Game of Thrones has been my recent nightly obsession…
Here’s a little sneak peak into next season!
Summer is over and with the fading daylight also fades our memories of a time when Game of Thrones was on HBO every Sunday. Yes, the TV series based off of George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire novel series caught up with the books (sorta) at the end of last season, suggesting the show might be forging its own path (at least where Jon Snow is concerned).
The TV show films in multiple international locations and production on the new season has already begun, which means casting details have begun to give us a look into the future of the series.
Strangely, it is looking like a lot of the “past” from the books. Game of Thrones might be looping back to some previous source material with some storylines, particularly those of Brienne (Gwendolyn Christie) and the Greyjoy family who might be playing out plot points from previous books. All of this is entirely based on casting guesses and the newest book The Winds of Winter isn’t out yet, so all speculation does come from the books that are already out. That doesn’t mean that some of these guesses seem so right that expecting a Kingsmoot may not be foolhardy.
Possible light speculation spoilers. For those of you that haven’t read any of the books and want to remain unsullied: exit now.
Deadwood’s Ian McShane has been cast in a small but memorable role in the upcoming season, but no one knows for sure just what character he is playing. There was room for Randyll Tarly, father of Sam, on the casting list and we know that Sam and Gilly were headed to Old Town at the end of season five, but the prevailing theory among Game of Thrones fans is that McShane is a bit too old to be playing Randyll Tarly. Instead, fans suggest McShane would be best served by filling the role of Septon Meribald, a character that Brienne comes across in A Feast For Crows. Meribald is an old warrior turned Septon and wouldn’t be more than a brief appearance, so it makes sense. The character also has a particularly meaty monologue, according to book readers, called “the broken man” monologue and who wouldn’t want to see Ian McShane sink his teeth into that?
Ian McShane might not be a Tarly, but that doesn’t mean we won’t see Sam’s family pop up next season. Entertainment Weekly got to report that UnREAL star Freddie Stroma will be Dickon Tarly in season six. Since Samwell Tarly was sent to The Wall, his younger brother Dickon is the heir to House Tarly.
Added in a similarly small but memorable role (and really it’s a bit late in the Game for large unmemorable roles) is veteran actor Max Von Sydow who will be taking over as the new Three-Eyed Raven. The character was first seen for a brief shot at the end of Bran’s storyline in season four, but then Bran and his crazy visions took an entire year off. When we rejoin the obviously magic Stark up North, his mentor will now be a dirtied up Max Von Sydow. Expect Bran’s training and abilities to eventually extend beyond warging, and Von Sydow will be the one to teach him. Hopefully Bran’s new abilities open up new avenues for flashbacks or narrative cutaways, because we all want to know who Jon Snow’s father was.
We’ll likely be having a few flashbacks after season five introduced that as a narrative possibility. One of the most unlikely origin stories that we might see this upcoming season is something involving the part-giant Hodor before he was Hodor. In the book A Game of Thrones, the character Old Nan reveals that Hodor wasn’t always called that, but was named Walder before he only said Hodor. In the casting for the sixth season, this particular description seems to suggest a young Hodor:
Large Boy (10 – 12)
Aged 10-12 but plays as younger – a clever boy who seems too large for his character’s age of 7-8 years old. An unusually big young boy – not fat – but remarkably tall and physically powerful for his age. We need characterful squat features.
This is a terrific part in this new season. It’s a complicated part with great acting demands. A one-off acting opportunity for a very smart and talented boy of an unusual physical type.
It’s interesting that he’s described as clever when he’s 10-12 years old as the Hodor we’ve seen on screen thus far, uh, doesn’t. With that casting call were parts for a 7-year old and a 12-year old boy that the internet suspects will be Young Ned and Young Benjen. What do these two have to do with Hodor? Looks like we’ll find out next year.
House Greyjoys didn’t make an appearance in season five, but they’re sure to be back in the narrative for season six. Remember the leeches burned by Meliessandre way back when she had Gendry (still rowing, Gendry)? One of those leeches was for Rob Stark, the second was for Joffery and the third was for Balon Greyjoy, Theon’s father. Technically, Balon is the final king left alive in the War of the Five Kings since Stannis got offed by Brienne in the finale of season five.
In the books, Balon had already died by this point in the narrative, so most people suspect to see his death in season six. Thus far, it looks like it’s going to happen, including the Kingsmoot – the process of deciding on a new leader for House Greyjoy after Balon’s death – which puts Euron Greyjoy on the throne. HBO has admitted that they’ve cast a Euron Greyjoy in Danish actor Pilou Asbæk. Game of Thrones fans in Europe claim the Kingsmoot has already been filmed and Yara (Gemma Whelan) was present.