Why We’re Excited To See Mark Gatiss in Game of Thrones Season 4

With Season Four of smash-hit fantasy series Game of Thrones to premiere in April 2014, excitement is building. With viewers still reeling from the thrilling end to the previous series and the infamous penultimate episode the ‘Red Wedding’, director Neil Marshall has hinted that the new series will provide a lot more blood and guts. Fans are salivating over the few snippets that have so far been released, including information about new cast members joining the epic series.

And one of the biggest stories ahead of Season Four of Game of Thrones on HBO, is the news that Sherlock and Doctor Who star Mark Gatiss has joined the cast. Even with the exciting mix of well-known faces and up-and-coming talent that will feature in the new season, Gatiss’s name instantly stands out.

Gatiss is already a cult icon after his appearances in Doctor Who and Sherlock, and he’s joining Game of Thrones as Tycho Nestoris, who works for the Iron Bank of Braavos. As a bank that always gets its due, it will be interesting to see how Gatiss plays such a potentially fearsome character. A tall, gaunt man with a long beard reaching almost to his waist, Tycho is the man who negotiates debt payments and goes in search of Stannis in the snowbound Winterfell. Fans are looking forward to seeing the first photos of Gatiss in full-on Tycho mode.

The League of Gentlemen

As a member of cast of The League of Gentlemen, Gatiss has already assured his place in cult TV history. The surreal, horror-influenced show follows the grotesque inhabitants of the fictional northern town Royston Vasey, and was a great showcase for both Gatiss’s writing and acting talents. It was the start of what has become a hugely successful career.

Doctor Who

Having written several Doctor Who stories – published as the New Adventures of in the early 90s – it was fitting that Gatiss would play a part in the revival the iconic programme back in 2005. As well as writing many episodes, he has also starred in the show as Professor Lazarus in the 2007 episode The Lazarus Experiment.

Sherlock

And then there’s Gatiss’s role in the critically-acclaimed BBC show, Sherlock. As well as co-writing and producing the series, Gatiss has appeared as Mycroft Holmes, the great detective’s elder brother.

The combination of Game of Thrones and Gatiss seems like a match made in fantasy heaven. With potential cameo appearances from the likes of Jonsi Birgisson, of Icelandic band Sigur Ros, it seems that anything is possible in the world of Game of Thrones.