Game of Thrones season eight premieres on HBO tonight (Sunday, April 14) and welcomes actor Marc Rissmann to the cast as Golden Company mercenary Harry Strickland. Rissmann’s character was first spotted in the Game of Thrones season eight trailer as fans identified him as the mystery man on the Greyjoy ship. Here’s all you need to know about the newest Game of Thrones cast member and where fans may recognise Rissmann from.
Who plays Harry Strickland in Game of Thrones season 8?
Harry Strickland will be played by 39-year-old German actor Marc Rissmann in Game of Thrones season eight.
Game of Thrones fans haven’t been introduced to the character on-screen yet and this will be Harry Strickland’s first involvement.
Rissmann will definitely star in season eight, episode one of Game of Thrones but his future on the HBO series remains unclear.
Plot details and spoilers for the final series of Game of Thrones are being kept well under wraps, so it’s difficult to say how long Harry Strickland will be on our screens.
George RR Martin did include Harry Strickland in the Game of Thrones books, however, so there is plenty of information about the character fans will already know.
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Harry Strickland is the Captain-General of The Golden Company, a mercenary group based in the Free Cities.
In the books, the character is depicted as a middle-aged, grey-haired, stocky individual.
If the Game of Thrones season eight trailer is anything to go by, it seems Harry’s appearance may have been adapted for the screen.
The Golden Company has been employed by Cersei Lannister (played by Lena Headey) to help her fight against Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) and retain her position on the Iron Throne.
Daenerys is currently heading north with Jon Snow (Kit Harington) for the ultimate battle against the White Walkers and Cersei, with the help of Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbaek), will use Harry Strickland to fight behind her back.
Cersei had agreed a truce with Daenerys in the season seven finale but herself, Euron, and Harry will undoubtedly provide an unpleasant surprise for the Mother of Dragons in the new series.
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Who is Marc Rissmann?
Rissmann lands the role in the final season of Game of Thrones after impressing in a number of hit TV series.
Amazon Prime subscribers will undoubtedly recognise Rissmann for the role of Wilhelm Goertzmann in Prime Original series The Man in the High Castle.
The Game of Thrones star also landed a recurring role in Netflix series The Last Kingdom in 2017 as Tekil.
Prior to its cancellation earlier this year, Rissmann had starred in AMC series Into the Badlands as Nos.
His other TV acting credits include Sky Atlantic drama Riviera, German drama Tatort and a number of series in Germany.
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On the big screen, Rissmann recently appeared in horror flick Overlord.
The star-studded cast of Overlord saw Rissmann work with Game of Thrones colleagues Asbaek and Jacob Anderson (who plays Greyworm in GOT).
The Umbrella Academy star John Magaro also worked with Rissmann on Overlord, as did Black Mirror actor Wyatt Russell.
Behind the camera, Rissmann has plied his trade as a writer and director for a handful of music videos.
The Game of Thrones newcomer has directed music videos for German singer Anna Naklab, Alle Farben, and Younotus.
Game of Thrones season 8 premieres on Sunday, April 14, on HBO in the USA and on Monday, April 15, on Sky Atlantic in the UK.
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