First up in this week’s Game of Thrones news via EW, Maisie Williams accepted the series entry into the 2016 Guinness Book of World Records for airing the largest simultaneous broadcast (173 countries) of a television drama — Season 5’s “The House of Black and White.” Williams had already planned to make her own bid for a world record by making a plane jump for charity, but the skydive was postponed due to “British weather.”
***Spoiler Warning! The following casting news and speculation may contain both show and book spoilers. Read ahead at your own risk.***
In other news, two Season 6 casting call descriptions have been matched with confirmed characters, and Watchers on the Wall speculates about the possibility of a Kingsmoot. A what?, non-readers may be wondering. It’s a word for the Ironborn custom of electing a new king when the old one dies. As it relates to the television series, we’re familiar with current Lord of the Iron Islands, Balon Greyjoy (Patrick Malahide) — father of Theon (Alfie Allen) and Yara (Gemma Whelan) aka Asha (books). If this speculation is correct, we can presume Balon’s in danger — book readers know (swipe ahead to see) in A Feast for Crows, Balon falls from a bridge and dies. End book spoiler. Putting together more detailed information on the Season 6 casting call for a pirate man:
“…a rugged pirate in his 30’s. He’s a tough sort with a violent temper. They require ‘a tall and rugged actor.’ This actor has to be able to stand up in a crowd and make himself heard because he’s got a lot of forceful dialogue in one scene with leading cast members. They’re searching for a man with a ‘sharp mind and machismo.’ This character shoots next week in Northern Ireland.”
WotW believes this character to be Euron Greyjoy, who wears a patch over his left eye and is nicknamed “Crow’s Eye.” As I’ve already suggested, a certain recently-released-from-his-television-contract actor
would be a perfect Euron, and already has experience playing a One-Eye.
*Updated 6:46 pm EST: WotW is reporting our dream is over (for the moment, anyway), however, a Danish actor has been cast (I consider that a semi-win). Pilou Asbæk (Lucy, The Borgias) will play Euron Greyjoy, and is said to have been filming on set in Northern Ireland, in a scene where a crowd cheered for Euron. (Is that a kingsMOOT point?)
And if indeed Euron is making an appearance, we could be in for a Kingsmoot.
Additionally, WotW says they’ve confirmed these two characters, matched with their casting call descriptions:
The savage Lord of Noble Northern House (“…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.”) is Smalljon Umber, and the frightening Lord of Northern Stronghold (“…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.”) is the new Lord Karstark, possibly Harrion, since Robb Stark executed Rickard (Steven Blount/John Stahl) for killing Martyn and Willem Lannister in Season 3’s “Kissed by Fire” (yeah, I barely remember that, either).
The final speculative tidbit comes via a fan who claims she met Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
at Belfast International Airport, and the actor told her he was heading out to film at a location he couldn’t name. She later found herself sitting next to him on her flight to Reykjavik, Iceland — where Game of Thrones has previously filmed Vale and Riverlands scenes. Make of that what you will.