Game of Thrones Season 6 New Casting Roundup!

Game of Thrones season 6 casting info has been hard to come by this year, with the show being especially tight with their announcements. We know you’re dying to know who is playing Euron or Randyll, but until we find out, here are a few season 6 casting tidbits to tide you over!

johannesAccording to an Icelandic news report, Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson has won a small role on season 6 of Game of Thrones. The Icelandic actor will reportedly play a part in two episodes this season. The actor is probably best known to English-speaking audiences from his role as Thomas in A.D.: The Bible Continues.

His specific role in Game of Thrones has not been confirmed, but given that he’s been chatting with Ricky Champ on Twitter who is playing an outlaw, and that the outlaw characters listed for season 6 are all two-episodes ones, I think most likely Jóhannes is playing another of the outlaw brethren.

Potential spoilers:

Northern Irish actor Andrew Bryan will be playing a Bolton Officer in season 6, according to his Spotlight CV. His agency website noted he’s already been filming the role, and it looks like he finished shooting on August 19th.

According to his agency resume, Irish actor Tristan Heanue will be appearing in the new season. His role is unknown, but our sources tell us that it’s a minor one. A quick look over his Twitter tells us he’s newly following Gwendoline Christie and Daniel Portman- and Andrew Bryan. So I wouldn’t be surprised to see him turn up with the Boltons, as well.

And does this mean Brienne and Pod are due for another encounter with Bolton men? They are still deep into Bolton territory.

Thanks to WotW reader Greenjones for help with rounding up the Johannes info!

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    1. Iceland actors could make good wildlings, they have the accent ! ^^

      And we need our traditional “wildling of the season” character ! You know, that wildling that never makes it through the season (Orell, Styr, Loboda…)

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    2. Arkash:
      And we need our traditional “wildling of the season” character ! You know, that wildling that never makes it through the season (Orell, Styr, Loboda…)

      Nice one.

      actually makes me kinda sad.. 😀

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    3. Here’s a link to an Israeli article that says that a 24 years old Israeli actor is one of the 2 leading contenders for a role in the show (the other one is Algerian, so I’m guessing it’s for a Dornish role).
      http://celebs.walla.co.il/item/2884297
      Take it with a pinch of salt though, especially since it’s in the gossip section

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    4. Amar,

      I don’t see how or why that would happen. From the way things ended last year, the next step in the Northern storyline looks to be open warfare between the Boltons and other Northerners/the Valemen. The time for skulking around Winterfell was last year, and the opportunity for any sort of internal resistance ended when Sansa and Theon made to run away.

      Brienne’s trajectory is one of the things I’ve been really unsure about this season, so some indication that she may still be involved in the Northern story is interesting.

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    5. The Boltons just creamed Stannis. So, what makes you think the rest of the North is going to stand against them now, when they could have, you know, stood with Stannis, who, again, got creamed.

      Aside from the Vale army supposedly marching North, it seems the Boltons are secure for the time being.

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    6. Maggie,

      I think it depends on what will happen with Trystane: if Jaime, Bronn, Trystane and Myrcella’s corps are on a Dornish ship, there’s no way the Dornishmen will allow Jaime to take Trystane to Kings Landing and Cercei’s wrath. It’ll be more likely they’ll return to Sunspear. Jaime may use his diplomatic skills to (a) not kill Trystane, (b) be an advocate for peace once Doran punishes/eliminates Ellaria.

      After Sunspear I guess Bronn and him will head to Kings landing for the showdown with Cercei (and Lancel?).

      The Riverlands might be an option later in the season (or season 7), he’s got to meet up with Brienne sooner or later (even without the LS stuff).

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    7. HotPinkLipstick,

      Stannis was unpopular among the Northeners. He was a southron, followed an intolerant religion, and tried to ally with the wildlings. Plus, the Northeners wouldn’t want to risk harming the only living Stark.

      But now the Boltons don’t have Sansa, they’ve been weakened by the battle at Winterfell, and the Lannisters don’t seem to be backing them anymore.

      Roose Bolton’s days are numbered.

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    8. Tywin of the Hill,

      It seems there’s no northern lords… Having Sansa or not doesn’t seem to had any impact at all… And the Bolton’s army was really, really huge in comparison to Stannis’ (seriously, under what rock was hidden that army?).

