It's going to be a long while before we get to start hearing solid details about Game of Thrones' seventh season, considering they're having to wait for winter to actually come before they can start filming. But what we can do in the meantime is speculate a whole bunch about what these newly revealed casting calls could mean. And hey, even though what's below is going to be more speculation than spoiler, considering that Game of Thrones is well and truly going into its endgame and is well beyond much of George R.R. Martin's books, here's your mandatory warning:
Got that? OK, plot the downfall of all your political opponents in a horrifying ball of flame, pour yourself a goblet of wine (it's never too early) and let's speculate! Wildly!
Fan site Watchers on the Wall has gotten their hands on a veritable bevy of casting calls for parts small and large in the next season of the show, and while they're vague as hell, we can still make some insinuations from them. Here's the list of casting calls:
- Priest, in his 60s. "He's a venerable priest with moral authority and gravitas. The show is seeking a white actor, using an RP accent, with characterful face for this part. He's scheduled to shoot one week, from September 22nd."
- Gate Guard, in his 20s. This character is a "Confident, characterful, straight-talking Northern lad with a great face to play across a very excellent series of scenes." He needs to have "wit, timing, and charisma". He'll film between mid-October and mid-November.
- Merchant, in his 40s. HBO wants a character actor for this part. He'll appear at an inn (the ubiquitous Inn at the Crossroads?) during a busy evening. They're open on his race and appearance. He'll shoot scenes during the first week of November.
- Lovely Lady. No age range is provided, but the role is described as "an attractive young courtesan who is sure of her own mind". The role is a "good speaking part". Again, the production is open regarding race and ethnicity. She'll shoot for a week in early October. Oh, and the part requires full nudity.
- Young Lord, in his late 20s. This guy is a tall, handsome young lord. The producers want a white actor with an RP accent. He's shoot scenes starting September 20.
- Lieutenant, in his 20s. The lieutenant is "an athletic, physically fit, and disciplined warrior". The producers want someone who isn't white. It sounds like they'd prefer someone of Middle Eastern descent. He'll shoot for several days across three weeks between mid-September and mid-November.
A quick note — an "RP accent" in this case means "received pronunciation", a standardised and plain (and these days, considered rather posh) English accent. In Game of Thrones' case, that usually means characters that are from the south of Westeros, and usually of the upper classes rather than your average Flea Bottom peasant.
But while this list is of mostly smaller parts, there's still some interesting roles in there. A priest in particular is interesting, especially if they're based in King's Landing, considering Cersei's just blown the Sept of Baelor to itty bitty pieces. There's unsurprisingly more action going on in Winterfell and the North, judging by calls for Northern-accented guardsmen. And, being Game of Thrones, of course there's a call for a nude courtesan. It wouldn't be Game of Thrones without one!
There is however, one extra call that might be of interest to book readers, for what appears to be a much more significant role than the ones above:
- Warrior, 35 — 45 years old. "The character is a tough-looking bruiser with the attack skills of a pit bull, and the actor needs to be great at fighting. He has a 'considerable' amount of dialogue as well. It's described as an 'excellent part for a top-end actor.'" They're looking for a white actor with a "neutral and non-posh English accent". The role will shoot through October.
This sounds like a major guest starring role, considering the pitch for top-end actors and it being described as having "considerable dialogue". Considering Daenerys is already on her way to Westeros (unlike the novels), could this be some version of Jon Connington?
In the books, Connington was the secret guardian of a young man claiming to be Aegon Targaryen, who had survived his family's downfall in Robert's Rebellion and returns to Westeros with Tyrion Lannister at his side to stake his claim on the throne. Considering there's not yet a casting call for someone who could fit Aegon's description yet, maybe the show keeps Connington as a supporter of Daenerys' claim once she arrives in Westeros. Maybe — and this is probably more likely — it's for another character entirely. Speculate away in the comments below!