It’s no secret that Game of Thrones has one of the largest casts in television. However, even with all the characters that the show manages to include from George R. R. Martin’s novels, there’s still quite a few that they’ve left out. Martin himself has even commented on the exclusion of several characters in the past, or even the early onscreen deaths of several that are still alive in the novels, but considering how confusing the show is initially for new viewers, Game of Thrones has done a surprisingly good job at keeping the perfect balance between having enough and too many characters to tell their story.
However, the latest season of the show seemed to upset book readers more than almost any other season of the series up until this point. Part of that was because the series went farther ahead and away from the books than it ever has in the past, and the other part is because of the exclusion of some interesting storylines from the books that fans were hoping to see onscreen. One of the main story threads being the introduction of the rest of Theon Greyjoy’s (Alfie Allen) family from the Iron Islands.
Well, it looks like showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss had a different plan for the Iron Islands after all. According to a new report by Variety, actor Pilou Asbæk has been cast in the new sixth season of the series as Euron Greyjoy a.k.a. The Crow’s Eye. The character is one of Balon Greyjoy’s (Theon’s father) brothers, along with his sibling Victarion Greyjoy. In the books, Victarion is a heavily religious character, while Euron is more of a ferocious and handsome warrior with an eye patch.
Asbæk has an uncanny resemblance to Alfie Allen, and while I’m not familiar with his past work, judging by the past casting success Game of Thrones has had, something tells me Pilou Asbæk will do more than a fine job with the role. Euron is such an interesting and unpredictable character in the books, that it’ll be interesting to see the direction that the show decides to not only take him, but the entire Iron Islands storylines as well.
This should come as exciting news to all you book fans out there who were hoping to see this character brought to life. It’s unknown if Victarion will be cast in the new season as well, but it looks like the sixth season will continue to combine new stories not in the books with some familiar material for book readers.
Pilou Asbæk is one of a few other new additions to the season along with Ian McShane and Max von Sydow as the Three-Eyed Raven. Whether you have issues with the show’s loyalty to its source material or not, there’s no denying that Game of Thrones just keeps loading their cast up with interesting and extremely talented actors. Season six should make one hell of an interesting season as the show moves farther and farther away from where the books left off.
Game of Thrones Season 6 is set to premiere sometime in 2016.
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