This article contains spoilers and theories related to Game of Thrones Season 6.
Cast sightings are pouring out of the various European cities that are playing host to the sixth season of Game of Thrones, and the latest round might surprise even the most jaded follower of the saga in Westeros.
According to Watchers On The Wall, fans captured photographs of actress Lena Headey on set and in costume. Despite repeated denials from the powers-that-be at HBO, the most recent of which came in August, it seems that Game of Thrones will return to Croatia for at least part of Season 6. Croatia has doubled for King’s Landing since Game of Thrones‘ first season.
Eagle-eyed fans also spotted Thor Björnsson on set with Headey. Björnsson’s character, Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane, received a mortal wound, but was saved from death and became Ser Robert Strong, a member of the King’s guard with blue tinged skin. It seems that Cersei is taking full advantage of having an undead bodyguard at her disposal. All of this information suggests that fans of Game of Thrones who love to hate Cersei Lannister will be forced to empathize with her once again as she grieves the loss of her middle child.
Speaking of characters that fans love to hate, fans spotted another Game of Thrones veteran on set recently. Sibel Kekilli, known to Game of Thrones fans as Shae, was seen on set with Conleth Hill in Peñiscola. Both actors were in costume, Kekilli in the drab, brown robes usually seen on former slaves in Meeren. Shae died in the Season 4 finale at the hands of her former lover, Tyrion Lannister, after she testified against him when he was falsely accused of poisoning King Joffrey.
On October 8, Deadline created a small frenzy among Game of Thrones fans when the website broke the news that British actress Melanie Liburd was cast to play a Red Priestess in the new season. The wording of the article led some fans to believe that Melanie Liburd would replace Carice Van Houten.
“Liburd’s casting would seem to indicate a new direction for the character, or at the very least a new incarnation. One Red Woman or Red Priestess had previously been played by Carice Van Houten, who embodied the form of Melisandre.”
But Melisandre fans needn’t worry. Liburd’s priestess is based in Meeren. In previous seasons, Melisandre has displayed great magical ability. No doubt the new red priestess will have magical gifts. Will she use them to play on Tyrion Lannister’s lingering grief over Shae’s death?
Game of Thrones is expected to return in April, 2016, on HBO.
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