As much as we rave and bitch and argue over where Game of Thrones has been and is headed, the HBO series is still going strong. Ratings are through the roof, and Season 5 gained viewers in the coveted 18-49 range. Despite disappointment over certain episodes, and public declarations of quitting, most of us are already curious about what direction showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss will take. Although some Season 6 casting calls are immediately recognizable, their rewriting of book history may mean some are not. Here are the latest Season 6 notices, via Watchers on the Wall; they’ve noted that specifically Irish or Northern Irish residents are being sought. I’ve made a couple of guesses at who some of these might be, but I anxiously await my fellow viewers’ speculation.
***Spoiler Warning: If correct, this information is obviously spoilerish, and there may be Season 5 information discussed therein.
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.” (Possibility: Ser Arthur Dayne?)
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.” (Possibility: Tytos Blackwood? Others are speculating a recast Jon Umber)
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.” (Some are speculating Wyman Manderly, though the character description doesn’t exactly fit.)
Qhogo and Akrat: (Mixed ethnicity or other non-white actors sought.) “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.” (Obviously Dothraki — presumably part of the group surrounding Dany.)
Rumor has it that Jaime Lannister will head to the Riverlands, possibly running into Lachlan’s band…
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.”
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.”
Head to WotW for a few more minor role descriptions, including a Housemaid, a Submissive Maester, Patriarch, Hunter, and Green Recruit, as well as a few sympathisers.