This season there are quite a few actors where we have received word of their casting, either via updates to their CV or through various sources of our own, but never got an official confirmation. As a result, their roles were never revealed nor explained. We are pretty sure all these folks will be in Game of Thrones this season, we just don’t know exactly where they fit in. So let’s take a look at the list of unconfirmed actors and try to figure out who they might be playing. We’ll give you the actor, and then our provide our best guess at their role.
Noah Taylor – Locke
We have revealed, based on reports from various sources, that Noah Taylor will be playing the Vargo Hoat character. Only the writers have reportedly decided to rename the character to ‘Locke’. Presumably, this means that this is an entirely new character with a different background (not from Qohor, no lisp, etc.), although he will apparently fulfill the same function within the story.
Burn Gorman – Coldhands
Burn Gorman was spotted in Belfast at the same time other Night’s Watch actors were there, such as John Bradley and Mark Stanley. This led to the speculation that Gorman would be a Black Brother. With his penchant for playing villains, there was talk he may be cast as Dirk or Karl. But why the reluctance to confirm a NW character? Something else is afoot. Or should I say, at hand. My new pet theory is he is playing the enigmatic Coldhands. This type of role would certainly be shrouded in secrecy.
Tom Brooke – Aegon Frey aka “Jinglebell”
Ageon Frey, called Jinglebell, is the half-wit son of Walder Frey. Perhaps a bit of type-casting from me here, as Brooke played a dimwitted disc jockey in Pirate Radio, but I can definitely see him as Jinglebell. It wouldn’t be a major role, but a pretty important one, if certain things go down as they did in the book.
Stephanie Blacker – Val
This blonde-haired and blue-eyed actress fits perfectly with the description of Val, the sister-in-law to Mance Rayder. She plays a small part in A Storm of Swords, but one that appears to be increasingly important in later books. Blacker is a little-known actress, but one that appears to have burgeoning talent, so getting her now and letting her grow into the role makes sense.
Elisa Lasowski – Mirelle
We know the name of this British actress’s role, thanks to her updated agency profile, but not her part in the story. There is no Mirelle in the books, so the options here are nearly endless. The name sounds somewhat Tyrell-ish to me, so she could be one of Margaery’s cousins. This model-turned-actress also does not seem shy in front of the camera, so she may play yet another prostitute.
Charlotte Hope – Myranda
Another instance of having a name, but not an actual role. Myranda is a name that crops up in the books, but Myranda Royce is much older than Hope. I suppose it is possible she is playing an aged-down Myranda Royce; we know they shot some Eyrie scenes. Some have speculated she is playing a renamed Roslin Frey, and that they changed the name to avoid confusion with Ros. The other option is she is playing another one of Margaery’s cousins.
Rhys Howell – Unsullied
A recent addition to the “unconfirmed” list, this actor added “Unsullied” to his online CV and then was spotted on set in Morocco playing one of those black armored guards. (This confirms that those costumes are for the Unsullied.) The makeup on his nipple seems to imply we will be getting the scene in the book where the slave master cuts off an Unsullied’s nipple to show their tolerance for pain. It makes sense then that they would cast a trained actor for that part, and not rely on an extra.
Aisling Jarrett-Gavin – Handmaiden or Noble Woman
Another recent addition, this actress tweeted that she was traveling to Morocco for a small part in Thrones and that she would have a couple scenes with “the Queen”. At the time, it was believed that Morocco was only going to be used for Essos scenes, but now we know they are filming King’s Landing stuff there too. So Jarrett-Gavin was likely in a scene with Cersei, probably as a handmaiden or noble woman with a line or two (a pic of her in costume seems to back the “scene with Cersei” theory).
Winter Is Coming: So there you go. All the various unconfirmed actors we have heard about. Do you agree with my speculation? Or are there other roles you think these folks might be filling?