      To me (in the show, at least) the Boltons have won easily.

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    9. Avon Restal,

      Jaime can bribe the captain to take him and Trystane to King’s Landing.

      My guess is that Jaime’ll arrive in KL in the first episode. He’ll travel to the Riverlands in the third and

      die in the fifth.

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    10. HotPinkLipstick:
      The Boltons just creamed Stannis. So, what makes you think the rest of the North is going to stand against them now, when they could have, you know, stood with Stannis, who, again, got creamed.

      So much complaining about backpacks and such around these parts… But here you’re suggesting that all northerners should have them. Stannis never asked the northern lords around him. And doing so would take weeks or months. And he was stranded in snow. Etc. It’s a complicated world and the absence of modern technology, particularly transportation and communications (ravens notwithstanding), means that for the most part people act in isolation and ignorance or invest a hell of a lot of time. Same reason Littlefinger would realistically have little idea about Ramsay’s nature.

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    11. Thanks for the update Sue (and Greenjones)!
      These little bits of casting info can tide me over until some big news hits!
      Assuming it hits….

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    12. SlayerNina,

      The casting call clearly says they’re casting a “Lord of Noble Northern House” and a “Lord of Northern Stronghold”.

      In the third episode, Roose was clearly concerned with the Northern Houses joining Stannis, hence why he needed the real Sansa Stark. For all we know, she was the only reason the Northeners didn’t join Stannis (there’s no mention of Northern soldiers in the Baratheon army). Without her, his rule over the North is much less secure.

      The Bolton army wasn’t that big. Some fans have counted both armies and, actually, it’s not that much of a difference.
      The Bolton army actually numbers a little over 2,000 – it seems larger because they are mounted and more separated than Stannis’s men. Stannis has around 1,300 soldiers.

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    13. Tywin of the Hill,

      I’m not sure I believe that if Jaime got to King’s Landing before Cersei’s trial, he would leave. I think he will arrive there after the trial

      in which the Frankenmountain will the Faith’s champion, who will or will not be the gravedigger

      .
      Unless Cersei continues her stupid-ass agenda of sending away and pissing off everyone who could be of use to her – like Kevan. It’s possible she is so sure the Frankenmountain is going to save her that she will yell at Jaime for letting Myrcella die and then send him on some fool’s errand as punishment. … I guess on second thought that is probably what is going to happen.

      But anyway, Jaime can’t

      die before he has fulfilled the Valonquar prophecy

      .

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    14. HotPinkLipstick:
      The Boltons just creamed Stannis. So, what makes you think the rest of the North is going to stand against them now, when they could have, you know, stood with Stannis, who, again, got creamed.

      Because we’re getting Northern lords this season and the writers clearly wanted to get rid of Stannis last season without associating the Northern resistance to the Boltons with him.

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    15. Off-Topic Otto,

      Actually Stannis did ask for the Northern lords to side with him, remember Lyanna Mormort’s letter, we can assume he sent letters out to all the Northern lords/holds and got similar replies. Stannis’ defeat might give the Northern Lords some fire in the belly, Stannis a southerner, was more or less fighting their fight – that and it allowed Sansa’s escape, that info is sure to get out, might help rally the North. In the show anyways.

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    16. SlayerNina:

      And the Bolton’s army was really, really huge in comparison to Stannis’ (seriously, under what rock was hidden that army?).

      wheren’t those Stannis’ mercenaries, the ones that deserted before the battle? (that what mercenaries usually do when they desert – they switch side)

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    17. HotPinkLipstick:
      The Boltons just creamed Stannis. So, what makes you think the rest of the North is going to stand against them now, when they could have, you know, stood with Stannis, who, again, got creamed.

      Aside from the Vale army supposedly marching North, it seems the Boltons are secure for the time being.

      Because the North really really loves the Starks. And it didn’t really really love Stannis (or probably even knew him much).

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    18. Arkash:
      And we need our traditional “wildling of the season” character ! You know, that wildling that never makes it through the season (Orell, Styr, Loboda…)

      I have a strong feeling Tormund is not going to make it through the Night Watch betrayal and the backlash, maybe Wun Wun aswell, anyway not sure they need to introduce more wildlings than that.

