Another new actor joins the cast for season 5 of Game of Thrones. According to a recent article from Watchers on the Wall, Gary Pillai will be taking on the role of the Merchant Captain.
According to the actors CV, Gary will be appearing in two episodes directed by Mark Mylod - and as we know Mark Mylod will be directing episodes 2 and 3 for season 5. So what exactly will Pillai be doing in these episodes? Well as of now it isn't quite clear. However according to Watchers on the Wall's article it appears that Pillai will be interacting with the main cast.
So I think there are a few possibilities for Pillai's role in season 5.
The first is that Pillai will be the captain of the ship that takes Jaime and Bronn to Dorne. We know that Jaime and Bronn will end up in Dorne, so putting Pillai in episodes 2 and 3 to sail them down to Dorne seems about right. As well this would leave adequate time, in episode 1, to set up Jaime and Bronn's reasoning for going to Dorne.
Now my second theory for Pillai's role is...lets just say less likely, although I would love it. As it stands now it would appear there will be no Quentyn Martell in Game of Thrones. It is possible, albeit very unlikely, that Trystane Martell will be taking over for Quentyn's story line in A Dance with Dragons. If this is the case then Pillai may be acting as the Merchant Captain that takes Trystane to his destination. For keeping this post not extremely spoiler heavy I'll just leave it at that.
Another possibility is that Pillai could be taking on the role of the captain that sails Sam, Gilly, Maester Aemon, and who ever else the show decides to include to Braavos. Now of course this would be a departure from the books, because originally Sam sailed on a ship in service to the Night's Watch, by the name of Blackbird. Now this wouldn't be that large of a change, but still I don't see this happening. Simply enough I think this story line would come too soon in episodes 2 and 3. Just thought I'd include it because it is a major ship voyage we will, most likely, be seeing this season - but I think seeing it in episode 2 is to soon.
So what do you think Gary Pillai's role as the Merchant Captain will involve? Let me know your thoughts below!