‘Game of Thrones’ Season 4: Joseph Gatt Cast as Styr, Magnar of Thenn

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Season 4 of HBO’s Game of Thrones will not premiere for at least another eight months, but fans will take any scrap of information available. So far, we have seen a fascinating VFX reel and deleted scene from last season, learned that “Blackwater” director Neil Marshall will return to helm episode 9 of next season, and now we add to the ever-growing cast.

Joseph Gatt, (The Albino in Cinemax’s Banshee) will join the Season 4 cast as Styr, the Magnar of Thenn. Gatt’s IMDb page lists him as appearing in just next season’s premiere, but given the show’s propensity for changing characters to suit the show’s narrative, there’s a chance that Gatt’s role could be expanded.

Styr first appears in A Storm of Swords, which is the third book of George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series. As a member of Mance Rayder’s wildlings, Styr is the leader (or “magnar”) of the Thenn, one of the many clans populating the King Beyond the Wall’s army. WARNING – Game of Thrones book (and therefore, show) SPOILERS FOLLOW!!!!

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In the book, the Magnar is part of the wildling raiding party that Jon Snow is embedded in – Jon of course betrays them after they scale the Wall. Later, the Magnar is part of the wildling force which attacks Castle Black.

In the series continuity, Jon Snow has already left the wildlings by the end of the Season 3 and is back with the Night’s Watch, while the Magnar had yet to be introduced. This could point toward Gatt’s character taking on the aspects of other wildling leaders and may yet live beyond the first episode of Season 4.


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As far as the character description goes, the casting of Gatt is pretty spot-on. The Magnar of Thenn is described as tall, lean yet physically imposing, clean-shaven… and missing his ears. Gatt, an experienced motion-capture and voice actor (the God of War and Metal Gear Solid video game franchises), is a striking figure and had a brief but weirdly memorable part in Star Trek Into Darkness as a (bionic?) science officer on the Enterprise bridge, among many other roles in addition to his fan-favorite turn on Banshee.

Gatt joins GoT newcomers like Pedro Pascal (The Good Wife) as Prince Oberyn Martell of Dorne; Rome‘s Indira Varma as Martell’s lover Ellaria Sand; and Roger Ashton-Griffiths (The Tudors) as Queen Margaery’s father, Mace Tyrell. Given the remaining story threads of Book 3, expect to see more of such characters as Ser Allister Thorne (Owen Teale), Lady Lysa Arryn of the Vale (Kate Dickie), and the former commander of the City Watch of Kings Landing, Janos Slynt (Dominic Carter).


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

Source: Malta Today

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  1. Looks like he can be intimidating, however have not been impressed with the cast additions for next season. Hope it’s just undiscovered talent.

  2. Okay, as a fan of the series but not a reader of the books, I need a freaking “Game of Thrones” series character tree to keep this stuff straght. Like the show (subscribe to HBO when it comes on, cancel it when it goes off) and my wife and son have both read the books which makes me feel even dumber. This is like trying to heard a horde of black cats and keep all their names right as you do it.

    • I’ll grant you that, snowgator. To me, it’s the hardest part of reading this epic series. And then there’s the flashbacks; THIS event led to THIS, and meanwhile, THIS happened to THIS person, who’s the father of the one who’ll eventually become the squire of THIS person… it’s absolutely mind-bottling, but, I must say, worth it.

      • If you thought the Song of Ice & Fire cast of characters were hard to follow, you should try Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series sometimes, haha.

        • You know, about three years ago I read book one of that. Isn’t there something like 30 “Wheel of Time” books?

          That is like a life time commitment.

          • “Mind-boggling”

            Unless you can bottle minds now?

            Anyway, I dunno, I haven’t got confused at all watching the show and I haven’t read the books myself. Maybe you should try my method of only watching in deathly silence and no disturbances and you might be able to follow who is who?

            Especially with a show like this where clues for future events and character debuts are everywhere.

            • Uh, ‘mind bottling’ is a ‘Blades of Glory’ quote dude.

              • Thanks. I knew somebody else saw that movie.

                I don’t know why, but since I critisized Nolan’s third Batman (which I didn’t know was such a subtle artform and, furthermore, going to anger some to this point), well, it seems there’s a fan who doesn’t like me very much……………:(
                I’ll stop wasting time, make amens and built a shrine. 😉

                • I haven’t seen Blades Of Glory in a while so didn’t catch it. Might have to dig out the DVD tonight now you’ve reminded me.

                • Dark Knight Rises was crap. It goes beyond being “not that good” and is just a bad movie. I could forgive them butchering the hell out of almost every character and the story if they had come up with a good story of their own, but nope. Story was crap too. Subtle artform? More like craptle crapform.

  3. Odd to say the cast is ever-growing when a slew of major characters were just killed off…

  4. I’m just waiting for Euron “Crow’s Eye” & Victarion Greyjoy casting news (though I don’t think either shows up until season 5).

    Badass vikings & pirates, hell yeah!

  5. Judging by the picture used, he could be the next Mr Freeze.