‘Game of Thrones’ Actor Reveals New Character’s Name

Liam Cunningham also addresses foolish pursuits of power in light of White Walkers’ approach

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“Game of Thrones” actor Liam Cunningham, who plays the stalwart Davos Seaworth, has confirmed the name of a character that will be entirely new in Season 6 of the HBO series.

In the trailer for the sixth season, Davos says to someone offscreen, “The real war is between the living and make no mistake — the dead are coming.” We now know to whom he was talking.

“Who I’m saying that to is a fabulous young actress who you haven’t met yet, who’s about to come in, who’s Lyanna Mormont,” Cunningham told IGN. “He’s explaining the situation to her because certain other individuals are making a mess of their parlay. He’s very good at lateral thinking and explaining the situation, as we know.”

Lyanna Mormont is the niece of former Night’s Watch Lord Commander Jeor Mormont, cousin of Ser Jorah Mormont, and Lady of Bear Island. Her name has come up before in the series, when Stannis read a note from her to Jon Snow in Season 5 indicating that Bear Island serves only the Starks.

Cunningham also addressed the foolishness of many of the lords of the Seven Kingdoms for squabbling over power while the White Walkers approach.

“The Night’s King is coming. You ain’t gonna kill him with a bow and arrow,” he said. “We need to do something, rapidly, but they’ve all got their heads up their asses with their own little squabbles. Don’t forget Melisandre’s seen it in the flames. She’s talking about all these petty squabbles that are going on with the Lannisters and the Boltons, all getting their little piece of turf in the Seven Kingdoms.”

“They refuse to recognize that there’s 100,000 of the undead about to come,” he continued. “She’s seen it. [Davos] believes the things that she’s seen, even though he doesn’t like her, but she has her powers.”

The sixth season of “Game of Thrones” premieres Apr. 24 at 9 p.m. ET on HBO.