Game Of Thrones Season 8 Has Reportedly Cast The Leader Of The Golden Company

Marc Rissmann in The Last Kingdom

Season 7 of Game of Thrones was a doozy. HBO's massively popular fantasy drama wrapped up its penultimate season a few months ago, and the fandom has not stopped dissecting and discussing every frame. And with just a few episodes left until the story concludes forever, fans are eager for any tidbits about Season 8. And we may have one, as a new character was reportedly cast for the final season. Cersei is hoping to get help from the Golden Company in her conflict against Dany and Jon, and now the leader of the Golden Company may have been cast. It will reportedly be played by actor Marc Rissmann.

This news comes to us from Game of Thrones fan site Watchers on the Wall. While not an official HBO database, the website has been known to spoil a plot point or two during GoT's long tenure on the show. They've reported that Marc Rissman's Agency and Casting Website indicated that the actor will be playing Golden Company leader Harry Strickland when the series returns for its final season. And although they've since been taken down, Watchers on the Wall managed to screenshot the evidence.

Fans of George R.R. Martin's A Song Of Ice And Fire novels will know the name Harry Strickland, as he appeared in A Dance With Dragons. However, the characterization in Game of Thrones will likely be quite different, as he's linked to a character that isn't around in the series. In the books, he is tied to the plot around Aegon Targaryen during Robert's Rebellion. But in Season 8, he'll likely have the majority of his scenes with Euron Greyjoy and Cersei Lannister.

Because during the giant meeting at the Dragon Pit, Euron Greyjoy seemingly flees and abandons House Lannister when he got a glimpse of the Wright. But this was all actually a ruse, and he was heading with his fleet to pick up the Golden Company, which will serve as the new Lannister army following Dany's attack on the Loot Train.

TV fans might not know Marc Rissmann by name, but they may be familiar with his work-- especially those who want more action and sword fights following Game of Thrones. He briefly appeared in AMC's Into the Badlands, which is a show that has even more over the top action than Game. But he's also known for his recurring role in the British series The Last Kingdom in Season 2. So it's safe to say he's comfortable with a medieval setting.

It's currently unclear when Game of Thrones will return for its eighth and final season. They're reportedly filming into this coming summer, so it's unlikely that the show will be back before the end of 2018. We'll be sure to update you on all details as they become public. Be sure to check our fall premiere list to plan your next binge watch.

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