Warning: This article contains Game of Thrones spoilers from Season 6, Episode 9 and speculation about what happens next!
It wasn’t even the season finale yet, but last night’s episode of Game of Thrones already blew our minds with one of the most epic battle scenes of the show. You can , but all you need to remember is that evil Ramsay Bolton finally, finally met his demise in the long-awaited “Battle of the Bastards,” with Sansa undergoing .
While we’re getting ready for the world-shattering event that is going to be , there’s already news of Season 7 surfacing, mainly the casting of two new characters. Fan site is pointing out that two young actors are being cast: a 16-year old Northern girl who will appear in “a high-stakes scene with leading cast members and a 10-year-old Northern boy.
Now that we’re left without books to rely our speculation on, who do you think these two children could be? If you don’t count the theory that they’re brand new characters we’ll just have to wait to discover, there’s two main possibilities.
1. Alys Karstark and the son of Smalljon Umber
What if the teenage girl was Alys Karstark, daughter of Lord Rickard Karstark? In the books, she’s first betrothed to Daryn Hornwood, but he dies in battle at the hands of Jaime Lannister. When her uncle Arnolf Karstark is trying to force her to marry her cousin Cregan Karstark, she flees to the wall where Jon Snow arranges her marriage with a Wildling chief, who, in the current state of things on the show, could clearly be Tormund (even if that would upset the evergrowing number of Brienne-Tormund shippers).
The boy could then be the son of Smalljon Umber, who himself was the son of the first Lord to have proclaimed Robb Stark the King in the North after Lord Rickard Karstark. It would fit perfectly with the newfound power of the Starks, who finally got their revenge on Ramsay Bolton, and would consolidate their control of the North if they can count on the loyalty of the Karstarks and the Umbers.
2. Lyanna Stark and Howland Reed
The R+L=J theory has been rocking the Game of Thrones fandom for a while now, and it’s about time we see come back to the screen. Although we already caught a glimpse of her, it’s her storyline at an older age that’s really interesting. The long-lost sister of Ned Stark, Lyanna was famously chosen by Rhaegar Targaryen at the tourney at Harrenhal, even though he was already married and she was supposed to be married to Robert Baratheon. The scandal set in motion a series of events that brought the Targaryen rule to an end, starting with Rhaegar’s abduction of Lyanna… or did they run away together?
Such flashbacks would certainly help us see a bit clearer in the Tower of Joy story, and maybe, finally get the answer to the mystery of Jon Snow’s origins. As for the young boy, the safest bet would be Howland Reed, who was still young at the time of the tourney at Harrenhal, and who Lyanna might have defended herself, dressed up as the mystery knight. He’s the father of Jojen and Meera Reed, and reportedly saved Ned Stark’s life when they came to rescue Lyanna at the Tower of Joy.
Who do you think the two new characters in Game of Thrones Season 7 are?