Game of Thrones Season 6 New Characters and Casting Summary

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Now that Game of Thrones has completed the filming of season 6, I thought it would be good to take stock what we know of the new characters.

I’ve avoided including major spoilers in the summaries below, and skipped mentioning who the new characters would be interacting with, for the most part. However, some of the character descriptions are somewhat spoiler-y by their nature, so use your own judgment. You may not want to know who is appearing in flashbacks, for example, so consider that before you proceed any further! Linked posts may also contain spoilers so check out the warnings on each post you visit.

We’ll be looking at the new characters and casting, and tossing out whatever info we have on lingering casting mysteries.

 In the Iron Islands:

Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbæk): Theon’s uncle and an “infamous pirate who has terrorized seas all around the world,” according to the casting notice. He’s “cunning, ruthless, with a touch of madness.” We broke the news of his casting on September 1st, and shortly afterward, HBO officially confirmed it. Euron is likely to be the biggest new character in season 6.

Aeron Greyjoy: Sources tell us that Euron’s Drowned Priest brother (another uncle of Theon’s) will be appearing in season 6, but his casting is unknown at this time.

Rugged Pirate: This character stands up in a crowd, makes himself heard, and has a lot of forceful dialogue in a scene with leading cast members. He was scheduled to shoot the same week in Northern Ireland as the filming with Euron and Aeron.

the North

In the North:

Smalljon Umber (Dean S. Jagger): Smalljon is a lord in the North, a massive bear of a man with “a hatred that runs deep.” He’s the son of Greatjon Umber, whom we met in season 1. We confirmed Jagger’s casting with a reader’s help after a photo turned up on Instagram.

Lord Karstark: The new Lord Karstark is intimidating, ruthless and calculating, according to his casting notice, and we’ll see him in 3 episodes next season. The role’s casting is unknown at present.

Fletcher: He’s a fat Northern nobleman in his 60’s who makes a stirring speech. Fletcher may not be the character’s real name.

Boyce: He’s a callow young Northern nobleman in his 20’s who has been thrust into a position of power before he is ready. He has a couple speeches and was scheduled to film on the same day as Fletcher.

Bolton officers: played by Andrew Bryan and Tristan Heanue

Winterfell flashback

Young Hodor. This part is most likely played by Sam Coleman though it’s not officially confirmed at this time.

Young Ned (Sebastian Croft): He’ll be appearing in scenes where he spars with a wooden sword.

A reliable source confirms for us that we’ll be seeing at least one Stark family flashback, with Ned’s younger siblings Benjen and Lyanna present, as well as his father Rickard Stark, and Old Nan (possibly the Housemaid and the alpha male patriarch mentioned in this casting call).

Beyond

Beyond the Wall:

Three-Eyed Raven (Max von Sydow):  The character was introduced in season 4, but next season, the legendary von Sydow is taking over the role of Bran’s mysterious man in the tree.

Child of the Forest: Game of Thrones posted a casting notice for a young woman approx. 18-22 years old of any ethnicity. The actress needs to be about 5 ft tall or shorter, with “striking facial features,” eyes that are as far apart if possible, and someone with a child-like physique who has the ability to handle action scenes as well. With a description so specific, they can only be looking for another Child of the Forest.

Reach

In the Reach:

Randyll Tarly (James Faulkner): Samwell’s disapproving father, who is described as “one of the greatest soldiers in Westeros- a humorless martinet, severe and intimidating.” We shared the casting of Randyll, Melessa and Talla on Sept. 16th, which HBO confirmed the next day.

Melessa Tarly (Samantha Spiro): Sam’s sweet mother, she has a soft spot for him.

Dickon Tarly (Freddie Stroma): Sam’s younger brother is athletic and an excellent swordsman, though not particularly bright. He’s Randyll’s favorite child. EW announced Stroma’s casting in September.

Talla Tarly (Rebecca Benson) Sam’s sister, she’s a “kind, friendly and unpretentious woman,” according to her description.

Zafra

The Tower of Joy trio-

Robert Aramayo- Deadline announced the casting of Aramayo in an undisclosed role.

Ser Alfred Hunrith (Eddie Eyre): Eyre’s Spotlight CV for a time stated that he was playing a character named this, but the entry has since been scrubbed to simply confirm his appearance on the show, no role disclosed.

Rowland Selwyn (Luke Roberts):  In August, a WotW reader claimed that Roberts was playing the Legendary Fighter (believed to be Arthur Dayne), and also said, “Luke Roberts has been in training for weeks and was joined last week by Eddie Eyre and Rob Aramayo.” At the time of the comment, Aramayo’s casting was unannounced. Roberts’ agency CV states his character name is Rowland Selwyn now.

There’s a question of whether or not these character names are legitimate or ruses used to thrown fans off the scent, so take them with a grain of salt. Common opinion points toward the three characters actually being young Ned Stark, Ser Arthur Dayne and Howland Reed. The actors were spotted around the filming area of the Tower of Joy, however, so we are confident they’re the ToJ characters. There could be other actors involved that we’re not aware of at this point, and fans continue to debate which actor is playing which role.

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In Braavos:

Icelandic band Of Monsters and Men will be making a cameo appearance in Braavos, so look out for that.

We also have The Theater Troupe, appearing in 3 episodes-

Grand Theatre Actor/Manager (Richard E. Grant) –  He’s the “larger-than-life leader of a troupe of actors.” He sounds like Izembaro from the novels. He is a “rather nasty to his company when off-stage.” Grant’s role was confirmed through set photos.

Leading Actress (Essie Davis) – She plays Cersei in the troupe’s play. She’s a “fun, charismatic, rum-drinking” type, according to the casting notice. Fans identified Davis in costume on set.

Leading Theatre Character Actor/Play Ned (Kevin Eldon): The character’s a flamboyant caricaturist in the troupe. Again, it was WotW readers who identified the actor through set photos.

Young Blond Juvenile Lead/Play Joffrey (Actor name unknown): He’s sweet, but his stage acting probably isn’t very good.

The troupe members:

Play Margaery – Eva Butterly

Play Tyrion – Leigh Gill

Play Sansa– Eline Powell

Brendan O’Rourke

Ross Anderson

Glenn Barry

There is also a Smart Male Theatregoer, described as being in his 40’s or 50’s. They’re looking for a “smart, posh-looking man to play a well-to-do audience member in a theatre.”

MY

Around Meereen/Yunkai:

Melanie Liburd (Red Priestess): The beautiful priestess was mentioned in the first casting call, and spotted filming in Spain.

Eddie Jackson: His specific role is unknown but the actor filmed with Enzo Cilenti (Yezzan) and George Georgiou (Razdal) in Spain.

Sabina Arthur (Meereen Mother): Possibly the starving mother with a child mentioned in a casting call.

othraki

The Dothraki:

Khal Moro (Joe Naufahu): Deadline announced Naufahu’s casting in October. The actor’s CV confirms he’s playing Jhaqo, a character from the novels. His role was confirmed to be part of a multi-episode arc. That was most likely his khalasar we saw at the end of season 5.

Khal Rhalko (Andrei Claude): His Spotlight CV confirmed his casting as another khal.

Elie Haddad: The actor’s casting came to light when he posted a photo of a script page from a Dothraki scene in November.

