Change is coming — to the set of “Game of Thrones,” that is.
The HBO original series, named the most viewed show in June 2016, has added eight new roles to it’s impressively large cast roster. Spoiler group “Watchers on the Wall” was able to obtain titles and descriptions for each of the roles. It remains unclear, however, who will be playing the new characters.
According to the group, “Game of Thrones” is adding a priest, a warrior, a gate guard, a city guard, a merchant, a lovely lady, a young lord and a lieutenant to it’s cast. The descriptions for each can be found HERE. As a writer a WinterIsComing.Net points out, most of the roles appear to be smaller ones. The young lord and lieutenant, however, may bring more to the table than their descriptions suggest.
The site speculates that the young lord, described as a “tall, handsome” man in his late 20s, may be Aurane Waters — Cersei Lannister’s (Lena Headey) undoing in the book “A Feast for Crows.” The controversial queen makes the mistake of trusting Aurane, naming him Master of Ships. The only hangup? In the books Aurane’s character is a bastard, not a lord. Additionally, Winter is Coming suggests that the Lieutenant may be a new addition to Daenerys’ (Emilia Clarke) inner circle. The actor description calls for you 20-something who is “athletic, physically fit and disciplined warrior,” which is precisely Khaleesi’s type.
While new stars gear up to make their “Game of Thrones” debut, existing cast members are just trying to survive to the show’s end in Season 8. During a recent interview with The Wrap, Kit Harington — who plays Westeros’ much beloved bastard — revealed that he feels Jon Snow is safe. He explained that this thinking stems from his character’s shocking revival in Season 5, telling the publication that it would be “bad storytelling” to bring him back just to kill him again. Additionally, Harington said that Jon has a lot he’s yet to discover — namely the fact that the R+L=J theory is true, meaning that he’s half Targaryen — and he’s hopeful Jon will be around long enough to do so.
“Here’s the thing: I feel like one of the safest people on ‘Thrones’ now,” he said. “Maybe I shouldn’t say that. He could die next season but I felt very safe this season. Because if I come back to life in episode two, it would be awful storytelling to kill me in episode four. So I felt a bit cocky this season.”
Harington is one of few people certain about anything heading into the final two seasons of “Game of Thrones.” Little is known about Season 7 or Season 8 at this time, though fans have come up with several theories about both based on the Season 6 finale.
When the credits rolled on the last new episode of “Game of Thrones,” Cersei had just been named Queen of the Seven Kingdoms and was seated on the Iron Throne, much to the confusion of her brother/boyfriend Jamie Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau). Jon was named King of the North after defeating Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon) and his younger sister, Arya Stark (Maisie Williams), made headway on her kill list. Many speculate that Daenerys, who is making her way toward Westeros, will face-off with Cersei and dethrone her — but with confirmation of the R+L=J theory, it is Jon who is the rightful heir to the Iron Throne. It is also rumored that Arya will complete her list — or, at the very least, cross of a few more names, and reunite with Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) and her brother Jon.
As for how the series as a whole may end, some believe that Samwell Tarley (John Bradley) is the key to the “Game of Thrones” conclusion. Based on a fan theory, the show is modeled after “Lord of the Rings” and Samwell — like Sam — will be tasked with writing down the many adventures of his far more handsome and adventurous best friend, as well as the many other happenings in the kingdoms. Another possibility is that Gilly’s (Hannah Murray) son, Sam, will be the one left in charge of this important job.