Young actor cast for Game of Thrones season 6, plus cast sightings and s6 returns!

Sam Coleman headshotWe’re all hoping for a batch of major casting announcements at this year’s Game of Thrones panel at San Diego Comic Con on July 10th. Usually, a bit of casting news will leak before then, and we do have some news for you today!

According to the Twitter of Mad Fish Management, young actor Sam Coleman has won a role on Game of Thrones. His Spotlight CV confirms the news, and that he will be shooting his role this coming August.

Coleman recently filmed his feature debut in Leatherface, which co-stars GoT‘s own Finn Jones.

What role will the English actor be taking on in season 6? It’s unknown at this time. He doesn’t precisely fit any of the roles from the first casting list (at 18, too old for any of the young boys’ roles unless they decided that his age didn’t matter). There is much more of a possibility of him sliding into one of the spots from the second list of casting breakdowns, including outlaw members, servants and recruits.

Season 6 is expected to begin filming around mid-to-late July. This will be a busy time for cast sightings with costume fittings and potentially a read-through. Sightings have already increased, with Maisie Williams and Kit Harington spotted (again!) in Belfast this week. (Yes, I confirmed, he did mean Kit when he mentioned Jon Snow.)

Kit tweet

Maisie tweetOther actors’ returns have been confirmed by their resumes/CV like Jerome Flynn and Tom Wlaschiha. With the extras casting in Spain ongoing, this is an exciting time, looking ahead at season 6!

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    1. Mmmh they’re not actually going to Belfast to film season 6, are they…? I don’t think so as Maisie will belong to San Diego’s CC panel. So don’t know if it really matters…

      This new boy cast, I’ve never heard or seen about him… Much to discover. From someone who has seen the series he’s in, is he good ? 🙂

      Also interesting that Tom W. is still in the show. I thought we would have a timelapse and see Arya somewhere else, as I think all she wants now is to get the f*ck out of the House of Black and White.

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    2. Weird. Those curls make him look rather Tyrellish, plus the Finn connection. Hm. Lazy Leo? I think Dickon is not supposed to be chubby. Then again neither is Leo. But with Oldtown being in I could see it.

      Horas/Hobber (Horror/Slobber) would be some other Tyrell connection. The actual heirs of Highgarden (well one of them) in the books if all of Mace’s kids kneel over without issue. But would be a bit late for them now I guess.

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    3. Cool! Anyway, in Dubrovnik at the moment, was just on a GoT tour. She did mention they were filming there in October! Also showed us where Cersei was NOT allowed to film her walk, lol. Tons of goodies. Like Joffrey actually killing some of those pidgeons in the pie. Wish I was here during filming 🙁

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    4. TorbofThrones:
      Cool! Anyway, in Dubrovnik at the moment, was just on a GoT tour. She did mention they were filming there in October! Also showed us where Cersei was NOT allowed to film her walk, lol. Tons of goodies. Like Joffrey actually killing some of those pidgeons in the pie. Wish I was here during filming

      cool now grab a bell, dress up like a septa and go trough the streets ringing and saying “shame”. 🙂

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    5. Gd75: Mmmh they’re not actually going to Belfast to film season 6, are they…? I don’t think so as Maisie will belong to San Diego’s CC panel. So don’t know if it really matters…

      From the post: “This will be a busy time for cast sightings with costume fittings and potentially a read-through.” They’re usually in Belfast for other reasons before they start to shoot the season. The season starts filming around July 20th, last I heard.

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    6. Hoyti Von Totiy,
      That would be good if he’s playing Dickon. But this kid does not look like a typical knight/swordsman. 20 stone at 18 years – guy is too big to play young Robert, either. IMO, he looks like a mix of Samwise Gamgee and Samwell Tarly.

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    7. If you told me that was 13-year old Robert Baratheon (With a slight change in hair color) I’d believe you.

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    8. Hot Pie recast confirmed! Get Hype!

      Heh. That was my first fan-troll reaction as well.

