Oh, silly Game of Thrones producers. You know we all have watchers on the wall, right? All right, so maybe we don’t physically have Jon Snow wannabes scouting the locations for news of the upcoming sixth season, but there are plenty of photogs and reporters out there keeping an eye open for things like this.
Last week we learned that UnREAL‘s Freddie Stroma has joined the series as Samwell Tarly’s younger brother Dickon. This week, news has leaked that Richard E. Grant has joined the series in a new, top-secret role. Let’s let the speculation begin, shall we?
The actor, whose previous roles have included flicks like Dracula and Corpse Bride — along with a role on new TV series Dig — has already updated his IMDb page to reflect the new gig. So much for keeping that a secret. With such an eerie resume, it seems safe to say Grant should be playing a creepy role on the show too.
Or, not. Given the fact that the series has already strayed so far from the books, it’s nearly impossible to tell what kind of role the 58-year-old could be playing. But if he is playing someone from the books, Maester Marwyn and Lord Redwyne are two names that have popped up, since they haven’t yet appeared on the series.
Either way, he also seems pretty perfect to fit this casting call, which recently surfaced:
Grand Theatre Actor/Manager (55 – 70) The larger-than-life leader of a troupe of actors. He specializes in portraying drunken aristocrats. He is a huge presence on stage and rather nasty to his company when off-stage.
We might have to wait and see what role Grant is playing, but there are plenty of other casting announcements to keep us busy until Game of Thrones returns next year: infamous British actors Jonathan Pryce and Ian McShane, who are among some of the bigger names, are joining the show in Season 6.
What worries us is that with so many newbies joining the party, our time with some of the older favourites could be coming to a close. Or maybe they’ll end up dead. Or maybe we’re just going to be very confused trying to keep up with all of these characters.
Oh, who are we kidding — that’s never been a problem before.
Game of Thrones returns to HBO Canada in 2016.