What a great way to start off the week- with a Game of Thrones season 8 exclusive! Our sources have brought us another new batch of roles for the final season of the show, giving us a glimpse at what we have to look forward to.
In August, The Hollywood Reporter stated, contrary to early reports of filming from October to March, that Game of Thrones will be shooting all the way through August for the final season. The first casting notice listed today helps confirm that report, with filming running into June for the role.
According to our sources, GoT is looking for a Mercenary, aged 35 – 50. He’s described as an authoritative, fit, cool and charismatic military type. He’ll be appearing in 2 episodes of season 8. The role requires he be able to ride a horse- no surprise for a mercenary on Thrones! The actor will be rehearsing in October, filming the week commencing December 11th, and then once again in May and June of 2018.
Given that Euron Greyjoy ran off to fetch the infamous Golden Company at the end of season 7, it’s almost a lock that this mercenary is a member of that sellsword group, possibly its leader. He doesn’t sound like a match for the book’s sellsword leader Harry Strickland, so this may be the show’s own rendition.
Next up we have a few small roles for the North!
First, we have a Northern farmer, aged 25 – 35. He’s a straightforward honest man of simple tastes who works on the land. The role is currently scheduled to shoot the week commencing November 17th.
Second is a Sassy and attractive girl, aged 18 – 25. The character is a sexy and confident Northern girl playing a good, memorable one-scene part in one episode, playing opposite leading cast. Her part is currently set to shoot the week commencing November 6th.
Last up in the North we have a Northern sentry, aged 18 – 25. The show’s looking for a characterful young Northern actor with great timing to play a small part opposite leading cast. This role is currently scheduled to shoot the first week of December.
With the White Walker army moving south into the North, we anticipate seeing a ton of casualties up there and small roles like these may turn up as part of those scenes.
Elsewhere, we’ll be popping in to visit the Ironborn no doubt. GoT is looking for someone to play a Sailor, aged 35- 50. He’s a rough-and ready sea-faring type with a weathered face and strong presence. This part is scheduled to shoot the week commencing December 11th.
We’ll finish off today’s batch of new roles with two guards!
Guard #1 is in his 20’s, and is physically very fit, able to handle himself in any fight. He’s scheduled to shoot in the first week of December. His looks aren’t specified, coloring-wise, and there’s no mention of accents, so this character could pop up anywhere.
Guard #2 is in his 30’s. They’re looking for an actor that’s tall, and athletic with a military feel. The character is a professional clear-thinking guard who is dependable. The part has two days shooting on November 1st and 2nd in Spain and though it’s a small one-line part, he does interact with leading cast. It’s noted that the role is being cast with a white actor in this instance. But what this casting notice really does is confirm for us that Game of Thrones will be in Spain in November!
All in all, a nice variety of roles for the new season, with some interesting hints for the future- the Golden Company, filming in Spain and more!
SCROLL DOWN FOR: Season 8 Directors Revealed! With a Lineup of Old favorites!
Yesterday we learned that Miguel Sapochnik would likely return to helm at least an episode for the eighth and last season of Game of Thrones, and today we bring you the confirmation… along with the rest of the season eight directorial lineup!
EW has just broken the news: the director of “Hardhome”, “Battle of the Bastards”, and “The Winds of Winter” is back, and he isn’t the only one. Along with Sapochnik, season eight will also see the return of David Nutter, best known for directing successful pilot episodes for television. In terms of Game of Thrones in particular, Nutter was in charge of the Red Wedding in “The Rains of Castamere”, as well as “The Dance of Dragons” and “Mother’s Mercy”, the best episodes of season five except perhaps for “Hardhome”.
It seems Sapochnik and Nutter will divide the first five episodes among them; we don’t know who will take three (leaving two to the other one,) but Hibberd at EW claims to have heard Sapochnik may direct three episodes, which would leave two for Nutter.
But wait! What about the finale? Neither Sapochnik nor Nutter will take care of that one, and no other talent, old or new, has been brought to the table (to the disappointment of those of us who wanted Michelle MacLaren or Alik Shakarov, or an exciting addition.) No, the season eight and series finale will be directed by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, who have not only co-directed “Walk of Punishment” and “Two Swords” but also co-written most of the show’s episodes and stewarded Game of Thrones as its showrunners.
It’s understandable for D&D to want to end the story they begun by not only writing but directing the series finale, and it’s difficult to imagine better news than Sapochnik returning for at least two episodes (or perhaps even half the season!), as well as David Nutter, who is responsible for many classic Game of Thrones moments.