“Game of Thrones” chatter never stops. Last year at this time, we were still debating the mortality of Jon Snow. This year, as the final two seasons slowly approach (season seven won’t premiere until summer 2017), and as the series outpaces George R.R. Martin’s books, theories and guesses are flying and micro-news reports are emerging. Endgame is coming, and here’s a roundup of the latest “Game of Thrones” nuggets.
A GIRL IS TO BE ENVIED
Maisie Williams, the Emmy-nominated actress who plays Arya Stark, did some significant tweeting this week after she got a look at the season seven scripts.
Here are the highlights:
just finished reading season 7
just finished reading season 7— Maisie Williams (@Maisie_Williams) August 22, 2016
i'd start preparing yourselves now— Maisie Williams (@Maisie_Williams) August 22, 2016
scratch that, nothing will prepare you for this— Maisie Williams (@Maisie_Williams) August 22, 2016
holy BALLS— Maisie Williams (@Maisie_Williams) August 22, 2016
KHAL DROGO RETURNING? On Instagram, Khal Drogo actor Jason Momoa posted a photo of himself with the “GoT” showrunnners in Ireland, the home of “GoT” production.
Naturally, the photo, along with Momoa’s ongoing use of the hashtag #ALOHADROGO, has led to crazy rumors that Drogo will somehow rise from the dead next season, or at least appear in a flashback. Aloha does mean goodbye AND hello, after all. But I’m thinking no, probably not, we will not see Mr. Daenerys. Shooting hasn’t even begun on the season.
SNOW IS TALKING Emmy-nominated Kit Harington spoke to the Hollywood Reporter this week about the show that has been “this mammoth, Goliath event in my life.” His prediction for season seven: “It’s going to get very bleak.” Here’s the entire Harington quote:
“It’s important to stress at this point that I haven’t had any scripts, so this is all guesswork for me. I think it’s going to get very bleak before if there is a happy ending. If there’s any sort of win or heroic moment for Jon and everyone else. I think it’s going to get very dark before it gets better. I think what we might see this season is those White Walkers and that Army of the Dead really come into force. So that’s going to be exciting to see. I don’t know what it means. I think with the whole ‘winter is finally here’ business, it means everyone is going to have a really bad time.”
TICKETS TO PARADISE The realm will be rallied. You can already purchase tickets for next year’s Con of Thrones convention, a gathering for fans of “Game of Thrones.” It will be held in Nashville from June 30-July 2, 2017, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. Con of Thrones — that’s also the name of the event’s website — will include programs, panels, workshops, concerts, “GoT” creatives, and, of course, merch. By the way, “GoT” cosplay is welcome.
The “GoT” site WatchersOnTheWall.com has posted a list of roles being cast for season seven. The roles are vague, but, thanks to the site’s detailed analyses, there’s enough to get you thinking. Among the parts available, as described on the site:
#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 [Received Pronunciation] accent, with characterful face for this part.
#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.”
#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 full nudity is required for the role.
CERSEI SCOOP In an interview with Deadline, “GoT” showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss shared some spoilery information (so spoiler alert).
About Cersei, they said:
“That’s what so much of next season is going to be about; finding out what Cersei’s mindset is, and who is she? Cersei has certainly done a lot of horrible things in her life and she could be a very cruel person, but the one thing that was redemptive about her was she genuinely loved her children. Now they’re all gone, and I think that is very interesting for us. Who is she, without her children? The answer is something you’ll find out about next season. . . . Now that her children are gone, nothing restrains her. As she herself said, ‘Love is weakness.’ A loveless Cersei is a fearsome thing.”
And about Jon Snow, they said: “The question will be whether an honorable man can overcome dishonorable enemies. As E.O. Wilson wrote, ‘Within a group, selfish individuals always win. But in contests between groups, groups of altruists always beat groups of selfish individuals.’ So Jon Snow better hope this is a contest between groups.”