Chuku Modu: Modu posted photos from a Spanish Dothraki location and was photographed with the other Dothraki actors socializing after-hours. His specific role is unknown.

Staz Nair: He was confirmed to be cast, and the actor has also been photographed with other Dothraki-playing actors a great deal over the past couple months.

Diogo Sales: Sales is credited on his CV as a bloodrider for season 6.

Souad Faress (High Priestess): The actress’s CV was updated to say she was “currently filming in Spain” while Game of Thrones was heavily involved in Dothraki filming in Spain in October.  Looks-wise, she fits the bill for a Dothraki woman and could be a dosh khaleen at the temple. She could still turn out to be a High Priestess of a different sort, however.

There are parts out there still where we don’t know which actors are playing them. We saw casting notices for a Young Widow and a Quirky Young Warrior. The actors we’ve seen so far don’t fit the bill for the physically slight and short warrior, so unless they went a different route with that character, we haven’t yet found the actor playing this Dothraki role.

There was also a casting notice out for several Warrior Widows.

There have been multiple casting notices put out this year for Dothraki fighters including Qhogo and Akrat in the second major list. They were described as successful young warriors who are tall and confident, with swagger.

Outlaws

The Outlaw Story:

Ian McShane: EW announced in August that that Deadwood star was joining GoT in a role with a “relatively small amount of screen-time” but that was still of “key importance.” Our own sources have confirmed that he is not Aeron Greyjoy. We further learned that McShane plays a character who has a scene with the outlaw band mentioned in the 2nd casting call. He may be the priest (possibly an equivalent to Septon Meribald or Elder Brother) mentioned in the first casting notice list.

Lachlan: He’s the leader of a group of renegades who have turned on the land that they swore to protect. They now extorting the poor and vulnerable. The outlaw band appears in 2 episodes. The Riverlands is a likely setting for this storyline.

Flynn (Ricky Champ): We uncovered Champ’s casting as a member of Lachlan’s band of renegades.

Japeth: A lieutenant of the outlaw band, he’s a “rough-and-ready type.”

Icelandic news reported the casting of Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson in season 6. Given his interactions, it seems likely that he may be part of the outlaw story but it’s unconfirmed.

Bower: He is “a powerless servant, numb to the horror he serves.” He’s filming around one of the days that the outlaw members are so he may be connected to them. He appears in one episode.

Assorted

Assorted castings:

Old Lady (Margaret Jackman): Her Spotlight CV lists Mark Mylod as her director.

Westerosi Sea Captain (Kevin Horsham):  The actor’s CastingCallPro listing. From a Mark Mylod episode, filmed in Girona, Spain.

Kesh (Michael Heath): He’s credited for a Daniel Sackheim episode. The character name isn’t one from the books.

Fergus Leathem: His role is unknown. He filmed in August.

Michael Nevin: His agency posted that the child actor would be filming for 2 weeks on Game of Thrones.

Robert Render: His casting surfaced online a few months ago. A source of ours says the actor may have a small role in the Iron Islands.

Pale Young Man (Adam Turns):  This casting popped up on a CV. It does say season 5, but given how recently he tweeted about joining the cast, it’s safe to assume he meant season 6. He’s credited for a Mylod episode.

Michael Patrick: Alex Cusack Management posted in November that their client was currently filming GoT, but didn’t mention the character.

Robert Fawsitt, Dermot Ward and Aron Hegarty: On November 2nd, the Castannettenow agency posted that their three clients were are all shooting in Game of Thrones Season 6 that week and the next. Their roles are unconfirmed.

Gary Wales: The actor is listed as a “Healtor Troop” for episodes 5 and 6 of the new season on IMDb. The name Healtor is odd, but we heard a few months ago from a source that GoT had been using a name similar to this as a fake/code name for Freys during production. This isn’t 100% solid though.

Sally Mortemore: Her CV lists her as Well-Heeled Lady 2 in a Jack Bender episode.

Matt Faris: Universal Artists agency tweeted that Faris was cast back in September but his role is unknown.

Roles With Unknown Casting, Unknown Storyline

From the second major casting  list:

  • Hunter: He’s a rough army officer on the hunt appearing in an action scene with main cast, in one episode.
  • Submissive Maester: The show’s casting a maester in his twenties- a timid young maester. He’s decent but has trouble standing up to others. He appears in one episode. Speculation and book knowledge points to this one being involved in either Sam or Euron’s storyline but there’s nothing confirmed.
  • Green Recruit: A young man with one line and one day of filming in August. A Night’s Watch recruit or for something else?
  • Sympathizer 1, 2 & 3: These are rough military types, with one day of filming.

Hapless Son: He’s the hapless sly son of a cruel father, in his late 30’s. He appears in three episodes. GoT was looking for very specific features- a long nose, skeletal features and a bit sly – to play a son who is unable to live up to the demands of his savage father. He has scenes with lots of the leading cast and a great storyline. We believe this may be a Frey son, but it’s unconfirmed and no casting was ever announced or discovered for this part.

Distinguished Man: In his 60’s to mid-70’s. GoT was looking for someone white-haired with aristocratic features, and capable of great intensity, with natural authority. The part required a couple days’ filming but was described as “impactful” nonetheless. He shot the week commencing October 29th in Northern Ireland.

Haggard-looking Lord: in his fifties. He’s the lord of a noble house, intelligent, wry, incisive and articulate. He’s “a hard man and a realist. They mention that he has a good and long scene in which it’s mostly the haggard-looking lord talking the entire time. The character was scheduled to shoot the first two weeks of December in Northern Ireland. They did specify appearance as “white” for the character, so it’s safe to guess he is from Westeros, north of Dorne.

Captain of the TowerAged 35 – 45. The captain’s in charge of the security of a castle, an able soldier, commanding and capable. He has a lot of dialogue in a scene where he’s with his superiors and has to make a difficult decision. It’s a one-scene part with leading cast. The role shot for one week, commencing December 2nd in Northern Ireland.

Young StunnerAged 18 – 20. She’s a stunner of a brunette. The actress has a couple of scenes, and a great final scene where there is a major twist.  This role shot the week of August 5th in Belfast. It’s theorized that she might be Lyanna Stark, and the scene was perhaps an interior scene for the Tower of Joy.

Sublime courtesanAged 20 – 25. This beautiful courtesan appears at a party where a high-born woman has employed her services. The role was scheduled to shoot around the week of September 15th.


There will be more casting confirmations to come, as CVs are updated and more info trickles out. And in another month or so, we can look forward to a full trailer for season 6!

Thanks to Greenjones and AlCasino Royale for their help, and a big thanks to Anguissette for maintaining the Season 6 Casting Compendium, which made this post a lot easier!

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    1. Hodor!

      Yay, it’s been a while since I’ve gotten one of those.

      However, I would like to edit it to…

      Ho
      Ho
      Hodor. 🙂

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    2. Sue the Fury,

      I’m happy to say I’m hunkered down where it’s warm and dry (it’s a chilly and rainy Northern California day). All my shopping is finished, what needs to be shipped has been shipped, with the exception of a small box I need to take to the Post Office in the morning, and I’m relaxing and enjoying not having much to do. 🙂

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    3. It always amazes me how huge the cast is and how D&D are able to cram everyone into 10 episodes. Wish there could be more episodes but I get the issues of time constraints, budget, and such. S06 sounds like it’s going to be incredible.

