Ever since Game of Thrones formally began production on its seventh season last month, there have been occasional reports about casting of new characters for the show. Some of them - such as that of Jim Broadbent joining the cast - turned out to be true, while others, like the supposed casting of Angela Lansbury, were eventually denied by all involved.
Still, the series is likely going to be exploring new realms of Westeros in the coming season, from Oldtown to various spots along the the Khaleesi’s planned invasion route, and that most likely means quite a few new, never-before-seen characters. We’ve already heard reports about the casting call sheet of the new season, and now we have a new report of two actors who have been added to the cast.
According to the Game of Thrones fan site Watchers on the Wall, citing agency CVs, Joseph Quinn will be appeared on the show as a character named “Koner,” while Irish actor Paul Ward will be appearing in the new season in an unnamed role. Quinn is British, while Ward is Irish.
Quinn, best known for the BBC series Dickensian, while Ward has had small guest appearances in both Vikings and Penny Dreadful. There’s not much clue as to what characters the two new actors will be playing; the site suggests that perhaps one or two both parts fit with previously announced casting notices for guards, lords and other new characters. The name of Quinn’s character isn’t much of a clue, as there’s no character named “Koner” in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, nor in any ancillary material to date.
Unless you’re a die-hard fan of the shows that they appeared in, neither Quinn nor Ward is a particularly familiar name, although it’s worth noting that the vast majority of actors who have excelled on Game of Thrones, even in relatively major roles, were less than well-known to general audiences prior to their involvement in the show.
There are certainly enough bit-parts in each new Game of Thrones season that both Ward and Quinn could be playing very minor characters, but it's worth keeping an eye out for them both when the show returns next year. Hopefully there will be a few more major casting reveals between now and then.
Game of Thrones returns on HBO in the summer of 2017.
Source: Watchers on the Wall