[This post contains potential SPOILERS for Game of Thrones season 6]
What to expect from Game Of Thrones season 6 is a burning topic of speculation and debate for fans of the show and George R.R. Martin's A Song Of Ice And Fire novels alike. With the latest novel, The Winds Of Winter still in the works, the frantic scramble to uncover insider information has gained more momentum than ever before, as even stalwart book readers have lost the power of advance knowledge.
With the season 6 premiere still several months away, fans will be excited to hear that new plot and set details have been revealed, plus fresh casting news that Australian actress Essie Davis (The Babadook) is definitely on board among some other new faces. In addition, we now have an explanation for that cryptic casting call for players within an "acting troupe" and what Richard E. Grant's role will entail.
Watchers On The Wall has unveiled images and behind-the scenes-footage from the Spanish set in Girona, where filming is currently taking place. The aforementioned acting troupe is seen here, performing a parody production about the Westerosi royal family. Grant's character is the manager of the actors who also plays the part of King Robert Baratheon. Davis will play “The leading actress” who is Cersei Lannister's counterpart. The role is officially described as:
“in her early 40s, she’s an elegant actress with a traveling theatre company. Fun, charismatic, rum-drinking actress in the troupe.”
The production's versions of Margaery Tyrell and Sansa Stark have also been revealed as Eva Butterly and Eline Powell (Knights Of The Round Table: King Arthur). The troupe's storyline will reportedly be comprised of three episodes, and is thought to be taken from a teaser chapter released from The Winds Of Winter. The audacity of the troupe's subject matter is possibly a symbol of the ever-changing politics within the seven kingdoms. Following Joffrey's assassination and Cercei's naked walk of shame, the family has now become a target of both physical and verbal attacks.
The inclusion of this material is a good sign that the show's creators (David Benioff and D.B. Weiss) are in communication and simpatico with George R.R. Martin and his intentions for concluding his epic creation. And yet, as was seen with their plot deviations in season 5, Benioff and Weiss have taken a big risk with both the material and the fan base. Despite these concerns, the showrunners do have the advantage of (more than likely) finishing the show before the final book is released.
Hopefully, both parties have a similar endgame in mind, however different their routes for reaching that point may be.
Game of Thrones Season 6 will premiere on HBO in 2016.
Source: Watchers On The Wall