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It isn't easy surviving six whole seasons in Westeros or Essos, and not everyone makes it. Here's everything you need to know about the Game of Thrones Season 7 characters. Stay tuned for updates!

New Game of Thrones Season 7 Characters:

Updated 12/09/2016:

Conor McGregor Will Play A Crewman On Euron's Ship

Earlier this week we learned that UFC fighter #ConorMcGregor would join the cast of Season 7. Now we know that he's been cast in the role of one of Euron's crew members aboard the Silence. The ship earned its name from the fact that Euron slices out the tongues of everyone on board. That's pretty brutal, but at least McGregor won't have to worry about memorizing long speeches!

Randyll Tarly Is Back!

Actor James Faulkner, who plays Randyll Tarly — Sam's surly old father — just posted this picture to Twitter. Does this mean Papa Tarly is going to be chasing after his beloved Heartsbane in Season 7?

Who Is This Little Guy?

Toward the end of Season 6, we analyzed a casting call for two Northern children — a 16-year-old girl and a 10-year-old boy that were due to film in September and October for a scene that included a high speed chase. Some speculated that they might be a young Lyanna Stark and Howland Reed, but such a long filming period indicates that they're probably going to stick around for longer than just a vision. It makes more sense, then, that they are new characters that exist in real time, alongside the characters we already know.

Now that seems pretty much certain, since this well-dressed young lord has been spotted winding down from filming outside Linen Mill Studios in Banbridge, along with Kit Harington, Gwendoline Christie, Liam Cunningham, Daniel Portman, and a young actress that might be Sophie Turner's body double, but also might be the 16-year-old Northern girl from the original casting call.

If these are the two youngsters from that casting call, then just who could they be playing?

Talia and Ryon Forrester

Since we know that the show has moved far beyond the ASOIAF books at this point, why not turn to the Telltale Game of Thrones video game for some inspiration?

Talia and Ryon Forrester are the younger members of House Forrester, a Northern house that swears allegiance to Robb Stark as King in the North, but is then harshly treated by the Boltons after the Red Wedding. They have their lands and precious Ironwood forests divided between themselves and their bitter rivals, House Whitehill. Ramsay even goes so far as to send young Ryon to be the ward of House Whitehill, effectively making him a hostage. It's not impossible that the show would borrow this generally storyline, possibly illustrating Jon Snow's struggle to maintain peace in his own realm now that he's King in the North.

Gryff and Gwynn Whitehill

If Benioff and Weiss do decide to borrow from the game, perhaps these young characters will be from House Whitehill instead, a house loyal to House Bolton, that will undoubtedly be a source of grief for Jon Snow in his new position.

It definitely seems as though they were shooting a battle sequence that could have contained a chase scene, since Kit Harington and Gwendoline Christie were wearing matching tops — probably the undershirts for their battle armor.

Daniel Portman (Podrick Payne) was also chilling out after the battle, wearing a body cooling system that keeps actors from overheating inside their costumes.

The casting calls for Season 7 have already been released, and a handful of newcomers will be joining our favorite characters next Season. But just who will they be playing?

Baby Rhaego?

Rhaego / Game of Thrones / HBO
Rhaego / Game of Thrones / HBO

Extras NI, the company in Northern Ireland responsible for casting extras in Game of Thrones Season 7 has issued a casting call for a mixed race baby, under 10 pounds. The baby was required to be available for a week of filming in early September.

A mixed race baby is most likely a Dothraki child, but what cause could we have for meeting a little Dothraki in Season 7? Will we be having another glimpse at Daenerys's family life that could have been?

Victarion Greyjoy?

House Greyjoy Sigil
House Greyjoy Sigil

According to the Watcher's on the Wall, a sizable new role in Season 7 is for a warrior, age 35-45. They describe him as:

...a tough-looking bruiser with the attack skills of a pit bull, and the actor needs to be great at fighting. He has a “considerable” amount of dialogue as well. It’s described as an “excellent part for a top-end actor.” Helpful clues in the description? We know it’s not a Dothraki character as the actor for the role is required to be white, and they’re asking for a neutral and non-posh English accent. This role is currently scheduled to shoot across October.

Some have suggested it might be a young Robert Baratheon, but 35-45 is a little old for Robert Baratheon around the start of the rebellion. And since the character is shooting for a month, it seems more likely he's a new addition. The "tough-looking bruiser" part and the "non-posh English accent" might indicate that it's Victarion Greyjoy, Euron's brother. Now that Yara and Theon have teamed up with Dany, Euron's going to need someone on his side as well to help plan the major battles that are undoubtedly on the way.

Young Rhaegar Targaryen?

House Targaryen Sigil
House Targaryen Sigil

Thrones issued a casting call for a tall, handsome young lord in his late 20s. He should be white and use the RP accent (Received Pronunciation, a spoken style of English that reflects a high education or social status). They need to have him on set for just a week, which means he likely won't be in more than one episode, and possibly only one scene. A tall, handsome, high-class lord? Will Bran's greensight let us finally meet Jon Snow's real father, Rhaegar Targaryen?

