Game of Thrones Casting Call Hints at New Characters
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The casting call for season six of Game of Thrones, HBO’s much loved (and hated) adaptation of George R. R. Martin’s epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire, has gone out and some of the descriptions hint at some major characters being introduced. As fan site Watchers on the Wall notes, HBO has stopped naming the characters they are casting, but the descriptions can still give the characters away. Here are three notable ones via Watchers on the Wall:
Pirate, man in his 40’s to late 50’s. He’s “an infamous pirate who has terrorized seas all around the world. Cunning, ruthless, with a touch of madness.”He’s a dangerous-looking man. A very good part this season.”
This is almost certainly Euron Greyjoy, Theon’s uncle, who in the books has been exiled and travels the world as a pirate before coming back after Balon dies. (Many believe Euron hires someone to kill Balon.) His “dangerous” appearance includes an eyepatch that covers a “black eye shining with malice.” In the books, he arrives with a dragon-binding horn and gets the Iron Islanders to start raiding the rest of Westeros.
Father. Aged 50’s to 60’s, he’s one of the greatest soldiers in Westeros- a humorless martinet, severe and intimidating. He demands martial discipline in the field and in his home. It’s described as “a very good part” for next year and that he’s “centrally involved” in a protagonist’s storyline.
Watchers on the Wall suspect this is Sam’s abusive and awful father, Randyll Tarly. Randyll Tarly is not a huge figure in the books, but he has been mentioned a lot on the show, including by Stannis this season. It would make sense that the show would involve Sam’s family, since he is such a central character.
Priest, in his 40’s or 50’s. A gruff ex-soldier who found religion. Now a no-nonsense rural priest who ministers to the poor of the countryside. He’s salt-of-the-earth man who has weathered many battles.
This is very likely to be Septon Meribald, a fairly minor character who is a huge fan favorite. He’s also involved with a character who seems to be the Hound. He gives this fan-loved speech: