With Season 6 of HBO’s Game of Thrones potentially branching out into uncharted territory, news has been coming in thick and fast about the show. Here’s the latest news on all the most recent castings in Game of Thrones.
WARNING: This article could contain potential spoilers for people who have read the book series Game of Thrones is based on, the Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin. Please proceed with caution.
As already reported by the Inquisitr, Australian actor, Essie Davis, has joined the cast of Game of Thrones. She will be a member in a theatrical troupe that appears in Season 6 to perform and — most likely — poke fun at the royal characters they will be portraying in a production called The Bloody Hand. Essie Davis will be playing the theatrical version of Cersei Lannister. Here’s hoping Cersei (played by Lena Headey) doesn’t demand Essie’s character be put to death for portraying her.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Max von Sydow has been cast as the Three-Eyed Raven. This will most likely tie into Bran Stark’s (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) storyline that laid dormant through Season 5. The last time Game of Thrones fans saw the Three-Eyed Raven was back in Season 4 and, at the time, the character was played by Struan Rodger.
Another recent casting that is shrouded in mystery is that of Richard E. Grant. Entertainment Weekly reported he has been cast in “undisclosed roles”. Den of Geek reported that Game of Thrones fan Site, Watchers on the Wall, noticed Grant’s online resume had been updated to include his role on Game of Thrones. Unfortunately, though, this listing has since been removed and fans are back to speculating which character he will play in Season 6. The Independent has stated that Richard E. Grant’s rep has confirmed Grant’s addition to Season 6 of Game of Thrones. The Independent speculated he could be playing either Maester Marwyn and Lord Redwyne but also pointed out that Grant could, potentially, match the following casting call, as well.
“Grand Theatre Actor/Manager (55 – 70) The larger-than-life leader of a troupe of actors. He specializes in portraying drunken aristocrats. He is a huge presence on stage and rather nasty to his company when off-stage.”
Den of Geek also announced the casting news that Freddie Stroma will be playing Samwell Tarly’s (John Bradley-West) younger brother, Dickon Tarly, in Season 6. The site suggested that “with Sam and Gilly sailing in a southward direction, perhaps a family reunion is in order?”
In other casting news, Ian McShane has also joined the cast of Game of Thrones. As yet, there is no news on which character he will be playing according to Variety. All that is known about McShane’s role is via a juicy snippet of information released by Entertainment Weekly. “[Ian McShane] has a relatively small amount of screen-time during the season, yet his character is of key importance.” Den of Geek, however, states that Ian McShane is likely to fill the role of Ser Randyll Tarly, which could tie in nicely with the previous casting news about Freddie Stroma and the Tarly family.
As of this writing, the final piece of casting news for Game of Thrones is that Pilou Asbæk will join the cast in Season 6 as Theon Greyjoy’s (Alfie Allen) uncle, Euron Greyjoy. Variety confirmed this casting news recently with the following statement.
“Euron Greyjoy is the uncle of Theon (Alfie Allen) and Yara (Gemma Whelan) and the younger brother of Balon Greyjoy (Patrick Malahide), Lord of the Iron Islands. In George R. R. Martin’s novels, Euron is a skilled warrior who captains a ship called the Silence, and is known for his tempestuous and unpredictable moods. If season six of “Thrones” follows the Greyjoy storyline from Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” novels, Asbæk’s Euron is likely to play a pivotal role in the series going forward.”
Game of Thrones will return to HBO for Season 6 in 2016.
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