With a show as tight-lipped about plot details getting out as Game of Thrones is, the wait between seasons can be incredibly frustrating, as you vacillate between wanting to know absolutely nothing, and wanting to look up every single fan theory and potential GoT spoiler you can lay your hands on. Or at least, that's the way it is for me, which is why I've put together a list of 11 former Game of Thrones stars who want to return to the show. It's right in the sweet spot of things I want to know but that don't ruin anything for me, because these aren't characters who definitely will be coming back for Season 7, just actors who would leap at the chance, if it was offered.
Many of them are alive, but some of them are dead as well, but I've included them here because, hey, this is Game of Thrones we're talking about, and death doesn't necessarily mean the end of the line. For one thing, there's always the potential that we could see a character again through flashbacks, like Ned Stark, for example, and actual undead characters like the Night's King, but this is also a world where we've seen multiple characters be brought back from death, like Beric Dondarrion and, most recently, Jon Snow. So it's really anybody's game as far as character resurrection, and here's a list of the actors who are up for it, along with a little wink-wink and a nudge-nudge for co-creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.
1. Pedro Pascal
Pascal played Oberyn Martell on the show, who met his bloody end at the hands — literally — of The Mountain in Season 4, but would do almost anything to come back, telling Vulture in 2015:
There isn't anything negative I could say about the experience of Game of Thrones. It was ideal in every sense. I would have loved for it to have gone on longer, but I got so much out of the brief time that I was there.
And when the interviewer suggests that perhaps we'll see the Red Viper in one of Bran's flashbacks, he says, "Wouldn't that be wonderful? I would be a leaf on that tree! I don't care! I love those guys." Dare to dream!
2. Miltos Yerolemou
You might remember this English actor as Syrio Forel, Arya Stark's old combat instructor. It seemed as though he was killed in King's Landing in Season 1, but without follow-up, we can't be sure. Especially because when many speculated that the shadow of his character had been spotted during a Season 6 episode, Yerolemou fueled the conspiracy theories with a cryptic tweet:
Many took this as confirmation that Syrio Forel is back, but at the very least, it seems to suggest that Miltos Yerolemou is down for a return. After all, what do we say to the God of Death? (Not today!)
3. Thomas Brodie-Sangster
It was a huge bummer when Brodie-Sangster's character Jojen Reed was killed off in Season 4, but no one is more hopeful than the actor himself about a possible return, jokingly telling Good Morning Britain in 2015, "No one knows what goes in that show. It would be fun and I had a great time doing it. It's a fun show to be a part of."
4. Wilko Johnson
Johnson starred as the mute Ilyn Payne up until 2012, when he was diagnosed with terminal cancer, and told he had only months to live. He promptly quit the show to focus on his personal life and tie up loose ends, and along the way, he miraculously beat the disease. So he's been gone for a while, but his character is still alive, and Johnson sounded enthusiastic about an Ilyn Payne return in an interview with the Gloucester Citizen in May 2015:
I'd never done any acting before, I just got involved. Unfortunately my cancer came and interrupted, but I do know that my character hasn't actually been killed off and I may well be in the next series. I enjoyed it so much I really would like to, it was really great fun doing it – it really was a good experience.
Bring him back! Just another name Arya Stark can tick off her list.
5. Laura Pradelska
Laura Pradelska plays the masked shadowbinder Quaithe, from Asshai, who has made just two appearances in Season 2, but is eager for another. She shared in a Flicks and the City interview in 2013 that her show-watching friends have encouraged her, "you could come back in Book 6", and that's exactly what I'm hoping happens in the show version.
There have been some theories about just when we might see Joe Dempsie's character Gendry, the bastard son of the late Robert Baratheon, again, which I won't spoil for you here. What I will say is that Dempsie himself is chomping at the bit to have his character arc resolved, telling Digital Spy in May 2016:
I’d love to be involved. There’s a lot of unanswered questions about Gendry and the longer it goes on, the more obvious his absence becomes. I mean, God, the amount of flippin’ memes I get send on Twitter… whether they’ll bow to that pressure or not, I don’t know. But fingers crossed, because it’d be lovely to go back.
You won't hear me disagreeing with you!
7. Sean Bean
Oh, yeah, yeah! And I’m his father, so that would be great fun! Just to go back to that for a while, it would be such fun to do. It would be great! It would be bizarre, but it would be great! So I guess if they’re going to do flashbacks, then yeah! And that should happen, shouldn’t it? I’ve definitely got some unfinished business that needs to be resolved there.
He should get another shot at a storyline for that amount of exclamation points alone.
8. Jason Momoa
Sneaky little Jason Momoa has been trying to get himself back on Game of Thrones ever since his character Khal Drogo died in Season 1. First, he said he had written some scenes for himself for Season 2, so that the Khal could return, and more recently, he posted Instagram photos of himself with Weiss and Benioff in Belfast and "preparing for the North", according to the captions, which prove to me that he'd stop at nothing to get back in there, no matter how unlikely it is.
9. Tom Wlaschiha
After his character Jaqen H'ghar was brought back for Season 5 after a three-season hiatus, Tom Wlaschiha remarked to Access Hollywood on the red carpet that he was "always hoping to show up at some point", so it seems likely that he has the same feelings about Season 7, as well, since his character was left so open-ended.
10. Michiel Huisman
Michiel Huisman is one of the few larger characters left behind in the plot without being killed off, as he was at the end of Season 6, and weirdly enough, he's actually pretty bummed he didn't get a "big death scene", telling The Daily Beast in June 2016, "I am disappointed. But he’s still out there, you know. It’s a big world. He got left behind, but who knows?"
11. Iain Glen
It does seem likely that Iain Glen and his character Jorah Mormont will return in Season 7, and Glen says he isn't going down without a fight. Instead of succumbing to greyscale, he said during a panel that he'd like to "die having a heart attack making love to the princess", so he seems determined to stick around at least that long, later clarifying to Vulture :
That's what I'd really like. I think that would be a good scene, don't you? If I'm brave enough, I'll suggest it to [showrunners] Dan [Weiss] and David [Benioff]. Jorah dies doing it. Perfect.
So it's not over until the naked man sings, OK?
I don't want to tell you what to do, show-runners of this amazing program, but with this many talented actors clamoring to get back on the show, you shouldn't have any shortage of complicated, fleshed-out characters. Either way, I can't wait until Season 7 premieres, whether or not it includes a reunion with any of these familiar faces.
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