Game of Thrones S4 - Bran Stark

Game of Thrones Season 6 Casting

Who’s Back in Game of Thrones Season 6?

We can expect all the major characters who are still alive to return next season, of course, including Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister, Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister, Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark, Maisie Williams as Arya Stark, etc.

In addition, we’ll be welcoming back a few characters who haven’t been seen in a while:

  • Isaac Hempstead Wright is back as Bran Stark for the first time since Season 4, along with Kristian Nairn as Hodor — which probably means we’ll see Ellie Kendrick as Meera Reed as well.
  • Art Parkinson and Natalia Tena look likely to return as Rickon Stark and Osha, who were last seen in Season 3.
  • Gemma Whelan will be back as Yara Greyjoy, who last appeared in Season 4.
  • This last one is potentially a big spoiler, so highlight to read: [begin invisotext]Rory McCann is believed to be back as the Hound, after being left for dead by Arya at the end of Season 4.[end invisotext]

Game of Thrones Season 5 - Sam and Gilly

Who’s New in Game of Thrones Season 6?

Along with all the returning cast members, Game of Thrones is bringing in some fresh meat. For starters, we’ll be meeting Samwell Tarly’s family:

  • Freddie Stroma will play Dickon Tarly, Sam’s younger, handsomer, more athletic brother.
  • James Faulkner will play Randyll Tarly, Sam and Dickon’s stern, imposing father.
  • Samantha Spiro will play Melessa Florent, Sam and Dickon’s much nicer mother.
  • Rebecca Benson will play Talla Tarly, Sam’s kind younger sister.

And we’ll see a theater troupe putting on a play about recent events in King’s Landing:

Other new characters include Max von Sydow as the Three-Eyed Raven, replacing Struan Rodger from the Season 4 finale; Pilou Asbæk as Euron Greyjoy, Theon’s uncle; and Sebastian Croft as a young Ned Stark, presumably in a flashback.

In addition, there are a few actors we know will appear, but not in what roles, including Ian McShane and the Icelandic band Of Monsters and Men (in a cameo). And on top of all that, there are other characters outlined in casting calls that don’t seem to have been cast yet. Watchers on the Wall has all the details you could possibly want on that front.

Kit Harington as Jon Snow in Game of Thrones

Is Jon Snow in Game of Thrones Season 6?

Note: Season 5 spoilers and Season 6 speculation ahead.

It doesn’t matter how many times the cast and crew insist “dead is dead” — those Jon Snow truther theories are going to stick around until Season 6 actually premieres.

The mystery here actually isn’t whether Kit Harington will return as Snow. There’s very good reason to believe he will, as the actor has been spotted near the set on multiple occasions. No, the big question is what form he’ll take. The most boring, straightforward guess is that Harington is just back to play a corpse, like Jack Gleeson (Joffrey) and Charles Dance (Tywin) did after their characters died.

There’s also the possibility he’ll only appear in a flashback or dream sequence of some sort. Both devices have been employed by the show at various points. Remember when Jason Momoa came back as Khal Drogo for Dany’s vision at the House of the Undying?

But the most intriguing (and possibly very spoiler-y) fan theory is that [begin invisotext]Jon Snow will be resurrected by Melisandre. There’s precedent on the show for bringing back the dead — Beric Dondarrion, seen in Seasons 1 and 2, has been killed and revived multiple times by the red priest Thoros of Myr.[end invisotext]

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