      Supposed to get snow here in the NW xmas eve and day! It would be nice but I am highly skeptical that winter is actually coming. So much raaaaain. O_o

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    4. I think Michael Nevin will be young Benjen. I hope the distiguished man is a character in the Citadel since we have heard so little about that storyline.

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    5. Seven Blessing to Sue and the others who keep us informed! I’m so happy every time TOJ is mentioned and I can hardly wait for the dialogue between the brunette stunner and her brother! But I’d so much like to let us have a glimpse of Rhaegar! Apparently no news about casting his part 🙁

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    6. I was sceptical about Pilou as Euron at first, but then i watched Borgen. I am convinced that he is totally awesome and has the chops to play Euron.

      Damn it. I think I love him in a Renly/Loras way. He is so good.

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    7. I was thinking, now that filming’s done, there’s remarkably little that has to do with King’s Landing there; nor did we get all that much in the way of filming info for KL either. Mostly it was just the big setpiece at the Great Sept of Baelor at the midpoint of the season.

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    8. Gosh have we ever had so much information for the season ahead? great job Sue and the rest of WOTW, thank you all so much!!

      Now someone who has a sense of logic and structure needs to match these castings with directors and episodes and come up with a rough sketch or outline of the major possible plot points/locations in each episode, so we get a sense of flow…that is normally not me at all, but maybe next week when I’m on holiday I’ll give it a go!

      ETA: And then the guessing of the episode titles. that’s always my favorite part of pre-season guessing!

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    9. I’m here, for a minute or two. Couldn’t go a day without checking in at least once.

      I can’t wait to find out who McShane is playing. For an actor of his merit and talent to accept a role with a “relatively small amount of screen-time” but that was still of “key importance,” even if it is GoT, the role must be terrific. Can’t wait see what he does, whatever it is.

      Also looking forward to seeing what James Faulkner does with Randyll Tarly. Faulkner does a memorable imperious, withering gaze. I hope Sam will be shown to stand up to him. It will be nice to see Sam interact with someone who loves him, though, like his mother and sister, and see how/if they take to Gilly.

      Surprised to see that the theater troupe will be in 3 episodes. Didn’t read the books that far, but from what I’ve gleaned just from reading all that’s been written by the book readers on here

      Arya will be interacting a great deal with them.

      I’m always interested in what’s going to happen to Arya, and how she’ll get out of the trouble she always finds herself in. Hopefully, the coming season will be more active for her, and not like last, with so much time showing her sweeping floors.

      Happy Holidays to all of you. You have made the months since the Season 5 finale just fly by. I’m looking forward to joining all of you as the New Year and the new season begins.

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    10. Could the Hapless Son be Victarion?

      Could any of these characters be from Casterly Rock?I’m so ready to see that beast of a city.

      Also, is House Baratheon now totally extinguished (except for Gendry, who hasn’t to my knowledge been legitimized))?

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    11. Ines: Could the Hapless Son be Victarion?

      No. Our sources confirmed that Victarion

      was not at the Kingsmoot. If he wasn’t at the Kingsmoot, there’s really no way he was in season 6. And the physical description is way off for him.

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    12. Awesome, you guys really have helped the time fly by with all these news!

      Would you be willing to do a similar list of all the characters returning who we didn’t see in season 5 or before?

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    13. Great job WOTW esp. Sue in keeping the wait for S6, these past months, bearable.I am sure next three months will be same.Thanks! 🙂

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    14. Can’t wait to see how Izembaro’s theatre troupe comes across

      (and how Arya is part of it).

      Also, I wonder how Randyll Tarly is integrated in Sam’s arc? Is he just part of another awkward family dinner

      or does he have a larger role with the Tyrells?

      Also, high, culinary hopes for “Fletcher!” How are his baking skills?

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    15. Ines:
      Could the Hapless Son be Victarion?

      Victarion’s father died a long time ago. “The Hapless Son” sounds like a weird way to describe him.

      Could any of these characters be from Casterly Rock? I’m so ready to see that beast of a city.

      CR wouldn’t fit in any of the current storylines. If it appears, it would be as a cameo preparing it for the following season, like Braavos in S4 and Volantis in S5.
      And believe me, no one wants to see CR more than I do.

      Also, is House Baratheon now totally extinguished (except for Gendry, who hasn’t to my knowledge been legitimized))?

      Legally speaking, Tommen is a Baratheon, but no other people with the Baratheon surname exists.
      Gendry can only be legitimized by a king. And who would want to legitimize him anyway? He doesn’t have the proper training or education to be a lord, much less a king.

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    16. Aryamad,

      Here in the North (Ottawa), we still got no snow, and its looking like 14 degrees Celsius for Christmas eve… so around 58 degrees F…. which is NOT normal at all. And I am extremely fine with it 🙂

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    17. Tywin of the Hill,

      No. We’ve heard the rugged pirate is just a minor role to

      get part of the kingsmoot going.

      He’s not Aeron.

      I heard a while back that there was a casting call for some kind of high priest going around but I never got to see it. That might have been the casting notice for Aeron. Hard to say without seeing it.

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    18. Excellent summary post. Nice to have a refresh on who will be joining. I’m certainly looking forward to seeing many of the new additions.

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    19. What I want to know is who the show is planning to cast in a quentyn type role. Somebody’s got to

      release the other two dragons for the battle of mereen.

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    20. Chris,

      Tyrion will

      release the dragons i hope. 😀 He will have some closely scene with Viserion. First the dragon seems like eat him, but sniffs him and the dragon changes his/her (who knows lol) mind. (Because the dragon will feel the Targaryen blood on Tyrion) 😉

      But there will be a short Quentyn-plot too i think with Trystane. If Daenerys goes to Westeros, she will go to Dorne, because she knows that the Martells supporting her.

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    21. Thanks to all who helped compile the info for this post. Quite the exhaustive list.

      Regarding Ian McShane…

      Our own sources have confirmed that he is not Aeron Greyjoy.

      I must have missed this speculation. Glad that it has proven to be false.

      Filming is done and we’ve not had any reports about either Toby Sebastian or Ellie Kendrick on set. I assume that, if either of them did film, their scenes were limited. However, I wouldn’t care if Trystane was dumped overboard and never heard from again.

      Happy Holidays to all! Temps in the Northeast US are expected to hit 68F on Christmas Eve so winter isn’t coming here any time soon.

      Finally, thanks to everyone at WOTW for maintaining this great community of GOT fans!

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    22. This was probably common knowledge but I didn’t know we’ll see Rickard Stark and (Younger) Old Nan in that flashback scene.

      Can’t wait for that scene!

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    23. Selina,

      There is no information to back that up. Someone just started speculating about her because some GoT actor started following her on Twitter. But actors follow lots of actors- we have to be a little careful with our assumptions.

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    24. bulzz:
      Chris,

      Tyrion will

      release the dragons i hope. ? He will have some closely scene with Viserion. First the dragon seems like eat him, but sniffs him and the dragon changes his/her (who knows lol) mind. (Because the dragon will feel the Targaryen blood on Tyrion) ?

