The flood of filming leaks for GoT S6 seems to have slowed to a trickle, so I will get all excited over what is probably nothing.
We have photos from Watchers of a conference in which several actors made an appearance. There are a couple of mini-pigs involved. The pigs are cute, but I am more interested in a certain actor having suddenly cut his hair.
No, I’m not referring to Kit Harington. That would be an international state of emergency.
There was some event with Mindshare Huddle, and some GoT actors showed up: Finn Jones (Loras Tyrell), Gemma Whelan (Yara Greyjoy), Natalia Tena (Osha), Miltos Yerolemou (Syrio Forel), Jessica Henwick (Nymeria Sand). No, Syrio is not coming back! He’s dead. He’s really, really gone. This is a paid corporate event in which actors are invited and paid to show up. It means nothing about what characters we’ll see in S6.
That said, we can reasonably expect to see more of the Tyrells in S6, and that includes Loras. When I first looked at the photos in the Watchers article, I almost didn’t recognize Finn Jones, because he looks so different with that super-short haircut.
First off: it’s kind of sad, how I just know so many people, all the world over, would get so upset if Kit Harington cut off his pretty curly hair. We have the most ridiculous priorities, and of course that includes me.
Anyway. We’re used to seeing Loras Tyrell with a full head of lovely, curly, tossable hair. (“Renly preferred curly-haired little girls like Loras Tyrell. You’re too much man for him.”) And now he has a recently buzzed head, which makes him look very different.
I recall a tale of NCW playing a prank on D&D, in which he told them he was shaving his head for another role, the practical upshot being that they would have to get a wig for him to do the next GoT season, and a wig that made Jaime’s hair looks just the way they needed it at the time, would’ve been very expensive. They were looking at spending thousands of dollars to get the right hairstyle for Jaime after NCW supposedly shaved his head. (But he didn’t really shave his head, and no wig was needed. The prank was that he made them start scrambling to get a suitable hairpiece for the role.)
Now, here’s the thing: I don’t think Finn Jones buzzed his head as a prank. I simply notice that D&D and their higher-ups at HBO are inordinately interested in how their actors keep their hair. If Finn Jones was allowed to cut his hair that short, that may be significant. Like, maybe he has to leave the Sept of Baelor through an act of atonement, like Cersei did in the S5 finale.
I’m open to the possibility that Jones simply had another role and that he’ll wear a wig to play Loras in S6. But he could have also cut his hair because Loras has to “cast aside all artifice” in order to escape his incarceration by the Faith. It’s a possibility, is all I’m saying.
Hopefully we’ll get some substantive filming news in the next few days, so I don’t have to get all excited over actors having cut their hair.