Cast member sightings, plus a casting rumor about a long-anticipated character


As filming continues on Game of Thrones Season 7, more cast members are spotted around town…and elsewhere. For example, here’s Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei) with Belfast-based Aaron Dillon, who describes himself as “occasional background furniture in GoT” (he has pictures with several cast members on his Instagram).

Speaking of Emmanuel, here she is on the set of Season 5 drinking from tea from a cup with a rubber ducky in it. Just because.

Aidan Gillen (Littlefinger) seen around town:

Miguel Sapochnik directed both “Battle of the Bastards” and “The Winds of Winter,” two of the show’s best episodes. He received an Emmy for directing the former, and humbly geeked out about it on Twitter.

Sapochnik isn’t directing anything for Season 7, but I very much hope he comes back. As he says elsewhere on his Twitter: “Season 7 will be EPIC. You are in good hands. Wish I could be there this year but there’s always a next time…”

Also, here’s what actor Kristian Nairn’s (Hodor) mother uses as a doorstop.

That’s pretty damn funny.

Okay, now we enter crazy rumor territory. Please turn back if you wish to avoid potential SPOILERS.

Although it’s far from certain, a gentleman named Devin Oliver—known mainly as the frontman for the rock group* I See Stars—teased that he “may or may not” be in Game of Thrones Season 7. That by itself isn’t too exciting, but then people got a look at him…

Basically, the internet saw this photo and asked the obvious question: is this platinum blonde musician playing Rhaegar Targaryen?

Rhaegar, you may recall, was a musician and singer himself, so that would fit.

Note that Oliver’s shirt above is emblazoned with the White Tree of Gondor from the The Lord of the Rings. That marks him as someone in to fantasy fiction, which you can interpret how you like.

So is this guy just having fun with fans or did he actually score a role on the show? I’m guessing it’s the former. For one thing, he’s from Detroit, whereas Game of Thrones hires the great majority of its ensemble from the UK and the surrounding countries. Also, if he does have a role on the show—to say nothing of a role as important as Rhaegar Targaryen—he’s committed a capital offense by teasing it online. HBO takes its nondisclosure agreements seriously.

But still, assuming Rhaegar turns up in Season 7 at all, Oliver has the hair for it, and good acting is 3/4 coiffure. What do you guys think?

*Wikipedia notes that I See Stars is actually an “electronicore” group, whatever in the world that is.

h/t Reddit