New reports reveal that Game of Thrones may have added Into the Badlands actor Marc Rissmann for season 8. With the HBO fantasy/drama possibly not returning until 2019, the network is doing everything it can to avoid the leaks that plagued season 7, including going as far as not allowing Game of Thrones cast members to read their scripts and filming multiple endings to avoid spoilers.
Despite this, information still finds its way online, including recent pictures of the cast returning to Belfast to resume filming for Game of Thrones season 8 (revealing a major spoiler about a certain character’s fate). We also know, thanks to cast member John Bradley who plays Sam Tarly in the series, that every episode in the final season of Game of Thrones is going to be “monumental,” stating that each one is going to have the same quality as the ninth episodes – which are known to be the highlight of each season.
As reported by Watchers on the Wall, Into the Badlands actor Marc Rissmann, known for playing the character Nos in the second season of the series, may be heading to Westeros. Thanks to Watchers on the Wall, who flagged a theatrical agency’s announcement that has since been deleted, it was revealed that Rissmann will be playing the role of Harry Strickland. HBO has not commented on the casting news.
While the name may not mean anything to Thrones fans who just watch the TV series, Harry Strickland is a character revealed in the latest book, A Dance with Dragons, as the leader of the Golden Company – the expensive sellsword/mercenary company based in the Free Cities. During the end of season 7, when it was revealed that Cersei (Lena Headey) wasn’t going to send aid to the North to help fright the Night King and his army of the undead, we also learned she sent Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbæk) to bring the Golden Company to Westeros in order to add the much needed muscle to her dwindling army.
This spells good news for Dany (Emilia Clarke) because it debunks the theory that her former lover Daario (Michiel Huisman), who she left to watch over Meereen, will be turning his back on the Mother of Dragons to join Cersei - at least not as the leader of the Golden Company. We still may see Daario make his way to Westeros in season 8, but for now it seems like he’s still on team Dany and won't be leading an army against her.
If the information is true and Rissmann joins the cast, this isn’t going to be his first time venturing back to older, archaic times. He is also known for his role as Tekil in BBC America’s The Last Kingdom, which follows the battles between the Anglo-Saxons and the Vikings during the 9th century, so he's sure to fit right into the bloody world of Westeros.
Game of Thrones season 8 will premiere on HBO sometime in 2018 or 2019.
Source: Watchers on the Wall