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Warning: spoilers ahead for Game of Thrones Season 7.
Game of Thrones Season 6 killed an awful lot of folks, ranging from the king himself to extras galore. Now, it looks like we can expect the cast to expand once more with a whole bunch of new characters for Season 7. The Thrones crew is understandably being cautious about releasing too many details when we're still many months away from the premiere, but some clues are still much better than no clues. Here's a list of characters who will be turning up in Season 7:
The show has effectively passed the A Song of Ice and Fire book series that enabled readers to spoil themselves rotten for certain plot points, so it's hard to guess which of these new characters will have especially large impacts on the plot. Luckily, we do have a handful of details about some of these forthcoming faces to help us speculate.
Some of the characters are evidently only going to be around for a short period of time. The General, the Priest, the City Guard, the Merchant, the handsome Young Lord, and the Lovely Lady only look to be on set for a single week, which likely means only a single episode. All of these one-weekers aside from the Lovely Lady and the Merchant are intended to be played by white actors with standard English accents. Given what happened to the members of the Faith in the Season 6 finale, I wouldn't be shocked if the Priest has a relatively short lifespan. The standard English accent indicates that the General will likely be in the service of a Southerner.
The Merchant and the Lovely Lady roles do not seem to require a certain accent or race, so they'll probably hail from one of the diverse cities of Essos. Interestingly, the Lovely Lady will have more expected of her than just loveliness. She will be a courtesan in the grand Game of Thrones tradition of brothel visits, but she'll have a significant speaking part in addition to full nudity.
The other three characters will be around a while longer than one week. The Warrior will be a fierce fighter with such rough looks that it's clear he's seen his fair share of fights. He'll be white with a standard English accent, so he won't be Dothraki. The Lieutenant, on the other hand, will be played by an athletic actor of Middle Eastern descent. He could well be one of Dany's Dothraki soldiers. The Gate Guard will be a Northern young man who is sure of himself and not afraid to talk about what he thinks of a given situation.
The descriptions as listed by Watchers on the Wall will hopefully be enough to tide Game of Thrones fans over for the time being. Check out our breakdown of what we know so far about Season 7 for more peeks at what's to come, and take a look at our fall TV premiere schedule to see what you can watch in the meantime.