It certainly is a bummer for fans that Game of Thrones, Season 7 will mark the beginning of the end for the hugely successful series. Add to that the fact that Seasons 7 and 8 will only have 13 episodes between them, and it already amounts to tragedy for fans who have spent so much time of their lives watching and waiting for the show since it first aired in 2011. The show has also gone ahead of the books having surpassed the plot line covered by George R.R. Martin, so fans have no concrete idea about what surprises David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are preparing to hurl at them the next time it airs.
While the announcement about the delay of Game of Thrones, Season 7 may have upset fans initially, it hasn’t kept the discerning from digging around, sniffing out every possible clue to come up with new information to speculate over. So now we have new leaks which have thrown a bone to those who care enough (read: most of living humanity), and given us a list of possible characters that the show may be casting for in the upcoming season. Let’s take a look at them.
The Warrior: This character has been described as being in the 35 – 45 age range with formidable fighting skills. The character will also have a considerable amount of dialogue, thus being an ‘excellent part for a top-end actor.’ The directors are apparently looking for a white actor with an RP accent, and the role is reportedly scheduled to begin shooting in October.
The Priest: Said to be “a venerable priest with moral authority and gravitas”, this character is expected to be around 60. The makers are reportedly looking for a caucasian actor with an RP accent. This character is scheduled to go on shoot one week from September 22.
The General: This character will be a senior military officer in the age range of 40 – 55. The actor playing it will require to go on shoot in the week of September 6.
The Lovely Lady: “The show is casting for an attractive young courtesan who is sure of her own mind. It’s described as a ‘good speaking part’ and casting notes that full nudity is required for the role. Similar to the merchant, the lovely lady’s physical appearance is open, indicating this role is for somewhere on Essos, or at a new location,” says the character description. This character is scheduled to go on shoot for one week in October.
The Gate Guard: A confident Northern young man of about 20, he will require to have “a great face to play across a very excellent series of scenes.” The directors are looking for someone with charm, wit and an excellent sense of timing. This character is scheduled for shooting sometime between October and November.
The City Guard: The makers are also looking to cast for a city guard with an RP accent who “intercepts a suspicious-looking person on his nightly patrol”. For obvious reasons, people are more interested to find out who the “suspicious-looking person” in the description could mean.
The Lieutenant: This character has been described as a disciplined warrior in his 20s. The directors are reportedly looking for an actor with ethnic looks to fit the character’s Middle Eastern profile. The actor playing this role will be shooting across several days over a span of three weeks between September and November.
The Merchant: The merchant, supposed to be in his 40s, will appear at an inn on a busy evening. According to reports, the makers are looking for a character actor whose appearance will be more open. This role is scheduled to go on shoot during the first week of November.
The Young Lord: The show is also casting for a tall, handsome young lord in his late 20s, for whom their preference is for a white actor with an RP accent. This character is scheduled to shoot sometime in late September.
Based on these suggestions, it is pretty difficult to guess at which direction the new characters will veer the story towards, or even where they will be placed within the story arc. However, we can be certain that they will help to add a new level of complexity to the show.