The moment the credits rolled on Game of Thrones’ Season 6 and we picked our jaws up off the floor, fans began speculating about Season 7. Will Daenerys take Westeros? Will Arya go through her hit list? What in seven hells is going to happen next?
No one knows for certain. But at least, now, we can start with the wild theories.
Watchers on the Wall recently posted casting news for the upcoming season, which will be airing in the summer, rather than its typical April release. It gives us a list of what to expect when we’re expecting dragons and White Walkers.
General, in the age range 40 – 55. He’s a senior military officer, and they’re looking for a white actor who uses the British RP accent. The actor is needed for the week of September 6th.
Priest, in his 60’s. 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.
Warrior, in the 35 – 45 age range. 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.” Helpful clues in the description? We know it’s not a Dothraki character as the actor for the role is required to be white, and they’re asking for a neutral and non-posh English accent. This role is currently scheduled to shoot across October.
Gate Guard, in his 20’s. The character is described as a “Confident, characterful, straight-talking Northern lad with a great face to play across a very excellent series of scenes.” They’re looking someone with wit, timing, and charisma. He’s currently scheduled to film between mid-October and mid-November.
City Guard, in his 30’s. The show is casting for a city guard who intercepts a suspicious-looking person on his nightly patrol. They require an RP accent for this one. He’s set to shoot for a week in mid-October.
Merchant, in his 40’s. The merchant appears at an inn during a busy evening. They’re seeking a character actor, for a non-combatant role. His appearance is more open, including ethnicity/race. That suggests a character appearing somewhere in Essos- or a place we’ve never been before, since Daenerys is now on the move. This part is scheduled to shoot the first week of November.
Lovely Lady. Ah yes, what would Game of Thrones be without its courtesans and nudity. 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. She’s scheduled to shoot for one week in early October.
Young Lord in his late 20’s. He’s a tall, handsome young lord, and the show is looking for a white actor who uses the RP accent. He’s scheduled to shoot in the week commencing September 20th.
Lieutenant, in his 20’s. The character is described as an athletic, physically fit, and disciplined warrior. Appearance-wise, they’re looking for someone not white, with Middle Eastern descent mentioned. This bears the hallmarks of a Dothraki character description. He’s set to shoot several days across three weeks, between mid-September and mid-November.
As a reader of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series, I’m looking for characters who have not yet appeared in the show: Are the Young Lord and the General the characters of Griff and Young Griff—who are about to become game-changers in the game of thrones? Seven gods, I hope so.
The Priest could be a character in Oldtown, where Samwell Tarly is about to start his maester training—Archmaester Marwyn, perhaps? she says, reaching. The Lovely Lady could have been one of the many courtesans in Braavos, but the action has shifted away from the port town, so I’m uncertain about that.
Note that “nudity is required” of the female actress. Of course it is.
As for the Merchant, Warrior, Guards, Lieutenant, I doubt that they have counterparts in the novels, at least, not that we’ve seen. The good thing about Game of Thrones is that we’re never sure where what path the show will take ...
... we just know it’s going to take someone to the Iron Throne. Even if we don't know who.