Can't wait until #GameOfThrones Season 7? Neither can we. Unfortunately, it's going to be a while, but in the meantime, here's your chance to get to know the cast that will be bringing the next season to life.
So, Conor McGregor Won't Be In Season 7 After All?
Back in December, multiple sites (including this one) reported that UFC Champion Conor McGregor would appear in Game of Thrones Season 7. However, despite what seemed like confirmation from UFC president Dana White, it looks like McGregor won't be heading to Westeros any time soon. The renowned MMA fighter set the record straight in an interview on the Good Times Network:
"That [rumor] was everywhere and I’ve never even heard about it! I heard about it once after [a fight]... backstage in the dressing room. [UFC brass, including Dana White, were] in front of me and they were saying 'these [vistors] want you to be in Game of Thrones.' I’m banged up, my shin’s in a heap, I’ve been kicking his knees straight for 25 minutes, my leg’s in bits, and he’s trying to offer me a Game of Thrones role. And I’m saying, 'Listen, come at me with sh– I want to hear, I’m not trying to be in show business, I’m trying to be in the fight business. Come at me with a real number to fight again. So that was the only time I ever heard the [words] Games of Thrones. And it went everywhere like months later! So I don’t know where that came from. But I’ve never been in contact with nobody from Game of Thrones and now I’m starring in Game of f—ing Thrones!"
Sophie Turner Says We Should Get Ready For Even More 'Dark Sansa' In Season 7
Season 6 showed us a side of Sansa we'd never seen before: mature, calculating and utterly ruthless. We saw it in her clothes, we saw it in her face and we saw it in her actions. Now, Vulture sat down with Sophie Turner and it sounds like the ice princess of the North is going to get even colder in Season 7. Turner said:
"This is so much more Dark Sansa. When she changed her outfit, that was just the first hint that she was ready to start playing the game. That was a mild version of Dark Sansa, and now it's really starting to feel like there is a dark side to her. She's playing the game now, and very ruthlessly. When she wants something, she's going to go out and get it."
Turner also quipped that Sansa could probably benefit from a few sessions in therapy to work out her issues:
"Well, first she's got to work through the adjustment of the new life that she's leading. At the moment, that's what she needs therapy for. Reconfiguring her brain to deal with the power that she now has, and how to be in command. And to use that power without getting carried away in all of it. She also needs to learn to trust. Jon is probably the closest person she can do that with. I think Littlefinger is a great adviser, but you can't really trust him."
No, you certainly can't! Looking forward to seeing what else Dark Sansa comes up with in Season 7!
Lena Headey Hints There Are Even Darker Times Ahead For Cersei
The massively talented Lena Headey has just nabbed her first ever Golden Globe nomination for playing the formidable queen Cersei Lannister on Game of Thrones. Her character is cold, cruel and calculating, but now, in an interview with Mashable, she explains that in Cersei's own mind, she's not the bad guy:
"I don't play her as a villain. I don't set out to do that consciously, I just play a woman who is a survivor and will do exactly what a man would do — which is, you know, murder somebody when you're in a war. Maybe just not directly."
In case you were holding out hope that this killer queen might have a change of heart and patch things up with her brothers by the end of the series, Headey says that's not very likely:
"No. I think that would ruin it."
Two More Actors Join Cast Of Season 7
It's been revealed that two more actors have joined the Thrones cast for next season. Irish Brendan Morrissey (left) has revealed on his CV that he'll be playing "Frey's Lord" — which would make him an enemy of the Starks, but not a terribly powerful one.
Rory Dignam (right), a younger Irish actor, has also been cast. Dignam's role has yet to be disclosed.
Tom Hopper Replaces Harry Potter Actor As Dickon Tarly
Many fans were pleasantly surprised to see former Harry Potter actor Freddie Stroma as Sam's younger brother Dickon Tarly. While we'll for sure be seeing more of Dickon in the future, he'll no longer be played by Stroma. (Does this count as Stroma succumbing to the Harry Potter curse?) For whatever reason, Thrones has recast Tom Hopper in the role. You might recognize the 31-year-old English actor from his roles in Merlin, Doctor Who, or Black Sails.
Two New Actors Join Game Of Thrones Season 7 Cast
Two new actors have joined the cast of Game of Thrones Season 7. First up, we have Joseph Quinn. According to The Independent, Quinn announced he'll be playing a character by the name of Konar. There is no Konar character in the books, but perhaps it is a renaming of another book character, or a new character altogether.
The next actor to join the crew is Paul Ward. Ward has previously appeared in Penny Dreadful and Vikings but hasn't yet announce who he'll be playing.
The Cast Of 'Game Of Thrones' Season 7
Daenerys Targaryen - Emilia Clarke
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The 30-year-old Emilia Clarke has become a break-out star after landing the role of Daenerys on Game of Thrones. Our beloved Khaleesi starred in a the tear-jerker love story Me Before You alongside Sam Claflin and proved that she's as versatile as she is adorable.
