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Mark Gatiss

It’s Not Enough for Mark Gatiss to be The British Government…

Mark Gatiss

Now he’s got to be the Iron Bank of Braavos as well. The actor/writer/producer has joined the cast of “Game of Thrones” for the 4th season as Braavosi Tycho Nestoris.

For fans of the show, Nestoris is a new character but even loyalists of the books may be scratching their heads at this announcement. Tycho Nestoris isn’t brought into play until the 5th book,  A Dance with Dragons, while season 4 is set to cover (as far as we know) the second half of book 3, A Storm of Swords. It’s even more interesting to add that Nestoris isn’t a particularly large character. A braavosi deputy of the Iron Bank of Braavos, Tycho journeys to the seven kingdoms to negotiate a collection on the loan Cersei took out from the bank to cover the costs of Joffrey’s immaculate wedding, among other expenses.

As far as we can tell, it would make more sense for Gatiss’ character to appear in season 5 since A Feast for Crows, the followup to Swords, reveals that the amount of debt Cersei has incurred for the Seven Kingdoms is beginning to catch up with her: the Iron Bank only begins to heckle the Widowed Queen for repayment. It appears that the writers for HBO’s “Game of Thrones” has chosen to bring in this conflict earlier than George R.R. Martin chose to, likely though in a limited capacity to expand on in later seasons. Gatiss revealed that he only appears in one episode in the upcoming season, but he’s hoping to (and most certainly will) return in later seasons “for an almost inevitably violent death.”


Still curious about the entire dish on Gatiss’s new character? Frustrated because you’ve read all the books but for the life of you can’t remember ever seeing Nestoris in A Dance with Dragons? (Don’t feel bad, there’s a lot of characters to keep track of, don’t beat yourself up about it.) For a spoiler-filled recount of Tycho Nerstoris’ role in the epic fantasy saga A Song of Ice and Fire, check out his wiki page here!

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