There's some pretty awesome casting news for GoT season 6
. Actor Ian McShane (Deadwood, Jack the Giant Slayer, Battle of Britain) will be joining the cast. There's been no official word on who McShane will be playing... I'm thinking it's pretty unlikely that Al Swearingen would wind up in the midst of Westeros. Some speculation is that he might be playing the father of one character who's something of a fan favorite.
There's also some news from HBO. At a recent presentation HBO President Michael Lombardo said
that the network is looking towards an 8 season run (or more) for Game of Thrones. Additionally, there's been talk of a prequel:
When asked about the possibility of a prequel or spinoff of some kind at TCA, Lombardo admitted, “I would be open to anything David and Dan want to do … there’s enormous storytelling to be mined in a prequel.” He added that there have been no conversations about an offshoot for “Thrones” yet, since “the focus is on figuring out the next few years of this show.”