      But there will be a short Quentyn-plot too i think with Trystane. If Daenerys goes to Westeros, she will go to Dorne, because she knows that the Martells supporting her.

      i honestly have no idea how they plan to use trystane in the coming season. It’s kinda like they half stepped the entire Dornish plot to the point it almost doesn’t make sense. Quentyn inadvertently

      releasing the dragons is one of the biggest consequences leading into the next book.
      P.s.- sorry sue in advance, my phone is acting weird and I can’t view spoiler content or cover

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    25. mariamb,

      About Toby and Ellie, if they did film, their scenes probably would be filmed in studio, so it’s hard seeing them. Especially about Ellie, I’ve never seen any sighting of her in Belfast or with any of the other actors or fans in, previous seasons, so I’m not surprised.

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    26. Amazing job, as always. When you think in the already huge cast and besides that

      Edmure, the Blackfish, Walder Frey and probably The Hound

      are back this season, you got to ask yourself how the hell D&D will fit everything into just 10 hours of TV. But one thing is for sure: Season 6 looks to be amazing.

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    27. Davos’ Luck:
      how the hell D&D will fit everything into just 10 hours of TV. But one thing is for sure: Season 6 looks to be amazing.

      Yeah, I was thinking about that as well. I guess quite a few of the storylines will merge in the latter half of the season.

      Or in Daeny, Jorah and Daario‘s case probably even earlier.
      Brienne will most probably catch up with Jaime in the Riverlands, if the spoiler about her storming out of the Lannister tent is correct.
      Also, Littlefinger, Boltons and Dorne could have only little screentime without a main character present this season.
      Speaking of main characters. I’m still a bit flabbergasted that they would go to such lengths for the siege of Riverrun set with only Jaime and Brienne as (secondary) main cast present. The set looked great, but quite extensive.

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    28. Allison,

      They filmed in the Alcazaba of Almería for a few days with Doran, Ellaria and the Sand Snakes. Apart from that, I don’t remember anything else concerning the Dorne storyline.

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    29. Regarding Smalljon Umber, his casting call mentions “a hatred that runs deep”. That hatred has to be against the

      Boltons right? Or the wildlings? Really can’t see him fighting with the Boltons.

      I was not aware that Rickard Stark and old Nan were part of the flashbacks too. So the only Stark missing in the flashbacks is Brandon. If the young stunner shot in August (assuming for ToJ), how could the brown eyed baby who filmed last week be part of that scene? Was there any confirmation if that casting was for GOT?

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    30. Did they recast Ned for the TOJ flashback? If so the scene might feel a little lukewarm for me when I see it but I’m sure it’ll turn out great.

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    31. Rygritte: Davos’ Luck: you got to ask yourself how the hell D&D will fit everything into just 10 hours of TV.
      with very short scenes

      Which could be good, in a way – it will mean that every scene, every word needs to count to move the story forward.

      That’s one of the reasons I think that issues that normally would be dwelled on for more than one episode, like the Northerners not believing or allying with Jon right away, or their ongoing anger at the Wildings, will be handled expediently. (sorry Wimsey, they can’t afford to spend too much time on the issue.) Hardhome handled the issue of whether or not the Wildings would get on the boats quickly, convincingly and brilliantly, and the story was enhanced by that, imho.

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    32. Thank you for compiling everything, Sue !
      This is the perfect GoT present to keep me tide over until we get trailer #1.

      By the old gods and the new: happy holidays everyone.

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    33. The first thought that comes in my mind when I read about the ‘Hunter’ is he’ll try to hunt Sansa and Theon and bring them back to Ramsey

      Sue, is it true that Theon will be at Iron Islands this season ? , what about Sansa ? Will she go to the Vale or the Wall ?

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    34. AWingedKnight:
      I really am hoping for Adelaide Kane to play Lyanna.

      She’s the right physical type, but being Australian would she be able to do a northern English accent? (I’m presuming that Lyanna would speak like Ned and Benjen). Having said that Robb and Jon had northern English accents but the other Stark kids had more “Queen’s English” sort of accents – well Arya had a hint of West Country, perhaps more so in the earlier seasons of GoT. However, before Australia started exporting TV series some Australian actors of note came to the UK and covered their Australian tracks pretty well – offhand I can think of the late Keith Michell (died last month) who played King Henry in “The Six Wives of Henry VIII” in the early 1970s (says she showing how long she’s been on the planet).

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    35. Nymeria Warrior Queen,

      It’s damp and miserable here though the temperature has been mild for the time of year. With the rain I’ve had to change my slacks and socks about three days running recently. I tend to imagine California as having a more pleasant climate but of course there are mountains I believe, so it depends what part of the State one lives in I suppose.

      I’d like to add my voice to those thanking Sue and colleagues for all their hard work.

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    36. Hodor.

      I haven’t been hopeful for a long time now, but that “outlaw band” sure sounds like the BWB… Also the names listed in the audition and casting notices for the outlaw band sounded like they could be code names for possible book characters. The show uses fake names while casting all the time. This ensures secrecy if they’re not ready to reveal who’ll they’ll be Introducing in the upcoming season before it airs. Remember when the casting call went out for Ramsay? He was only ever referred to as “boy” in the beginning. We also know that in the books the brotherhood without banners was often referred to as a band of outlaws. If D+D bring back the freys, and the Tullys, then put

      Jamie and Brienne in the riverlands, and also put an “outlaw band” in their storyline, only to exclude Lady Stoneheart it would be the most vicious and unnecessary attack on book fans imaginable. This can’t be allowed to continue. Season 6 is their last chance with me. Down with Dorne. The north remembers.

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    37. Is there any chance that someone was cast for Rhaegar, who filmed entirely inside? Perhaps an actor DnD already knew and contacted privately, so that no casting call went out for the character?
      I dunno. Does that happen, Sue?

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    38. Merry christmas everyone, also yesterday was my birthday so i consider this great article kind of a birthday present thank you sue.

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    39. Stoneheart exists.,

      Well said, and totally true. SO MUCH relies on the hooded woman’s storyline, I really don’t see how it can be excluded, Or why anyone would want to exclude it! This storyline would reduce game of thrones tv show fans who haven’t read the books into excited insanity. Dav. + Dan know what we want, why not just give it to us.it would be a shame if game of thrones turned out to be another show that didn’t live up to its wonderful source material.

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    40. Tywin of the Hill

      Legally speaking, Tommen is a Baratheon, but no other people with the Baratheon surname exists.

      Might be a cadet branch of the Baratheons living somewhere. There is, after all, a cadet branch of the Starks in Barrowton (I think) who theoretically could be heirs to Winterfell if all Ned’s children were wiped out.

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    41. Hodors Bastard,

      It’s possible that he’s part of both Sam’s storyline and someone else’s. Cersei would seem a prime candidate.

      Tywin of the Hill: Victarion’s father died a long time ago. “The Hapless Son” sounds like a weird way to describe him.

      Indeed! Intellectually hapless lummox would be a good description, but not “hapless son.”

      Tywin of the Hill: Legally speaking, Tommen is a Baratheon, but no other people with the Baratheon surname exists.

      Actually, we do not know that! The Baratheons are a pretty old family, and there could well be cousins, 2nd cousins, 3rd cousins, etc., of Robert, Stannis & Renley. Ultimately, there is some Baratheon heir to Tommen, even if not close and in reality, everyone would know who he is just as people know who is 3rd, 4th, 5th, 20th, 50th, etc. in line to the Throne for the UK; however, the fact that neither books nor show has mentioned him indicates that this will not be a plot issue in the future.

