'Game of Thrones'
A poster of "Game of Thrones" season 7. Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister Helen Sloan/HBO

A major character from “A Song of Ice and Fire,” on which the the TV series “Game of Thrones” is based, has been cast for season 8. The casting has confirmed Euron Greyjoy’s (Pilou Asbæk) mission, and the entry of a new faction in the final war! The following article contains minor spoilers.

German actor Marc Rissmann has been cast to play the role of Harry Strickland, Watchers on the Wall reports. Readers who are familiar with the books written by George RR Martin will remember the character as the leader of the Golden Company, a mercenary group in Essos said to be 10,000 strong with infantry, cavalry and war elephants.

Cersei (Lena Headey) was last seen remarking how she planned to hire this mercenary group to conquer lands in Westeros. She even tasked Euron with taking his ships to Essos and bringing back the army for her.

Seeing the Wight in front of everyone must have been a scary experience for Euron. No one would blame him if he just took his army and went back to the Iron Islands to wait for summer, which he promised everyone at the meeting he'd do. The Army of the Dead can’t cross water, so the ironborn will be safe on the island. However, with the casting news, there’s little doubt what Euron is going to do.

Pre-production work for the show has been going for a while now, with sets being built in Northern Ireland. However, set construction has been halted because of Hurricane Ophelia. According to a report by Watchers on the Wall, a new set is also being built in Belfast.

It isn’t clear what preventive measures and alternative plans have been made after the storm hit Ireland. So far, the damage seems to be limited, and only fences of Titaic Studios have been damaged. Filming of the TV series should begin soon without undue delay.