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A Beloved Character is Returning to Game of Thrones In Season 6

By  · Published on October 19th, 2015


There has been a lot happening in the world of Game of Thrones lately. Even though it’s been a while since we checked in on Kit Harrington’s hair, production has continued to roll along across Europe, most recently gearing up in Spain (which will include shooting in Essos with Daenerys Targeryen, Dorne and some fun new locations) and in Northern Ireland, which has long been the place for the Riverlands, home to Walder Frey, a bunch of Stark corpses and a war-torn countryside.

For today’s big news – that of an awesome character who will be returning to the show after a long time away – we are headed to Northern Ireland. But first, a spoiler warning for those who don’t want to know anything about Game of Thrones season 6.

It’s going to be a bit of a painful memory, but let’s go back to The Red Wedding for a moment. We know all about the people who died at the hands of Roose Bolton and Walder Frey – Catelyn Stark, Robb Stark, Robb’s wife Talisa, his unborn baby, a bunch of Northern lords – but do you remember who survived?

One survivor was Catelyn’s brother Edmure (played by Tobias Menzies), the groom at the wedding who was carried off for a bedding ceremony prior to the massacre.

This isn’t about Edmure.

The other survivor, so far as we know, was Catelyn’s uncle Brynden Tully, aka The Blackfish, played by Clive Russell. The last time we saw him, he stepped out just before the massacre to relieve himself.


This is about The Blackfish.

According to reports found via our friends at Watchers on the Wall, Clive Russell has been spotted in and around Corbet, Northern Ireland. This confirms reports that not only will Thrones be headed back to the Riverlands, but that a scene that has yet to be adapted from the books – one that involves Jaime Lannister attempting to negotiate the surrender of The Blackfish, who has fled to Riverrun following The Red Wedding – will take place. The report from Northern Ireland also confirm that Nicolaj Coster-Waldau and Jerome Flynn were also present for filming, indicating that Jaime and Bronn will be there in the Riverlands, picking up the pieces of the war and having more witty banter.

This news is a lot of fun, mostly because Clive Russell was so good as The Blackfish. That’s the kind of character – with a gruff, irreverent sensibility – that the show has missed greatly over last season. Things are becoming extremely dour and serious. More comedy relief from actors who can make it fit naturally should be welcomed with open arms. And based on what we know from the books, anything that gets Jaime Lannister headed back in the direction of Brienne (who may also be headed for the Riverlands this season) puts the very popular hooded figure, the plague of the Riverlands, the Silent Lady of Vengeance, back in play. One can only hope.

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