Re: A Game of Thrones
The guy who plays Sir Ilyn Payne was just diagnosed with terminal cancer, and will not appear on the show anymore.
He was apparently quite the famous guitar player in his day as well, Wilco Johnson is the actors name. I'd never heard of him. Anyway he's playing out the string doing concerts, and won't be filming any more. It's apparently quite serious, and he probably won't live the year.
MINOR SPOILER IN WHITE:
His role going forward isn't huge, but there is some work there. His workouts with golden Jamie later are in part motivated by the fact that Jamie knows he can't talk about them. So who do they replace him with? Insert another character? Just replace the actor, seeing as it's not that established a role?