'Game of Thrones' Season 5: 'Sherlock's Mark Gatiss Returns as Tycho Nestoris

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'Game of Thrones' season 5 production updates have felt poorer of late since Comic-Con 2014, but the newest tidbit from Croatia proves the richest of all. Following a brief appearance in season 4, 'Sherlock' star Mark Gatiss has officially been confirmed to return as Iron Bank-er Tycho Nestoris in season 5. Plus, more nudity updates!

News of Gatiss' return to the Braavosi role comes from Entertainment Weekly, though it remains to be seen if the character will put in more screentime than with season 4, considering Gatiss' other duties to 'Sherlock' season 4 and the new 'Doctor Who.' Fans of the series will remember that Tycho Nestoris agreed to finance Stannis Baratheon's fancy new army against the Lannister crown, though with Stannis comfortably chillin' up north, we have to wonder whose POV might bring Nestoris back to the fold.

Granted, though the Tycho of the books met Stannis in the north (Iceland/Belfast), EW's report claims the actor will be headed to Croatia, most frequently the site of Kings' Landing shoots. Might that mean that Gatiss pops up to tell King Joffrey Tommen of the Iron Bank's change of heart, or could the actor perhaps encounter one of the characters headed to his native Braavos?

Oh, and good news for weirdos worried about the Croatian church objecting to (POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT!) Lena Headey filming a Cersei nude scene in public, as producers tell EW that the matter was "old news" to them, and "a new location for the sequence has long been secured." Everybody wins!

While we wait for ‘Game of Thrones’ season 5, we at least know of a multitude of other new characters cast, including those that confirm we’ll be visiting the oft-mentioned kingdom of Dorne, for which Spain location shoots will double. We’ll also meet fewer new characters in season 5 than in prior years, as the next cycle will prove to be something of a midpoint for the series’ run. As expected, the story will draw heavily from George R.R. Martin‘s fourth and fifth novels, ‘A Feast for Crows’ and ‘A Dance with Dragons,' while HBO has also provided a list of directors.

It's hard to say if Gatiss' return as Tycho Nestoris will prove any lengthier than his brief appearance in season 4, though hopefully the 'Sherlock' writer's brand of calculated callous will leave an even bigger impression this time around. In the meantime, enjoy yet another VFX reel from this past season, and tell us what you want to see when 'Game of Thrones' season 5 premieres in 2015!

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