According to the Spotlight CV of actor Ross O’Hennessy, he will be taking over the role of wildling leader Rattleshirt. O’Hennessy is credited with the part for a Miguel Sapochnik episode. Sapochnik is directing episodes 7 and 8 of this coming season.
Rattleshirt was last seen escorting Jon Snow to Mance Rayder’s camp in the premiere of season three, “Valar Dohaeris.”
O’Hennessy most recently played the regular role of Commander Quattrone on Da Vinci’s Demons.
Thanks to Carne for bringing it to our attention.
There is one other casting confirmation, which I’ll tuck beneath a cut for spoiler reasons.
Rumors have long indicated that we’d see the return of the White Walker king spotted in last year’s “Oathkeeper” episode. The website of Shepherd Management (who also represent John Bradley) now confirms that, with a news listing.
John Bradley reprises the role of ‘Samwell Tarly’ in Season 5 of the award-winning series GAME OF THRONES. Richard Brake will also be returning in his masked role…
Sue the Fury: Can’t say I’m surprised to have the king back. Whether he’s the Night’s King for real, or some other White Walker leader, perhaps this year we’ll get more clarification about that crown. Anyway, rumors and spoilers pointed to his return and I’m glad for the consistency and because Brake is wonderfully creepy in many roles, so it’s good to have him on GoT. Rattleshirt’s recasting is something of a surprise. That they didn’t stay with the same actor makes me think we’re less likely to see a significant plot point from A Dance with Dragons. Click for spoiler: