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There's still a long way to go before Season 8 of Game of Thrones gets here, but that doesn't mean fans are any less hungry for information. Any and all involved with the show is constantly asked about details, and such questions have revealed that one character, Meera Reed, probably will not be returning for Season 8. Actress Ellie Kendrick provided an update on her character and said she doesn't believe she'll be around for the show's final leg:
Not as far as I know. I don't know. It's funny because I always get asked, 'What's going to happen? Are you in it?' Genuinely the truth is, I don't know. I wait for the phone to ring and then I find out, but it hasn't rung, so I don't know. I'll find out whether I am or not at some point, but for now I haven't been notified, so I'm yet to discover.
So, in truth, Ellie Kendrick didn't really know if she's going to return for Game of Thrones Season 8 when she spoke to Metro, but she wasn't very optimistic, and it appears as though she won't. Even with the release date as far out as it is, one would assume somebody would've touched base with Kendrick by now to confirm she'd be available to return if needed. Given the fact that hasn't happened, it seems as though fans have seen the last of Bran's former companion Meera.
If that's true, it's not as though it's the worst thing to ever happen to Game of Thrones. Meera Reed departed Winterfell to go and be with her family before the White Walker invasion, and that sounds like a fitting send-off for her character. With Bran turning all Three-Eyed Raven and currently not in need of any protection, her relevance to the story has diminished significantly. At the risk of being as cold as Bran was in the pair's final exchange, there's really no need to finish out her story, as it just isn't that important with so much else to tie up in the final season.
Meera Reed's limited significance in the Game of Thrones story could very well be the reason why a call hasn't come just yet. If Meera is simply needed for a quick cameo for a White Walker battle in Greywater Watch, one would think there's still plenty of time to arrange a small scene like that. After all, the GoT crew went to pretty great lengths to work in Jessica Henwick while she was still filming Iron Fist, and all that amounted to was a relatively quick death scene.
The answer to whether or not Ellie Kendrick will return as Meera will likely be revealed before Game of Thrones returns in Season 8, which is probably coming in 2018, or possibly in 2019. For more on the show, check out who the series has reportedly cast to lead The Golden Company or another actor we likely won't see in Season 8. For more on upcoming shows that will make the wait for GoT feel shorter, visit our fall premiere guide.