      And, as you note, Gendry and the rest of Robert’s children are not part of House Baratheon: this is a society in which legitimacy is mystically supposed to confer something real on people. (That sounds whacky to us, but some people still believe this, and it certainly was a common belief less than a century ago.)

      This might come up at the end of the series, but possibly not: the Baratheons in general might be held attainted, so who Tommen’s Baratheon heir is (or who Stannis’ Baratheon heir is should people accept that Tommen is not a Baratheon) will not e much of an issue.

      Dame of Mercia: She’s the right physical type, but being Australian would she be able to do a northern English accent?

      That is down to her acting skills, not where she was born!

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    42. Chickenduck,

      The only Stark cadet branch we know of are the Karstarks, and they don’t have more Stark blood than any of the other Northern Houses.
      When trying to choose an heir, Catelyn Stark said a Royce married a Stark and had three daughters who married into other Vale houses. One married a Waynwood, another a Corbray, and the third might have married a Templeton. If those are the closest kin to the Starks, I can’t see any “Starks of Barrowtown” inheriting anything.

      There is no mention of Baratheon cadet branches. And I’m sure the current king would like to keep the Stormlands to himself.

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    43. Mihnea:
      The Tattered Prince,

      we have no information where Sansa will be.

      I had hoped that we’d get some more info about the northern plot with filming wrapping up. It still remains a conundrum for me. I’m inclined to think that

      with all the northern lords filming last week and Sophie present and no sight of Aiden Gillen that she will stay in the north, but who knows.

      I also am wondering

      How will Theon get to the Iron Islands?

      Are there still Iron Islanders somewhere in the north? We haven’t heard anything about them last season. I was under the impression that the taking of Moat Cailin in S4 was meant to signify the ousting of Iron Islanders from all of the North, but maybe I assumed wrong.

      I hope that the first trailer will shine a little more light into that. But only just a little. I don’t want to be too spoiled either 🙂

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    44. Shy Lady Dragon,

      Oh thank you so much and i hope the best holiday for you.

      Also there is not much of a winter in this corner of the world where i live despite climate being cold in general.

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    45. Wylie,

      And this is all very much ok in my book, sansa’s storyline as always is the most important part of the season for me so i like being in the dark and not that much spoiled when it comes to her and yes she’s going to stay in the north where she is belong to for the love of god.

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    46. Thank you Sue and the rest of the bunch to keep us updated. This makes the wait less agonizing.

      Happy Holidays to all and a happy New Year.

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    47. Sebastian Croft and Sean Bean both have green eyes so if Eddie Eyre and Luke Roberts are Arthur Dayne and Ned Stark, it seems to make more sense that Luke Roberts would be Ned and Eddie Eyre would be Dayne.

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    48. Merry Christmas to Sue, Axey, Oz, the rest of the team and to all of you, fellow fans! Happy Hanuka if there are here people who celebrate it!

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    49. Mihnea,

      That would be so sweet, wouldn’t it! Quite a new year’s gift.
      Still, in order to not get too disappointed, I prepared myself to not expect anything before february…

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    50. Christmas Snow,

      I think roles are usually posted at least once, no matter how major. Maybe it’s a union thing. But I don’t necessarily see all the casting notices- sometimes they slip by me, like the Aeron one.

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    51. Aryamad,

      I am also in the PNW…P’land. And we are about to float away with all the rain here and I don’t think it is going to snow anytime soon. The snow levels at Mt Hood are very low to the hills and higher city elevations, but I doubt it will make the City. It would be nice, but slushy and dirty if it did.

      Have a grand holiday everyone. Thank you to the site administrators for great articles and a warm happy place to come and hang out waiting for the new season and then beyond that.

      2016….it’s going to be a great but bumpy ride. 😀

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    52. If I would do the trailers and all the other promotional materials I wouldn’t put Euron in any of them.100% trust in Pilou,hope the writing it’s good enough.

      #iamthehype#whatishypemayneverdie

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    53. Wylie,

      Maybe…

      Yara goes there and brings Theon to the Iron Islands against Euron, because Theon is Balon trueborn son. But Euron will be king this time already. Just like in the books, Asha and Theon will somehow escape Stannis’s camp during the battle and they’ll go back to the Iron Islands.

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    54. About Sansa…

      Brienne will find them after she sees the candle burning in the tower. She will take them to Last Heart where Sansa meets Rickon. After this Brienne tells her that she must go to the Riverlands because Arya is alive too. Brienne and Pod leave the North, and soon Jon arrives with the wildlings. (and with Mel and Davos)

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    55. tkk,

      This list isn’t official (and may not be complete). Based on what we know from filming information and cast interviews, however, the following characters and actors will be returning in Season 6 after being absent for Season 5 or longer.

      Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) – Absent since Season 4, Episode 10 “The Children”

      Hodor (Kristian Nairn) – Absent since Season 4, Episode 10 “The Children”

      Meera Reed (Ellie Kendrick) – Absent since Season 4, Episode 10 “The Children”*

      The Three-Eyed Raven (Max von Sydow – recast from Struan Rodger) – Absent since Season 4, Episode 10 “The Children”

      Shae (Sibel Kekilli) – Absent since Season 4, Episode 10 “The Children”**

      Yara Greyjoy (Gemma Whalen) – Absent since Season 4, Episode 6 “The Laws of Gods and Men”

      Walder Frey (David Bradley) – Absent since Season 3, Episode 10 “Mhysa”

      Brynden “Blackfish” Tully (Clive Russell) – Absent since Season 3, Episode 9 “The Rains of Castamere”

      Edmure Tully (Tobias Menzies) – Absent since Season 3, Episode 9 “The Rains of Castamere”

      Osha (Natalia Tena) – Absent since Season 3, Episode 9 “The Rains of Castamere”

      Rickon Stark (Art Parkinson) – Absent since Season 3, Episode 9 “The Rains of Castamere”

      Razdal mo Eraz (George Georgiou) – Absent since Season 3, Episode 7 “The Bear and the Maiden Fair”

      Eddard Stark (Sebastian Croft, and potentially Eddie Eyre, taking over for Sean Bean) – Absent since Season 1, Episode 9 “Baelor”***

      Benjen Stark (Unknown actor, taking over for Joseph Mawle) – Absent since Season 1, Episode 3 “Lord Snow”****

      *

      Ellie Kendrick was actually never spotted filming anything this year, and I’ve yet to find a reliable interview that explicitly confirms that she is coming back. However, given that Bran, Hodor, and the Three-Eyed Raven are all confirmed to be returning, I would be shocked if Meera didn’t put in at least a brief appearance in Season 6. If it turns out that she left the cave offscreen and returned south between seasons, I must admit I’ll be annoyed.

      **

      Shae is most definitely dead, but Sibel Kekilli was spotted on set and in costume with Peter Dinklage and others filming the Meereen storyline in Spain. The prevailing theory is that she will appear to Tyrion in some sort of hallucinatory vision.

      ***

      As far as we know, Ned will only appear in flashbacks to his time as a young boy at Winterfell (Croft) and as a young man at the Tower of Joy (Eyre?). No definitive evidence has emerged to suggest that Sean Bean will return to reprise the role.