      Also: If he turns out to be (F)Aegon I’ll laugh my ass off.

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    9. That kid is Hodor.

      “Other actors’ returns have been confirmed by their resumes/CV like Jerome Flynn and Tom Wlaschiha.

      This is really all I needed to make me happy. 🙂

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    10. On a sidenote, one of my friends literally bumped (she’s remarkably clumsy for someone who plays tennis!) into Kit Harrington at Wimbledon today:

      I bumped into Kit Harrington at Wimbledon today and my first reaction went like this “don’t worry man…wait…are you? Oh wow…niiiiice”

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    11. Casting spoilers indicate Randyl Tarly for season 6. A Sam flashback makes sense as character development for both father and son. If he IS young Sam, its another bit of great casting!

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    12. There is nothing remotely Dickon-like about this kid.
      The breakdown for Brother (Dickon) was “early to mid-20’s . Athletic, a good hunter, an excellent swordsman, manly, not particularly bright but the favourite child of the father.”

      My first thought was that he might be a young Hodor in a flashback, and they went with an older teen because they need Hodor to be big, of course. And I’m sure there’s plenty of small roles we haven’t heard about yet.

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    13. Gd75,

      Have you read the books?

      Her blind training is next, clearly. And casting implies she’ll get into a troupe like she does in TWOW, too. Arya’s training as a Faceless Woman is far from over. Hopefully we’ll get to the point soon, though.

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    14. Agree with people saying that’s young Hodor. Before even reading the title, I looked at his facial features in the photo and immediately thought he looked like a young version of Kristian Nairn.

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    15. Honestly. seeing the headline and the pic, my first thought is young Bobby Baratheon.

      Bring it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Okay, now I’ll go read the article. 🙂

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    16. Before going off on any wild speculation as to what role an actor may be playing, remember the cautionary tale of the Winterfell Worker.

      Saying that, my initial reaction was also a young Hodor.

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    17. Young Robert I could understand, if show Robert = not Book Robert. Book Robert was quite athletic until he quit warring and started whoring and wine-ing

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    18. FreyJoy:
      Young Robert I could understand, if show Robert = not Book Robert. Book Robert was quite athletic until he quit warring and started whoring and wine-ing

      gods, he was strong then…

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    19. tiny direwolf:
      My first thought was young Robert too.

      Isn’t Robert supposed to be fit and thinner in his youth? I seem to recall some type of dialog in the very first episode of the series between Ned and Robert about how he got fat after he became King.

      If so then why would they cast someone so “hefty” to play young Robert.

      Maybe he’s Cartman “I’m not fat, I’m big boned!”

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    20. Kit returning doesn’t confirm shit,remember Charles Dance was brought back last season to film his corpse so before some clever morons start claiming some confirmed bullshit just remember that .

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    21. Moonlight,

      Where did “winterfell” worker go… and also who the heck was the small person riding double with the Arryns in the trailer? That clip wasn’t even IN the season…

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    22. Lady Wolfsbane,

      That guy was riding with the Boltons if I remember correctly. Anyway you see him in the scene when Ramsay goes back to Winterfell after the battle.

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    23. Lady Wolfsbane:
      Moonlight,

      Where did “winterfell” worker go… and also who the heck was the small person riding double with the Arryns in the trailer? That clip wasn’t even IN the season…

      Probably in the background without any line of dialogue (I think she could be in the Sansa arrival scene).

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    24. That kid looks like he could be Kristian Nairn’s (much) younger brother. Hodor Hodor Hodor, Hodor Hodor Hodor Hodor…Hodor.

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    25. Anyway I also think this new actor could be young Hodor. I always thought that there was something more about this mystery guy and his (aunt?) Old Nan. Maybe they are linked to WW or something “winteresque” ? As I know Old Nan knows everything about legends, she knew many many Starks.. and there SHOULD be a better reason about Hodor’s not being able to speak. A big shock as a child or something?
      What makes me think of this is that they just couldn’t keep an actor for 5 seasons, just to carry Bran, and break some heads off 🙂 , that’s just impossible in this show….

