10 forgotten Game Of Thrones characters who will return to play a major role in season seven

By Alistair Adams-Smith, Angela Connell

Gendry will most likely be back. along with these other characters from Game Of Thrones.
Gendry will most likely be back. along with these other characters from Game Of Thrones.

Game Of Thrones has many characters and many plot lines and keeping track of them across the last six seasons has been a nightmare.

But, with everything coming to a crescendo, it's time to check up on some of these forgotten characters, who have the potential to play a massive part in seasons seven and eight.

GENDRY

Gendry is the blacksmith's apprentice blissfully unaware he is one of King Robert Baratheon's bastards. He befriended Arya when they were both sent on the run from the Lannisters with Yoren's recruits for the Night's Watch. Eventually the Brotherhood without Banners captured them and sold Gendry to Melisandre. He was last seen in Season 4 when Ser Davos freed him and sent him back toward Kings Landing in a rowboat even though he can't swim.

Why is he important?

Although he only learnt the truth from Melisandre late in the game, he is now the only Baratheon left after the deaths of Renly, Stannis and Shireen. Now that all of the Robert's "legitimate children" are gone, he has a strong claim to the Iron Throne ... if he's alive.


SALLADHOR SAAN

The pirate Salladhor Saan from Game Of Thrones.
The pirate Salladhor Saan from Game Of Thrones.

The pirate lord who rescued Davos in the Battle of Blackwater returned his 30 ships to the Baratheon side after Stannis borrowed money to pay him from the Iron bank of Bravos. He was last seen in season 4.

Why is he important?

No one knows since he disappeared from the plot line. But Benjen Stark's return has proven that characters and their plot lines return after years in the wild. Will he achieve his goal of bedding Queen Cersei? Perhaps he will be again recruited by Ser Davos to join Jon Snow, giving him a fleet to add to his side.

ROBIN ARRYN

Robin of Arryn's tale is still unfinished in Game Of Thrones.
Robin of Arryn's tale is still unfinished in Game Of Thrones.

Robin of Arryn is the only son and heir to the original hand of the king John Arryn who was murdered by the Lannisters shortly before the first episode. He was overly-attached to his mother Lysa, Catelyn Stark's sister, who was tossed through the moon door by her new husband Petyr Baelish.

Why is he important?

It's highly unlikely that young Robin will survive the series, but he still Lord of the Eyrie. You have to wonder what plans his scheming "uncle Petyr" has for him.

HOWLAND REED

Howland Reed should be back next season of Game Of Thrones.
Howland Reed should be back next season of Game Of Thrones.

Howland Reed was a good friend to Ned Stark and is father to Meera and Jojen Reed. Jojen tells Bran of Howland's reaction to Ned's death so we know he is probably still alive. He appeared on screen in Bran's vision of the battle at the Tower of Joy at the end of series 6.

Why is he important?

For unexplained reasons, Howland never told his children about Robert's Rebellion. Howland is the only possibly living person to witness what really happened to Lyanna Stark's baby, so expect him to turn up. Maybe Meera will take Bran to House Reed.

NYMERIAM

Nymeria will be back to help Arya in Game Of Thrones.
Nymeria will be back to help Arya in Game Of Thrones.

Direwolves are not normally found south of the wall, so the discovery of the dying mother and her pups near Winterfell was seen as an omen. Nymeria, named for a warrior queen, is one of the six pups adopted by the Stark children in the first episode. Nymeria was last seen early in the first series shortly after attacking then Prince Joffrey.

Why is she important?

Direwolves are the sigil of house Stark so are expected to feature in a Stark revenge. Nymeria and Jon Snow's Ghost are the only other direwolves still alive in the series. Originally the unfinished sixth book in the series was rumoured to be named "Wolves of Winter" leading fans to speculate that Nymeria will turn up again and even fight one of Daenerys' dragons.

BENJEN STARK

We're waiting for you Benjen, from Game Of Thrones.
We're waiting for you Benjen, from Game Of Thrones.

Ned Stark's younger brother and a First Ranger of the Night's Watch.

He embarks on a ranging mission north of the wall in Season 1, and does not return. When he finally surfaces again in season 6, he saves his nephew Bran and his travelling companion Meera Reed from wights after they escape from the cave of the Three-eyed Raven. He tells them he was stabbed in the gut with a sword of ice by a White Walker, but the Children of the Forest saved him by shoving a blade of obsidian in his chest to prevent the magic from taking hold. He then leads the pair to the wall explains he cannot pass through it due to the magic woven into its foundations and his undead status.

Why is he important?

His "undead" status and his fighting skills as a Ranger make him a formidable ally against the Night King's army. But the reappearance of his character also delivers a clue as to how the armies of the dead may get through the wall. When the Night King leaves his mark on Bran during his vision it breaks the magic protecting the Three-eyed Raven's cave. Could this also be the case for the wall when Bran travels through it opening the way for the army of the dead to march south?

