Whether you are a fan of HBO’s Game of Thrones, or a hardcore fan of both the show and author George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” book series, suffice to say that we have, collectively, reached a junction point where things are getting mighty interesting, indeed. With the conclusion of GoT season 5 several weeks ago, the HBO series has officially burned through almost all of the main storylines that Martin has published in his five “Song of Ice and Fire” books, while also presenting viewers with material that the books haven’t even gotten to, yet.
More than ever, the entire “Song of Ice and Fire” / Game of Thrones fanbase is wondering how the show can complete its seven (or more) seasons without completely ruining the experience of reading the books, an issue that show producers admit could soon arise. Today’s latest string of Game of Thrones season 6 character news (and a supposed episode excerpt) certainly seem to suggest a lot about what the upcoming sixth book, “Winds of Winter” could offer readers – so beware of POSSIBLE SPOILERS for both the show and books, when reading what’s below.
Game of Thrones Season 6 Character Descriptions
We already got a taste of some new characters being introduced in Game of Thrones season 6, but today brings us a bigger batch. As revealed by the fan site, Watchers on the Wall:
Qhogo and Akrat: They’re seeking mixed ethnicity or other non-white actors for the roles. The successful young warriors need to be tall, confident, with swagger and linguistic bravado. It’s noted that the actors will have to speak in a fictional language. I think it’s safe to say that these are Dothraki.
When we last saw Daenerys Targaryen, her most fearsome dragon, Drogon, had saved her from the assassination attempt by the Sons of the Harpy during the re-opening of the Meereen fighting pits. As Drogon sat wounded, Daenerys was encircled by the largest riding army of Dothraki we’ve ever seen on the show.
In the fifth book, “A Dance with Dragons”, Daenerys ends up in largely the same place. She was left with Drogon, wandering the plains – only instead of Dothraki lords named Qhogo and Akrat, she was approached by Khal Jhaqo, the warrior who ousted her from power as Khaleesi, following Khal Drogo’s death. No telling if Qhogo and Akrat will lead us back to more familiar Dothraki faces, or will be the main figureheads for the warrior tribe.
Bower: He is a powerless servant, numb to the horror he serves. He’s filming around one of the days that below “outlaw band” members are so he may be connected to them. He is required to have a Northern or Midland English accent and appears in one episode.
Lachlan: He’s the big leader of a group of renegades who have turned on the land that they swore to protect. They’re now extorting the poor and vulnerable. He appears in 2 episodes in season 6.
Flynn: He’s part of an outlaw band. The group is using religion to justify terrorizing and extorting what they need from the people of the countryside. He appears in 2 episodes in season 6. He appears to be part of Lachlan’s band.
Japeth: Another member of the outlaw band is this lieutenant. He’s a “rough-and-ready type” with a strong physical presence, also appearing two episodes.
It’s been a speculated that this outlaw band could be roaming the Riverlands, a place that Jaime Lannister tours in the fourth book “A Feast for Crows” in order to broker peace between the Lannisters and the last of Robb Stark’s allies, including Catelyn Stark’s uncle, Brynden “The Blackfish” Tully. In “A Dance of Dragons” Jaime learns that lawless gangs swearing allegiance to no banner are prowling the Riverlands – which sounds exactly like what Bower, Lachlan and company are doing. They could be in the north, but the use of religious dogma suggests the southern religion of “The Seven” rather than the Old gods of the North.
The question is, how does Jaime from the TV series get from a Dorne ship (holding a dying daughter) to the Riverlands? Will Cersei banish him for failing Myrcella? It would better explain Jaime’s ronin life thereafter – and his eventual reunion with Brienne of Tarth, who could very well be fleeing toward the Riverlands and the protection of house Tully, with Sansa and Reek/Theon in her company. That would be a smart streamlining of the books, for sure.
Legendary Fighter: A man in his thirties or forties who is a great swordsman and a paragon of knighthood. He carries a hugely famous sword on his back. The show is seeking a very impressive swordsman for the role- the best in Europe, for a week of filming fight scenes for a season 6 role. His ethnicity/race isn’t specified, unlike many other roles.
This could be anything. Without knowing the details of “Winds of Winter” this could be an upcoming character from that book, or a new one invented for the show.