      Don’t throw me stones guys, just a crazy fan speculation, for his need of some juicy GOT things 🙁

      Sorry again for my English, difficul as it’s not my language (I’m French)

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    26. With Ramsay still in it and now without Myranda ( The Bastard’s Boys proxy in some regards). Could all the young lads being cast actually be his boys making an appearance? Would certainly give a potential SH-esque character people to pick off and I still won’t give up on my Frey pie!

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    27. LordDavos,

      Some of the other casting calls fit with a young Ned, young Brandon, young Robert or similar, so it was thought that we’d maybe get some sort of flashback to their childhood days… Ned and Robert meeting for the first time, the betrothal between Robert and Lyanna, something like that.

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    28. LordDavos,

      I doubt he’d be the centerpiece of it. Just in the background of the one with Ned and Brandon and potentially Robert that we already know about from the first casting call.

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    29. davy:
      He could be Dickon perhaps?

      No, Randyll Tarly preferred Dickon over Sam because he’s more fierce and military. He wouldn’t be as .. well-padded … as that young fella is.

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    30. As a book reader I have to say that a young Hodor is not out of the question because of some flashbacks Bran gets to see, but he could well be a young Robert, he does have the blue eyes that goes with the Baratheon line. All that being said, I’m putting my money on Dickon.

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    31. It won’t be young Hodor because there’s no point in showing that for the overall plot. Does not contribute anything. There is only one person it could be. Wait for it….. Dikin Tarly! Remember. He’s tougher than Sam but who says he don’t have some junk in the trunk.

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    32. He’s probably playing a young Hodor in a flashback with Ned & someone else. I’m thinking they’ll use baby Hodor to establish the timeframe of the flashback. (cue baby Hodor saying Hodor and everyone knows it’s some decades ago)

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    33. Gd75,

      Both are hefty young lads, so I see where you would come to that conclusion. Tell me do they teach butting your nose into other people’s conversations in French schools? You probably got a 10 in that subject huh? Oui? Non? Ah it doesn’t matter…
      Au revoir! :*

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    34. Carne:
      Might already have been mentioned, but Nell Tiger Free also tweeted about flying to Belfast.

      Melisandre is resurrecting everybody that died last season.

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    35. Truly, I think a great mistake of the GoTshow is that they’ve only ever done one flashback. They have a formula that’s ‘worked’ but I think it’s well past time to open it up a bit to more cinematic devices–camera angles/effects, flashbacks, montages, etc. Their method is a bit stale. Poorly blocked scene after scene of people talking/telling is not very dynamic.

      They can do better–bring on the flashbacks!

      Stuff like the S5 Cersie flashback, the Tyrion 1truth2lies counsel montage in S2, the literal ‘game of chairs’ counsel scene–these experimentations are great & there should be more of them.

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    36. Whoo Hoo I showed my unspoiled husband the picture and the words “Game of Thrones? ”

      Answer: “Oh it’s that guy that carries the kid around but when he was younger!”

      And that was a season ago for the non-obsessed casual viewer. Score another one for Baby Hodor!

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    37. KG: No, Randyll Tarly preferred Dickon over Sam because he’s more fierce and military. He wouldn’t be as .. well-padded … as that young fella is.

      Throw some warrior gear on him, give him some testosterone-infused lines to speak and he is perfect.

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    38. Lady Wolfsbane,

      Will you stop with that already? There’s no Baby Hodor. He’s a servant. He didn’t grow up with the Starks. He didn’t exist in the story during Robert’s rebellion.

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    39. While young Hodor would sound great I am wondering if he could be one of the students in Oldtown. With the curly hair I am inclined to think Leo Tyrell if they have that part in the show. However, other that he was a drunk and bully I cannot remember how else he was described.

