrow morning, it’s 12:30AM here in Australia, and this news has just hit me harder than a fucking expresso coffee shot while I’m in bed trying to sleep. I don’t know how I can drift off now with all this excitement.

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    77. “Fierce Warrior” is most likely a Dothraki – in S1 the Dothraki casting calls were all for “mixed race” people

      My guess: the leader of the Dothraki that Dany will meet – and whose Khalasaar she likely ends up taking over – after flying off on Drogon (or however that ends up playing out in the TV series).

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    78. DonalNoyesArm:
      Valaquen,

      Why do people keep saying Mads though? He will look and sound completely different than his supposed siblings. I like him fine, but he would make zero sense in this role.

      Lena and Nikolaj are also not even real twins! Nikolaj, like Mads, is a Dane. He can do an accent.

      AngelWatch:
      DonalNoyesArm,

      Because he wore an eyepatch once. Not even kidding

      No.

      He’s capable being exotic and cultured with an undercurrent of brutality. I love those qualities in Hannibal and I’d like to see him a little more unhinged. That’s why I’d personally like to see him in the role. But, as I said, no doubt the casting will wow us regardless of who they get.

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    79. Definitely think Ramsay is slated for death this season – or in the very very early season 6. The crazy-flaying-psycho-act lasts only this long, and people are starting to get tired of it, just like they were of Joffrey last season.
      In a narration-rythm point of view, it woud make sense to kill him off this season and to introduce Euron as the new antagonist.
      I’m thinking Stannis might be a goner too, there is a shitload of set-up for him to end badly, between Mel demanding Shireen’s blood for victory and Brienne repeatingly sayin she will kill him, this isn’t gonna end well.

      (And honestly, I don’t care anymore about the book spoilers. The show has drifted so far away that most of the things I’m excited to read about aren’t even there. Eh.)

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    80. lalla:
      Could the priest be the Elder Brother? Gravedigger hype!

      This was my thought too. Though I’d not mind a bit of Merribald either.

      Gary Oldman for Euron!

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    81. so we’re getting Oldtown and Oberyn said last season he has 8 daughters. So do they cast Sarella, Or does Tyene get sent to Oldtown by Doran?

      Also jacked for Cleganebowl. Hell. Yes. I wonder how long that’s going to drag out next year though since we know Cersei has her walk this year.

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    82. LadyPineapple:
      Definitely think Ramsay is slated for death this season – or in the very very early season 6. The crazy-flaying-psycho-act lasts only this long, and people are starting to get tired of it, just like they were of Joffrey last season.
      In a narration-rythm point of view, it woud make sense to kill him off this season and to introduce Euron as the new antagonist.
      I’m thinking Stannis might be a goner too, there is a shitload of set-up for him to end badly, between Mel demanding Shireen’s blood for victory and Brienne repeatingly sayin she will kill him, this isn’t gonna end well.

      In light of this information about a huge new storyline in Season 6, which we suspected but has now been confirmed, I think that the Bolton/Stannis clash will be definitively resolved. I agree with your predictions about Ramsay and Stannis getting the chop either this season or early next season. With the Bolton/Stannis clash resolved, Euron can emerge as the next “big bad.”

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    83. Cersei’s Brain:
      I keep thinking boy with narrow face to be Howland Reed.He, Robert and Ned were childhood friends, right?

      Also – this is my nomination for Sue the Fury to be Awesome Queen of the Seven Kingdoms!Thanks Sue!

      No, Howland Reed met Ned at the Tourney of Harrenhal

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    84. DonalNoyesArm:
      Valaquen,

      Why do people keep saying Mads though? He will look and sound completely different than his supposed siblings. I like him fine, but he would make zero sense in this role.

      Who cares? Charles Dance, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, and Peter Dinklage also sound nothing alike. No biggie.

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    85. Great news!

      I guess this means, we will see/hear of Balon’s death either in episode 10 of season 5 or in early season 6. With the Ironborns possibly attacking the Reach, we could also get a confrontation of Euron and Randyll since the Tyrells would likely send their best commander to counter the threat. I am still trying to figure out Sam’s part in this but I guess he will stop by Horn Hill before going to the Citadel.

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    86. LadyPineapple,

      M,

      I love this idea that Euron will become the new main antagonist. But whether Ramsay dies or not, I think they have to keep Roose around for a bit. The transition from Joffrey to Ramsay as the main bad guy worked quite well because Ramsay was introduced a full season before hand. If they kill all the Boltons and then immediately focus on Euron it could feel a bit cheap/manipulative.

      So yeah, actually, having said that I’m starting to feel pretty bad for Stannis. Maybe there can be no true victory for him.

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    87. Sue the Fury:
      Aeron may be a priest who is a reformed killer-type, but I wouldn’t call him “rural” or say he administers to the “poor of the countryside.” That sounds like a mainlander, not an Iron Islands character where there really isn’t any countryside.

      Given there’s no character name, he could be anyone- he just matches Meribald most closely. Elder Brother has a similar background but is more rooted to one spot, on the Quiet Isle. It would be interesting if they created a character who was an amalgamation of the two for practical purposes.

      I’ve never heard this ‘salt-of-the-earth’ idiom, but Google tells me it means ‘basic, fundamental goodness… can be used to describe any simple, good person.’

      Doesn’t sound like Aeron, does it?

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    88. Sheepstealer,

      I hope they show Balon’s death, rather than just do it through hearsay. I hate Balon, I want to see him die. And I love the actor who plays him. I think that guy deserves another appearance.

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    89. Harma Dogememe:
      exciting stuff! i wonder if any of these more ambiguous roles (“priestess” and “warrior”) could end being part of Rickon’s comeback… you’d think when he shows up again it would be surrounded by typical Northern sorts, but he’s been wandering the offscreen void for so long, it’s not beyond the realm of possibility that he could find some “mixed ethnicity” friends.

      Better yet, maybe he will get caught up in the show’s version of an Ironborn invasion storyline.

      Cool ideas…I’d like to see the Rickon comeback, too. I guess they’d have to recast the actor though like with Tommen, to be older?

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    90. In case you all are wondering why this role is not being broadcasted, I have already been cast as “Cock Merchant” in S6.

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    91. I’m so hyped… But are we SURE this is not fake? Hate to be that guy, but the things people will do to create false hype is sad…

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    92. The Rat Kook:
      LadyPineapple,

      I love this idea that Euron will become the new main antagonist. But whether Ramsay dies or not, I think they have to keep Roose around for a bit. The transition from Joffrey to Ramsay as the main bad guy worked quite well because Ramsay was introduced a full season before hand. If they kill all the Boltons and then immediately focus on Euron it could feel a bit cheap/manipulative.

      So yeah, actually, having said that I’m starting to feel pretty bad for Stannis. Maybe there can be no true victory for him.

      The writers have put him in an impossible situation, if you believe Melisandre that he can’t win without burning Shireen. Either he refuses to sacrifice his beloved daughter and loses, or he listens to Melisandre and does the unthinkable. Also, Brienne’s pretty close to Winterfell and has said that she’ll take Stannis out. And then there’s that shot of Selyse weeping in the snow.

      This sort of makes me wonder how Sansa winds up at the end of Season 5.

      She can’t pull a straight Book Jeyne and escape to Stannis’ camp with Theon if Stannis’ forces are wiped out. And she can’t hang around Winterfell if Ramsay is still in charge. So she…escapes with Brienne and Pod and they have wacky adventures? I dunno.

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    93. Alins:
      Any chance the mixed race warrior could be Brown Ben Plumm?

      oooh, I like that idea!

      chameleon: Cool ideas…I’d like to see the Rickon comeback, too. I guess they’d have to recast the actor though like with Tommen, to be older?

      I hope not, just because i’m not a big fan of re-casting in general… but in all reality, it would be neither surprising nor a bad idea when you figure that all the other characters of his age have been “sped up” via re-casts.

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    94. I think the leading actress (if the books are being followed) will be when Arya as a faceless man/woman) becomes an actress in a group of players

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    95. Alins,

      Would they be casting “mixed ethnicity” for a character called “Brown Ben”, though?

      Mr Fixit,

      Ah, okay. I was just wondering, since that’s a fairly common expression, but that explains it.

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    96. So excited that I have stopped working…

      This is great casting news: Euron, Please-Don’t-Name-Him-Randyll, Septon Meribald.

      Is it safe to say that if Septon Meribald and Elder Brother are combined, we will see Sandor again?

      Glad that Sam will be getting an expanded story line and that we will be seeing him in The Citadel. I love John Bradley. He is clearly taking Stannis’ advice and continuing to read, etc.

      LadyPineapple,

      I think that we will be done with Ramsay this season as well. Stannis, on the other hand, needs to hang around for awhile.

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    97. The Rat Kook:
      LadyPineapple,

      M,

      I love this idea that Euron will become the new main antagonist. But whether Ramsay dies or not, I think they have to keep Roose around for a bit. The transition from Joffrey to Ramsay as the main bad guy worked quite well because Ramsay was introduced a full season before hand. If they kill all the Boltons and then immediately focus on Euron it could feel a bit cheap/manipulative.

      So yeah, actually, having said that I’m starting to feel pretty bad for Stannis. Maybe there can be no true victory for him.

      But what will Roose do in S6? I can’tt see what purpose will Boltons serve.

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    98. M: The writers have put him in an impossible situation, if you believe Melisandre that he can’t win without burning Shireen. Either he refuses to sacrifice his beloved daughter and loses, or he listens to Melisandre and does the unthinkable. Also, Brienne’s pretty close to Winterfell and has said that she’ll take Stannis out. And then there’s that shot of Selyse weeping in the snow.