EDMURE TULLY

Tobias Menzies as Edmure Tully in Game Of Thrones.
Tobias Menzies as Edmure Tully in Game Of Thrones.

Edmure is the son and heir of the late Lord Hoster Tully of Riverrun and the new head of House Tully. He is the younger brother of Ned Stark's wife Catelyn.

It was his wedding to Walder Frey's daughter Roslin that led to the murder of Robb Stark at the Red Wedding in season 3 and left Edmure languishing in Frey's Dungeon.

Frey is rewarded by the Lannisters with Lordship over the Riverlands and Riverrun.

In season 6, Edmure's uncle Brynden Tully "The Blackfish", who managed to escape the carnage of the Red Wedding, has now managed to rally what remains of the Tully forces and recapture his family home, Riverrun. We next see Edmure being used as a bargaining chip by the Freys to try to convince the Blackfish to relinquish the castle. They threaten to hang his nephew if the Blackfish doesn't surrender, but he refuses.

It's not until Jaimie Lannister arrives from King's Landing with an army to retake Riverrrun that the siege is broken. Jaimie threatens to kill Edmure's son unless he orders the Tully forces to stand down. He agrees and Jaimie retakes Riverrun for the Freys and the Blackfish is killed.

Edmure is returned to Walder Frey's dungeon.

Why is he important?

With the death of Walder Frey at the hands of Arya Stark, Edmure will likely be freed from the Dungeons. But other than that his future is unclear. Although he is the rightful Lord of Riverrun and the head of House Tully, his humiliating surrender of Riverrun to Jaime Lannister would likely not have gone down well with his soldiers.

BERIC DONDARRIAN

Beric has been killed before but keeps coming back in Game Of Thrones.
Beric has been killed before but keeps coming back in Game Of Thrones.

He is the Lord of Blackhaven and the head of House Dondarrion. We first see him is season 1 when Ned Stark, acting as Hand of the King, orders him take 100 men and execute "The Mountain" Gregor Clegane for murder and treason. During the battle of Mummer's Ford Beric is killed when Clegane drives a lance through his chest. He is resurrected by Thoros of Myr, a red priest of the Lord of Light. The survivors of the battle form the Brotherhood Without Banners.

He is not seen again until season 3 when he reunites with the Brotherhood who have taken "The Hound" Sandor Clegane and Arya Stark prisoner. When Arya accuses The Hound of murder, Berric sentences him to trial by combat and volunteers himself as The Hound's opponent. The Hound wins the fight mortally wounding Beric and he is again resurrected by Thoros. In all Beric has been resurrected six times by Thoros and as he explains to Arya, each time he loses a bit of his memory and does not recover from his physical wounds.

The next time we see Beric is when The Hound runs into the Brotherhood after two of its members raided the religious community he was living in and killed his friend Brother Ray. He tracks the men down for revenge. After the men are hanged for staining the good name of the Brotherhood, Beric offers Sandor a place in Brotherhood.

Why is he important?

Beric and the Brotherhood, with The Hound in tow, will no doubt have a part to play in season 7 and the impending fight with the armies of the dead. He is also on Arya Stark's kill list for selling her friend Gendry to Melisandre in season 4. Just how she plans to kill a man who has already been resurrected six times remains to be seen. But It was the memory of Thoros' resurrections of Beric that ultimately inspired Melisandre to successfully resurrect one of the show's most important characters, Jon Snow.

THOROS OF MYR

Game Of Thones character Thoros of Myr.
Game Of Thones character Thoros of Myr.

He is Beric's unconventional red priest, a former hard drinking fighter and a member of the Brotherhood Without Banners. He is responsible for resurrecting Beric six times so far in the series and his feats however "accidental" inspire Melisandre to resurrect Jon Snow at the wall.

Why is he important?

As Thoros tells the Hound in season 6, "we're here for a reason. The Lord of Light is keeping Beric alive for a reason. He gave a failed drunk priest the power to bring him back for a reason."

Just what that reason is remains to be seen.

ILYN PAYNE

Ilyn Payne is on Arya's kill list in Game Of Thrones.
Ilyn Payne is on Arya's kill list in Game Of Thrones.

The king's mute executioner who hasn't been seen since Season 2. As Sandor Clegane explains to Arya, "He hasn't been very talkative these last 20 years. Since the Mad King had his tongue ripped out with hot pincers." Apparently it was punishment for suggesting Tywin Lannister, the Hand of the King, was the true ruler of Westeros, not King Aerys II.

Why is he important?

Ilyn Payne is still on Arya Stark's kill list so you would expect we will see his character again so the young Stark can deal out some more of her extremely violent but poetic justice. But it remains to be seen whether Wilko Johnson, the actor who plays him, will return as he was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer in 2013. Thankfully, his cancer was less severe than doctor's first thought and after undergoing lifesaving surgery, he is on the road to recovery.

- Daily Telegraph UK

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