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    40. I guess there could be a silent witness situation where Hodor saw something
      In the past that was crucial to the main plot and cannot tell. That’s the only kind of flashback you’d need him for.

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    41. Jeans,

      Geee.. D&D altering something to the story that would be visually easy to understand and cut time and corners?

      One word… :”Hodor” from someone young that looks like Hodor and it takes 1 second to know we’re in a flashback. That’s some efficiency right there. The excellent young actress that played Cercei carried that flashback all by herself this season…

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    42. Congrats to Sam Coleman! It’s great to have our first confirmed casting for the new season, even if we have no idea who he’ll playing as of yet. While I suspect it’s a minor role, and possibly one that hasn’t been detailed on the casting calls, I’ll admit the flashback idea is intriguing. Several people have pointed out the passing resemblance Coleman bears to a young Kristian Nairn. For what it’s worth, I do see it. We already have circumstantial evidence for at least two potential Bran flashbacks – why not more?

      As Ser Florian mentioned, however, the whole flurry of speculation that cropped up around the “Winterfell worker” who bore a resemblance to Maisie Williams should serve as a cautionary tale. Those of us inclined to entertain the possibility of relatively inexperienced actors taking on significant roles shouldn’t get too carried away.

      I’m glad to hear that Jerome Flynn will be returning. After all of the speculation that Bronn would die last year, he wound up surviving the season … and he will apparently still have a role to play going forward! Whether it’s original or drawn from future novels, we of course have no idea. After all he went through in Dorne, it would not be unreasonable to expect Bronn to distance himself Jaime, but I do hope they will continue to share scenes together. Flynn and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau play very well off one another. Whatever fair criticisms people can level at the Dorne storyline, I thought the Jaime and Bronn pairing worked splendidly,

      And of course, the news that Tom Wlaschiha has been retained to play Arya’s mentor for another year is very welcome. I thought that introducing the House of Black and White to the audience via a familiar face proved to be a smart decision, and the reveal of “No One”‘s true nature in the finale was highly effective in driving home just how alien and strange the Faceless Men truly are. It’s not really a surprise that Wlaschiha would return since he became a regular last year, but I’m glad that “Jaqen” will continue to mentor Arya rather than the Waif. I don’t wish to cast any unfair aspersions on Faye Marsay, but her performance as the Waif wound up being one of the very few pieces of casting in the entire history of the show that didn’t click for me.

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    43. Jared,

      Those of us inclined to entertain the possibility of relatively inexperienced actors taking on significant roles shouldn’t get too carried away.

      I agree with that at this point, although nearly all the Stark kids were inexperienced actors to varying degrees when the show started. But as it’s Season 6 now…..

      I too quite liked the Jaime/Bronn dynamic, and it could go so many ways now after the Season 5 finale.

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    44. Shane Snow,

      That’s certainly possible. But if that storyline materializes, I doubt he would go there immediately.

      “Jaqen” is the only character the audience knows in the HOBAW besides Arya. Furthermore, he only wore that face to make Arya feel more comfortable – and to teach her a lesson about what it means to be No One. “Jaqen” only has significance to Arya, so he should stick around as long as Arya remains blind and based in the HOBAW, which should be for at least a few episodes. Once she regains her sight and heads off to her apprenticeship with the mummers (assuming that’s in the cards), then “Jaqen” could theoretically be free to do something else. But why he would wear that face for such a mission, rather than donning a new one? Besides the show understandably wanting to keep Tom Wlaschiha around, I don’t have a good answer.
      Most of the big events from Sam’s journey to Oldtown already happened at the Wall in Season 5, and Daeron’s role in Arya’s storyline was absorbed by Meryn Trant (along with Raff’s). As such, there’s little reason for Sam and Gilly to stop in Braavos unless the writers want Arya and Sam to cross paths – which would be fun, but likely inessential at this point. I think Sam’s journey to the Reach/Oldtown will happen offscreen between seasons, with no stopover in Braavos. Whether or not Jaqen will travel to Oldtown depends on just how important his role in infiltrating the Citadel is to the overall story (it could be crucial, but I have my doubts). If he does go to Oldtown, then when he needs to be there will depend on how that storyline intersects with the other characters present in the Reach storyline – Sam, the Tarly family, and potentially Euron and the Ironborn. Without TWOW, there’s really no way to know.

