Game of Thrones has one of largest cast of characters on television, which means that the show is at liberty to kill a good number of those characters off every season. Which the writers do, at an almost alarming pace.
Season 5 saw a large influx of new characters to replace the recently deceased and Season 6 is shaping up to be no different. Already we know Downton Abbey‘s James Faulkner is joining the series as Sam Tarly’s father, Randyll, and UnREAL‘s Freddie Stroma as Sam’s younger brother. Richard E. Grant and Essie Davis (The Babadook) have also been cast in more mysterious roles.
The latest to join Game of Thrones Season 6 is Joe Naufahu, who (according to Deadline) has been cast for a “multi-episode arc.” Little else is known about his character, but given Naufahu’s skin tone and penchant for playing muscled bruisers (Spartacus: War of the Damned, The Last Saint) there’s a strong chance he’s appearing as a Dothraki.
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.
Fierce Warrior: A tall man in 30’s or 40’s with a powerful physique. They’re looking for someone with “mixed ethnicity” for the role.
Since Naufahu is said to have been cast for a multiple episodes there’s a chance he’ll appear as either Quogo or Akrat; characters expected to be members of the Dothraki horde that descended upon Daenerys during the final moments of Season 5’s finale.
Then again, neither Qhogo or Akrat are the leaders of said khalasar – a role expected to be crucial in Daenerys’ upcoming arc. In the novels, it’s Khal Jhaqo who leads the khalasar that Daenerys meets out in the Dothraki Sea, but there’s been no word on this character so far. There’s a chance, then, that Naufahu is playing this Khal (which could be the same character as the aforementioned “Fierce Warrior”), making him easily important enough to warrant appearing over multiple episodes.
What do think of how the cast is shaping up for Game of Thrones season 6? Do you expect Joe Naufahu to play the Khal of this large khalasar, or another Dothraki? Let us hear what you’re thinking in the comments below!
Game of Thrones Season 6 will premiere on HBO in Spring 2016.