      ****

      As far as we know, Benjen will only appear in flashbacks to his time as a young child at Winterfell.

      Fans have speculated that characters like Gendry (Joe Dempsie), Balon Greyjoy (Patrick Malahide), and Thoros of Myr (Paul Kaye) – among others – might resurface this season, but we have no evidence that they will actually appear.

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    56. Captain of the Tower: Aged 35 – 45. The captain’s in charge of the security of a castle, an able soldier, commanding and capable. He has a lot of dialogue in a scene where he’s with his superiors and has to make a difficult decision. It’s a one-scene part with leading cast. The role shot for one week, commencing December 2nd in Northern Ireland.

      My first thought here was Davos and his meeting at the Sister Islands. Any thoughts?

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    57. tkk,
      Jared,

      I should add that there has also been circumstantial evidence that points to the potential return of

      Sandor Clegane (Rory McCann being spotted in a Belfast hotel used by the cast, and Ian McShane’s character potentially being a composite of Septon Meribald and the Elder Brother who saves Clegane’s life in the novels).

      But as of this time, that character’s return is not definitively confirmed.

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    58. Jared,

      Imo it will be as you say. Don’t forget that Tom Wlaschiha hadn’t been spotted by fans, so his return in season 5 was a surprise.
      BTW, good list! I’m looking forward to see them again.

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    59. Thanks so much for the great compendium, very useful for the upcoming season which is not too far off. 😀

      Merry Christmas!

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    60. In the article it says: “Euron is likely to be the biggest new character in season 6.” Really? I don’t know much about him. In past discussions about what villains would be left if Ramsay were to be killed, someone said that Euron was crazier and meaner than Ramsay. Could he be a story-changer who will have some sort of influence and be around for the remaining seasons? I hope he doesn’t turn out to be next season’s Sand Snakes.

      I kind of have a feeling that Randyll Tarly could be a story-changer. He has the possibilities to remain viable until the end, especially if Olenna or Mace rallies their bannermen.

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    61. bulzz,

      I can definitely see them escape in the books as well. But in the show, Yara had already tried once to rescue Theon from the Dreadfort in S4. Would she try to save him again?

      Maybe this time, after Balon’s death, she needs to present the heir at the Kingsmoot in order to dismiss Euron’s claim. So that could motivate her to get Theon back…

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    62. Wimsey,

      Wimsey – well being English born does help a person be able to do a convincing English accent though in my post I did mention that there have been examples such as Keith Michell (Australian born) who have done a viable English accent. There was an episode of “Castle” that had an actor playing a Scotland Yard policeman who had a VERY broad Australian accent (he was okay for looks though). If an actor has the chops and comes across as convincing I don’t mind where he/she is from. Look away Penny Dreadful fans, but I have to cover my ears when the French bird who was a Bond girl does an allegedly “English” accent – sometimes a phoney British accent can be funny (e.g. the Australian bloke in “Castle” but other times it can be irritating [to my English ears anyhow]).

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    63. Ygritte:
      Shy Lady Dragon,

      Merry Christmas Shy lady and happy holidays to everyone. Thank you to the people who keep us updated and run the site, it’s been very enjoyable.

      Yes, happy hollyers – or vacation – to everyone. We’ve had a lot of rain in the UK lately – my part of it anyway – and last night I put my handbag [well shoulder bag] close to the plug in radiator to dry it off. Today I found that my bank card had bent – been too close to the heat I suppose – so if I need funds for over the Christmas break I’ll have to get it out the old-fashioned way by calling into the bank. I can – and will – order a new card but they take about a week to come!

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    64. Thronetender:
      In the article it says: “Euron is likely to be the biggest new character in season 6.”Really? I don’t know much about him. In past discussions about what villains would be left if Ramsay were to be killed, someone said that Euron was crazier and meaner than Ramsay.Could he be a story-changer who will have some sort of influence and be around for the remaining seasons? I hope he doesn’t turn out to be next season’s Sand Snakes.

      Ramsay is nothing compared to Euron.But I guess we just have to wait for S6 and see how they would approach the character.Some of the things he does could not be put on screen.Just like for example Ramsay could not have a wedding night in the show like the one in the book.How important will Euron be in the future is hard to tell since

      he just recently returned to Westeros but there are hints in the books that he could play an important part.He already took some initiatives.

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    65. Dame of Mercia,

      Most actors (especially in American tv shows) seem to be under the impression that the only accent in the uk is the same as mid 18th century cockney street urchins from the East end of London , govnor …..

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    66. Wylie,

      At Dreadfort she tried violently, maybe at Last Heart she will ask him nicely. 😀
      At Dreadfort he was totally Reek, but now because he saves Sansa/Jeyne there is some Theon too inside him again.
      So i think he will go with Yara.
      When they meet again at the end of DwD, Theon says he is Theon, and he’ll always remember his name. Or something like this.

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    67. smitzzz:
      Dame of Mercia,

      Most actors (especially in American tv shows) seem to be under the impression that the only accent in the uk is the same as mid 18th century cockney street urchins from the East end of London , govnor …..

      That’s not at all the case. Anyone going to drama conservatory in the US is exposed to a wide variety of dialects from the UK, including North Country, West Country, RP, etc… Now, it may be some do not have the ear to pull off the wide variety of dialects, but that doesn’t mean actors in the States think the only accent in the UK is what sounds like a kid from Oliver Twist.

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    68. bulzz,

      Oh yes, I agree.

      She should make a bit more of an effort this time around 🙂

      I just wasn’t sure for what convincing reason Yara could go back to the North and look for him again.

      But yeah, now I think Balon’s death, the prospects of Euron the Horrible becoming ruler and herself being a woman and therefore not being recognized as Balon’s heir, might make it necessary for Yara to think of something. And why not present Theon as male heir at the Kingsmoot … and maybe rule through him (?).

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    69. Blind Beth,

      It’s not quite as definitive as some of the other characters on that list, if only because Natalia Tena and Art Parkinson were not spotted on set, filming scenes in character – at least as far as I know. However, both Tena and Parkinson were seen in Belfast during a time when Game of Thrones was known to be filming scenes for Season 6. They were eating dinner with John Bradley, Alfie Allen, and Iwan Rheon.

      http://watchersonthewall.com/are-these-game-of-thrones-stars-spotted-in-belfast-returning-in-season-6/

      Add in circumstantial evidence like the presence of the Umbers in Season 6 (when it was established during their final appearance on the show that Osha and Rickon would be heading to Last Hearth) and it seems fairly certain that Osha and Rickon will be returning in some capacity. Exactly how large their role will be is anyone’s guess.

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    70. Nymeria Warrior Queen,

      I think it’s memories of Dick Van Dyke in “Mary Poppins” that linger, yer ‘Ighness. Actually I’ll cut DVD a bit of slack because he can sing and dance. In fact I had him on in the background this morning as one of the TV channels was re-running “Diagnosis Murder” yet again. To be fair it’s probably show-runners that are responsible for the weird and wonderful versions of a British accent that SOMETIMES turn up on American programmes. I’m sure there have been British stinker versions of American accents (e.g. “Noo Joisey” though ex-pat Americans I’ve met say folk from New Jersey don’t speak like that).