      Oh wow, when you sum it up like that. I’m very scared for him.

      And yeah I’m worried about how Sansa/Theon tie into it. Mainly because I love that Theon sample chapter in Winds of Winter, and the dialogue between Stannis and Theon-Reborn. They could theoretically do it in episode ten if they escape at the end of episode nine. But it seems unlikely that everything can be saved at this point (especially some potential Bran-involvement) if Stannis is dying this season.

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    99. If the group of players shows up, I really, really hope that means we get

      the low-rent Richard III Tyrion play from the Mercy chapter. That seems like the sort of meta humour D&D love.

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    100. Mustafa. S.:
      WOW! I got work tomorrow morning, it’s 12:30AM here in Australia, and this news has just hit me harder than a fucking expresso coffee shot while I’m in bed trying to sleep. I don’t know how I can drift off now with all this excitement.

      ikr? Best thing to happen to this fandom in a while, we’re all jumping up and down and speculating and having a ball rather than attacking and lecturing each other….My husband just walked by and asked what was going on because I’m squeeing and squirming and nerding out with everyone’s comments, I remember all the fun when we were fancasting last year! Way to go Sue and the rest of the wonderful folks running this site for the scoop!!

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    101. everyone Saying Ramsay is out this season is wrong ..
      remember Three things:

      1…Ramsay was set up a season before joffery killed

      2..Iwan mention he did buy a new flat so hopes to keep the job for a while

      3..Alfie mentioning that boltons will be power to defeat in the future ..

      sad to stay this is really not looking good for Stannis …

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    102. Hope springs eternal.

      I thought the three boys might be the squires that attack the Knight of the laughing tree (in a weirwood flashback), but the descriptions are too specific. I like the idea of Brandon, Ned and Robert as kids, but what about Benjen? Have D&D really forgotten about him?

      The mention of kids fighting with a wooden sword reminds me of

      Bran’s weirwood vision of Lyanna and probably Benjen in the Godswood at Winterfell. They might show all of the Stark kids or combine it with another scene.

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    103. M,

      i thought Howland Reed too! There’s a story of him and Ned that Jojen tells Bran on their journey. Jojen seems very taken aback that Bran had never heard the story before. I have a feeling we’re about to see it unfold! 🙂 excited!

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    104. Dropping off Gilly and baby Sam at home before telling dad to fuck off, he has a chain to forge and humanity to save?

      I saw the trip to Old Town happening in 4×09 but this…this makes me happy!

      And I’m pumped for the Iron Islands and knew they were just waiting for their conflict with the Reach to be a thing where they could introduce the southern conflict as one whole story. That meant getting Theon back, Sam on his way to OT, and Loras out of KL, I’m hoping. I need Vic, though. And I need it to be Ray Stevenson. As for Euron

      I’m down with any Mikkleson or Skarrrrrrrrsgarrrrrrrd.

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    105. The Rat Kook:
      mau,

      Ha, yeah that’s where my logic falls apart a bit. Couldn’t tell ya.

      I think Roose, Ramsey, Stannis will die this season. Sansa will rule the North with LF.

      Dany and Tyrion will sail for Westeros.

      This will make space for new characters in S6.

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    106. we should get the cast actors revealed by july during ComicCon. Remember last year? people cheering loudly when Jonathan Pryce came on screen.

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    107. I knew Euron will show up in season 6. And Oldtown. Everyone gave up hope aside from me. I also suggested that Jon go to Hardhome.

      And that’s a damn good reason to listen to me now when I say “Priest” is Aeron (who’ll probably have a smaller role than in the books).

      Now where is Sarella and where are some Maester characters? Doesn’t really make sense to introduce Sam’s family and not them.

      Anyway, who else can’t wait for the big battle of Oldtown? Dany vs Euron do sho

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    108. Marie,

      Arya in FM disguise as an actress would be wonderful. That advance chapter of George’s was a hoot because of the Bravoosi stage versions of Sansa and the evil Imp. The history of ASOIAF is being rewritten almost in real time by the mummers. Very meta.

      Also, as highlighted in the books (lookin’ at you, Bael and Abel), troubadors and actors are playing duel roles as spies and infiltrators. Why not as assassins?

      Arya as actress for the win!

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    109. mau,

      Do whatever he does in The Winds of Winter if he survives the battle. Retreat to the Dreadfort, remain lord of Winterfell if he wins, or maybe even change skins if any of the theories about him are true.

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    110. Also, Weirnet! Cool. I guess that means we WILL see the Ned flashback and a Sean Bean cameo is likely (especially since he consistently says he wants to do it).

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    111. M,

      I think it’s more likely the Elder Brother, either way I’m hoping the Hound reappears.

      M:
      They’re planning on using Girona for three weeks, and they only had the Water Gardens for a week, so that gives some notion of how important whatever will be filmed in Girona will be. That screams a major, major storyline happening in the new setting which Girona will double for.

      I’m thinking Septon Meribald is showing up in Season 6 and not Season 4 or 5 because

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    112. jentario,

      Huh? Aeron doesn’t administer to the poor. He isn’t in the countryside (there isn’t any in the Iron Islands.) He isn’t a salt-of-the-earth kind of guy. So… unless they completely changed the character to essentially become Meribald / The Elder Brother… this Priest is one of those guys, or a mix of the two, but not Damphair.

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    113. Sean C.,

      A conversation in spoilers-

      because I don’t think they can actually leave Sansa in the north, I wouldn’t rule out that Brienne and Pod will rescue her and they may all wind up meeting Meribald/Elder Brother Combo. I think she’ll have to cross paths with the Gravedigger , for a resolution (I don’t mean happily ever after)

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    114. jentario,

      How about Tyene as Sarella/Alleras? With her short hair and tiny physique, she can pass for boyish with more gender-neutral clothing. (Or, they might dispense with the gender issue.) Tyene goes to Oldtown to get her Maester’s in Poisoning, no?

      (It’s been a long time since the book read; hope I’m not mixing things up.)

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    115. mau,

      They can close other plots besides the Northern one.

      The Dornish might be stored away for some time if Jaime leaves. The Wall storyline could be gone for some time too if FTW happens this season and if Sam leaves for Oldtown.

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    116. Boy that is large for his age, young Robert? Its exactly the same way the books describe Gendry when he is introduced, he looks too big for his age. He’s tall and bulky.

      The other two, 12 and 7 Northerners. Ned and Benjen? Its Lyanna that Benjen plays swordfighting with in the books though. Seems too young to be Brandon if that is the gist of the scenes.

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    117. mau,

      No i think Surely there will be casualties

      STannis and his family for one thing will be gone ..

      i believe the Boltons will be killed by LF and Vale armies earlier next season making sansa Queen in the North

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    118. Pirate, man in his 40’s to late 50’s. He’s “an infamous pirate who has terrorized seas all around the world. Cunning, ruthless, with a touch of madness.”
      He’s a dangerous-looking man. A very good part this season.

      Goddammit, I see they’re paying butthurt book purists fanwank money. <_<; I really, really hoped that this wouldn't happen on the show and that I wouldn't have to watch this redundant shitty storyline. Looks like I'll need to get my double-edged razor blades and draw my sleeves down. At least it's not crammed together with this season's Bland Snakes along with 4 extra episodes of Dany acting confused.

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    119. moe the nonbeliever:
      [quote]Pirate,man in his 40’s to late 50’s. He’s “an infamous pirate who has terrorized seas all around the world. Cunning, ruthless, with a touch of madness.”
      He’s a dangerous-looking man. A very good part this season.[/quote]

      Goddammit, I see they’re paying butthurt book purists fanwank money.<_<; I really, really hoped that this wouldn’t happen on the show and that I wouldn’t have to watch this redundant shitty storyline. Looks like I’ll need to get my double-edged razor blades and draw my sleeves down. At least it’s not crammed together with this season’s Bland Snakes along with 4 extra episodes of Dany acting confused.

      They´ll wrap this particular turd in 3-4 eps.

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    120. Obsidian,

      Sansa is supposed to be playing the game of thrones, and the whole (lame) justification for her going north was to reclaim her home and rally the Northmen. If they seriously have her just run away, not just from Winterfell but from the whole region, that entire storyline will be a complete and utter disaster for the character, if it’s not already.

      Beyond that, Littlefinger is clearly planning to take Vale troops northward next season, and they seem to be setting up Sansa wanting to go to the Wall, as well as learning that her brothers are still alive. Sansa’s story elements all point to her remaining in the North now, not going to wander the Riverlands.

      Rodrik the Reader,

      That doesn’t seem likely to me, because Tyene has a role in TWOW in King’s Landing already, and with a plotline that has already been introduced — she’s supposed to go interact with/influence the High Septon.

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    121. I am surprised we are getting more of the Iron Island stuff. As long as it isn’t crammed in, I am okay with it being there.

      A lot of characters are going to die in the next few episodes if they can bring in that many more characters.

      The North Remembers….

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    122. Priest, in his 40’s or 50’s. A gruff ex-soldier who found religion. Now a no-nonsense rural priest who ministers to the poor of the countryside. He’s salt-of-the-earth man who has weathered many battles.

      Why hello, Sandor.

      (If only they hadn’t aged the Mountain down 20 years!)

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    123. This news suggests that Daario is not Euron afterall.

      What if, though… Daario is Euron in the books, but because of the way the show had to be paced with the delayed Greyjoy involvement, they didn’t think it would make a good twist for him to be revealed as Euron because no Unsullied person would see that as significant.

      Sooo what if… they introduce Euron at the start of season six… and a few episodes later Daario is revealed to be… Victarion!?!?!?

      I’m either joking or being totally serious, depending on how you guys react.

