With the final Game of Thrones season officially wrapped, things are getting realer than ever. As fans make their predictions about who will assume the Iron Throne, it seems that we might be getting ahead of ourselves. Because now, we know that at least one Game of Thrones actor isn’t returning for Season 8: Mark Gatiss, aka the Iron Bank worker named Tycho Nestoris.
“I’m not in [Season 8], so I guess I survive,” Gatiss said. “Although they might just mention offhand that I’ve had my head bitten off by a dragon off-screen or something.”
Even though you probably won’t consider Tycho a major Game of Thrones character, he actually played a pretty important part in Season 7. As you’ll remember, Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) decided to wage war against Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke). To do so, she had to take out a loan from the Iron Bank to pay for the Golden Company—the supposedly ruthless army that will fight against Daenerys’ impressive militia.
Since a Lannister always pays their debts, who will they pay back for the Golden Company?
This could, perhaps, provide some clues as to how the great battle between Cersei and Daenerys could turn out. After all, we saw Tycho in past seasons when Cersei paid back her loans from the Iron Bank.
In the past, Cersei used the bank to attack Highgarden. Stannis and Ser Davos visited the Iron Bank in Season 4. In that scene, Tycho initially declined Stannis’ request for a loan, exemplifying how ruthless the banker could be.
If you were a big fan of Gatiss, don’t fret. He’ll soon appear on another HBO show, this time a comedy called Sally4Ever. Now, let’s just hope that Gatiss is the only Game of Thrones star who won’t return for the final season. Though, if anyone gets written off the show, it’ll probably be because of a gruesome death that viewers will have to watch.
Let’s be honest, though: We wouldn’t have it any other way.