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    45. Several people have mentioned that a big boy saying ‘Hodor’ would immediately tell us we are watching a flashback. So to would, say, a boy being referred to as ‘Ned’ or ‘Robert’. It doesn’t seem like an essential reason to have Hodor in a flashback. I think Leo Tyrell is the most likely bet. Sam will be facing up to his past a bit next season.

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    46. LordDavos,

      Really good point. Though he has a bit of Hodor about him, dude does look like a mini-Robert. But plenty of parts he could take that aren’t even known.

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    47. As far as I know Kit Harington is dating Rose Leslie, and the last time he went to Belfast his plan was just to hang with her. Maybe this is the same.

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    48. tiny direwolf,

      Wasn’t (young) Robert supposed to be handsome and athletic, and many people would remark that Renly and Gendry looked like a young version of Robert. Wasn’t that one of the reasons everyone who meet Gendry thought/knew he was Robert’s bastard? It wasn’t just hair/eye color.

      Cersei thought Robert handsome enough, until their wedding night…, and even Brienne thought Gendry looked like a young Renly when she first meets him in the books.

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    49. Pigeon,

      Did you just taunt sansa? god that was one of the silliest attempts in taunting/trolling that i’ve ever encountered with you definitely need a lot of practice and for someone who doesn’t care if sansa is alive or dead next episode you mention her from time to time personally i never cared about hound so i never talked, mentioned or comment about him perhaps you should try that too if you truly don’t care about her oh and don’t forget about practicing on your taunting abilities.

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    50. Gd75,

      I have seen this guy play leading roles in local theatre, and always has standing ovations, excellent actor,you will be pleasantly surprised

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    51. If this guy’s Pate,

      Could they possibly send Arya to fill in for Jaqen at Oldtown? Given their trend to use established characters and since the face-changing is apparently gender-neutral now, it can’t be ruled out.

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    52. Ghost of Summer:
      Gd75,

      Both are hefty young lads, so I see where you would come to that conclusion. Tell me do they teach butting your nose into other people’s conversations in French schools? You probably got a 10 in that subject huh? Oui? Non? Ah it doesn’t matter…
      Au revoir! :*

      At least they teach us how to be polite and educated with each other. That might not be the case for you I see.
      I was just being a bit ironic, it’s your problem if you took it personally… Anyway I didn’t mean to be mean to you, just to joke a bit. So I’m sorry for that 🙂

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    53. Landlady,

      Oh great! Thank you.

      Yet I’m not sure he will have such a big role, thinking about it… I think he might be a secondary character in a single scene or so…

      We always imagine that new characters like that will have much things to play ; but it’s never the case, as we see the season is always terribly short,and there is not even the room to develop all the main characters properly.

      The bad of having 10 episodes by seasons, maybe…

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    54. Bran will be experiencing tree-vision through Winterfell’s weirwood this season and this young actor will play young Walder; then we will see what kind of trauma he will have to face and from that point on we’ll know he was young Hodor from the start. PreTrauma!Hodor confirmed.

      It is known.

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    55. Kyrion,

      No, there’s links to the actor listed in the article’s CV which prove that it’s him WOTW’s referring to…

      fAegon is CUT.

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    56. Queen of the Keys:
      Bran will be experiencing tree-vision through Winterfell’s weirwood this season and this young actor will play young Walder; then we will see what kind of trauma he will have to face and from that point on we’ll know he was young Hodor from the start. PreTrauma!Hodor confirmed.

      It is known.

      Yeah

      I’ve always thought that Hodor’s traumatic event happened in the crypts of Winterfell, where he actually refuses to go.
      What did he saw down there??

