On the heels of J.J. Murphy's death, showrunners of Game of Thrones have issued a statement about his role on the upcoming fifth season.
We will not be recasting J.J. Murphy. He was a lovely man, and the best Denys Mallister we could have hoped for. And now his watch is ended.
According to The Belfast Telegraph, the Irish actor who passed away at the age of 86 had already filmed his first scenes as Ser Denys Mallister on the new season of the HBO series. In the novel, Mallister was a member of the Night's Watch and the commander of the Shadow Tower for 33 years.