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    19. lalla,

      No, that was just a fan theory. Stannis’ mercenaries rode off and were not seen again — and most likely never will be, like the Karstark army from season 3 and Rodrik’s force from season 2.

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    20. If it’s true that

      Rickon is coming back, that would be some good evidence that there’s going to be a pro-Stark insurgence in the north. It gives the northerners a male heir to rally around and makes Ramsay’s marriage to Sansa meaningless in terms of his claim to Winterfell because in the Westeros system, a younger son inherits before an older daughter.

      I think the Bolton’s hold on the north is precarious. Especially since they’ll get no help from the now in total disarray Lannisters. But I’m sure the Boltons will take a lot of people down with them. So never fear, those of you that crave violence and despair in the north!

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    21. Tywin of the Hill: But now the Boltons don’t have Sansa, they’ve been weakened by the battle at Winterfell, and the Lannisters don’t seem to be backing them anymore.

      Roose Bolton’s days are numbered.

      I do wonder how northern lords would learn the Boltons no longer have Sansa, but agree that would weaken the Bolton’s position. However, I didn’t get the impression the Boltons were very weakened by the battle with Stannis. It seemed like they made such quick work of Stannis’ forces, while I’m sure they suffered some casualties, I don’t think they would be significant enough to really have an impact. 🙁

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    22. A Bolton army, of 2,000+ is quite plausible (no mercenary deserting theory), as the Bolton’s did NOT suffer any losses at the RW.

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    23. Roose made it very clear in Season 5, before Stannis became a factor, that the Boltons would not be able to withstand an uprising from the other Northern houses. This is what the marriage to Sansa was intended to placate. They defeated the additional threat of Stannis, but with Sansa having escaped they’re back to their original, unstable situation. I’d be surprised if the plotline didn’t involve an uprising of the Northern houses.

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    24. I think the change, of the northeners joining Stannis in the book, has 1 answer: Rickon. In the the books no one, expect Mandarly know where Rickon is, so them joining Stannis is quite reasonably ( even if they don’t like him, wich is made preaty clear in the books).

      But if Rickon is with a Northen lord(Umber), instead of Skagos, then they have no reason to join him, they’re king is Rickon, not Stannis.

      This is why I belive that instead of a divided resistance, like in the book(Mandarly ploting, clans ouright fighting for Stannis), we will have a united North, fighting for Rickon.

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    25. Thanks for the mention! Giving credit where it’s due of course it was alcasinoroyale and morgantayler (who goes by just “morgan” here IIRC) who alerted me to the Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson info. I was just the lucky drunk who linked the information into the “contact us” box. 🙂 (to paraphrase Thoros)

      And of course the rest is Sue.

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    26. Here’s where I imagined the northern story line going next year:
      I’ll put it in spoiler tags anyway just incase but there aren’t really any there.

      Sansa and Theon head to the wall, they both know that Jon is Lord Commander there so they think they’ll be safe. Obviously they get there and discover Jon is dead, and has been left in ice cage/whatever. Not sure how the timeline works between Sansa’s escape and Jon’s death, but lets assume Jon is still recently dead when they reach the wall.

      Melisandre then ressurects Jon using the power of kings blood – Theon Greyjoy, heir to the King of the Iron Islands. Provides a fairly suitable end for Theon, as lets face it, his only other option is to take the black, and he wouldn’t last long at the wall in the state he is in.

      Jon becomes slightly less dead than before, and him and Sansa have a nice reunion. Sansa realises she has always been a bitch to him for being a bastard, and she appreciates him a bit more now.

      After some swift justice from Jon to Olly and Thorne and the likes (“Edd, fetch me a block”??), the pair of them talk about how Bran and Rickon are probably still alive. Obviously in the show, Sam told Jon that Bran is north, (although he seems to have forgotten all about it), and Theon told Sansa that they are both still alive.

      Now Jon and Sansa need to send somebody to find Rickon, in order to unite the northern lords behind their rightful liege lord, and have them kick the Boltons arses.
      And who do they have moping around the wall now that his pal has been killed by Brienne? Davos. Brings him nicely near to his book plot.

      Not sure how Brienne ties in with it, although she probably has to end up down in the Riverlands again at some point to have a chance of meeting Jaime again.

