It was announced earlier this summer that Mark Gatiss, a screenwriter and actor best known for his writing roles on BBC One's 'Doctor Who' and 'Sherlock,' had been cast in the fourth season of HBO's 'Game of Thrones.' The catch: who he would be playing was kept secret.
Speculation wandered, with most fans expecting him to be playing the role of Lord Mace Tyrell -- a role that later went to Richard Ashton-Griffiths. As it turns out, though, Gatiss's character isn't even from Westeros.
Gatiss will be playing Tycho Nestoris, a representative of the Iron Bank of Braavos. The Iron Bank is a ruthless lending company -- they'll give you the loans you request, but they will go so far as to fund your enemies should you refuse to pay up. Seeing as Season 3 reminded us of the Iron Throne's deep, deep debt to the Iron Bank, it looks like Nestoris might be showing up to collect.
Interestingly, Nestoris does not appear in the book series until much later in the story -- he shows up in the fifth book, 'A Dance with Dragons.' Season 4 will be adapting the second half of the third book, 'A Storm of Swords.' With the high-profile casting of Gatiss and this early introduction, it looks like Nestoris is going to be playing a significantly expanded role in the series.
What do you think? Are you excited to see what Gatiss is bringing to 'Game of Thrones'?
'Game of Thrones' will premiere in spring 2014.