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    57. Daughter of Winter,

      Are you serious? Are you also getting in a high dudgeon about LSH/Lyanna/Arya/Mercy being mentioned in the same way? What does the Hound have to do with this thread at all?

      I’m going to assume you missed your nap and are calling people trolls because you’re tired.

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    58. Dickon Manwoody,

      Dickon is the opposite of Sam, he’s the heir Randyll wanted. So no, not obvious at all. Possible though, if they go a different route

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    59. Damphairintheshowplease!,

      I concede the point & may I just say that you have won me over because I 110% agree with your name.

      DAMPHAIR in the show yes pleasethanks! D&D (Cogmen-pull your weight here, we know you love the Damphair).

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    60. Luka Nieto:
      High Sparrow,

      They were scouting a really cool desert in Navarra which you wouldn’t believe is in the north of Spain

      Yeah, I know the desert, I’m from Spain and I’ve been there. The problem I see is the task of finding 1200 very dark haired and very mediterranean people resident in Navarra.

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    61. Pigeon,

      No i’m good and maybe that bit about trolling was a little harsh but still as i said that was a truly poor attempt in taunting and was more of a lame sentence than a insulting one ( in cases like this i usually feel insulted considering my enthusiasm for her) and seriously? don’t tell me that you didn’t understand why i brought up the hound, did you even read my comment properly?

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    62. Pigeon

      And also you must be joking right? asking me why i brought up the hound(which was totally clear why i did it) while you’re the one who decided to bring up sansa for absolutely no reason other than mocking her

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    63. Wow. The kid is 6’1″ according to his bio. That’s a big guy. I would love to hear an interesting back story about Hodor.

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    64. Angela,

      I have sort of blondish-brown hair and I don’t think I could look like a Dothraki at all. It may be a general problem, honestly. I haven’t been to Navarra much, but I’m pretty sure they look exactly like the rest of us Basques. Now I’m curious to see whether the Dothraki next season will look noticeably… more Basque. That’d be hilarious.

      But they’ll manage. GoT is popular here. I’m sure there’s enough tanned, dark-haired navarros. And there’s a sizable immigrant population from various countries, which may help.

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    65. When it’s confirmed that this guy is Dickon, I’ll be serving up heaps of crow to the naysayers in this thread.

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    66. Queen of the Keys,

      I just think it would be a great way to combine many things (Bran’s abilities, connection with the weirwoods, plus history of Hodor and whoever is connected) in a really solid scene. Now I’m going to be disappointed if that DOESN’T happen. 😉

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    67. Daughter of Winter:
      Pigeon,

      No i’m good and maybe that bit about trolling was a little harsh but still as i said that was a truly poor attempt in taunting and was more of a lame sentence than a insulting one ( in cases like this i usually feel insulted considering my enthusiasm for her) and seriously? don’t tell me that you didn’t understand why i brought up the hound, did you even read my comment properly?

      It wasn’t an attempt at ‘taunting/mocking’ to begin with, any more than saying “Oh hey, Theon’s gained weight! Rickon’s grown up! Cersei’s had a transformation.” Your analysis of my sentence structure is not important to me. I like Arya, but someone saying that this guy is her new ‘face’ was nothing but amusing to me (pretty funny, to be honest). I think you need to save your emotional response on behalf of a fictional character’s honour for when it’s actually being attacked. If you insist on taking it upon yourself to be personally affronted when someone says something (no matter how benign, apparently) about a person in a book/show, you may have a bad time of it.

      I’m not interested in boring the crap out of others in this thread by engaging in some drawn out back and forth with you, so feel free to have the last word and then drop it.

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    68. It hasn´t been discussed too much around here, at least that´s what I got from skimming the comments today, but Nell Tiger Free tweeting “Belfasting” is very interesting to be honest, quite offensively demanding clarification. Even more so since her Twitter-account reads “currently playing Myrcella in Game of Thrones”.