Jon Snow - Kit Harington
If you can't get enough of Kit Harington on Game of Thrones, don't worry. Soon you'll be able to watch him star in his own movie, The Death and Life of John F. Donovan, in theaters in 2017.
Tyrion Lannister - Peter Dinklage
Peter Dinklage has been a respected figure in Hollywood since long before Game of Thrones. The 47-year-old actor has been in the business for over 20 years, and has four films coming out over the next two years.
Cersei Lannister - Lena Headey
Lena Headey plays the vicious and magnificent Cersei Lannister. We saw the 42-year-old beauty take the Iron Throne in the Season 6 finale, but according to an interview she gave EW, Lena Headey isn't so convinced that her character can hold on to it in Season 7:
"I couldn’t believe it, obviously. I was really shocked. I read it like nine times, like, 'You’re joking!' Then I’m left to wonder who’s going to take her down. She may only be there for a second. You do think, 'What the f— comes next?' Then we start again to play that game we all play each season, 'Who’s going to be on the Iron Throne next?'"
Jaime Lannister - Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau got his start acting when he landed the lead role in the Danish thriller Nightwatch (1994), which immediately catapulted him into the spotlight. He described the effect that had on his career to Esquire:
"It was a really big hit, so I immediately became well-known, which was not necessarily a good thing, because then you are known for that one thing. There’s nothing worse than a young kid who thinks he’s really successful, it’s infuriating, so I moved to London afterwards to pursue my career, just get other work and experience other stuff."
Sansa Stark - Sophie Turner
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Sophie Turner was only 12 when she first auditioned for the role of Sansa. Today, she's 20 years old and has already made a name for herself in Hollywood with films like Barely Lethal (2015) and X-Men: Apocalypse (2016). While nothing is ever certain in Westeros, Turner will have to be present in the cast of Game of Thrones Season 7, at least for part of it. While on the red carpet at the the 2016 Emmys, she told E! what she thought after reading the Season 7 script:
"I was actually speechless. This season is unbelievable and I think fans are going to be really satisfied. It's crazy."
Arya Stark - Maisie Williams
Maisie Williams basically lives the life that every 19-year-old wishes they could: She goes to music festivals, has almost 4 million Instagram followers, and plays a complete and total badass on the most epic drama series of all time. But she didn't always expect this kind of success. In April, she told the Guardian:
"The thing I was really obsessed about was whether I would earn enough money to buy myself a laptop. My stepdad, Gary, just looked at me and said: 'I think there’ll be enough for a couple of laptops, Maisie.'"
Looks like he was right! Williams's character Arya became an instant fan favorite, and looks likely to continue that way for the rest of the series.
Petyr 'Littlefinger' Baelish - Aidan Gillen
We didn't get to see that much of Aidan Gillen in Season 6, but nevertheless, he's been a key player since Season 1 and will undoubtedly come back in Season 7. He's gone from running a brothel in King's Landing, to controlling the Vale, to confessing that he wants the Princess of the North to be by his side on the Iron Throne. Littlefinger is far too clever to get killed off easily, so there's little doubt we'll be seeing him again in Season 7.
Theon Greyjoy - Alfie Allen
Alfie Allen comes from a show biz family. The younger brother of singer Lily Allen, the 30-year-old actor is no longer quite the lazy pervert he was back when his sister wrote the song "Alfie" about him. He's already been spotted on the set for Season 7, along with his on-screen sister, Gemma Whelan.
Davos Seaworth - Liam Cunningham
Cunningham has already begun training for his role in Season 7. John Kavanagh, the coach of featherweight champ Conor McGregor, has been tweeting updates like this one during their training sessions:
More Game of Thrones Cast Members
- Jorah Mormont - Iain Glen
- Samwell Tarly - John Bradley
- Gilly - Hannah Murray
- Brienne of Tarth - Gwendoline Christie
- Podrick Payne - Daniel Portman
- Lord Varys - Conleth Hill
- Bran Stark - Isaac Hempstead Wright
- Bronn - Jerome Flynn
- Grand Maester Pycelle - Julian Glover
- Sandor 'The Hound' Clegane - Rory McCann
- Gregor 'The Mountain' Clegane - Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson
- Missandei - Nathalie Emmanuel
- Eddison Tollett - Ben Crompton
- Melisandre - Carice van Houten
- Podrick Payne - Daniel Portman
- Tormund Giantsbane - Kristofer Hivju
- Grey Worm - Jacob Anderson
- Yara Greyjoy - Gemma Whelan
- Euron Greyjoy - Pilou Asbæk
- Randyll Tarly - James Faulkner
- Konar - Joseph Quinn
- Unidentified Character - Jim Broadbent
- Unidentified Character - Paul Ward
- Rhaegar Targaryen? - Devin Oliver
Still want to know more about the cast of Game of Thrones? Check out Part I and II of our short videos about the actors behind your favorite characters.
Get To Know The Actors Part I
Get To Know The Actors Part II
Who's your favorite member from the Game of Thrones cast? Who do you want to see join the cast of Season 7?