'Game of Thrones' season 7 cast news, filming updates: Kit Harington, Joe Dempsie spotted in Iceland; Freddie Stroma confirms recast

(Facebook/GameofThrones)"Game of Thrones" has picked up production for season 7 again.

Gendry is back. The long-lost bastard of Robert Baratheon will return for the seventh season of "Game of Thrones" after being absent for quite some time. And by the looks of it, he will be assisting Jon Snow and the Brotherhood without Banners.

Joe Dempsie, who plays Gendry, was previously spotted filming in Spain with Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth) and Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister). And while that seems to confirm the actor's grand return after a long absence, new photos have given new light to Gendry's role in the upcoming season.

According to Watchers on the Wall, Dempsie was spotted with Paul Kaye, who plays Thoros of Myr, in Iceland this week. A fan was even able to take a photo with the two actors. Kit Harington has also landed in Iceland, and it looks like all three actors are set to shoot scenes together.

It has been speculated that Harington's Jon Snow will set out on a mission to retrieve a wight in order to convince people that the White Walker threat is real. Of course, Jon is going to need some help, which is where the Brotherhood without Banners and Gendry come in. 

Members of the production crew were the first to arrive in Iceland, with people handling costumes spotted in the area. Emilia Clarke, on the other hand, was sighted in Belfast and the actress also took to social media to share that filming had commenced. In the video she shared, Clarke was wearing Daenerys' signature silver hair.

In other cast news, rumors ran rampant last year that the character of Dickon Tarly had been recast after Tom Hopper was spotted filming scenes that would have included Randyll's son. Hopper was even seen with James Faulkner, who plays the Tarly patriarch. But the rumor has since been confirmed as Freddie Stroma told IGN that he would not be back for "Game of Thrones" season 7 due to scheduling conflicts with his ABC show.

"I was shooting this, so my character, I wouldn't be able to go back now," Stroma said. "It was still fun. I got to be in that world. I've watched all of it. It's just an incredible TV show."

"Game of Thrones" season 7 is expected to hit HBO in the summer.

Copyright © 2016 Ecumenical News