'Game of Thrones' bosses reveal they've cast eight new characters for show's final season
Despite the fact that Game of Thrones ended quite a long time ago now, it is still managing to dominate the headlines with new plot lines, fan theories and characters being announced and discussed daily. While fans of the show will now have to wait until 2019 until they find out how the final series will play out, there have been some major reveals.
Watchers On The Wall, a Game of Thrones fan site, has revealed that the bosses behind the show have put out a casting call for eight new characters. Yes, EIGHT new characters. However, these aren't just small time parts, it looks like all the characters are set to have a pivotal role in the upcoming storyline.
Among the new influx of characters being added to the ratings juggernaut, there is a need for an "authoritative and charismatic" mercenary, likely to be linked to Euron Greyjoy, who went to collect the Golden Company for Cersei Lannister.
Another casting is calling for a "rough-and-ready" sailor, who has a "strong presence" – something many people are taking as a strong hint that the new series will focus on the Ironborn, amid Theon Greyjoy's efforts to rescue his kidnapped sister, Yara.
It is believed that the majority of the characters coming into the fantasy world will be Northern, with other casting calls searching for a "straightforward" farmer, a "sassy and attractive" girl for a single, memorable scene and a sentry to play opposite the leading cast of established characters.
Shooting is expected to take place in Spain for many of the leading characters, and it's believed that they will begin filming there in November.
The news of the castings comes after it was revealed that bosses are planning to make sure viewers remain on the edge of their seats throughout the final instalment of the show, in order to ensure that "nobody really knows what happens".
It is also being reported that HBO's president of programming, Casey Bloys, told colleagues that the producers of GoT are "going to shoot multiple versions" of the show's ending, as they want to stop rumours from getting out.
According to Moravian College students, Bloys told them that in show business there are no secrets, and they want to make sure that people are guessing to the end, saying:
"Because when you're shooting something, people know. So they're going to shoot multiple endings so that there's no real definitive answer until the end."
The use of filming multiple endings is not a new strategy for major shows, with Dallas shooting multiple resolutions to their infamous Who Shot JR? episode in order ensure that no solid rumours escaped to the press. More recently, the tactic has been used by the likes of Breaking Bad and The Sopranos.
No doubt as filming commences in November, we will see plenty of rumours and theories surrounding what they are filming and what the potential storylines will be. However, GoT fans, it looks like you will have to wait till 2019 to finally get the answer to all of your questions.