      And I have no clue what Jon will do once he is ressurected, although I can’t see him remaining at the wall. Maybes once the ‘game of thrones’ and the battles against the others etc is all won and the realm is at peace he may return to the wall if he is still alive and become the 1000th Lord Commander, and rebuild the wall which the others will probably destroy. I can’t see him staying there once he has been betrayed like that though.

      Bran is going to have to come into it to somehow, and through his flashbacks/communications with Jon through the Weirwood network we will learn about his parentage etc.

      It’s a bit messy and tenuous in places I guess, but it makes sense in my head. Thoughts?

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    27. Mace The Ace,

      Very good; reasonable speculation. The only part that I tend disagree with is the use of king’s blood – in this case, Theon’s – to resurrect Jon. Thoros was able to resurrect Beric six (?) times and without ever using king’s blood. According to Thoros, he said, “…the old words…They were the only words I knew. And for the first time in my life, the Lord replied.” Assuming that Melisandre is more a powerful and more knowledgeable disciple of the Lord of Light, maybe king’s blood isn’t necessary. Regardless, I hope Theon sticks around for awhile. Whatever is yet to come for him, he needs to make decisions for himself and attempt to control his own fate rather than letting others decide it for him.

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    28. mariamb,

      Totally agree. I just think that with all the kings blood stuff Melisandre has nattered on about in the past, she will still think it’s the best way to go. Although maybes she will change her mind after burning Shireen essentially led to nothing more than a nice morning of sunshine..?.

      And yeah, I’d definitely be interested to see Theon stick around, see how he copes with being Theon/Reek, and how Alfie Allen (fabulous actor) portrays someone with that level of trauma. I just can’t imagine what he would do if he was kept around – but I guess that’s why I don’t write the stuff haha.

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    29. Mace The Ace,

      I’m particularly supportive of (and excited about) Davos getting back on track with his book plot; insofar as Davos is surely going to have something to do with taking care of Rickon somehow. At least, I think so.

      The other stuff sounds good, except I doubt Theon will be sacrificed (or die early in season six/TWOW.)

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    30. Mace The Ace,

      I’m not sure what is left for Theon to do, either. Maybe some grandiose moment of sacrifice for the greater good…but I have no idea of what that would be.

      Hopefully, Mel gets past the need to burn. As you say, a sunny morning would have have accomplished the same goal.

      Brienne’s next journey interests me, too. I assume that she has to go south; just not sure why

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    31. I’ve been convinced that Jon leaves the Wall, so it can come down and he stays up, and his death is the mechanism for that. But I haven’t really considered where he might go. It seems that he wouldn’t go further south than roundabouts Winterfell, where he could serve as a general to defy the Others. He certainly is tied to them. That’s the only destination that makes sense given what little I know. It doesn’t seem he’d go any deeper into Westeros for any reason. Would there be any predictable reason for his destination instead to be Essos?

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    32. Jason Harang:
      Roose made it very clear in Season 5, before Stannis became a factor, that the Boltons would not be able to withstand an uprising from the other Northern houses.This is what the marriage to Sansa was intended to placate.They defeated the additional threat of Stannis, but with Sansa having escaped they’re back to their original, unstable situation.I’d be surprised if the plotline didn’t involve an uprising of the Northern houses.

      Exactly. All the rest of the Northern houses would be able to defeat the Boltons. It was in the episode where Roose told Ramsey to stop flaying Northern Lords.

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    33. Whoaaaa! New theory that does hold some validity, cannot be pushed aside.

      Whoaaaa

      GRRM doesn’t like troupes, he loves curve balls, that’s why Cersei’s prophecy that many think will come true, won’t in the way they expect. Same goes for the main Jon one. George loves freaking out fans who think they know.

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    34. Doesn’t the new casting info suggest Brienne and Pod get into a tangle with Bolton soldiers near Winterfell? Maybe that gives Sansa and Theon a break to get away north. I was hoping the four would head north together.

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    35. tyjon:
      Whoaaaa! New theory that does hold some validity, cannot be pushed aside.

      Whoaaaa

      Woot, thanks for the link tyjon! I genuinely love this theory, because it’s fresh. New to me anyway! Goddamn I love the smell of speculation in the morning.

