We need some new party people, because a lot of folks have died. And our new Game of Thrones characters are:
Every year we get some new cast members to fill out the ever-thinning ranks of Game of Thrones. As we all know, George R.R. Martin has killed so many.
But almost as importantly, we’re catching up to the books. Many of the plots from the show have even surpassed the novels. With only a few plotlines left to adapt, HBO is being even more tight lipped about what’s going to happen (we didn’t know it was possible). We even have a major actor joining the show without HBO telling us who he will play.
Things are murky, but here is what we know about the new Game of Thrones characters for season 6, and what each could mean for the show
High Priestess Kinvara
This Red Preistess (of the same order as Melisandre) is going to be played by Melanie Liburd (The Grinder, CSI). We don’t know exactly what that means going forward, but it may mean Melisandre is on the way out. With Stannis dead, it seems likely she will resurrect Jon Snow, but after that what role will she play on the show? If Melisandre is not going to die soon after bringing Jon back from the dead (fingers crossed) then it seems likely Kinvara would show up somewhere other than Westeros. Maybe Meereen.
The show hasn’t made as big a deal as the novels do about Azor Ahai, the prophesied reincarnation of the warrior who ended the Long Night eight thousand years ago when the White Walkers first rose up. Here’s a good summation of why he’s important and who he might be.
The video makes the strongest case for either Dany or Jon Snow to be Azor Ahai, or both. Kinvara could decide that Dany is the reincarnation of Azor Ahai in Meereen, while Melisandre does the same for Jon Snow in the North. This would sow confusion among the followers of R’hllor, not sure who to side with. After all, Melisadre has been wrong before. And if there’s anything George R.R. Martin likes it is sowing confusion, usually with dead Starks.
The Three Eyed Raven
Ok, so maybe this is cheating a little, because we’ve definitely seen the Three Eyed Raven before, but bear with me because he’s probably going to be really important to season 6 and he’s got a new look to boot.
The Three Eyes Raven already made an appearance on Game of Thrones in human form in the Season 4 finale, “The Children,” when Bran met him beyond the Wall. However, the Three Eyed Raven will have a new actor in Season 6, Max von Sydow, who played Father Merrin in The Exorcist. This confirms, if any more conformation was needed, that Bran will be returning for Season 6. Bran might spend most of this season with the Three Eyed Raven learning about warging and green sight, but currently von Sydow is only credited for one episode of Game of Thrones on IMDb. Take this with a grain of salt, because IMDb is usually a little slow to update these sorts of things, but it’s also possible that Bran leaves the far north and re-enters the political scene south of the wall, possibly even linking up with a resurrected Jon Snow.