      We know from the books that Myrcella

      survives an attempt on her life, but is heavily branded by it in the time after it, so maybe (really maybe, this is possibly the deepest of speculation-territory I´m moving on right now)

      she actually DID survive the poison because of unknown reasons, however that should be possible.

      Belfast may just be her destination for a nice vacation after GoT, but seeing Kit there just around the same time is at least suspicious, at least we all can agree on that, can´t we? Wouldn´t it be a bit strange to include another character again just to show her as a dead body prepared for funeral etc. and why shouldn´t these scenes, which could not have been that lenghty of an affair to film per se, not have been been filmed in SE5 and just re-prepaired for SE6? Furthermore, adult-Myrcella being in Flashbacks doesn´t seem to make much sense to me since besides Bronn, the Martells and of course Jaime, no one has seen her in that form which makes flashbacks somewhat redundant. Strange thing that Nell Tiger Free is flying to Belfast, that´s for sure…

      So how does this all make sense if one is to believe the HBO viewer´s guide that Myrcella is indeed dead (which has proven a reliable source of information as of now)? The only reasonable thing I could think of is Jaime and Bronn returning to Dorne for the funeral/ execution of Ellaria and her Sandsnakes and that for whatever reasons, these scenes just didn´t work to be included in the filming-schedule for S5. Other than that, I don´t see something else Nell Tiger Free could be actively listed for again as an actress concerning GoT.

      So will she reappear as “Myrcella ex machina”, somehow surviving the poison? To be honest, as much as I would love to see that, I don´t think so since it would contradict everything they said in interviews and most importantly, the viewer´s guide. “Currently playing Myrcella” could just be NTF not updating her Twitter all that often or she simply hasn´t had another acting-job after GoT and is somehow still quoted in SE6. Now why she is in Belfast exactly at that time surely is suspicious, that really is the only thing I can´t quite explain with an argument that isn´t more than vague…

      So what do you think, is there still hope for Myrcella (considering her being alive in the books AFTER a failed assassination) and they will be pulling the “Myrcella ex machina” despite what HBO`s guide tells us about the character´s current status?

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    69. Young Hodor does not feel something the story would need but that is what the actor looks like to me.

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    70. Luka Nieto:
      Angela,

      I have sort of blondish-brown hair and I don’t think I could look like a Dothraki at all. It may be a general problem, honestly. I haven’t been to Navarra much, but I’m pretty sure they look exactly like the rest of us Basques. Now I’m curious to see whether the Dothraki next season will look noticeably… more Basque. That’d be hilarious.

      But they’ll manage. GoT is popular here. I’m sure there’s enough tanned, dark-haired navarros. And there’s a sizable immigrant population from various countries, which may help.

      Okay. I was just asking because you are over there. We need inside scoop. All good. 🙂

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    71. Pigeon,

      ” it wasn’t an attempt at taunting/mocking to begin with”
      No comment.
      You’re right this is definitely boring so here’s the last words:
      Truth is that our mindsets are different on the matter, in my humble opinion insulting/taunting/mocking the characters that are loved by people in one way or another ( and i know that they’re fictional god do you even know how stupid it is to remind people that) is almost as equal as insulting/taunting/mocking themselves so i never do that myself but apparently you don’t think like this ( may even call it nonsense) and that is just fine.
      Ok i DROPPED now.

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    72. Hoyti Von Totiy,

      Sam has a younger brother who is mentioned/ makes in appearance in the books. He might be his brother because they sort of look alike. There is no reason for a Sam flashback.

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    73. Knight of Storm’s End

      on the one hand there could be several scenes with her as a dead body. We haven’t seen how Jamie, Trystane etc react, they could turn back to Dorne, or if they carry on to KL there would be scenes of Cersei going mad over her death.

      on the other hand they did leave themselves wriggle room by how the death scene was shot and they did show us Bronn earlier escaping death by poison.

