‘Games of Thrones’ Season 4 Cast Adds Mark Gatiss as Tycho Nestoris

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As much as the complex and gripping plots of Game of Thrones - as well as the hefty budget that covers all its epic fantasy needs – help to keep audiences coming back and ratings climbing, the real strength of show is the universally strong talent all across the board of its sprawling ensemble cast, which features a mix of veterans like Charles Dance and Julian Glover and newcomers such as Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke.

Season 4 will bring with it a host of new characters and, by extension, a number of new additions to the cast. Michael Huisman will be replacing Ed Skrein as mercenary leader Daario Naharis, Pedro Pascal (The Good Wife) as Prince Oberyn Martell of Dorne and Indira Varma (Rome) as his lover, Ellaria Sand. Banshee star Joseph Gatt is also joining the show as Styr, Magnar of Thenn.

When casting announcements for season 4 of Game of Thrones began this summer, one of the names mentioned was actor and writer Mark Gatiss, though at the time his exact role was unconfirmed. Now Gatiss’ CV has been updated to reveal that he’ll be playing Tycho Nestoris, a representative of the Iron Bank of Braavos, to whom the Iron Throne owes tens of millions in borrowed gold.

By the end of season 3 there were many threats descending upon Westeros, including Daenerys Targaryen’s army and dragons and a horde of ice zombies from the north, but poor fiscal management could be enough to end the reign of Good King Joffrey all by itself. The Iron Bank, as Tyrion mentioned in the last season, is notorious for always collecting on its debts and, if they aren’t repaid, offering financing to those who plan to usurp the throne.

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Aside from his well-known role as Mycroft Holmes in the soon-to-return BBC series Sherlock, Gatiss has a long history of both comedic and dramatic roles. Along with fellow British comedians Reece Shearsmith (The World’s End) and Steve Pemberton (Whitechapel) he played dozens of different characters in the gruesome black comedy show The League of Gentlemen, and also had a brief role in the original series of Being Human as an ancient vampire called Mr. Snow.

Game of Thrones fans probably didn’t need another reason to look forward to season 4, but Gatiss is certainly a very welcome addition to the cast. Tell us if you think he’s the right actor to play Tycho Nestoris in the comments.


Game of Thrones season 4 premieres in Spring 2014 on HBO.

Source: Curtis Brown (via WinterisComing)

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  1. Oohhhh this is gonna be so awesome i haven’t read the books but i hope he plays the character similar to how he plays Mycroft in Sherlock

  2. I’ve read all the books, but I can’t for the life of me remember that character.

    • he was minor.

      Much like Rob Starks wife, Ellaria Sand, and Styr – Magnar of Thenn, none of them had significant roles at all. HBO has a history so far in this series of making certain characters more important than they were in the book… So far I have not really been able to figure out why they keep doing it (because it hasn’t added anything to the series’ quality ).

      Hopefully they don’t stray to far, and keep as close as possible to GURM’s brilliant original plots lines.

    • You probably can’t remember him because he didn’t even get mentioned or appear until book 5. In ADwD, he comes to the wall to negotiate with Stannis, and leaves shortly after to go find him.

  3. I’m surprised they bothered, Tycho Nestoris only appeared 2 or 3 times in the books. If they’re casting small parts like him, then I seriously hope the Sand Snakes get a full casting for later seasons.

    • And where the hell is Strong Belwas? I was so mad when he was cut

    • They might beef up his role a little like they did with Robb.

    • Probably indicates the Iron Bank will be very important in future books.

  4. I saw Mark Gatiss at comic-con walking around at night in San Diego. I geeked out so hard that i kept yelling “hey Mr. Snow!!!! Mr.Snow!!!” I don’t think he heard me but the people on my side of the street all gave me a the hairy eye. and that’s my Mark Gatiss story.

    • I was at college/drama school with Mark as well as Steve and Reese…so pleased he has done so well. He ‘died’one night at my house during an impro and stained my carpet with his blood capsule!!!

  5. Who cares? He was only in the books for about 10 seconds, and then only in books 4 & 5. Since this season was *supposed* to be the second half of book 3 I guess they are just going to start jumbling the books together in the hopes that they can make book 4 and 5 look more like something worth airing. If ‘Words are Wind’ then books 4 & 5 were hurricanes.

  6. he thus far has had a small role in the books but it appears as though he’s going to be quite a significant character in terms of impact, if not appearance time.

    you can see they are speeding things up in the series by some of the casting choices, I won’t give any spoilers but if you want to know look up Octavia Selena Alexandru.