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    124. Oldtown matters. Lead the way, Sam! Be wary of Pate!
      Maybe a maester conspiracy as well?

      Oldtown on the map! 🙂

      Thx for this news, WotW!

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    125. So much for the mindless drivel (mine included!) questioning the show’s ability to keep things fresh.

      High hopes for Euron as the Big Bad after the pesky Boltons are dealt with. Also that the new Iron Islanders will have a more auspicious debut than the SS.

      Weirwood.net also opens up a lot of opportunities. Little visual glimpses of the past would nicely supplement verbal exposition without requiring a huge increase in cast.

      Leaves me psyched for a peak at R+L somewhere down the road.

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    126. Anyone else thinking that the Septon Meribald casting confrims that Brienne gets back on track with her book storyline and we might get an appearance by…LS? Meribald takes Brienne & Pod to Saltpans, where she runs into Biter, afterwhich she runs into the Brotherhood without Borders and then..

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    127. mau,

      remember the cast saying that there will be something more than devastating than red wedding which means blood shed …

      a girl with a kings blood burnt by her mother and the mother is killed by the father …only to killed by ramsay

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    128. Greatjon of Slumber,

      See this joke has had an “inception” like effect where now I really want to Deepwood Motte in the TV show. Graham McTavish seems like the go-to for matching the physical description of Randyll Tarly a.k.a. Sam’s personal Tywin, but Book Tywin was totally bald and Charles Dance wasn’t bald and he was a great Tywin. Tying to picture actors who match that “humorless martinet, severe and intimidating” description. My own is David O’Hara most recently as a guest spot on “Gotham” as I could buy him and John Bradley West as father and son and totally has humorless, severe and intimidating in his wheelhouse. Actually surprised there isn’t much more fancasting going in the comments so far.

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    129. The Rat Kook,

      LOl i am sorry for making you nervous…its just that you may be joking …

      but some people will take it seriously and spread this theory again

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    130. AngelWatch,

      Er, what I said there was that at this point it makes no sense to take Sansa out of the Northern storyline, if it’s to have any meaning at all for the character.

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    131. dragonbringer:
      everyone Saying Ramsay is out this season is wrong ..
      remember Three things:

      1…Ramsay was set up a season before joffery killed

      2..Iwan mention he did buy a new flat so hopes to keep the job for a while

      3..Alfie mentioning that boltons will be power to defeat in the future ..

      sad to stay this is really not lookinggood forStannis …

      God, I hope not. Re: the new flat, I always remember Timothy Olyphant saying that when Deadwood was cancelled in the third season, it was particularly bad because he and much of the lead cast had just bought houses 🙁 Bad for Iwan but I’m so sick of the Boltons, it’s just one scene of torture porn after another. Love the actor playing Roose but that’s it. We need fresh blood for antagonists, pun intended…

      Stannis the character (not to mention the actor who is insanely great) is so much more multidimensional, I really hope we don’t lose him! So much to do still, including a turn away from R’hollor/rejection of Melisandre, working in a Rickon/Davos return storyline, he’s the only guy to recognize and respect the threat in the North Beyond the Wall…not to mention resolution of what he will do with Shireen (burn y/n?). Besides, what would we do without GOT’s resident Grammar Nazi?

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    132. The Rat Kook,

      You know how the show gave “Reek’s” role to Dagmer because of timing issues with casting such a major role, but tried to put in the twist later by having Ramsay pretend to rescue Theon?

      Obviously the same thing is happening here, but they’ve changed the twist so that Daario is actually, bear with me, Varys.

      Think about it. Varys has been keeping tabs on Dan since the very beginning. He’s established in the books as being a master of disguise. He “lost” Tyrion on the way to Dany because he obviously couldn’t show up with Tyrion in tow as Varys and play Daario at the same time. And, the final and most damning piece of evidence:

      We’ve never seen Varys and Daario together in the same scene. Boom! Mind blown, right?

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    133. Where do I sign to get Dominic West for Euron?

      Sorry but Mads Mickelson doesn’t fit for me. Perhaps it’s because he has only been suggested over and over and over again for the past ten years or so, to the point where I am desperate to see anyone but him, however good he is in other stuff.

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    134. chameleon,

      Doesn’t Iwan Rheon have a budding music career on the side though? Unless the flat’s made out of gold I think he’ll be okay for a bit with or without Thrones. Not that I won’t be sad to see him go.

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    135. mau,

      I don’t think Ramsey will die. Roose and Stannis maybe but not Ramsey. It’s already been stated above but Alfie mentioned that the Boltons will be a force. That sounds like staying power to me.

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    136. About a screentime, well there will be casualties in Winterfell storyline and Dornish characters can be possibly merged with KL and Dany storylines. I also dont expect Oldtown will get more screentime then Dorne this year, it will get less most likely. Sam´s subplot+Ironborns vs Jaime/Bronn subplot+Dorne. Do the math.

      Other thoughts:
      Pirate – James Purefoy
      Oldtown without most liked Sand Snake who is half black? And without anybody else from that storyline? I can feel an outrage already from many sides

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    137. mau,

      There will be Bloodshed, at the Wall. That storyline would be out for most of season 6 as well. Ramsay can die, but I don’t see Roose dying yet. I have no idea about Stannis though.

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    138. Wow! I’ll admit that I’m a bit surprised after all of D&D’s talk of contracting and not expanding the universe of GoT. But hey, if we get to see

      Euron & co.

      in a way that still serves the greater story, I’m all for it!

      Sue the Fury when does news of returning actors usually come around? Interested in hearing about David Bradley

      (ok kinda confirmed to return already)

      , Clive Russell & Natalia Tena.

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    139. The Onion Knight,

      Vic is so cut that he might as well be Strong Belwas. His whole arc (in Meereen) is gone from the show. Dany has her own fleet.

      Euron will likely command his fleet to attack the Reach and then Oldtown, and I guess Yara and (if I’m right about “Priest”) Aeron will be there so he’ll have people to talk to.

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    140. Sean C.,

      Many mixed people are also brown? I am one such individual. In series, Brown Ben happens is descended from Wesrerosi, Summer Islander, Dothraki, etc.

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    141. Dany:
      spacechampion,
      Hodor doesn’t look a “a clever boy”

      Not now, but what makes you think he was always just saying “Hodor” and wasn’t intelligent before? Every character has a story, and a story arc. Hodor is in it for a reason beyond carrying Bran.

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    142. Not read all the comments yet so no idea if this has been said but my guess to the three boys is

      Ned, Brandon and Hodor (big, clever 7 year old). The three are practice fighting and either Brandon or Ned injure Hodor so badly that he ends up as we see him (I know in the book he was as he was since birth) but it makes more sense to me than a 7 year old Robert being at Winterfell.

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    143. I still don’t really have time to put that much effort into comments, so I will just write a few short lines

      dragonbringer,
      I believe that Ramsay is out. Sansa will escape this season, and I don’t see where they could go with him. they need to cut a storyline, as others have mentioned, and this seems the obvious choice.

      I also don’t think that the “failure” of Dorne has much to do with no news of major castings. Part of the problem is that the story is basically just set up for next season. As others have said, the Sand Snakes (Well, maybe 1) won’t be there next season, and I think they will do better in their new locations, with familiar characters.

      I also guess we can make some guesses about what is important in TWOW. I think it was the right idea to cut the Iron Islands next season, but it is good that they have found a way to include an abridged version next year.

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    144. Euron’s role will encompass nicely other fringe references to The Corsair King and The Shrouded Lord. I don’t see him just serving an Iron Island subplot, but the endgame itself.

      How about Malko as one of his established lieutenants rippin’ up the seas near Valyria (and its secret treasures)? Perfect setup for the Euron reveal.

      This way, we get a potentially huge influx of diversity that would please many. Ahoy, matey!

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    145. satin:
      Many mixed people are also brown?

      Yeah, I’m aware of that. I just don’t think that, if Hollywood was looking for such a person specifically, they would advertise for “mixed ethnicity”.

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    146. jentario,

      I’m convinced that the guy who cut Tyrion free was Strong Belwas. He’s a big guy with an Arakh like weapon.

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    147. M,

      Or they could do what Loras suggested in the books when Euron attacked the Reach and have Loras take some ships to “stop” Euron. Loras vs Euron could be a great fight scene, and as good an end as show Loras could hope for.

      I’m guessing Euron’s appearances will be similar to this:
      -confrontation with Yara, she demands a Kingsmoot
      -Aeron holds the Kingsmoot and Yara loses (and I think he’ll mention Yara’s failed mission to the Dreadfort) and maybe we get the horn… Maybe.
      -The Iron Fleets sets off to attack the Reach, and goes offscreen for a few episodes
      -Loras demands to strike back when news reaches King’s Landing (after winning his own trial by combat, I guess) and then fights Euron and dies
      -Euron puts Oldtown under siege and Randyl and Sam (and either Arya or Jaqen) are there I guess
      -Dany and Dorne come to take Oldtown back and kill Euron

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    148. Am I the only person who doesn’t like Mads Mikkelsen as Euron? When I think Euron, and I think swarthy pirate lunatic.. the last person who comes to mind is Mads.

      I have no idea how this trend started of making him top choice for the role, but it makes no sense to me. Luckily the chances of him being available to play the part are slim.

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    149. I imagine most of these are already cast by now. They start filming in July, so they don’t usually leave everyone til the last minute.

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    150. merkjames:
      Anyone else thinking that the Septon Meribald casting confrims that Brienne gets back on track with her book storyline and we might get an appearance by…LS? Meribald takes Brienne & Pod to Saltpans, where she runs into Biter, afterwhich she runs into the Brotherhood without Borders and then..