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    71. Dame of Mercia,

      Aw, shit…now I’ll have Step in Time stuck in my head for days. That’s cool, though, because it always makes me smile.

      I’m a big proponent of dialect coaches, but not all shows or even theatres, for that matter, go in for them. With a good dialect coach, though, some hard work, and a decent ear, most dialects can be mastered. That said, one little thing can ruin it. I was listening to a woman doing a pretty respectable RP, until she got to a line, “where on earth have you been.” She pronounced “been” like “bin,” as in trash-bin, instead of “bean.”

      I’d take no issue with someone saying sometimes the accents are really bad, just the more blanket statement most actors think of a UK accent as some type of archaic Cockney.

      Regarding the summary, I finally worked through all of it. Wow. Really nicely done to all those who had a hand in it.

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    72. Wylie,

      Yeah. Good question. The only thing i can think about this is that because Asha/Yara

      really doesn’t like Euron and she doesn’t want him to be a ruler at the Iron Islands.

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    73. Stoneheart exists.,

      YES! I Agree! I had no problem with the direction the showrunners were taking when it came to cutting unnecessary storylines until the lack of

      Lady Stoneheart. There has never been a more necessary storyline. She is not a “small detail.” Stoneheart is the culmination of so much, without her briennnes story is pointless, and the same thing with the freys. You could even argue that without stoneheart every characters story has less impact or is rendered worthless. The North Remembers.

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    74. The Silent Sister,

      I absolutely disagree.

      LSH is a plot device to move Brienne and Jaime’s stories…and that’s pretty much it. Brienne’s story is the conflict of oaths. Jaime’s story is the possibility of redemption. Both ot those stories can be told well without the inclusion of LSH. LSH is not the culmination of anything, she is a device, nothing more.

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    75. Nymeria Warrior Queen:
      Sue the Fury,

      I’m happy to say I’m hunkered down where it’s warm and dry (it’s a chilly and rainy Northern California day).All my shopping is finished, what needs to be shipped has been shipped, with the exception of a small box I need to take to the Post Office in the morning, and I’m relaxing and enjoying not having much to do.

      Bay Area here. Done with the shopping and now finally relaxing and catching up on all the GoT news I’ve missed. Feels good right?

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    76. “He’s a fat Northern nobleman in his 60’s who makes a stirring speech”

      Wyman sounds obvious, but it might also be Big Bucket Wull.
      -fat
      -northmen
      -noblemen ( well, he’s kind of a barbarian, but he’s the chieftain of the clan Wull! )
      -has some great speech as well ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_3z7H-x2zM )
      -Don’t think his age is ever said, but in his speech he mentions being old, so…

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    77. Rygritte,

      Didn’t Javi from L7R say something about Jaime needing to borrow Littlefingers jetpack? I don’t know how seriously this statement is to be taken.

      If D&D keep the pattern and devote Ep 9 entirely to the northern plot, I can see Jaime leaving in Ep 8 and arrive at destination (wherever that may be) in Ep 10.
      So I guess the siege of Riverrun would be in Ep 7 and 8 (?).

      As to where he would go… Absolutely no idea.

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    78. Stoneheart exists.,

      I’m not one who is a huge fan of that character. If the character appears, the showrunners thought it necessary she be included. Conversely, if she does not, it would point to the showunners not thinking the character is necessary. To say the absence of the character would be “the most vicious and unnecessary attack on bookfans” is, imo, extreme hyperbole.

      King Podrick: Bay Area here. Done with the shopping and now finally relaxing and catching up on all the GoT news I’ve missed. Feels good right?

      I’m Bay Area, too. I hope you’re enjoying the rain as much as I (the Old Gods know we need it). I lucked out at the Post Office, and it only took about 5-10 minutes to send that last package. It feels really, really good.

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    79. Ughh, how the hell did SHE make it into this discussion. This subject has been talked to death. Look, I am certain the majority of the viewers have not read the books, including myself. I don’t care about LSH. The show is an adaptation of the books. Characters will be left out. Just because something sounds good on paper does not mean it makes a good show. IF I want to look at zombies I watch TWD.

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    80. Shy Lady Dragon,

      Wlaschiha may not have been spotted but I found his season 5 return mentioned on his German agency CV early last year, so it actually wasn’t a total surprise. I posted about it back at WiC. 🙂

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    81. Ser Gerold Dayne,

      We cannot really contrast Ramsay and Euron because Euron is barely in the books. I think he has one spoken line that reads like bad heavy metal lyrics, and I recall that he has a mystique around him that probably will turn out to ge 90% propaganda.

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    82. Thanks for the great list. It’s good to have a recap of everything that’s happened during filming.

      Whoever pointed out ‘Flecther’s’ mathematical activities above, nicely done. I too hope that makes it into the story.

      And just to share in the weather annals – winter has arrived here in Montana, full on, with several feet of snow….and wolves. No White Walkers yet, though.

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    83. Stoneheart exists.,

      Please speak for yourself. I’m a book reader and I’m glad if she is cut.
      You can say this ”it would be the most vicious and unnecessary attack on myself imaginable” but not on book-readers.

      There very many of us who think she is a very bad character.

      The producers adapt the books as they see fit, so if a character is not introduced then his impact on the overall story is small, too say that you know better wich characters are important, more then the guys who speak with Martin himself, is simply ridiculous.

      Also they do not write this story only for book-readers, altough there are many book-reader who understand these changes or even like them, they write this story for tens of millions of people who have not read the books and never will.

      You do not agree with their choices and no longer enjoy the story then simply stop watching. I’m sure no one, HBO in particular, will feel your ”loss”.

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    84. Tywin of the Hill:
      Chickenduck,

      The only Stark cadet branch we know of are the Karstarks, and they don’t have more Stark blood than any of the other Northern Houses.

      The Karstarks are the only canonical ones, strictly speaking.

      But there was an interview with GRRM where, when asked about relations of the Starks, he said that there are probably distant cousins bearing the name Stark in Barrowton and White Habour.

      Link here: http://www.westeros.org/Citadel/SSM/Entry/1239/

      But tis true that this isn’t 100% canon. And when I read this again just now, I realise I’d forgotten that he’d only said “probably”.

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    85. So… Did someone above post something, then post again to agree with themselves with another name, and then again a third time with another name to agree with themselves again because no one had commented?

      I hear that happens sometimes.

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    86. Chickenduck: But tis true that this isn’t 100% canon. And when I read this again just now, I realise I’d forgotten that he’d only said “probably”.

      This does mean that it cannot be relevant to the series. GRRM would have had to have this clearly down by the time he wrote the Red Wedding if it was ever to be important.

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    87. Ines,

      If Victarion had a chance of making it then it’d be as the Rugged Pirate and it would be in a vastly reduced role…pretty much a cameo.

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    88. Euron only had one line in the books? Hmmm, that’s unexpected. From the excitement generated by the announcement of his casting, I thought he was a fully fleshed, wildly verbal character in the books, given to many in-your-face diatribes and harangues of his family and anyone else unfortunate enough to be in his presence.

      So, he’s all mystique and, so far, little substance. Which means that D&D will have an open course on his dialogue, without worry of leaving out someone’s favorite Euron speech. Not that they worry about that anyway. This will be interesting, to see what they do and how they use this guy.

      in the books, did he ACTUALLY attack Oldtown, or was that third party information? I’m worried about Sam.

