Game of Thrones Season 8 Cast List Includes Some Surprising Returning Characters

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The wait for the next season of Game of Thrones is the longest fans of the series have ever had to endure between seasons (when season 8 premieres in April, it will have been approximately 20 months since the last new episode aired). So it's hardly surprising that some seriously devoted viewers have gone to great lengths to dig up whatever information they can about how the series will shake out.

When the runtimes for each of the upcoming season's six episodes were leaked in January, it was the result of one enterprising viewer digging up live (but unpromoted) URLs on HBO's website. It's that same sort of resourceful methodology that allowed viewers to access details about season 8's premiere episode, including its cast list, which includes a couple of returning characters. Several people alerted fansite Watchers on the Wall of their findings.

In addition to all the expected names, including Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, and Kit Harington, two surprising names showed up at the bottom of the list. The two last actors listed are Tobias Menzies, who plays Edmure Tully (Catelyn Stark's younger brother), and Lino Facioli, who plays creepy mama's boy Robin Arryn (cousin of Sansa and Arya Stark). While it wouldn’t be completely shocking to see these two pop up again in the final season—they are, after all, two of the few characters who have yet to be killed off—some fans are scratching their heads as to why they'd be in the first episode.

At the end of season 7, we hadn't seen either character in quite a while (some people even presumed both of them were dead). Last we heard of Edmure, he was said to be rotting away in Walder Frey’s dungeon, and Robin hasn't been around since season 6 (though Littlefinger did mention him from time to time). The possible inclusion of these two characters in the first new episode in close to two years will no doubt now fuel many more fan theories (whether the cast list is authentic or not).

We'll know soon enough if their returns will be significant, or just in flashbacks. Game of Thrones returns on April 14, 2019.

The Office Star Angela Kinsey Would Love to Do a Reunion Special

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Emma McIntyre / Getty Images

Whenever a classic TV show is brought back for a revival, it usually splits the fanbase in half. While some people are happy to see their favorite characters return, others are worried about the series coming back in lackluster fashion. And when it comes to the idea of a potential reboot of The Office, the series' cast is just as split.

Steve Carell has been very public about not wanting NBC to bring the show back, but Angela Kinsey is siding with co-stars John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, and Ellie Kemper about welcoming a potential return to Scranton. The 48-year-old actress, who portrayed Angela Martin on the series, recently spoke with PopCulture.com, confirming she’d love to revisit the show.

"I would definitely be up for a reunion," Kinsey said. "I know a few cast members have talked about a special reunion episode to see where everyone is at. I would love that!"

Although many are torn on the idea of bringing The Office back, most fans would certainly be curious enoug to tune in and see what's going on with the Dunder Mifflin crew. Kinsey is no exception, saying, “I would love to know where these people are! I loved the show, I still love the show. I think it really holds up. I'm so thrilled that new audiences are finding it, so I would love that!"

Will it ever happen? It's hard to say. But while we wait to see if any official announcement is made, you can at least still binge The Office on Netflix and try to imagine what creepy thing Cousin Mose is doing these days.

[h/t PopCulture.com]

Harry Potter Fans Don’t Want to See the Movies Rebooted, Surprising No One

© 2011 Warner Bros. Harry Potter Publishing Rights (c) J.K. Rowling
© 2011 Warner Bros. Harry Potter Publishing Rights (c) J.K. Rowling

Although the Harry Potter franchise has one of the most dedicated fan bases in the world, that doesn’t mean fans are ready to see the series rebooted just yet. Yes, that would mean more movies to feed one’s obsession, but the general consensus is that it would be entirely too soon. Don’t believe us? A new poll might just prove it.

ComingSoon.net asked more than 2000 Potterheads if Warner Bros. should reboot the Harry Potter movie series, and a whopping 72 percent said they’re against it. The website also asked fans if reboots were made, how they should be done. Of those polled, 41 percent voted for it to be a direct sequel about Harry’s son, 35 percent voted for a spinoff TV series, 13 percent wanted another Fantastic Beasts spinoff, and a measly 11 percent showed support for a remake of all eight original films.

While it doesn’t look like a reboot will be in the works anytime soon (J.K. Rowling’s representatives just debunked a report about a TV series), that doesn’t mean it’s impossible for the future. Even star Daniel Radcliffe has entertained the idea, saying he believes he won’t be the last Potter portrayal he’ll see in his lifetime. But as long as Rowling and fans are against it, we probably won’t have to worry about it for a while.

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