At the start of Game of Thrones season 7, we see the army of the dead marching out of a chilly mist towards the camera, a hundred thousand strong:
It was an impressive, scary shot, although not as scary as it could have been. When flipping through the pages of Game of Thrones: The Storyboards, an upcoming book packed full of storyboards for the show drawn by artist Will Simpson, Vanity Fair noticed a familiar face in the crowd:
“Simpson’s storyboards focus on the disparate groups in the walking horde: brothers of the Night’s Watch, Free Folk villagers from Hardhome, Karsi, and a giant,” reads the description.
Karsi (bottom panel, third from the right) was a popular one-off character introduced in “Hardhome.” She was a wildling chief who died in the massacre.
According to Vanity Fair, the showrunners were also kicking around the idea of having dearly departed Hodor (Kristian Nairn) among the shambling dead, but for whatever reason, it obviously didn’t come together.
I wish that this would have happened. I didn’t need to see Karsi or Hodor at the Battle of Winterfell in “The Long Night,” but seeing them among the shambling dead at the start of season 7 could have been memorably creepy.
Also, did you notice that the giant in the bottom-right panel is carrying chains in the storyboard? Remember when everyone was freaking out about that?
Game of Thrones: The Storyboards will be out on May 28.