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    89. Thronetender,

      Where did you hear that?! He’s not the most voal of characters but when he does speak it’s normally worth waiting for!

      “ Godless? Why, Aeron, I am the godliest man ever to raise sail! You serve one god, Damphair, but I have served ten thousand. From Ib to Asshai, when men see my sails, they pray.”

      “ We are the ironborn, and once we were conquerors. Our writ ran everywhere the sound of the waves was heard. My brother would have be content with the cold and dismal north, my niece with even less … but I shall give you Lannisport. Highgarden. The Arbor. Oldtown. The riverlands and the Reach, the kingswood and the rainwood, Dorne and the marches, the Mountains of the Moon and the Vale of Arryn, Tarth and the Stepstones. I say we take it all! I say, we take Westeros. ”

      “I am the storm, my lord. The first storm, and the last.”

      “Perhaps we can fly. All of us. How will we ever know unless we leap from some tall tower? No man ever truly knows what he can do unless he dares to leap.”

      He attacked the Shield Islands and The Reach. It’s not been confirmed but the general consensus is that he’s heading ominously towards Oldtown.

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    90. TheTouchOfFrost: Where did you hear that?! He’s not the most voal of characters but when he does speak it’s normally worth waiting for!

      I attempted to quote someone upthread who made that observation, but messed it up in the transfer and the whole post came out in italics, so I erased the quote.

      I know nothing about Euron, never finished the books, but I’m curious about him. If he is a dynamic, intelligent person, good, but if he’s just another villain, truly worse than Ramsay, I’m not so excited. Thanks for the Euron quotes, though. It does give me some idea of what he’s about.

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    91. TheTouchOfFrost: but I shall give you Lannisport. Highgarden. The Arbor. Oldtown. The riverlands and the Reach, the kingswood and the rainwood, Dorne and the marches, the Mountains of the Moon and the Vale of Arryn, Tarth and the Stepstones. I say we take it all! I say, we take Westeros. ”

      Upon reading that quote more closely, I see that Euron is a VERY ambitious man. He wants ALL of Westeros. That’s not going to sit well with Littlefinger, is it?

      I do believe LF wants the whole thing, too, more so than anyone else in the kingdom wants the whole thing. So maybe those two will be shown to match wits, although it’s my understanding that Aiden Gillen wasn’t seen filming much. Not that that means much – LF is more of an indoor character, so quite possibly all of his scenes for the coming season will be indoor scenes.

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    92. HotPinkLipstick,

      No!!! you darn misguided game of thrones fans! You’ve been brainwashed by David and Dan. the north remembers! why won’t you!?

      Saying

      lady Stoneheart was just written in to push along Jamie and briennes storylines is like saying stannis was written in to push along melisandre’s storyline.

      You missed the point big time!

      🙂 your wrong to say she’s just a plot device. maybe at the moment, but she’s only just been introduced. if we made assumptions about any character based on their one chapter introduction we could easily say they lacked any overall importance or impact. and we know she’ll have a large roll to play in the winds of winter. No judgements can intelligently be made at this point. LSH has had one small chapter. After Jamie and cersei were introduced in book one they did literally almost nothing until the middle of the second book.

      Brienne’s plot line of oaths

      becomes all about the Starks and Catelyn as of renlys death. skipping the idea that brienne will encounter the woman she still serves in death and pay for her broken oaths ruins her story 150 percent. Might as well just throw her into the Dornish storyline or make her fall in love with the high sparrow and cut that star into her forehead. But no worries, lady stoneheart exists in the books, and uncle R.R. Says she’s important.

      That’s all the argument I believe is necessary.
      HotPinkLipstick,

      Better watch out for the bwb. Your going to get it. 🙂

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    93. TheTouchOfFrost,

      Thanks for taking the time to post those. I had to laugh at the “Euron only had one line in the books and won’t be an important character going forward.” <—paraphrasing

      Thronetender,

      Especially when taken in conjunction with what other characters say about him, how they react to his return, where he’s been, what he’s (maybe) found, and the timing of his return, while the Iron Islands were certainly not my favorite parts of the books, Euron certainly has the potential to really stir up some things!

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    94. Thronetender,

      The battle of the bastard won’t take place until around episode 8 so you almost have the whole season to sort how the north and wildlings will combine. The internal tensions will be an important driver I think. Just remember northern lords are proud and bad tempered – the Karstark Stark fall out is testimony enough of that, let alone bolton stark animosity.

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    95. Thronetender,

      I think he’s got great potential going forward and he’s quite intriguing at this early stage in his development. I think he will certianly have villainous elements but there’s an experience, ambition and awareness of the bigger picture that hasn’t been there with the Ramsay’s and Joffreys of the world. He could even be on a par with the Littlefingers and Varys’ of the world and the vision by Moqorro presents him as the biggest threat to Dany. The fact that he has had the experience of sailing all over the known world (even the ruins of Old Valyria and the Doom) plus has studied blood magic as well as being ruthless make him a very serious threat to anyone who comes across him.

      Nymeria Warrior Queen,

      I’d like to claim I picked them out but I just went to the wikipedia page to save time! 😛 They do sum him up quite well though!
      “Euron is a wildly unpredictable man, known for his delight in playing vicious mind games and waging psychological warfare on anyone around him. He is hated by his brothers for this reason. He is a skilled warrior and manipulator and is cunning, shrewd and ruthless. ”

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    96. The North Remembers, but you seem to have forgotten…,

      Lady Stoneheart was introduced at the end of Book 3, and has done nothing of extreme consequence for Books 4 and 5. You can’t blame people for feeling that her role is unimportant. So far, to me, it seems that her reintroduction was only for shock value. And GRRM is the same man who created useless characters like Quentyn, so his input that LSH is important isn’t as strong of an argument as you think.

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    97. If the Gary Wales that was cast is the one I know (northern irish actor), then I’d take it with a pinch of salt. The guy has a habit of making shit up.

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    98. robert aramayo has to be howland reed. he doesnt look like anyone else who was at the TOJ unless he plays a wet nurse.

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    99. TheTouchOfFrost,

      If it is Victarion, and he does in fact have a reduced role, that could mean that Dany will travel east sooner. If those morons who write the show had half a brain between the two of them, they would have had the kingsmoot last season and not rushed to put Feast and Dance into one season. Instead, we were left with Dorne being an absolute joke of a story, truly pathetic on DB and Dan’s part, and no ironborn except one scene where Asha just prances into the Dreadfort, fights Ramsey, then leaves unhindered. In what world is that good storytelling?

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    100. I know I am posting this really late but with the new season coming up I am rereading older articles. Under assorted castings Aron Hegarty was listed as being casted in an unconfirmed role. I looked him up and to me he really looks like he could play Rhaegar.
      Put on a silver blonde wig and he would have it.It says he was supposed to be filming the week of the November 2nd, I don’t remember what was filming that week. I do imgaine that if the did do anything with Rhaegar it would be on a closed set.
      http://http://www.castannettenow.com/aron-hegarty/
      http://http://www.starnow.com/aronhegarty/
      http://http://youtu.be/9kRjDA9i6C8

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