A new casting report for Game of Thrones may hint at possible flashbacks (or even flashforwards?) for the show’s upcoming eighth and final season.
According to Watchers on the Wall, the HBO series is looking to cast two young child actors for roles in Season 8.
The first role being cast is a “Northern Girl,” and they’re seeing actresses between the ages of 8 and 10. The production is reportedly looking for “a straight-talking Northern-accented girl, someone remarkable for her dauntlessness and integrity.” According to casting report, she’s was raised in “a family of soldiers and shares their fearlessness.” The report says the role will be “a very nice stand-out part for a strong-minded young girl with a fighting spirit.”
The other role being cast is a Boy, and they’re looking at actors between 8 to 12-years-old. The production is looking for “a physically fit and agile look, someone with a good, distinctive face.” The character is from “a poor background, a boy who has to fight to make his way in the world.” Watchers on the Wall states that the production wants an actor who can “completely own the scenes that he appears in,” which sounds like it could mean that the actor could be featured in multiple scenes.
In the past, Game of Thrones has brought on several young actors to play some of the series’ main characters in flashbacks. If this is a similar case, the young Northern Girl could be a young Lyanna Stark (Aisling Franciosi) or even a young Arya (Maisie Williams). For the boy, based on the character’s description, it sound like he will most likely live in King’s Landing. Robert Baratheon’s bastard son Gendry (Joe Dempsey) grew up as a poor child in King’s Landing, so if the role is indeed for a flashback scene, that could be the most probable.
On the other hand, the casting could very well be for scenes set in the series’ present day. The Northern Girl role sounds a lot like Lyanna Mormont (Bella Ramsey), but it’s too young to be a recast. Perhaps a sister? For the boy, maybe Robert Baratheon has another young bastard wandering around out there in King’s Landing?
Finally, on the opposite end of the spectrum, TV Guide has a theory that the scenes the child actors are required for could be for flashforwards featuring the children of Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) and Jon Snow (Kit Harington). While that might be possible, I highly doubt it, as it would mean spoilers for the final outcome of the show’s titular Game of Thrones. I doubt the showrunners would tip their hands like that. Also, if either Daenerys or Jon wind up on the Iron Throne, it’s really unlikely that their son would be poor or their daughter would develop a northern accent.
Game of Thrones stars Kit Harington as Jon Snow, Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen, Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister, Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister, Liam Cunningham as Ser Davos Seaworth, Carice van Houten as Melisandre, Rory McCann as Sandor “The Hound” Clegane, Maisie Williams as Arya Stark, Conleth Hill as Varys, Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy, John Bradley as Samwell Tarly, Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth, Kristofer Hivju as Tormund Giantsbane, Isaac Hempstead Wright as Bran Stark, Jerome Flynn as Bronn, Iain Glen as Jorah Mormont, Hannah Murray as Gilly.
The eighth and final season of Game of Thrones, which will consist of six episodes, will air sometime in 2018 on HBO. An exact release date has not been set.
Source: Watchers on the Wall
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