'Game of Thrones' Is Reportedly Casting Two New Roles for Season 8

And they're not what you might expect.

Now that Game of Thrones has ended its seventh season, fans are poring over any detail they can get for information about the eighth and final season, which starts production in October. Fan site Watchers on the Wall, which frequently breaks news about Thrones castings, reported Wednesday that the HBO series is casting two child roles for Season 8, and they could reveal where the plot is heading next.

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One casting notice is for a Northern girl, ideally around age 8. The character seems very similar to Lyanna Mormont, as she's supposed to be fearless and tell it like it is. They're looking for a "strong-minded young girl with a fighting spirit," and the part would film the week of November 17. Watchers on the Wall speculates the girl could be related to Lyanna Mormont, or a member of another prominent Northern family—perhaps a family that falls to the White Walkers.

The second casting notice is for a boy around the same age, or possibly a few years older. The boy, who may be in multiple scenes, is described as a poor child who has had to fight for everything he has. The actor would need to be available for filming at the end of November and the end of December. Watchers on the Wall thinks this child is likely going to show up in Kings Landing or Essos, since the casting notice doesn't specify accent or much about appearances.

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It's obviously unclear what these characters will be, or even whether they're new characters or simply flashback scenes of existing characters on the show. TV Guide ponders whether the young girl could be a young Lyanna Stark (though they already cast her in Season 6), or even the future children of Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen. But there's no way we're ever going to find out until the show airs in 2019, because HBO has the plot on such a lockdown that they're filming multiple endings to throw us all off.

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Megan Friedman

Megan Friedman is the former managing editor of the Newsroom at Hearst. She's worked at NBC and Time, and is a graduate of Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism.