After keeping fans on tenterhooks for the longest time – a period which had Mads Mikkelsen emerge as the hot favorite – HBO has confirmed that Danish actor Pilou Asbæk will join the Game of Thrones ensemble as Euron Greyjoy.
Uncle to Theon (Alfie Allen) and Yara (Gemma Whelan), Euron is the undisputed renegade of House Grejoy. Often referred to as Crow’s Eye, the glowering loose cannon governs a ship called Silence. Why Silence, you ask? That’s because he’s ripped out every crew member’s tongue aboard the infamous vessel.
Fans of George R.R. Martin’s novels will know that Euron featured heavily in A Feast For Crows, along with his brothers Victarion and Balon. Alas, now that Balon is sleeping with the fishes (what is dead may never die), Euron returns to the Iron Islands and, after much exposition, orders the Iron Fleet to locate and find Daenerys Targaryen.
This interaction serves as a major arc across the momentous tome that is A Dance With Dragons, and should Dan Weiss and David Benioff remain largely faithful to the novels, Asbæk could go on to become a influential pawn on the sprawling chess board of the Seven Kingdoms.
Casting is certainly beginning to heat up for Game of Thrones season 6, now that Ian McShane and Max von Sydow have been recruited for HBO’s fantasy epic, with the latter voicing the enigmatic Three-Eyed Raven that haunts Bran Stark. Last we’d seen of the wayward cripple he was hunkered down with Bran, Hodor and Meera in the icy North, though his search for the strange, prophetic creature will not go unfounded in the next season.
Game of Thrones will return to HBO for its sixth season in early 2016.