The Word: ‘Sherlock’ co-creator Mark Gatiss joins ‘Game of Thrones’ cast

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: Mark Gatiss attends the press night for Shrek The Musical at the Theatre Royal on June 14, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
Mark Gatiss also plays Sherlock’s brother, Mycroft Holmes, on the BBC show. Credit: Ian Gavan/Getty Images

Here’s a mystery worthy of Sherlock Holmes, or at least some really invested fans: What role will Mark Gatiss play on “Game of Thrones”?

Mark, who co-created the BBC’s hit show “Sherlock” and co-starred in it as Mycroft Holmes, will join the cast of “Game of Thrones” next season, according to EW.com. But showrunners aren’t saying who he’ll be playing. Maybe they’re planning some sort of epic crossover. That would be terrible. They shouldn’t do that.

More likely, the “Thrones” team just want to keep the introduction of a new character a surprise – they pulled a similar stunt with Iwan Rheon last year, who turned out to be playing Ramsey Bolton.

“Game of Thrones” is about the grimmest fantasy TV show ever to hit the airwaves. But it’s not as grim as the version that lives in George R.R. Martin’s head. In particular, he finds that the TV version of the titular iron throne is too petite and pretty.

Martin acknowledges that the version we see is right for the constraints of the show, but, he writes on his blog, “It’s not the Iron Throne I see when I’m working on “The Winds of Winter.” It’s not the Iron Throne I want my readers to see. The way the throne is described in the books … HUGE, hulking, black and twisted, with the steep iron stairs in front, the high seat from which the king looks DOWN on everyone in the court. … My throne is a hunched beast looming over the throne room, ugly and assymetric [sic].”



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