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    36. tyjon,
      I’m not sure how that qualifies as having “validity!” It’s basically a negative evidence argument: we don’t know it’s false. (What they call “evidence” is pretty meaningless: the number of people who would share these traits is quite high.) And, of course, the book strongly contradicts it. At any rate, by the lines of evidence used here, we could argue that everyone in our graduating classes is a secret twin. (Or triplet or quintuplet, etc.)

      Mace The Ace,
      The implications both in the books and on the show is that weather magic is very powerful and requires some powerful sacrifice. A “nice morning of sunshine” in those conditions was pretty big deal (remember, it wasn’t just sunny: it was warm, too): and there is no reason to think that it was going to happen otherwise.

      That written, other magics that Red Priests do not seem to require sacrifices. GRRM never really presents any unifying theory for it: it’s possible that he never set it out with any hard specifics (weather magic requires X; foretelling requires Y; healing/reviving requires Z). We’ve seen foretelling requires only flame but also some innate talent. We’ve seen that reviving can happen simply by praying for it, particularly now that dragons are back. However, we haven’t seen enough cases of generally comparable magics to work out what general classes require, or if there is some general theory like that behind it all.

      The one thing that we do know is that when R’hllor gets served a human barbeque, R’hllor rewards people with some powerful and improbable outcome. This is almost certainly leading somewhere, and I would bet that the grand finale will hinge heavily on the primary characters (Jon, Daeny, Tyrion, Arya in particular) making some key choices regarding R’hllor and the White Walkers. Hopefully seemingly small things like R’hllor’s desire for crispy primate or it’s willingness to revive dead people will make sense in light of what we (and, more importantly, the “Big Five” characters) learn about it.

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    37. Laura,

      Iwan Rheon wasn’t announced by HBO. A pic of him at Lavery’s in Belfast surfaced that summer, and that night I found his Game of Thrones credit as “Boy” on his CV. (This was back at WiC, of course). After that, HBO was sort of forced to admit he was cast but would not confirm who he was playing.

      Similarly, HBO wasn’t going to announce the new Mountain, Daario, or Tommen- we found out about them, and then they reluctantly confirmed things, sometimes after we posted it. HBO never announced the casting of people like Noah Taylor or Burn Gorman- we had to break that story on our own.

      Basically, in the years when HBO doesn’t do a casting video, they only announce a few roles and it’s very random as to when. :\

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    38. Went to the pub last night with my mates and since there is no casting video this year we started to brainstorm ideas.But as was expected,after some drinks,it’s easy to jump to unrealistic fantasy suggestions.Some where not my pick but the majority decided.Here’s what the final voted names are,as founded in a draft on my phone after I woke up:
      Michael Fassbender as Euron Greyjoy,Gary Oldman as Randyll Tarly,Julianne Moore as Melessa,India Eisley as Talla,Josh Hutcherson as Dickon,Travis Fimmel as flashback Ned Stark,Orlando Bloom as Arthur Dayne,Colin Farrell as Howland Reed,Keira Knightley as Lyanna Stark;
      Last ones where even more unrealistic because not even the characters will be on the show from this ones:Stephen Dillane as Stannis Baratheon,Michael Pitt as Young Griff,Hugo Weaving as Jon Connington and Ben Foster as you know who,the one of the night.

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    39. Nymeria Warrior Queen: However, I didn’t get the impression the Boltons were very weakened by the battle with Stannis. It seemed like they made such quick work of Stannis’ forces, while I’m sure they suffered some casualties, I don’t think they would be significant enough to really have an impact.

      The Boltons lost only 20 good men.

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    40. I’ve always thought that Theon’s final use would be to bring the Iron Island’s onto the Stark side of the final battle. Theon will help Asha/Yara gain the upper hand as heir to the Iron Islands, and then she’ll bring the Iron Islands into play in the final battles.

      I agree that his best option is ultimately redemptive death.

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    41. tyjon:
      Whoaaaa! New theory that does hold some validity, cannot be pushed aside.

      Whoaaaa

      GRRM doesn’t like troupes, he loves curve balls, that’s why Cersei’s prophecy that many think will come true, won’t in the way they expect. Same goes for the main Jon one. George loves freaking out fans who think they know.

      You honestly think “secret twin” isn’t a trope??

      Soaps have been using that one for decades. It’s the soapiest of tropes.

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