Game of Thrones®: What Have They Been Playing At?

07 January 2016
Can you believe that in less than four months we’ll be heading to Westeros for the sixth time?
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Can you believe that in less than four months we’ll be heading to Westeros for the sixth time? In April 2016, M-Net Edge will be bringing you the sixth season of Game of Thrones®​ Express from the U.S.

While the cast and crew were busy bringing George R.R. Martin’s fantasy back to life, we got to watch actors from the series in different roles. In anticipation of Season 6 coming to you this winter, we’re taking a look at where you would have seen Margaery, Brienne, Daenerys and co.

Natalie Dormer (Margaery Tyrell)

Dropping her queenly connivances to join forces with Jennifer Lawrence, Dormer made her second Hunger Games appearance in the franchise’s final instalment. Her next projects include two horrors; but right now, all we want to know is whether Margaery will escape the horrors of the dungeon. Given her resourcefulness, we don’t think any lock and key can hold this girl down.

Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth)

The actress who plays Brienne also made an appearance in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part II. It’s not the only franchise she was part of. Unless you’re clued up on all things Star Wars, you may not have realised that she played Captain Phasma in The Force Awakens. She’s also set to appear in the as-yet untitled eighth chapter.

Jessica Henwick (Nymeria Sand)

Another Star Wars’ alumni, Henwick swooped through the skies as Resistance pilot Jess Testor. In Thrones, she’ll return as the literally whip-smart Nymeria Sand. We just hope the writers give the Sand sisters more to do this season than look good while brandishing weapons!

Kit Harington (Jon Snow)

Is he alive? Is he dead? There haven’t been this many conspiracy theories about a TV character since…well, ever. Whatever may have happened to Jon Snow, Kit Harington is alive and well, appearing in the film Spooks: The Greater Good, based on the British spy series. Whether Jon comes back as a spook in Game of Thrones remains to be seen. That is: if he comes back at all…

Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen)

Franchises seem to be something of a trend with the Thrones’ actors. Clarke was amongst many to join an established and popular film series when she nabbed the role of Sarah Connor in Terminator: Genisys. The challenge for Clarke was that she took on a part that has been done before, placing a lot of pressure on the young actress. Luckily, she’s got the talent to pull it off.

Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark)

We’re cheating a bit when it comes to Turner, because the big movie she’s been working on will only be released during Season 6’s run. But it’s such a big deal, we had to mention it; and it’s also a franchise, which just proves our point about Thrones’ actors and film series. Like Clarke, Turner is taking over a well-known role, playing Jean Grey in the latest X-Men instalment, subtitled Apocalypse. As for Sansa: we can’t wait to find out what happened to her after she leaped off that wall with Theon.

Aidan Gillen (Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish)

Where would you have seen Gillen between seasons? You guessed it! A film franchise. Appearing in Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, there was as little to love about his character as there is about Petyr Baelish. With one exception, we love to hate Littlefinger, and can’t wait to see what’s he got up his sneaky sleeve in Season 6.

Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei)

Daenerys’ right-hand woman, Emmanuel stepped into more of a leadership role as she joined Gillen in Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials. Not that they joined forces in the movie; as in Thrones, their characters support opposing forces. In Season 6, we’re hoping to see Daenerys’ opposing force become a winning force. But somehow, we don’t think the game’s going to be over that quickly.

Tune in for Game of Thrones Season 6 Express from the US in April on M-Net Edge.

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