Til now, HBO’s production of Game of Thrones has surprised with viewers with the fictional deaths of an array of characters, but today’s news is the rather more shocking death of one of the actors — newcomer JJ Murphy, who had just filmed his first scenes.
Murphy, 86, had been cast as the oldest member of the Night’s Watch, Ser Denys Mallister, a character due to appear throughout season five. Murphy died August 8 in Belfast.
Last year he appeared with fellow Game of Thrones actor, Charles Dance, in the upcoming Hollywood film, Dracula Untold.
[Thanks to Chip Hitchcock for the story.]