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    74. So Nell Tiger Free is coming back to Belfast.. Obviously to stop D&D from making this poor sap play her corps.

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    75. Couldn’t they use kristitan nairn and make him look younger…

      I thought of Robert when I saw his picture… But Robert was a fit grand man prior to being King.
      Could be someone from the books I don’t know because I haven’t read them.

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    76. SJH,

      Me too! Of course when I see ‘Walder’, the Freys immediately come to mind, with their Walders and Waldas to infinity. I’m not sure how common a name it would be outside of that family usage? There’s definitely a reason for the ‘Hodor’, and I do hope we find out what that is (books/shows/both), and not have them just leave it as a mystery that goes untold. 🙂

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    77. LordDavos,

      Yes, a funeral could be the reason for NTF being listed as a cast-member for SE6, however I do not quite grasp why they wouldn’t have done that in the schedule for SE5 to save money which an actress flying to Belfast to work there will inevitably cost.

      Maybe they already had planned to do that, but it didn’t work out so now they need to shoot those scenes after SE5. My problem with that is, that it’s way to complicated and even expensive to let NTF travel to Belfast, for which she will possibly even need another visa to work there, apparently just to film scenes they could have easily accomplished by using a doll-replica of her if it really would be just for a funeral. It’s so complicated for such an otherwise easily managable effort that it raises suspicion, at least on my part. Maybe I’m just horribly wrong and it all makes much more sense than I give it credit for ..

      Then again, NTF stating that she is currently starring as Myrcella, that she was cast to replace another actress for just about 3 major scenes plus taking into account her current book-situation doesn’t clarify anything either. Maybe really Myrcella ex machina appears and the HBO guide is wrong for once, who knows.

      It’s in the realm of possibilities at least.

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    78. One thing’s for sure, the first episode of season six will get the highest ratings ever. It’s not just the Jon question, people will want to find out what happens for certain to Stannis, myrcella, Sansa, Theon and Dany. There were a lot of deliberate cliffhangers.
      maybe there just wasn’t time to film the conclusion to Myrcella’s scenes. It does seem a waste of potential cutting her story off like that.

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    79. Charles Dance, who is surely more expensive, was brought back for a next-season corpse scene, so you can’t argue that it’s crazy for NTF’s corpse scene to not have been handled amidst season 5’s shoot.

      Now the actress showing up early in Belfast for what must be preparation — that’s the aspect that could be meaningful. Depending upon what they do in these weeks before shooting actually begins, it could be necessary nonetheless (fitting for a shroud?!) or indicative of a continuing role.

      They’re bringing Jon back. If even one of the other 5 kills also turns out to not be dead, that will just seem cheap.

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    80. I think Stannis should stay dead. His story had a powerful run last season and the overall story seems to have moved on – Jon should be the northern focus, Mel was wrong.
      With Myrcella it’s a different story. The show has treated it differently to the book and we’ve seen that there could be a solution – someone on the boat with antidote. The books played did he didn’t he die games with another character which has been cut out of the show.

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    81. My best guess is Wymans youngest son, Pate or one of the Wildling kids.
      Robert was strong and brolic like Gendry growing up.
      Hodor just doesn’t make sense.
      And Dickon is the complete opposite of Samwell.
      Dark horse is young Sam but I would’ve used Sam and cgi’d him a bit. IMO

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    82. Louie V.,

      I doubt they would cast a 6′ tall actor as a young Sam since John Bradley is significantly shorter (although it’s all in who he’s standing next to, I suppose) Why do you not think Hodor makes sense? I think there’s potentially a significant story there. 🙂

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    83. Knight of Storm’s End: My problem with that is, that it’s way to complicated and even expensive to let NTF travel to Belfast, for which she will possibly even need another visa to work there

      Complicated? Expensive? Visa?

      You do realise that Belfast is in the UK? Nell Tiger Free is British. She wouldn’t need a visa, nor even a passport. You can get a flight to Belfast from most airports in England for fifty quid or less.

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