“Game Of Thrones” showrunners Weiss and Benioff have been saying for awhile now that they intend to deviate more and more from George RR Martin’s books as the series goes on. And those of us who slogged through “A Feast For Crows” are very grateful. Book purists, on the other hand, might lose it. You never know with book purists.
The first indication we’ve gotten of how far off the map Weiss and Benioff intend to go came today with the reveal that Mark Gatiss (“Sherlock,” “Doctor Who”) will be playing Tycho Nestoris, a representative of the Iron Bank of Braavos. For those unfamiliar with the plot (but who choose to read spoilers anyway, who are you weirdos?) the Crown of King’s Landing has borrowed a lot of from from Iron Bank of Braavos and despite assurances that a Lannister always pays his debt, Nestoris is on the scene to make sure. The larger point, however, is that Tycho does not show up until book five, “A Dance With Dragons” and, in theory, we’re only supposed to be on the back half of book three.
Now, of course, we have already seen some book five plot with The Torture Of Theon Greyjoy and it’s possible that Weiss and Benioff are eliding a few Braavosi characters in order to give Gatiss more to play with and us fewer characters to keep track of. Either way it means more Gatiss for us. And that’s never a bad thing.
(via Nerd Approved)