At the moment, there is no show whose secrets are under a tighter lock and key than “Game of Thrones,” the HBO hit that is plotting a Season 7 that will hopefully begin wrapping up the saga in satisfying fashion. But in order to make a show, you have to cast actors — and in order to find those actors, you have to tell casting directors whether you’re looking for tall athletic warriors or tiny, demure princesses. As such, some hints have begun to emerge.
Although the Season 7 premiere is many months away, a “Game of Thrones” casting breakdown has leaked that explains many of the show’s new characters. Since the series has now surpassed the books, even the most ardent fans don’t know what to expect — so, let’s take a look at nine new reported roles and see what it tells us about upcoming adventures in Westeros. (Note: All comments in the “Description” sections are excerpted from the fansite “Watchers on the Wall.”)
Description: “In the age range 40 – 55. He’s a senior military officer, and they’re looking for a white actor who uses the British RP accent. The actor is needed for the week of September 6th.”
What it tells us: It’s generally believed that this character will be of an upper-class, based on the accent. Most likely, he will be a King’s Landing resident — and the “needed for the week” part makes us think he probably won’t be on the show long, so we’re guessing he’ll be beheaded. Because on “GoT,” that just seems to be the predominant cause of death.
Description: “In his 60’s. He’s a venerable priest with moral authority and gravitas. The show is seeking a white actor, using an RP accent, with a characterful face for this part. He’s scheduled to shoot one week, from September 22nd.”
What it tells us: First off, the word “characterful” is delightful and should be used more often. But beyond that, this role seems to have some of the same basics as General, meaning that the two parts could be in scenes together and will likely also be in King’s Landing. It’s also interesting how the description reads more than a bit like Jonathan Pryce’s masterful recent turn as High Sparrow (RIP), making this unnamed character feel like a counterbalance.
Description: “In the 35 – 45 age range. The character is a tough-looking bruiser with the attack skills of a pit bull, and the actor needs to be great at fighting. He has a ‘considerable’ amount of dialogue as well. It’s described as an ‘excellent part for a top-end actor.’ Helpful clues in the description? We know it’s not a Dothraki character as the actor for the role is required to be white, and they’re asking for a neutral and non-posh English accent. This role is currently scheduled to shoot in October.”
What it tells us: This is a big part, and reads like a hybrid between the dearly-departed characters of Ned Stark and Khal Drogo. Look for him to be a breakout character in Season 7, and for the role to quite possibly go to an established star.
We know what you’re thinking, and we’re thinking the same thing — unfortunately, Vin Diesel seems just a tad too old. But, we do hear he’d be willing to grow a beard for the part.
Role: Gate Guard
Description: “In his 20’s. The character is described as a ‘Confident, characterful, straight-talking Northern lad with a great face to play across a very excellent series of scenes.’ They’re looking someone with wit, timing, and charisma. He’s currently scheduled to film between mid-October and mid-November.”
What it tells us: Fans are speculating that this role (and the one below) could be used in flashbacks, which are becoming more prominent as Bran’s warging looks at the “Game of Thrones” story in its totality.
Role: City Guard
Description: “In his 30’s. The show is casting for a city guard who intercepts a suspicious-looking person on his nightly patrol. They require an RP accent for this one. He’s set to shoot for a week in mid-October.”
What it tells us: Sorry, dude. Reading over this description, we’re far more interested in who this “suspicious-looking person” is.
Description: “In his 40’s. The merchant appears at an inn on a busy evening. They’re seeking a character actor, for a non-combatant role. His appearance is more open, including ethnicity/race. That suggests a character appearing somewhere in Essos or a place we’ve never been before, since Daenerys is now on the move. This part is scheduled to shoot the first week of November.”
What it tells us: An innkeeper who provides the Mother of Dragons with a place to lay her head? Another soon-to-be loyal soldier, swept up in Dany’s cult of personality? Or maybe it’s just the guy referred to in this scene, finally hoping to track down his elusive wares.
Role: Lovely Lady
Description: “The show is casting for an attractive young courtesan who is sure of her own mind. It’s described as a ‘good speaking part’ and casting notes that full nudity is required for the role. Similar to the merchant, the lovely lady’s physical appearance is open, indicating this role is for somewhere on Essos, or at a new location. She’s scheduled to shoot for one week in early October.”
What it tells us: Some casting director is about to get a glimpse of a whole lot of naked people, and it seems quite reasonable that Peter Dinklage may soon land a new love interest. But if the show wants to keep Emilia Clarke happy, maybe they could change this role to “Lovely Dude.”
Role: Young Lord
Description: “In his late 20’s. He’s a tall, handsome young lord, and the show is looking for a white actor who uses the RP accent. He’s scheduled to shoot in the week commencing September 20th.”
What it tells us: Again, an affluent character likely residing in King’s Landing. Also, based on the fates of Joffrey, Tommen and other young lords, we probably shouldn’t get too attached to the guy.
Description: “In his 20’s. The character is described as an athletic, physically fit, and disciplined warrior. Appearance-wise, they’re looking for someone not white, with Middle Eastern descent mentioned. This bears the hallmarks of a Dothraki character description. He’s set to shoot several days across three weeks, between mid-September and mid-November.”
What it tells us: You can never have too many Dothraki, and after the events of Season 6, their numbers have dwindled considerably. Would it be possible to bring back Jason Momoa and just have him wear an eyepatch and play Drogo’s long-lost cousin?