      Biter is actually dead, killed by Arya and the Hound in season 4. But I you are right and Brienne gets back on track with her storyline 🙂

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    151. No casting for Aegon or JonCon so far, although that “priestess” reminded me to Septa Lemore’s description. I still keep some hope to see Aegon’s arc in next season, the casting is not over yet.

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    152. What if…

      Selyse, Stannis, and Ramsey do not survive the battle of Winterfell.

      Selyse is taken out by Stannis and Mel is banished to the Wall.

      Stannis is taken out by Brienne, but Pod dies in the process.

      Brienne is captured by Roose.

      Davos holds off the Boltons until LF and the Vale arrive.

      Sansa takes out Ramsay, takes over the North.

      Roose flees with Brienne and his wife to the Riverlands, seeing that the crown abandoned him.

      Theon tells Sansa about her brothers. She sends Davos and Shireen to find them and join their houses.

      Theon gets word of his father’s death and uncle’s return and goes to be a decent brother to his older sister for a change and help her take back their home.

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    153. But I you are right and Brienne gets back on track with her storyline

      I’m not sold on this idea. It occurred to me too, but Brienne’s storyline in AFFC was about trying to find Sansa. In the show, she’s already found Sansa (and will probably be with her by the end of this season). I’m with Sean C on this one; I don’t think Sansa leaves the North, either. There have been two references to her becoming “Wardenness of The North” (by LF and Ramsay), and we know The Vale armies are headed North already. Tack those items along with her current knowledge about Jon being LC (which I thought was foreshadowing in the books as well); and the upcoming revelation (probably in ep 8) that her brothers are still alive, and I think Sansa stays right where she is. There’s no reason for her to be wandering around the 7K’s with Brienne, especially now that Winter has finally come.

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    154. Renly’s Peach,

      Mads played a one-eye Viking in a low-budget film a few years ago and looked quite fierce; hence, the Euron push.

      I think he’s more naturally suited to cold, controlled, cerebral roles like Hannibal. Plus, can he do a British accent? Not sure what his range is…

      I also think the show should avoid the other touted possibility, James Purefoy (loved him in ‘Rome’!), and go with the kind of exciting lesser known actor that has become the show’s hallmark.

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    155. jentario,

      I don’t think that could ever work. If Loras got off on the charges against him, Margaery by implication would too, and I tend to doubt that will happen.

      Plus, Loras on the show is a pure joke at this point, and has been since season 3.

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    156. kevin,

      I’m not saying we’ll get him, but in season two Tyrion spoke about Theons uncles, so there is still a small chance for Victarion.

      Btw, how are the spoiler rules for this post? They’re allowed right? Since it’s all about next season?

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    157. kevin:
      Haven’t People read Inside HBO: Game of Thrones?? Here’s a link: http://i.imgur.com/Aml71EB.jpg.

      the only brother Balon has in the show is Euron. So there’s isn’t going to be a Victarion Greyjoy and no Aeron Greyjoy in the show. Only Euron.

      When those family trees first went up all the Brothers were there but as you say only Euron remains.

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    158. kevin,

      Those aren’t always 100% reliable (Shireen was on the Baratheon family tree in season 1, disappeared from it during season 2 and then reappeared before season 3), but I think that may be a pretty decent indicator that we’re only getting Euron.

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    159. Valaquen: Is that “large boy”

      Young Sam might be a guess if they do some flashback involving the Tarlys. I’m not sure what that would be.

      Of course, the big problem here is that we don’t know what new minor characters are going to appear in Winter or what incidental characters beneath our notice are going to become more prominent incidental characters in Winter.

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    160. Abyss,

      On the other hand, Tyrion also had Myrcella betrothed to Doran’s youngest son. His youngest of one, now.

      I guess show Tyrion just isn’t very good at keeping all of the family trees straight.

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    161. The way they’ve upped Ramsay’s monstrousness the past couple of episodes after taking it down a few notches from season 3 last season makes me think Ramsay is not long for this world. I agree with whoever said that the addition of Euron next season further hints at this. I hope his death is painful and gruesome!

      I’m not to worried about Iwan Rheon’s ability to get work in the future. I’m watching him in Residue with Natalia Tena right now! GoT has been really beneficial to the cast’s careers. Especially the younger ones who weren’t well known before being cast.

      Is it at all possible that two of the boys are Big and Little Walder? I don’t know what purpose they would serve post battle of ice, but I’m still hoping for some pie action, even if someone other than Manderly is responsible for it.

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    162. BryndenBFish,

      I would bet that the actress is tied to Arya’s storyline. The fierce warrior could be a Dothraki khal come to Dany’s side. The new priestess might be some R’hllorite come to Dany’s side, too. We have reason to suspect both things, given both book and show.

      Ah, but that’s the great thing to write: we can only suspect given the book! There are no spoilers now: only speculations.

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    163. Well with this news it appears the show is going longer than seven seasons, adding Oldtown, Iron Isles stories and more of Brienne’s wanderings, except she already is up North, therefore atm I can theorize only three possibilities.

      1. She heads back south with everyone else because the WW have invaded.
      2. She heads back south with or w/o Sansa, probably because she needs Jaime’s assistance.
      3. Jaime takes her place in the Riverlands story and Quiet Isle (I like this one) as he journey’s north.

      Apparently throwing in Bran’s visions is a plus, more than likely these will lead to the
      rumored GoT spin off series.

      Perhaps all D&D were doing was restructuring books 4 and 5 to better suit the medium of television, and decided to introduce the other stories in different seasons so as not to overload casual viewers.

      This bodes well for not just a 8th season, but a ninth as well, you cannot fit books 6 and 7 in one and a half seasons, with the material above taking up half of one. Perhaps the show will take an hiatus of a couple years, fill it with a limited GoT spin off, then production commences on the material from book 6 and 7 that D&D don’t place in next season and season 7. This of course means contract restructuring, which I realize is often a killer for extending a series, but if there is one series that can go a long time (think Mash, Gunsmoke, etc, but not quite that long) it would be GoT.

      Concerning the pirate, James Purefoy is available this year, “The Following” was cancelled.

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    164. kevin:
      Haven’t People read Inside HBO: Game of Thrones?? Here’s a link: http://i.imgur.com/Aml71EB.jpg.

      the only brother Balon has in the show is Euron. So there’s isn’t going to be a Victarion Greyjoy and no Aeron Greyjoy in the show. Only Euron.

      When those family trees first went up all the Brothers were there but as you say only Euron remains.

      His Door Solar Rack:
      A Rikkon recast seems more likely to me than baby Ned or “Little Littlefinger.”

      With the large boy being an Umber maybe.

      A variation of the Lyanna/Benjen vision seems more likely to me though.

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    165. Dany,

      He’s short as an adult: that doesn’t mean he was short as a kid. Young Robert doesn’t work too well: he wasn’t supposed to be a fat kid. (Even on the show, they emphasize how fat he’d become.)

      Basically, we are pretty much clueless here! Sam sort of works: but why in the world would they have a Tarly flashback?

      I’m stumped.

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    166. kevin,

      Those aren’t very reliable. Things get retconned on this show a lot.

      I wouldn’t be opposed to seeing Damphair in a lesser role. I think he’s a cool character in small doses. Victarion can go fudge himself, though.

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    167. Made up that it looks like we’ll be seeing Euron and Randyll Tarly 🙂

      My dream casting.

      Euron, I’d still love James Purefoy for the role (anyone who’s seen the opening scene of Solomon Kane can’t deny he’d be an awesome Euron!) but not sure it’s doable. But the more I think about it the more James Callis could work

      Randyll Tarly is an interesting one to cast. If they’re going for a similar look as the book then I’d love it if they somehow got Sir Ben Kingsley as he carries so much authority about him as an actor he’d own it. If they’re going to go a different route and have the actor look more like Samwell then John Rhys-Davies would be a fine choice. Both are just over 70 so may be too old but I think with the right look and make up their acting ability would make the age difference irrelevant.

      It could at a longshot be Damphair but I think that it will be a slightly altered Septon Meribald to tie in with the Hound’s story. I’d go for Paddy Considine purely because he’s an incredible actor and can carry off being an ex soldier but also a priest.

      Leading Actress, I’d go for Emily Blunt , Helena Bonham Carter, or Kate Winslet but they may demand a hefty fee! Maybe Claire Foy?

      Priestess. Mid-20’s to early 30’s. Lenora Crichlow is suitably enchanting enough to play a priestess 🙂

      Fierce Warrior, Manu Bennett would be perfect if this is for a Dothraki Khal.

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    168. JamesL:
      The Following has been cancelled, James Purefoy for Euron! Start the petition!

      Purefoy is a great fan cast but there is only one Euron for me – Rufus Sewell!
      The eyes. The cheekbones. The menacing manner. He’d be perfect.

      For the Priestess, I would love to have Sophia Myles back on my television. She’s beautiful, magnetic and can really act. Make it happen, D&D!

      Oh…and Sandor is coming back.

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    169. tyjon,

      This bodes well for not just a 8th season, but a ninth as well, you cannot fit books 6 and 7 in one and a half seasons,

      I don’t know why so many people are assuming the planned 7 season has changed because they are adding some new characters next season. There will be 7 seasons, an extended season 7 at most.

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    170. Wimsey,

      But the casting says “not fat.” In fact, it specifically says “Big and tall but not fat” which would certainly describe how a young Robert has always been talked about.

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    171. JamesL:
      The Following has been cancelled, James Purefoy for Euron! Start the petition!

      Exactly my thinking! James Purefoy would ve great as Euron! Can you imagine Jim with the eyepatch and the mean streak and everything!

