Has casting news for the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones revealed the return of a major house?
The diligent folks down at Watchers on the Wall have picked up on the recruitment of a new character for season eight, in the form of Irish actress Danielle Galligan.
According to her resumé, Galligan will be playing a character named “Sarra” in a season 8 episode directed by David Nutter.
And this is where things get interesting.
The only instance of the name Sarra appearing in A Song of Ice and Fire is Sarra Frey, who just so happens to one of Walder Frey’s countless granddaughters.
So, will House Frey be making an appearance in season 8 after all?
While the Freys faced near-extinction thanks to Arya’s season seven antics, it’s worth pointing out that both marrying members of the Red Wedding party are actually still alive.
Walder Frey’s daughter Roslin is living somewhere in Westeros with her newborn son, while Arya and Sansa’s uncle Edmure Tully was last seen captured by the Lannisters and is still presumed alive.
So, there are still some Freys knocking around Westeros – but does this mean they will return next season?
The jury’s still out, but as there are only six episodes of Game of Thrones left, it might seem silly to devote precious screen time to the surely short-lived revival of a fallen House, while all our favorite characters are already in great peril.
And we do know that Galligan just wrapped filming in Belfast, so we’re assuming Sarra’s appearance in GoT‘s final season is relatively short-lived.
But we would love to know how things worked out for Roslin and Edmure…
Game of Thrones will return to HBO in 2019.