There have been three new role announcements in relation to season 6 of HBO’s Game of Thrones. Could one of these announcements give clues as to the direction the new season is headed?
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The first new Game of Thrones role goes to New Zealand actor Joe Naufahu. According to Deadline, Joe Naufahu has been cast in an, as yet, unnamed role in season 6 of Game of Thrones. Joe Naufahu is known for the role of Liscus in the Starz network’s Spartacus: Vengeance. All that is known about this new Thrones role is that there will be a “multi-episode arc.” We will keep you informed as news on this new Game of Thrones character develops.
The next new role for the upcoming season 6 of Game of Thrones is for a red priestess. Melanie Liburd has been cast in this role and, according to Deadline, Librud’s new role is “separate and different to the role of the red priestess, Melisandre, currently being played by Carice Van Houten. This news comes one week after the actress posted a picture of herself to her Instagram account with the message: “Flying back to London then on to Spain to film Game of Thrones. Holy *%#@ dreams actually do come true! I’m so excited I feel like jumping up and down!!”
Flying back to London then on to Spain to film Game Of Thrones. Holy *%#@ dreams actually do come true! I’m so excited I feel like jumping up and down!! #HBO #britactressinla #actress #fightforyourdreams #dreamjob #keeponkeepingon #neverstop #peaceout
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Considering many fans have been speculating that Melisandre arrived just in time at the Wall to heal Jon Snow after he was stabbed repeatedly by the Night’s Watch, this new role may indicate something to do with that theory. Mashable suggests that the role Liburd may be playing in Game of Thrones goes by the name of Kinvara. This is due to a previously leaked video of an audition tape for another actress auditioning for the role. This video tape has since been removed from Vimeo (where it was originally posted). However, there is a transcript of the video thanks to a Watchers on the Wall reader called Jared. According to Watchers on the Wall, Kinvara “visits with Tyrion and Varys in Meereen.” If the transcript is correct and Melanie Liburd is actually playing the role of Kinvara, it seems she will have little to do with Jon Snow and whether he lives or dies, and more to do with getting the people of Meeren to support Daenerys. You can view the full transcript for this allegedly leaked audition tape here. Audition tapes have been leaked in the past according to Watchers on the Wall and the dialogue used in that tape turned out to be actual dialogue for Game of Thrones, so it will be interesting to see if this speculation comes to fruition in season 6.
Also joining the cast of Game of Thrones in another secret new role is Robert Aramayo. Once again, Deadline made the announcement, and, once again, HBO is giving away little detail beyond his casting announcement. According to Deadline, Robert Aramayo will also be starring in HBO’s upcoming miniseries, Lewis and Clark.
Game of Thrones returns to HBO with season 6 in 2016.
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