Lord of Noble Northern House: (Casting age anywhere between 25-50) The lord is a savage warrior, and he rules a distinguished house in the very far North, and the role is said to be an impactful one. He’s described as a massive bear of a man with a beard and temper to match, and hatred that run deep, and he can be violent. The show’s looking for someone with a powerful physique who can tower over other cast members, a Northern English Accent and specifies he has to be at least 180 cm tall. The role will be on 2 episodes.
Lord of Northern Stronghold: The show’s looking for an actor in his late thirties or forties to play another lord, one that’s ruthless and calculating. The frightening lord rules a vassal household with a castle stronghold. He’ll be in 3 episodes this year, with 20 days of filming this summer and fall.
Speculation is that these characters are part of the Northern resistance, who could rally around Sansa and/or Rickon Stark to finally take on the Boltons. For fans of the books, it’s specifically hinted that these characters could potentially be Lord John Umber (recast from the previous actor who played him in early seasons), and Lord Wyman Manderly of White Harbor, a false ally of Roose Bolton who secretly tasks Davos Seaworth to find Rickon Stark. It could very well be different characters, but it’s expected they’ll be Northern lords, nonetheless.
Housemaid: She’s the motherly nanny (with a tight whip) to a large household.
The show wants an actress between the ages of 45-65 with a Northern English Accent. She’ll be in 2 episodes.
Father: He’s tough and old, an alpha male patriarch. The show is looking for a man with a Northern English Accent. He appears in one episode and has 2 lines.
These sound like members of the Northern houses or community that we’ll possibly encounter as part of the Sansa/Theon/Brienne escape story.
Hunter: He’s a rough army officer on the hunt appearing in an action scene with main cast, in one episode.
Submissive Maester: The show’s casting a maester in his twenties- a timid young maester. He’s decent but has trouble standing up to others. He appears in one episode in season 6.
Green Recruit: A young man with one line and one day of filming in August.
Sympathiser 1, 2 & 3: These are rough military types, with a day of filming.
Game of Thrones always needs a few good red shirts for fodder, right? The only standout in this list of potential victims is the “Submissive Maester.” In the books, a maester named Kerwin who matches that description is accompanying Victarion Greyjoy (Theon’s Militant uncle, pictured above) on his voyage to find Daenerys Targaryen.
It doesn’t end well for Kerwin when Victorian thinks the maester is poisoning him on the order of Euron Greyjoy, Victarion’s pirate brother. It’s widely expected that Game of Thrones could combine Euron and Victarion into one character, so Kerwin will probably die by their combined hand – likely in sacrifice to the Lord of Light, as Victarion becomes believer in the flame god.
Scene: Tyrion, Varys & The Red Priestess
Also via Watchers on the Wall, here’s a supposed scene from Season 6, where Tyrion and Varys welcome a new red priestess into Meereen:
Herald: “You stand in the presence of Kinvara, High Priestess of the Red Temple of Volantis, the Flametruth, the light of wisdom, the first servant of the Lord of the Light.”
Tyrion: “Welcome to Meereen. That’s about the extent of my Valyrian. Do you mind if we continue in Common?”
Tyrion: “Thank you for traveling all this way. I know from personal experience how uncomfortable the journey can be. The truth is, we need your help. Our hope is that we can persuade you to, to …”
Kinvara: “You want my priests to convince the Meereenese that the city’s conqueror is the people’s savior.”
Tyrion/Varys: “We prefer liberator to conqueror.”
Kinvara: “You don’t have to persuade me of anything. I came to help. Daenerys Stormborn is the One Who Was Promised. From the fire, she was reborn…to remake the world.”
Kinvara: “She freed the slaves from their chains and crucified the Masters for their sins.”
Tyrion/Varys: “She did indeed.”
Kinvara: “Her dragons are fire made flesh. A gift from the Lord of Light. But you’ve heard all of this before, haven’t you? On the Long Bridge of Volantis? The dragons purify nonbelievers by the thousands, burning their sins and flesh away.”
Tyrion/Varys: “Ideally, we’d avoid purifying many non-believers. The Mother of the Dragon has followers from many different faiths.”
Kinvara: “You want your queen to be worshiped and obeyed. And while she’s gone, you want her advisors to be worshiped and obeyed.”
Tyrion: “I’d settle for obeyed.”
Read More of the scene HERE.
Game of Thrones season 6 airs in spring 2016.
Sources: Watchers on the Wall,