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    172. Before i read the countryside bit, I was ecstatic. That sounded so much like Aeron! Now I’m thinking meribald, even though he is definately not a no-nonsence type. Anyway both among my favorite characters so win-win

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    173. His Door Solar Rack: With the large boy being an Umber maybe.

      Rickon would be a long-term regular or recurring role and there was no indication of that in the casting breakdown. Generally there is for that sort of role.

      That part is pretty clearly linked to the other two roles.

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    174. tyjon,

      Be careful with that assumption. From here on out, D&D are not adapting full books but rather the outlines for major characters that GRRM has given them. I’ll also point to this season as an example of tons of pages (two books worth) being condensed into 10 hours of TV.

      I agree that these castings feel like a lot, but I still think it can be done in 7 seasons. Characters like Euron or Randyll won’t have their own extensive arcs but rather will be used to change larger situations in Westeros so that the main cast can be moved into the their correct respective positions for the end game.

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    175. merkjames:
      Anyone else thinking that the Septon Meribald casting confrims that Brienne gets back on track with her book storyline and we might get an appearance by…LS? Meribald takes Brienne & Pod to Saltpans, where she runs into Biter, afterwhich she runs into the Brotherhood without Borders and then..

      Biter (and Rorge) was already killed on the show. The Hound killed Biter, and Arya killed Rorge. LSH isn’t happening, but there will be other ways for the Freys to get their comeuppance.

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    176. LadyPineapple: The crazy-flaying-psycho-act lasts only this long, and people are starting to get tired of it, just like they were of Joffrey last season.

      What made Joff so indelible as a villain (besides how great Jack Gleeson was) is that after the deaths of Ned, Khal Drogo, Cat, Robb Stark, Renly, Lord Commander Mormont and several other second-tier sympathetic types like Ser Rodrik, Maester Luwin, and Yoren, it felt like, by that point in the series, that nobody who ever really deserved it other than redshirts (Kraznys, Orell, Pyat Pree, Xaro Xhoan Daxos, the Tickler) were ever going to get their just desserts. Joffrey seemed particularly unkillable, given he was the most hated person on the show and an obvious target for basically everybody.

      So when he finally gets it, well, it feels particularly satisfying and just. Ramsay unfortunately suffers a bit from being Joffrey 2.0, with less power and more sadism (somehow). So it’s repeating a bit, and it gets a bit sickening, as people say. Yes, life is grim, and good people die, but after a while, it becomes relentless, and so a dash of seeing the likes of Styr and Tywin Lannister get it feels somehow like it keeps things in balance a bit.

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    177. Bard: Why?

      Sigh. It’s a joke. There’s been a lot of that on these boards lately, people dying for some reason to see Deepwood Motte, when it barely matters.

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    178. I’m not much of a

      Euron

      fan(I was one of those who was glad we got Dorne instead this season), but I am very excited about

      Randyll Tarly, Septon Meribald, and the potential weirwood visions.

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    179. Delta1212,

      I don’t see that necessarily as an error. We met one son, there could be others. As long Doran doesn’t say (and it’s clear that he tells the truth) “I only ever had one son.” in the show, everything is fine, if you ask me. 😉

      mau,

      Did he? Well, all the better then!

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    180. mau,

      Perhaps there hasn’t been a male child born to the entire kingdom since Trystane, at least prior to Myrcella’s departure. Then that line actually makes perfect sense and is completely consistent with the rest of the show.

      I mean, Oberyn has eight daughters. Maybe there’s just something in the water.

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    181. Randyll Tarly and Euron Greyjoy…..please excuse me while I weep tears of joy.

      Perhaps there’s hope left for this show after all.

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    182. Rodrik the Reader:
      jentario,

      How about Tyene as Sarella/Alleras? With her short hair and tiny physique, she can pass for boyish with more gender-neutral clothing. (Or, they might dispense with the gender issue.) Tyene goes to Oldtown to get her Maester’s in Poisoning, no?

      (It’s been a long time since the book read; hope I’m not mixing things up.)

      After last week’s episode, I’d say the odds of Tyene passing as a boy are pretty slim.

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    183. tyjon:

      This bodes well for not just a 8th season, but a ninth as well, you cannot fit books 6 and 7 in one and a half seasons, with the material above taking up half of one.

      No. Euron in S6 won’t be Euron from AFFC, but Euron from TWOW.

      And D&D confirmed that there won’t be S9 or 10.

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    184. Abyss,

      Well, I know the casting announcement named him Doran’s heir. I forget, have they commented to that effect in the show yet? Because if they have, that sort of puts the kibosh on him having older brothers, unless Quentyn died sometime between Myrcella being betrothed to Trystane and now.

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    185. Rodrik the Reader: High hopes for Euron as the Big Bad after the pesky Boltons are dealt with. Also

      A “big bad”? If we’re going to have a proverbial big bad, then let’s just get this done the right way, bring in Margo Martindale to play Mags Bennett, and have her poison Bronn while she’s in jail with the other Sand Snakes.

      “It was already in the glass, not in the jar.”

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    186. With the new castings and returning characters there is going to have to be a hell of a lot of deaths! With story lines crossing over and characters like the blackfish, the Freys, brotherhood without banners available there does not need to be too many new characters introduced. For the first time this season has felt so short and we may end up with a situation like Dorne again where the characters and storyline are under developed.

      I think Theon is a goner and perhaps Pod too, like many I am getting sick of the Bolton’s and not sure what role Ramsey would play in season 6 if he survives. I can see Roose retreating to the twins when Winterfell is taken. As much as I want Stannis to survive (one of my favourite characters) and be the threat to the crown coming from the north; I can see Littlefinger taking this role with the northern lords/golden company in tow.

      How about Robert Carlyle as Euron as nobody does unhinged like he does.

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    187. I guess my question is “Who’s going to get the chop to make room for this new storyline?” which is getting its own locale and cast. There are also a number of returning characters, from the sounds of it, who sat out previous seasons–Walder Frey, probably the Hound, etc.–and room needs to be made for them as well. Short of a massacre at the end of the season, Season 6 is looking to be pretty packed.

      If Stannis loses, I wonder what’s going to happen to Sansa and Theon. How can they escape as

      Book Jeyne and Theon did

      if there’ nowhere to go? What will happen to Brienne and Pod? I dunno, it all seems up in the air. For all that Alfie and Iwan have said, I can’t see the season ending with Ramsay triumphant at Winterfell and Sansa and Theon still imprisoned there.

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    188. dragonbringer,

      Only thing is two of those boys are meant to have Northern accents, and neither Rhaegar nor Robert should. That fact alone, (plus the age gap, actually) makes me think Ned and Brandon. The fact that the third boy is large (but not fat) and about “Ned’s” age makes me lean toward Robert for that role, but I would be mildly surprised if the other two aren’t Ned and Brandon.

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    189. Delta1212:
      mau,

      Perhaps there hasn’t been a male child born to the entire kingdom since Trystane, at least prior to Myrcella’s departure. Then that line actually makes perfect sense and is completely consistent with the rest of the show.

      Sons of Dorne are members of House Martell.

      Doran, Oberyn and Trystane.

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    190. Josh L.,

      Don’t be so sure! If Maribald is in, Riverlands are in then why use something else, she is so anticipated. Even Euron is finally appearing.

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    191. mau,

      Also, he didn’t say Dorne. Tyrion said “I’m marrying Myrcella to the youngest son of House Martell.” Which Trystane is, as well as being Doran’s only son and heir.

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    192. Greatjon of Slumber,

      Margo Martindale is what Mel looks like without the ‘glamour.’

      Seriously, though, that woman would be one heckuva Deepwood Motte/Bear Island matriarch.

      Oh, and, let’s hope Margo doesn’t have to go topless in that Bronn scene of yours.

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    193. MADS MIKKELSEN FOR EURON! PRAY TO YOUR GODS WESTEROS!!!!!!

      Uhum, now that I have gotten that of my chest, this is fabulous news. Although, I have to say that I am now mighty curious to read their series outline. I always assumed we would get an extended seventh season, but this still seems rather late to develop these characters. I’m curious to see the developments 🙂

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    194. Delta1212:
      dragonbringer,

      Only thing is two of those boys are meant to have Northern accents, and neither Rhaegar nor Robert should. That fact alone, (plus the age gap, actually) makes me think Ned and Brandon. The fact that the third boy is large (but not fat) and about “Ned’s” age makes me lean toward Robert for that role, but I would be mildly surprised if the other two aren’t Ned and Brandon.

      Yepper. One is 12, playing a 12-year old with a northern accent. The other is 7-8, also northern. The other is a 12-year-old playing 7-8. (Never mind that Mark Addy has Sean Bean’s Yorkshire accent too, but, never mind…)

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    195. Great news! Very uplifting after a mediocre season and much critique on the show.
      If we are really going to see a Ned and Cat flashback, this must be via the Weirwood or… Perhaps LS will show up in episode 10 this season and season 6 will start off with her flashback. She doesn’t speak, but she remembers. Imagine how awesome this would be! I’m having faith in D&D that they made/will make the right decision and include her. A fan favourite that needs resolution!

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    196. Sean C.,

      From what the writers (including GRRM) have said , the characters, book & show, will reach the same end destination, but by divergent routes. However, that will mean that there will be key points where certain characters must meet, (or not) in service to that ending, as well.

      I simply feel that Sansa’s book storyline is tending toward affecting some very important developments in the riverlands and the vale, while I feel she would be unable to fill in for certain characters and developments in the north (which is not to say that other fill-ins, exclusions or additions might not be workable). My bet is that she will be needed elsewhere.

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    197. Hoping we don’t get another flashback as I thought the one this season has added absolutely nothing to the story. Could perhaps be a recasting of Rickon practicing with other northern youngsters? Who knows.

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    198. Delta1212,

      Agreed. I’m not saying D&D were planning to scrap Trystane’s older siblings back in season two. I’m just saying it’s not a continuity issue, technically. They allowed themselves to scrap them by being vague.

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    199. LOL, if the Sansa rape scene and Craster’s Keep had the audience fetching their smelling salts, I can only imagine what their reaction will be if the rape-happy Ironborn attack the Reach.

      I suspect that the North storyline’s resolution in 5×10 will have a whole mess of book spoilers. I think some pretty important heads are going to roll.

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    200. Delta1212,

      Not that’s really that important, but no, younger children can be the heir to the House, it’s just that in most cases it’s the oldest son (see the case of Sam).

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    201. TheTouchOfFrost: I thought the one this season has added absolutely nothing to the story.

      Seriously? It didn’t set up why Cersei is so viciously going after Margaery at all to you? I seriously doubt that the general audience is failing to make the connection.

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    202. I always figured that the Greyjoys wouldn’t be introduced until

      Sam’s Oldtown

      story arch began because it would require heavy use of the boat set and boat related cgi and would probably be easier if all done in one season and it would also work better plot wise if they have

      Sam introduce the unsullied to Oldtown and The Reach before it is attacked by Krakens.

      Season 6 has always felt like the season of the Kraken for me, not sure why. But it looks like my suspicions were correct after all!

      I’m so excited, I just can’t hide it!

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    203. Delta1212,

      Ah! Correct! For some reason, I read “and fat” in there: clearly I needed another coffee.

      Well, then, I think that Young Robert is an excellent guess.

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    204. Kells,

      Purefoy is a great fan cast but there is only one Euron for me – Rufus Sewell!
      The eyes. The cheekbones. The menacing manner. He’d be perfect.

      I’ve never heard of him so I looked him up and he also looks great for the role. That is definitively the look they should go with for the character, middle aged but good looking with sex appeal. I know it sounds superficial but I do think it is better to get someone good looking especially for a character that has to carry a new storyline because I think it helps make the character more appealing to audiences rather than some ugly middle aged man.

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    205. M: I wonder where all the screentime for what’s shaping up to be a big Reach/Oldtown plotline is going to come from. Dorne being cut? Less time in the North? Less Arya? Less KL?

      Without reading Winter, how can we tell?

      However, keep in mind that the showrunners have always kept the big plots centered on the protagonists. For all the grousing about Dorne, it has stayed beause they were able to recenter it on a protagonist. Something similar will happen here. So, whereever Euron and Tarly are (and those seem like very likely and probable guesses to me), then one of the main characters will be there, too. The new characters area all going to be foils for the old ones, just as they were this year, and last year, too. Really, we haven’t had a new lead character introduced since Season 2, have we?

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    206. S4E3

      Tommen Baratheon: Wisdom is what makes a good king.

      Tywin Lannister: Yes. But what is wisdom? A house with great wealth and fertile lands asks you for your protection against another house with a strong navy that could one day oppose you. How do you know which choice is wise and which is not? Any experience of treasuries and granaries? Or shipyards and soldiers?

      Great foreshadowing!!!

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    207. Its a phrase from the bible, matthew 5:15

      “You are the salt of the earth…”

      -your friendly neighborhood agnostic

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    208. “A large boy, with an actor who is 10-12 but playing 7 or 8. He’s described as “a clever boy” who seems too large for his age. He’s big and tall but not fat. “Characterful squat features” are a plus for this part. it’s specified that this is a one-time appearance.”

      I hope this is a young Hodor. In Season 6, Bran and Hodor will be back, and it would be nice if Bran could see a vision of the past about his own Hodor, as a young lad. My bet is Ned or his older brother caused brain damage to young Hodor, who then grew up to be Hodor. This would introduce Bran’s past-seeing capabilities, and lead to a nice bonding moment with Hodor, to reintroduce the pair to the audience in S6.

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    209. M:
      I wonder where all the screentime for what’s shaping up to be a big Reach/Oldtown plotline is going to come from. Dorne being cut? Less time in the North? Less Arya? Less KL?

      Good question. Something has to give.

      I think that we will have less time in the North if the Bolton/Stannis conflict is resolved this season. Also consider that if Jon is stabbed/resurrected in S5 or early in S6, he will leave the Wall and go elsewhere. But where?

      M:
      I suspect that the North storyline’s resolution in 5×10 will have a whole mess of book spoilers. I think some pretty important heads are going to roll.

      I think so, too. The S5 finale has the potential to move into TWOW territory in some story lines. And, yes, many will die.

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    210. Davos’ Luck,

      Me too, it’s not that I wouldn’t miss them or am saying that to be an ass – I think it would be a fantastic punch in the gut. And would open up space for new/returning storylines.

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    211. Kay,

      Hmm I’d considered Hodor but for some reason I thought he wasn’t that old when he got brain-damaged. It’s a good thought.

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    212. mariamb: Good question. Something has to give.

      I think so, too. The S5 finale has the potential to move into TWOW territory in some story lines. And, yes, many will die.

      In that Stannis/Shireen/Melisandre/Davos/Selyse/Ramsay/Roose/Myranda/Sansa/Theon/Pod/Brienne pileup, I think there’s a massacre coming. Davos, Sansa and Melisandre are probably safe, but everyone else? I dunno.

      If 5×10 has Team Stannis flaming out (sorry) in spectacular fashion and

      Jon appearing to die

      , coupled with

      Varys murdering Kevan, or, as has been rumoured, Tommen

      , I think 5×10 could be the first truly bleak season finale so far, which might explain why Finn Jones tossed the script when he read it.

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    213. I wonder if they’ll rename Euron. The Unsullied would have a field day with either “You’re on Greyjoy” or “Urine Greyjoy.”

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    214. I haven’t read through all the comments, so I don’t know if anyone else mentioned this, but I think Viggo Mortensen would make a pretty kick-ass Euron. Alexander Skarsgard would also be really great, even if he is a little young.

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    215. M,

      Agree with your scenario: safe is Davos, Sansa, Mel (at least temporarily). Don’t think that we will lose Stannis and Shireen. Same with Roose and Ramsay – one may go this season but not both.

      I’m more inclined to think that Varys will murder Olenna and not Tommen.

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    216. Wimsey,

      I thought the scene itself was pretty poor but also no it didn’t. Not at any point have I thought Cersei is going after her because of that prophecy. The storyline already set in place and how her character has been built shows how evident her desire for power and to remain in power is. She’s been suspicious and mistrustful of Marg since she first appeared and I think the interactions between them have been more than enough to show Cersei’s motivation to get her out of the picture without the need for that flashback.

      JamesL,

      Plus his character is described as handsome in the books so that works too. Think Rufus would struggle with Euron’s sinister side though.

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    217. It is not surprising that Euron is in. I think this development actually makes it more likely that we lose one or both Boltons this season. They are bringing another larger than life villain into the show.

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    218. mariamb:
      M,

      Agree with your scenario: safe is Davos, Sansa, Mel (at least temporarily). Don’t think that we will lose Stannis and Shireen. Same with Roose and Ramsay – one may go this season but not both.

      The way Liam Cunningham and others have been talking about the North storyline, I think we’re in for something truly sick and horrific. What could be more sick and horrific than an innocent, sweet little girl being burned alive on her father’s orders? I also think Stannis is going down, whether it’s Ramsay or Brienne that delivers the killing blow.

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    219. Wow! Awesome.

      I guess this proves a few things regarding Euron. Euron does not = Daario. Also suggests that Euron is pretty important to events going forward as I thought he would be in TWOW.

      It will be kind of weird if they include stuff like the Kingsmoot or any other stuff from AFFC that hasn’t been in the show yet. Will feel like we’re going back in time some how.

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    220. mariamb,

      How about Littlefinger killing Olenna? I feel they are setting this up with Olenna threatning to expose his part in Joffery’s murder and her warning him if something happens to her.

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    221. Nodor,

      It’s also a great Rolling Stones song:

      “Raise your glass to the good and the evil
      Let’s drink to the salt of the earth…”

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    222. M,

      Good point, but no worries. The Ironborn attacks need only be alluded to but not shown, mostly for budget reasons. And what would be shown needn’t be all that explicit. Just some axechucking and noisy pillaging, as in ’50s movies like ‘Prince Valiant’ and ‘The Vikings’, only sans the cheesy (and historically inaccurate, apparently) horned helmets.

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    223. M,

      I’m hoping that Liam was referring to the “Sansa in WF” story line rather than a Team Dragonstone one. Burning poor Shireen certainly fits that description but, IMO, pushes the misery quotient of this show a bit too far. Maybe its wishful thinking…

      sai,

      Possible, of course. Anything is possible with LF.

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    224. Rodrik the Reader:
      M,

      Good point, but no worries. The Ironborn attacks need only be alluded to but not shown, mostly for budget reasons. And what would be shown needn’t be all that explicit. Just some axechucking and noisy pillaging, as in ’50s movies like ‘Prince Valiant’ and ‘The Vikings’, only sans the cheesy (and historically inaccurate, apparently) horned helmets.

      LOL, if they went full-on cheesy Prince Valiant vikings, that would be awesome.

      Actually, it’s not so much the battle scenes as sequences like that hideous bit in AFFC where the Ironborn have taken over some lord’s castle and are casually throwing women on the table and raping them. *shudder*

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    225. Hodor’s Bastard:
      Veltigar,

      I knew you would be chomping at the bit regarding the “Pirate” description…

      Yes, I’m predictable like that. I would make a terrible Euron. Mads Mikkelsen on the other hand (did I ever tell y’all about Mads?) now that man would make a magnificent Euron!

