lthough it will be almost a year before we get to see the first episode of season 6 of Game of Thrones, speculation about what exactly will unfold is already rife.
Given the TV series has caught up with George RR Martin's books, fans are anxiously awaiting the next instalment in the book series, THe Winds of Winter, although it's very possible the TV show will forge its own path.
However, casting has apparently already kicked off for new characters to feature in the next season with one described by fansite Watchers on the Wall as a "beautiful, intense and magnetic" young priestess.
An audition clip leaked online (it has now been taken down) reportedly showed British actress Tehmina Sunny reading for the part of a princess named Kinvara who visits Tyrion Lannister and Varys in Meeren.
Also, since Daenerys flew off with her dragon Drogan and has not yet returned, questions as to her fate are pressing. An extract from the scene suggests it might be quite some time before she does return.
Here is some of the dialogue, as first published on i09.com:
Kinvara: "Her dragons are fire made flesh. A gift from the Lord of Light. But you've heard all of this before, haven't you? On the Long Bridge of Volantis? The dragons purify nonbelievers by the thousands, burning their sins and flesh away."
Tyrion/Varys: "Ideally, we'd avoid purifying many non-believers. The Mother of the Dragon has followers from many different faiths."
Kinvara: "You want your queen to be worshiped and obeyed. And while she's gone, you want her advisors to be worshiped and obeyed."
Tyrion: "I'd settle for obeyed."
Kinvara: "I will summon mummers and appoint priests. They will spread the word. Daenerys has been sent to lead the people against the darkness ... for this war, and the Great War yet to come."
Varys: "That sounds excellent. A man named Stannis Baratheon was appointed as the Chosen One by one of your priestesses. He too had a glorious destiny. He attacked King's Landing, and was soundly defeated by the man standing beside me. Last I heard, he'd been defeated again. This time at Winterfell ... and this time for good."