|Source: The Guardian|
Entertainment Weekly have this week revealed a Game of Thrones cast member who's set to reprise his role in the fifth season of HBO's critically lauded fantasy drama. Whilst we're still just under seven months away from our return to George R.R. Martin's fictitious realm of Westeros (well, from a televisual perspective anyway - who knows when we'll see The Winds of Winter land on our shelves, eh?), production on Season Five is already well underway and this particular casting announcement sure to tide Sherlock fans over in the meantime.
From what we've heard, most fans who have already read Martin's hefty A Song of Ice and Fire novels (or at least those which have been released up until now) speculated that Mark Gatiss would reprise his role as Tychio Nestoris, the deliciously enigmatic Iron Bank representative who Stannis Baratheon and Davos Seaworth discussed (when the latter wasn't busy singing the former's praises, anyway) the economics of war with in the eighth episode of Season Four ("The Laws of Gods and Men") and it's a genuine thrill for us to be able to confirm that they were correct in their predictions. The character appears on multiple occasions in A Dance with Dragons (the loose inspiration for next year's series), which - in theory - means that Gatiss will have signed up for more than one episode this time around, but given that showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are known for taking liberties with their source material on-screen, we'd advise against taking anything for granted until official confirmation and/or promotional material arrives on our shores.
Game of Thrones will be back for a fifth season of violent and (no doubt) risqué excursions on HBO and Sky Atlantic in Spring 2015.