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.

Bran Reveals Meaning of the Three-Eyed Raven and How That Impacts Future of Westeros

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Earlier this year, Night King actor Vladimir Furdik confirmed that his Game of Thrones character "has a target he wants to kill," and it appears that last night's episode, "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms," may have revealed who that person is: Bran Stark, who is now the Three-Eyed Raven. In a meeting before the dead march on Winterfell, Bran says, “He’ll come for me. He’s tried before. Many times, with many Three-eyed Ravens.”

When explaining why it's him the Night King wants, Bran revealed what the Three-Eyed Raven does, and what his death would mean for Westeros.

According to Bran, the Night King's goal is "An endless night. He wants to erase this world." Bran goes on to say, "I am its memory," referring to the fact that he, as the Three-Eyed Raven, knows everything that has happened in the history of Westeros. To this, Sam Tarly replies, "Memories don’t come from books. And your stories aren’t just stories. If I wanted to erase the world of men, I’d start with you.”

The Night King was able to get his hands on Bran in a vision, and Bran is permanently marked from the encounter, which means the Night King always knows where he is. Now, Bran—guarded by Theon—will serve as bait to lure the Night King into Winterfell.

Could this be foreshadowing the fact that Bran won't see the end of the season? We'll just have to wait and see what's coming in episode three and beyond.

Game of Thrones's Episode 3 Teaser May Contain a Hidden Message from Daenerys to Jon

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Helen Sloan/HBO

Season 8, episode 2 of Game of Thrones, "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms," had its fair share of moments that could have given away hints for episodes to come, like in the writers' decision to include "Jenny's Song," or in Jon Snow telling Daenerys Targaryen that they're related.

One fan theory about the fate of Westeros, however, comes from the previews for next week's episode. Posted by Reddit user IgnorantSportsFan, the theory centers around one pivotal line uttered during a conversation between Daenerys and Jon: "The dead are already here."

"That line happens between Dany and Jon, and felt super significant—but we already see the army of the dead, felt it was too obvious to be their reaction to them," the theory begins."Then it clicked: The crypt is full of dead people. All episode they keep repeating and emphasizing how safe it was in the crypt, but its GOT and we cannot have nice things. So is it possible we have old Starks rising from the crypts? Or is that too far fetched?"

The theory certainly adds up, emphasized by the reminder that there were clips included of Arya Stark fighting in the crypts.

Could the dead be rising in the crypts of Winterfell as the White Walkers rapidly approach? We'll find out soon.

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