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    226. Wow, it’s a big surprise! I thought the Greyjoy were out of the show! Good!

      And the three boys, could they be the novices at the Citadel?? The fat one could be Pate.

      When someone in season 5 (I can’t remember who) talked about the Citadel, I knew that they were going to show it! It’s really exciting!

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    227. Obsidian,

      The thing is, the show has written out the dramatic conflicts in the Vale. The Valemen are behind Baelish, they know who Sansa is, and Baelish is bringing them North now. Everything is aligned for Sansa to continue her story in the North. I haven’t seen anything connecting Sansa (books or show) to the Riverlands, by comparison.

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    228. Luka Nieto:
      BTW, that priest could just as well be the Elder Brother, right? I’d always assumed they would merge those two roles anyway if any of them were to appear at all.

      Spot on! That’s exactly what I hear.

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    229. M,

      Idk what to think. If Stannis doesn’t sacrifice his daughter, then Mel can return to the Wall as others have suggested in time to deal with Jon. Why would she leave if he agrees to burn her? Unless he still fails and she flees? I think it’s unlikely Brienne will change her mind; she’s killing Stannis or dying in the attempt. Right now, that doesn’t sound great. If Stannis sacrifices Shireen..? A lot easier to accept that Brienne taking him down is a good thing.

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    230. TheTouchOfFrost:

      JamesL,

      Plus his character is described as handsome in the books so that works too. Think Rufus would struggle with Euron’s sinister side though.

      Ha, this is ironic considering he was cast as quite a few baddies back in the day given his looks, which are beautiful yet intimidating. See him as Fortinbras in Kenneth Branagh’s Hamlet, for one! Also a commanding stage actor.

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    231. M,

      I shudder too and hope no one in the writers’ room reminds D&D ‘what a cool scene that would be.’

      We should recall, however, that the Ironborn have ALREADY attacked, sacked, and taken over much of the North in-show, and all we saw of it was Theon in Winterfell and that motley crew at Moat Caillin.

      A raven sent from the Reach to Kingslanding is all that’s really necessary, as in ‘Tommen, we must do something!’

      The other possibility is the High Sparrow converting those darn pagans to the Faith of The Seven. Axes into ploughshares (or… snow shovels?).

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    232. I approve of Rufus Sewell as Euron. Charismatic and sexy as hell, but in a creepy way. A++.

      Honestly, that ghastly feast rape extravaganza bit with the Ironborn in AFFC disturbed me more than anything else in the books, and given Book Jeyne’s wedding night, that’s saying something. I really hope that goes the way of the Harrenhal rape cages.

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    233. If we’re looking away from the main contenders and more well-known actors for Euron then I think Gary Stretch could be an excellent choice. Former boxer, did some modelling, good actor and he’s had experience in fight choreography in Alexander. Most improtantly he’s got a sinister and powerful presence about him.

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    234. There are a couple names on imdb episode 8 & 10 cast lists that would be spoilers, so I’d suggest not looking if you don’t want to be. (and no, Michelle Fairley isn’t one of them)

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    235. Seems like they’re going to expand quite a bit. It would be nice to hear they’ve ordered another 5 seasons. The HBO execs were on record stating they wanted to do 10 seasons. 3 extra seasons would give them A lot of room to do some interesting stuff.

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    236. Is it possible that Jon Snow and the wildlings could end up saving Stannis in the end? This is where Jon’s arc this season could rather than at the wall. I don’t think Ramsay telling Sansa Jon was LC was for nothing. Maybe he gets word shes there somehow and he comes and saves the day.

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    237. Karen C:
      No..the boys are bband on and littllefinge!When Brandon humiliates him!Sounds like a lot of flashbacks!

      I feel like they were much older when that happened. Could be wrong.

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    238. Pigeon: I’ll sign that petition, although I believed he turned down GoT in Season 1.

      If I’m remembering the rumor/news correctly: Dominic West was the first choice to play Mance Rayder in season 2, but turned the role down because he misunderstood how much time was going to be required for shooting. So he may well be open to a role, and Euron would be pretty awesome.

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    239. Does anyone think that this somewhat unexpected (at least where I’m concerned) inclusion of Euron and Oldtown may mean there are going to be 75-80 episodes?

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    240. M:
      I guess my question is “Who’s going to get the chop to make room for this new storyline?” which is getting its own locale and cast. There are also a number of returning characters, from the sounds of it, who sat out previous seasons–Walder Frey, probably the Hound, etc.–and room needs to be made for them as well. Short of a massacre at the end of the season, Season 6 is looking to be pretty packed.

      If Stannis loses, I wonder what’s going to happen to Sansa and Theon. How can they escape as

      if there’ nowhere to go? What will happen to Brienne and Pod? I dunno, it all seems up in the air. For all that Alfie and Iwan have said, I can’t see the season ending with Ramsay triumphant at Winterfell and Sansa and Theon still imprisoned there.

      This story line has become such a mish-mash, so who knows how the writers will wrap this up to make a lick of sense. But let’s say Brienne does help Sansa (and Theon) escape. Where would be a great place to hide out? The Quiet Isle. Untouched by war…a Priest being cast (maybe an Elder Brother/Septon Meribald hybrid). A tall, healing Gravedigger in attendance to offer his sword (and defend Sansa against FrankenGregor)?
      Yeah. Cleganebowl but not as we would expect. The SanSan girl in me coming out but I don’t think his arc is done and I don’t think the writer’s would wait more than one season to bring him back. Sansa needs not only swords but peeps she can trust.

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    241. Great News! This is making me excited for season 6 already 😀 But I do hope some “old” characters come back too, especially in the Riverlands aka Freys, Brotherhood, BlackFish and Gendry. It would fit…

      Maybe Brienne saves Sansa and brings her to the wall, were Sansa decides to stay in the north with LF and Bri/Pod travel South with Sam and Gilly? I would love to see that 😀

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    242. TheTouchOfFrost,

      Good idea! Though I would welcome both Purefoy and Mikkelsen, I don’t think they will cast either of them. As for Gary Stretch, I found him pretty convincing as Cleitus in Alexander, though the role was rather small.

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    243. JamesL,

      Plus his character is described as handsome in the books so that works too. Think Rufus would struggle with Euron’s sinister side though.

      Oh, not at all. Rufus can play charming, engaging and sinister like a champ. See “Helen Of Troy”, a so-so tv adaption but he was perfectly creepy.
      I love the Purefoy fan cast, wouldn’t mind that at all, but for dark and sexy and creepy, my money has been on Sewell for a long time. Make it happen, D&D!

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    244. M,

      like that hideous bit in AFFC where the Ironborn have taken over some lord’s castle and are casually throwing women on the table and raping them.

      I haven’t read the books in a while and skimmed a lot of AFFC so reminding me of stuff like this just makes me more annoyed at the hypocrisy of so many book readers who act like the show has upped the ante with this type of content. The big mistake the show has made is not having sexual violence but having sexual violence that is not an exact replica of what GRRM wrote. If they included the sexual violence that GRRM puts in the books these hypocrites wouldn’t be able to condemn the show because they would also have to be condemning GRRMs writing and they wouldn’t want to criticize his holiness.

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    245. One of Roose Bolton’s leeches:
      Sue the Fury,

      What about the synopsis for episode 9 someone posted a while back? Was that fake?

      Meh, the synopses for every episode are starting to reach Mad Men-levels of vagueness.

      “Episode 5.09: A Dance With Dragons: Danaerys finds friends and allies. Tyrion offers counsel. Jon considers his options. Brienne stands up straight and glowers. Podrick does not have sex. The wolves (not pictured) eat food. Rickon is, um…ehh, fuck, we don’t remember.”

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    246. Kells,

      I was so happy when we got over all the Sandor/Sansa bullshit (that creeped out Rory McCann to no end, as it should have) – I hope they never are in the same spot together again.

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    247. Mr Fixit:
      Does anyone think that this somewhat unexpected (at least where I’m concerned) inclusion of Euron and Oldtown may mean there are going to be 75-80 episodes?

      No, because it is not unexpected. D&D foreshadowed Euron in S4.

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    248. I know this is old but Purefoy already mentioned that he (along with Kevin McKidd) won’t be up for a role in GoT, even if the showrunners ask him. Let’s hope he has since overcome his grudge against the show.

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    249. Sheepstealer:
      I know this is old but Purefoy already mentioned that he (along with Kevin McKidd) won’t be up for a role in GoT, even if the showrunners ask him. Let’s hope he has since overcome his grudge against the show.

      He said that it was a joke.

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    250. mau,

      No. Euron in S6 won’t be Euron from AFFC, but Euron from TWOW

      There still must be a power struggle among the Ironborn ranks, even a truncated one, which would take up several episodes before

      the invasion of The Reach begins. Obviously Sam heads for Oldtown, and Tarly Sr. minus Tyrell’s must defend the land. Wonder if the show changes the reasoning behind the invasion to an alliance between Cersei and Euron, the Iron Isles get their autonomy back and they split the Reach.

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    251. Balon01,

      Oh, really? I totally missed that. Thank’s for the update! Come to think of it, it pretty much sounded like a joke but anyway, I’m glad he’s an option.

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    252. The two boys do sound like Eddard Stark and Robert Baratheon.

      Sad that they decided to skip so many good flashbacks earlier in the series if they are beginning to add them now anyway.

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    253. tyjon:
      mau,

      There still must be a power struggle among the Ironborn ranks, even a truncated one, which would take up several episodes before

      And that will be fast forward like Jon’s election. 5 minutes.

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    254. Clob,

      I wouldn’t trust anything on imdb for something that hasn’t aired yet. It gets a lot of people putting in wishful stuff or just trolling. Whether anything “predicted” on there in terms of casting, characters, number of episodes people are in, etc turns out to be remotely accurate is a bit of a crapshoot.

