Game of Thrones – Season 4 – Sigur Rós joins the show, Mark Gatiss role confirmed, more
Production on Game of Thrones season 4 is well underway, and news is pouring in on what we can expect.
Entertainment Weekly confirms the band Sigur Rós has landed a role on the new season of the hit HBO drama, as showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss are admittedly longtime fans of the group. The Icelandic band is currently filming their appearance on the show’s set in Croatia, though they’ve reportedly been sworn to secrecy about the details of their appearance. Of course, the last time a famed musician appeared in an episode of the show, it was Coldplay’s Will Champion appearing as a drummer in The Red Wedding. Could we be seeing another “Rains of Castamere”-sized bombshell when Sigur Rós appears on the show? Let the speculation begin!
Meanwhile, trusted Thrones fansite Winter Is Coming has purportedly uncovered the nature of League of Gentleman alum Mark Gatiss’ role in season 4. Gatiss will reportedly plat the role of Tycho Nestoris, a representative of the Iron Bank of Braavos, which is known for doling out high-paying loans…and notorious for going to extreme measures to collect on their debts. As Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) warns in season 3, the kingdom is already in serious debt to the Braavosi.
The appearance by Nestoris will be coming a bit earlier in the show than it did in the books, but this seems to be part of Weiss and Benioff’s initiative to move through the books at a quicker pace. Season 4 will focus on the second half of book 3 in George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, A Storm of Swords, in addition to bits from book 4, A Feast For Crows.
Lastly, Winter Is Coming also reports that English actor Rupert Vansittart has been cast as Lord Yohn Royce, the head of House Royce, bannermen of House Arryn who are loyal to Catelyn Stark’s sister, the crazed Lady Lysa Arryn.
The character, nicknamed “Bronze Yohn” in the books because of his bronze armor, is the father of Ser Waymar Royce, the cocky young Night’s Watchman killed by a White Walker in the first fifteen minutes of Game of Thrones’ very first episode.
Vansittart is a well-known face from British TV, having appeared on Doctor Who, Mr. Bean, and BBC’s famous 1995 adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. He’s also appeared in films such as The Iron Lady, Braveheart, The Remains of the Day, and Four Weddings and a Funeral.
Season 4 of Game of Thrones premieres next spring on HBO.