Game of Thrones is one of the most popular shows on television. Because of the giant audience and great material, being part of the ensemble cast has been a star-making moment for a plethora of the citizens of Westeros. The most recent success story is Finn Jones, who plays The Knight Of The Flowers, Loras Tyrell. While Jones has been a recurring character for every season of Game thus far, he’ll be sinking his teeth into a more meaty role as the title character in Netflix and Marvel’s upcoming series Iron Fist. While it’s exciting to see Finn as a leading man, fans of Game of Thrones are wondering if this new job means that he’ll no longer be in the HBO drama, and if Loras might be killed in order to write him off of the show.
Finn Jones recently spoke to his now rather busy schedule, saying:
I can definitely do both shows. Just because I’ve signed up for this job doesn’t cancel me out from doing more seasons of Thrones.
This statement, which comes to us from EW, seems like a reason to celebrate for fans of the Tyrell family, myself included. Of course, there is the possibility that this isn’t totally true.
On one hand, it does seem entirely possible that Finn Jones will be able to balance two big dramas at once. Loras Tyrell isn’t one of the leading characters, so he usually only makes a few appearances per season. To date, Loras has only appeared in a total of 19 episodes of the 50 aired of Game of Thrones.
Loras is currently rotting away in the cells underneath the Sept of Baelor for his homosexuality and lying to the Great Sparrow. He and his sister Queen Margaery were noticeably absent from the final episodes of Season 5, and while the two have a moment in the recent trailer, we can assume that the Tyrell siblings will be in captivity for at least the start of Season 6.
Additionally, Finn Jones is not the only Game of Thrones side character who is appearing in Iron Fist. We previously reported that Jessica Henwick, who plays sandsnake Nymeria Sand, is actually the female lead in Iron Fist. So it is a distinct possibility that the HBO drama is willing to schedule around their actors’ schedules- especially since they aren’t leads. I guess the casting department for Iron Fist are fans of Game of Thrones.
On the other hand, Finn Jones may be trying to throw fans off his departure from Game of Thrones. Balancing two television shows is hard enough, but it’s not like they’re filming in nearby Hollywood studio lots. King’s Landing, where Loras has almost exclusively been in for his tenure on Game of Thrones, is filmed in Croatia. So either Jones is going to get very familiar with flying, or something has to change.
Given the precarious position that the Tyrell siblings are in, I wouldn’t be surprised if Margaery sold her brother out in order to be released from the cells. Loras has always been Margaery’s biggest cheerleader and partner in crime, so he might be willing to sacrifice himself so that the Tyrell family could once again flourish and get their revenge on the Lannisters and that little bitch Olyvar.
Only time will tell how Loras fares in Game of Thrones, which returns to HBO April 24th. We’ll continue to update you on both Game and Iron Fist as more details become public.