Ros 2.0

Ros / Game of Thrones / HBO
Ros / Game of Thrones / HBO

Season 6 might have been light on the sexposition in comparison to earlier seasons, but it looks like Benioff and Weiss are once again in need of "an attractive young courtesan who is sure of her own mind" and willing to do full nudity. But at least it's "a substantial speaking role."

Returning Game Of Thrones Season 7 Characters:

Jon Snow

Jon Snow is the White Wolf, the King in the North! He spent his whole life believing that he was the bastard son of Ned Stark, but now, thanks to Bran, we know that he's actually the most-likely-legitimate son of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen. Only, he doesn't know that yet.

Daenerys Targaryen

Daenerys Stormborn of the House Targaryen, the First of Her Name, The Unburnt, Queen of Meereen, Queen of the Andals and the Rhoynar and the First Men, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Breaker of Chains and Mother of Dragons. She's coming for you, Westeros. Watch out.

Tyrion Lannister

Tyrion Lannister / Game Of Thrones / HBO
Tyrion Lannister / Game Of Thrones / HBO

Tyrion Lannister is now officially Hand of the Queen to Daenerys, which is going to make things extra dramatic when he sails back to Westeros where his own sister — who wants his head on a spike — is currently occupying the Iron Throne.

Cersei Lannister

Cersei Lannister / Game of Thrones / HBO
Cersei Lannister / Game of Thrones / HBO

Cersei Lannister, the First of Her Name, Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Protector of the Seven Kingdoms. This kween has now probably killed more innocent people than anyone else, thanks to the epic wildfire explosion that indirectly landed her on the Iron Throne.

Jaime Lannister

Jaime Lannister, Captain of Cersei's Queensguard, and her twin brother/lover. Throughout the six seasons of GoT, the Kingslayer has actually revealed himself to be not such a bad guy after all. But we'll see what happens when he finally confronts Cersei about her ascension to the Iron Throne.

Sansa Stark

Sansa Stark / Game of Thrones / HBO
Sansa Stark / Game of Thrones / HBO

Sansa Stark, Lady of Winterfell and Wardeness of the North, Sansa has proved herself to be a total game player after she completely saved Jon's ass during the Battle of the Bastards. But tensions are likely to be brewing as her half-brother has just become King in the North, and Littlefinger told her he wants her to be his queen. *Shudder*

Arya Stark

Arya Stark has been a fan favorite since day one. Her time in Braavos studying to become Faceless came to a swift end when she sliced up the Waif, stole a bunch of faces and headed back to Westeros. Now she's gotten vengeance on the repulsive Walder Frey and his sons, and is heading back to Winterfell (probably?) to be reunited with her brother and sister.

Bran Stark

Bran Stark / Game of Thrones / HBO
Bran Stark / Game of Thrones / HBO

Bran Stark has been busy studying warging and greensight with the Three-Eyed Raven North of the Wall, but now that nearly all of his companions have died and he's acquired knowledge that could send the Seven Kingdoms up in wildfire (again), what's his next move going to be in Season 7?

Theon Greyjoy

Theon Greyjoy / Game of Thrones / HBO
Theon Greyjoy / Game of Thrones / HBO

Theon Greyjoy seemed like he could never recover after Ramsay's cruelty turned him into the sad, pathetic creature known as Reek. But slowly, he's been regaining his humanity, and is turning out to be a slightly more honorable person than he ever was before. He's currently at his sister Yara's side as they sail with Daenerys for Westeros.

Petyr 'Littlefinger' Baelish

Littlefinger, the master manipulator of Westeros finally admitted that he's after the Iron Throne. While his claim is a pretty weak one, he's so crafty that he just might be able to weasel his way into more power than is good for anybody.

Even More Returning Game Of Thrones Season 7 Characters:

  • Varys
  • Missandei
  • Greyworm
  • Davos Seaworth
  • Yara Greyjoy
  • Euron Greyjoy
  • The Hound
  • The Mountain
  • Grand Maester Pycelle
  • Jorah Mormont
  • Gendry
  • Brienne Of Tarth
  • Bronn
  • Tormund Giantsbane
  • Samwell Tarly
  • Gilly

Will Melisandre Return On Game Of Thrones Season 7?

Melisandre / Game of Thrones / HBO
Melisandre / Game of Thrones / HBO

In the explosive finale of Season 6, Davos finally confronted the Red Priestess about sacrificing Princess Shireen, and Jon Snow banished her. But have we seen the last of Melisandre? While she probably won't be returning to the North right away, some fans are speculating that she might have a run in with Arya somewhere south of Winterfell, or perhaps we'll pick up with her story on its own. But then again, she is really old, so maybe she won't be able to survive her journey.

Which characters do you most want to see on Game of Thrones in Season 7?