Well, even though Cersei managed to dispose of almost all of her political enemies at the end of Season 6 of ‘Game of Thrones,’ she is still far from secure in her power in Westeros going into Season 7. Aside from the fact that Daenerys is fast approaching with a fleet of ships, her dragons, her armies, and with the full support of the Tyrells, Martells, and the Greyjoy siblings, Cersei has a much bigger problem in the fact that House Lannister is broke, and has been for some time. Even back in the days when her father was in charge he had lamented the fact that they had no money at the time and were borrowing heavily from Braavos to keep the kingdom and their wars running, and ironically, the time may come in Season 7 when the Lannisters are going to have to pay their debts. Which of course means we will be seeing more of tertiary character Tycho Nestoris, the banker of Braavos in Season 7.
Tycho’s presence for a number of episodes this coming season has been confirmed by actor Mark Gatiss, who seems very excited by his role this season, though he is clearly very shy about the details about his most recent turn in the ‘Game of Thrones’ world. During an interview with Express, Gatiss spoke on his time shooting Season 7 and stated:
“Yes, I did it in Belfast last year. I can’t tell you anything more obviously, mostly because I don’t know anything…It was lovely. What I love about it is that I don’t have any stake in it…I honestly don’t know the ins and outs. People ask me this, that and the other, I haven’t got a clue. I’ve done four episodes now and there’s two more they think. It’s a huge saga and I don’t know and I rather like that. But I’ve had a lovely time…The last scene I’m in with – I probably can’t say because it would be a spoiler, wouldn’t it?”
Theories are suggesting that Tycho and Cersei will most likely share some scenes together with the Queen demanding more money and time for repayment, and the Banker from Braavos most likely refusing her demand because he knows she will not be in power for long, which could end with his own premature death at her hands. Or the Gatiss’s character could end up allied with Daenerys or Jon Snow in their bid for power with the agreement that he would see money returned to Braavos at last for all of the debt the Westeros crown has been running up with the bank. Either way, Braavos might be heavily involved in the political action this season, and it does not bode well for poor Cersei, who has more and more cards stacked against her going into Season 7.
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