Game Of Thrones is packed with actors that fans will forever associate with the characters they played in the fantasy series. Who doesn’t think of Tyrion Lannister when they think of Peter Dinklage, Arya Stark when they think of Maisie Williams, or Daenerys Targaryen when they think of Emilia Clarke? But in addition to this A-team of “GoT” stars, Westeros is also teeming with countless secondary characters, sometimes more sometimes less important, whose faces have also been burned into the subconscious, but are no longer quite as present. A “GoT” star from the second row now appears in the “Star Wars” series “Andor” on.
I had to ponder a lot when I saw the hitherto unnamed Imperial Security Officer introduced in Episode 4…
“Why does this sound so familiar?” I thought to myself, and I was so caught up in my thoughts that I forgot to pay attention to what was happening in the Disney+ series. But then it clicked! Isn’t that Qyburn from Game Of Thrones? And sure enough, actor Anton Lesser, who was a recurring cast member on “GoT” from seasons 3 to 8, also stars in the “Star Wars“ series with.
For me personally, Qyburn, which is basically a Westeros variant of Dr. Frankenstein is one of the most intriguing supporting characters in Game Of Thrones, and that’s why I’m so excited to see Anton Lesser back in Andor.
What if you haven’t seen GoT and it still looks familiar? Then you may have seen him in Season 2 of the Netflix hit The Crown, where he played British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan. Or you even remember his heavily made-up appearance in “Pirates of the Caribbean 4” as Lord Carteret. Fans of the British crime series “The Young Inspector Morse” should definitely know Anton Lesser. Because in it he has been playing the head of the police station for eight seasons.
Unfortunately, episode 4 doesn’t reveal too much about Anton Lesser’s “Andor” character. Not even their name is known. After all, we do know that he works in a senior capacity at the Imperial Security Bureau (ISB), an agency created by Emperor Palpatine to ensure the stability of his new galactic order. This performs secret service tasks, detects threats to the empire and prosecutes criminal offenses.
He is also the boss of Dedra Meero (Denise Gough), an ambitious young imperialist who is likely to play a bigger role as the series progresses. After all, she was already prominently represented in the trailers. However, it is still questionable whether we will see more of Anton Lesser or whether it will remain with the one-off guest appearance.