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    255. mau: No, because it is not unexpected. D&D foreshadowed Euron in S4.

      Euron foreshadowed in Season 4? I just recently rewatched it and I don’t remember that detail.

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    256. Mr Fixit: Euron foreshadowed in Season 4? I just recently rewatched it and I don’t remember that detail.

      Yes. S4E3.

      Tywin Lannister: Yes. But what is wisdom? A house with great wealth and fertile lands asks you for your protection against another house with a strong navy that could one day oppose you. How do you know which choice is wise and which is not?

      This foreshadowed war between Greyjoys and Tyrells.

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    257. mau,

      I was thinking that when I saw it… back then I still hadn’t read the books but thought that there might have been some sneaky foreshadowing in that scene. Brilliantly done if and when it comes to fruition next season.

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    258. Delta1212:
      Clob,

      I wouldn’t trust anything on imdb for something that hasn’t aired yet. It gets a lot of people putting in wishful stuff or just trolling. Whether anything “predicted” on there in terms of casting, characters, number of episodes people are in, etc turns out to be remotely accurate is a bit of a crapshoot.

      I’d tend to believe it more when it’s this close to air, plus I’ve never been as distrustful of imdb as something like wikipedia. Sure there will be inaccuracies, but all but one name make perfect sense with what we ‘know’ about the storylines in the next couple eps. *shrug*

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    259. mau,

      GRRM has been mentioning recently that Highgarden will make an appearance in TWoW, although the PoV is anyone’s guess. (Sam?)

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    260. mau,

      That’s not really foreshadowing. It’s just a realistic example of the sort of choices a monarch must face. Tommen (or Myrcella) is not going to be making this choice: the Iron Born are in open rebellion against KL and thus not a possible ally for the current crown. Now, an alliance between the Tyrells and the Iron Born might be a remote possibility (given that Cersei seems determined on a course that will cause war with the Tyrells, although I suspect she doesn’t realize that it would be war and not just their capitulation). However, it would doubt that Olenna (who certainly is the eminence gris of House Tyrell) would want such an alliance.

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    261. Wimsey:
      mau,

      That’s not really foreshadowing.

      It is. It foreshadowed war between Greyjoys and Tyrells. I don’t know what kind of choice Tommen is going to make.

      But you don’t know, either.

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    262. tyjon: There still must be a power struggle among the Ironborn ranks, even a truncated one, which would take up several episodes before

      There really does not need to be any power-struggle. What Euron the plundering pirate does need not be directly related to what happens on the Iron Isles. Indeed, given that Theon is pretty much dead to his family, one would expect the possible heirs to the Iron Born crown to start trying to one-up each other in deeds of great bravado. The audience watching this show will understand a simple explanation like that pretty easily. Real history is replete with examples of this sort of behavior, after all.

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    263. The north has to stay important because of the white walker threat.
      If Brienne and Pod help Sansa and make it through wouldn’t they just stay with her as sworn swords?

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    264. A Faceless Man,

      To reply to the one poster, I highly doubt it’s Darkstar, as he’s described as somewhat thin, and in his mid 20’s. I think judging by the mixed background, and that he’s supposed to be a very large and powerful man, that it might be Strong Belwas.

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    265. Best news so far this year I think! Wow!

      I love the idea of Rufus Sewell and Graham MacTavish for Euron and Randyll Tarly, but I will throw out a few other names not bandied about as frequently…

      Euron: Hans Matheson, Michael Nardone, or maybe Rudolf Martin?
      Randyll Tarly: David O’Hara, John Lynch, or maybe Douglas Hodge?

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    266. mau,

      eh, I don’t think I’d qualify that as “foreshadowing.” There should be an ironic component to it, and there isn’t one here.

      At any rate, given that none of the main characters are either Iron Born (well, save for Theon, but he doesn’t count anymore) or Tyrells, this should not be a major plot focus unless one of the main characters is heavily embroiled in it. B&W have been very good about cutting plot lines that do not involve protagonists or rewriting them to include one or more protagonist: I’d be surprised (and disappointed) if they changed course now.

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    267. Wimsey:
      mau,

      eh, I don’t think I’d qualify that as “foreshadowing.”There should be an ironic component to it, and there isn’t one here.

      Call it whatever you want.

      It is the same type of foreshadowing. as “People die at their dinner tables. They die in their beds. They die squatting over their chamber pots”

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    268. TheTouchOfFrost: Not at any point have I thought Cersei is going after her because of that prophecy.

      Just because you have not does not mean that 99% of the audience has not. Seriously, this is low-hanging fruit for most people. Gun put on the wall, gun being fired: that is the way audiences think, and the way that they have always thought. Now, maybe you are not thinking like that: but that’s on you, not on the show-runners.

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    269. LordDavos:
      The north has to stay important because of the white walker threat.
      If Brienne and Pod help Sansa and make it through wouldn’t they just stay with her as sworn swords?

      I would think so but I can’t see any of the characters just sitting in one place, at least not yet! Unless the Bolton’s are run out of Winterfell by the end of the season, I can’t see Sansa sticking around. If Sansa is rescued/escapes, I can’t see her heading further north with the weather being what it is. I think she would go south with Brienne/Pod (or on her own) but not so far south as to be in Lannister reach. Maybe Riverrun? I know I’m not alone in wishing for an appearance by the Blackfish. That is why I also thought the Quiet Isle would be a solid place to deposit her, while the battle rages north. She is sort of a sitting duck at Winterfell. While I get the importance of her being there, she needs a chance to regroup and let these two armies go at each other. When the dust settles, she can hedge her bets on the victor (as long as it’s Stannis, obviously!).

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    270. sai: How about Littlefinger killing Olenna?

      I think that this is a definite possibility, too. Olenna as eminence grise for Westeros would be bad news for Varys and his ambitions.

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    271. So glad that the ridiculous Daario / Euron theory has been put to bed. Still can’t believe people actually believed that. Also, I’m excited for Greyjoys. Also Deepwood Motte!!

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    272. One of Roose Bolton’s leeches,

      I thought the exact same thing. When I saw the guy cut the chains, even though his appearance didn’t match the books, just the fact he looked pretty imposing, didn’t say anything except for a head nod, and the weapon he carried, not to mention he’s clearly a fighter of sorts, that I thought for sure it’s Strong Belwas.

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    273. Kells: I would think so but I can’t see any of the characters just sitting in one place, at least not yet! Unless the Bolton’s are run out of Winterfell by the end of the season, I can’t see Sansa sticking around. If Sansa is rescued/escapes, I can’t see her heading further north with the weather being what it is. I think she would go south with Brienne/Pod (or on her own)but not so far south as to be in Lannister reach. Maybe Riverrun? I know I’m not alone in wishing for an appearance by the Blackfish. That is why I also thought the Quiet Isle would be a solid place to deposit her, while the battle rages north. She is sort of a sitting duck at Winterfell. While I get the importance of her being there, she needs a chance to regroup and let these two armies go at each other. When the dust settles, she can hedge her bets on the victor (as long as it’s Stannis, obviously!).

      Riverrun is controlled by the Freys.

      In any event, there is (supposedly) a bunch of loyal Northerners for Sansa to rally (which is what she should have been doing in the first place, but the writers needed her to go to Winterfell). It really doesn’t make any sense for her to run away from the North now that she’s there, and it especially doesn’t make sense to do that with the character’s arc.

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    274. Although I agree that Olenna being murdered by Varys or Littlefinger in the finale seems quite plausible at this point, it does beg the question of why they brought Kevan back just for a couple of minutes of screentime at the start of the season. Of course, it could have just been a way of more firmly re-introducing Lancel, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Kevan suddenly popped up again next week.

      And Ray Stevenson’s got a major role in the next season of Black Sails, which just started filming, so I don’t know if he’d be available for a role on GoT.

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    275. Lorathi Mazemakers,

      There’s no way the show would have bothered bringing Kevan back if they weren’t including his death. And I’m quite sure it will be Varys who does it; otherwise he’d be turning up in Meereen by now.

      Actually, now that I think about it, why would Varys suddenly abort his journey to Meereen just because Tyrion vanished? I sense an impending plot hole.

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    276. Sean C.,

      In regard to your last part, presumably in both book and show the idea was that Jorah would take Tyrion to Dany. I don’t think Varys ever planned to be along for the whole trip.

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    277. Jordan,

      Tyrion being abducted by Jorah was not part of the plan, in either book or show. Varys wasn’t even there in the books; the show substituted him for Illyrio and the Griffs, and he was stated to want to go the whole way.

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    278. Sean C.,

      Well, to clarify it doesn’t really work with the book, but in the show I think you could interpret it as Varys deliberately dropping him off. Varys just happens to lead Tyrion to the brothel where Jorah has been hanging out and while he tells Tyrion not to wander off, he has good reason to think Tyrion isn’t going to listen to this advice.

      It would make perfect sense to me if Varys knew where Jorah was and set it up so Tyrion would be captured by him.

      One reason I say this is because it’s just such a huge coincidence in the books that Tyrion should happen to bump into Jorah and so I like the idea of it being deliberately set up.

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    279. OMG OMG OMG! Sorry I’m super busy right now, no time to read 500 comments, but I can’t believe how psyched I am for season 6 already! Huge story for WotW once again 🙂 Love itttttt!
      Will be dreaming of Greyjoys and Tarlys and Stark boys, oh my! 😉

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    280. Sean C.,

      There is speculation that Varys will show up in Dorne by the end of the season presumably because he and Doran have been plotting together. I’m not sure if it makes sense.

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