Here’s what the killed-off characters on “Game of Thrones” Season 7 are up to now
Game of Thrones Season 7 claimed plenty of our favorite characters. But have no fear! Most of the actors behind those Game of Thrones characters have other projects in the works. From Aidan Gillen (Littlefinger) to Diana Rigg (Lady Olenna) and beyond, here are some of the exciting places you can expect to see the major, killed-off players now that their time in Westeros has come to an end.
Aidan Gillen (Littlefinger)
After suffering a terrible death at the hands of Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) in the Game of Thrones Season 7 finale, Lord Baelish aka Littlefinger will be taking an eternal break from his schemes. But actor Aidan Gillen isn’t slowing down (nor is he scheming). He’ll be playing James Joyce in James and Lucia, which Robert Mullan wrote and will direct. And if you want to see Gillen in a period piece, he’s joining Season 4 of BBC Four gangster show Peaky Blinders. Littlefinger lives on! Sorta.
Diana Rigg (Lady Olenna)
Lady Olenna didn’t have the bloodiest death in Game of Thrones, but she certainly had one of the most satisfying. Especially because she revealed, after drinking poisoned wine given to her by Jaime, that she had actually been the one to poison King Joffrey. Diana Rigg, the actress who portrayed the Queen of Thorns, has moved on to star in Season 2 of Victoria as Duchess of Bucchleuch. Riggs has a Tony, Emmy, and a BAFTA award, so add that to the reasons why we’re sure to see her in many more roles in the future.
Indira Varma (Ellaria Sand)
While we didn’t exactly see Ellaria Sand die on Game of Thrones, Cersei (Lena Headey) doomed her to a terrible death in Season 7. So let’s just pretend she’s living happily ever after in a Noomi Rapace movie, because that’s what the actress who played Ellaria (Indira Varma) will be doing. The film is called Close, and it’s an action-thriller about the experiences of a female bodyguard.
The Sand Snakes: Rosabell Laurenti Sellers (Tyene), Keisha Castle-Hughes (Obara), and Jessica Henwick (Nymeria)
The Sand Snakes were an amazing trio of kick-ass women that we were sad to see bite the dust on Season 7 of Game of Thrones. But of course, the talented actresses behind the trio are working hard on other projects. For all of you true-crime fans, Keisha Castle-Hughes is in the Manhunt: Unabomber series. Sellers will apparently be in an upcoming movie with Shania Twain! That’s pretty cool. And Henwick can be seen as another kick-ass lady, Colleen Wing, in The Defenders and (presumably) the upcoming Iron Fist Season 2.
Joseph Mawle (Benjen Stark)
In “Beyond the Wall,” Benjen returns to valiantly save Jon Snow from White Walkers and then almost immediately dies. Luckily, the actor who portrays Benjen (Joseph Mawle) has much more up his sleeve. Soon, you can catch Mawle as Odysseus in Troy: Fall of a City, a BBC/Netflix co-production. Hopefully, we’ll get to see more of him in his upcoming series than we did this past season of Game of Thrones.
Tom Hopper (Dickon Tarly) and James Faulkner (Randyll Tarly)
After being captured by Dany during the great Loot Train Attack in Season 7, Randyll Tarly refuses to bend the knee, leading to his death via dragon fire. But don’t fret, actor James Faulkner is still around. Currently, you can catch him in Atomic Blonde and soon in the Watership Down mini-series. Dickon Tarly (Tom Hopper) decided to take the “honorable” route and die alongside his father. And luckily, there’s more from the actor ahead. He also has a few other projects in the works including a recently announced comedy with Amy Schumer called I Feel Pretty.
While Viserion is still on our screens, he’s definitely not the same baby dragon we watched grow up over the course of Game of Thrones. Here’s hoping he’s able to break free from the control of The Night King to have a long and prosperous career as a reanimated dragon actor.