Cersei forebodingly namedropped the scandalous sellswords in the Season 7 finale while informing Jaime regarding her shrewd plan to vanquish Daenerys and Jon — having deceived everybody into deduction Euron Greyjoy had surrendered her and keep running back to the Iron Islands when in actuality, he was streaming off to Essos to contract a few hired soldiers to amplify the Lannister positions.
We’ve already talked about how the Golden Company could wind up working to support Dany rather than Cersei’s in the last season, yet another bit of throwing news tosses a slight torque into our hypothesis.
Session of Thrones fansite Watchers on the Wall (h/t Vanity Fair) reports that The Last Kingdom’s Marc Rissmann has been given a role as Harry Strickland, known in George R. R. Martin’s books as the pioneer of the Golden Company.
As per Watchers, Rissmann’s Spotlight CV and his organization’s site supposedly affirmed the news, yet any notices of Game of Thrones have since bafflingly vanished from the destinations, and HBO declined to remark on the gossip.
A throwing notice dove up by WotW back in September uncovered that the show was searching for a hired soldier between the ages of 35-50, which the fansite anticipated to be Harry Strickland.
“He’s portrayed as a definitive, fit, cool and magnetic military sort. He’ll be showing up in 2 scenes of season 8. The part requires he have the capacity to ride a steed nothing unexpected for a hired soldier on Thrones! The performer will practice in October, shooting the week initiating December eleventh, and after that indeed in May and June of 2018.”
That depiction is a long ways from the Harry Strickland exhibited in Martin’s books; A Wiki of Ice and Fire portrays him as “corpulent, with a major round head, mellow dim eyes and diminishing silver hair that he brushes sideways to conceal an uncovered spot.” But everybody realizes that TV has somewhat extraordinary benchmarks for magnificence than writing does.
On the off chance that Rissmann is in fact playing Harry Strickland, that exposes a prominent fan hypothesis that, if and when the Golden Company appears on screen, it will be driven by Dany’s stricken previous fire, Daario Naharis.
As we noted in our Golden Company explainer, Daario used to be lined up with another sellsword organization, the Second Sons, however a few fans estimated that he could’ve gotten twist of Cersei’s devious plot and inserted himself with the Golden Company to assist his mythical serpent ruler, making ready for a really cool uncover.
In any case, that was previously Dany snared with Jon Snow, her nephew/sweetheart from-another-sibling, and by one means or another, we’re speculating Daario won’t not feel so steadfast once he hears that Dany dumped him for another beardy swordsman.
With Harry on board, Daario clearly won’t lead the Golden Company, however that doesn’t mean he won’t not fly move down in the last season in another path, either as Dany’s partner, or as an abandoned ex.
However, Harry’s inclusion doesn’t really imply that the Golden Company will remain faithful to Cersei, who once called attention to that “Unwavering sellswords are as uncommon as virgin prostitutes.” Since the Golden Company was established by a jerk Targaryen, possibly old blood will turn out to be thicker than gold.
In any case, if WotW is right and Rissmann is showing up in two scenes of Season 8, that implies he’s on deck for 33% of the last season, which is just six scenes in length. Is that enough time to hand the hold over a war? We wouldn’t wager against it.