'Game of Thrones' actor reveals he will not be appearing in season 8 of the show

'Game of Thrones' actor reveals he will not be appearing in season 8 of the show

The last season of Game of Thrones might be one of the most hotly-anticipated events in the history of television. The phenomenally successful HBO show has been an absolute goldmine for the network, and introduced millions of people around the world to George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series of novels. I don't know about you guys, but I'm desperate to know how the series ends. Will Jon, Dany, Tyrion and Jamie be able to unite the warring factions of Westeros and displace the tyrannous Cersei? Or will the undead hordes of the Night King storm the wall and plunge the Seven Kingdoms into an endless winter? The finale could go either way.

Of course, the main thing the series is famous for (apart from the copious nudity and graphic violence) is the alarmingly high body count. Seriously: in this show, anyone can kick the bucket at pretty much any time, and right off the bat the show made it abundantly clear that even fan-favourite characters weren't safe from pegging it at a whim.

Because of that, fans of the show are desperate to know who is going to make it till the end. But now an actor from the show has made it clear that he won't be appearing in the final season, which strikes his name off the list for good.

British actor and writer Mark Gatiss, who portrays the Iron Bank representative Tycho Nestoris, has confirmed in a recent interview that he will not be returning to reprise his role in the next season. In an interview with ShortList, Gatiss was asked about whether his character was likely to survive the finale. Gatiss stated: "I’m not in it, so I guess I survive. Although they might just mention offhand that I’ve had my head bitten off by a dragon off-screen or something."

Gatiss is also the co-creator of the hit BBC series Sherlock, and when asked about whether fans might even see a fifth season, he stated: "I devoured all the Sherlock Holmes stories, and what Steven Moffat and I have is a healthy disrespect for it, which is exactly what Arthur Conan Doyle had. We love it but we don’t venerate it ... We’d like to do more, but it’s very tough to schedule because of everyone’s availability. It has to be the right time. We left it in a place where we could come back; Sherlock could knock on Watson’s door and say, 'Do you want to come out and play?' They might be middle-aged men by that point, but I don’t think a little break would do anyone any harm."

Actor and writer Mark Gatiss. Credit: Getty

So there you have it: we now know that there will be at least one less player in the Game of Thrones to come. I guess it's not true what you say: you either win, you die, or your agent simply doesn't get a callback. Ah well.