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Game of Thrones actor B.J. Hogg (Ser Addam Marbrand) dies at 65


The year, 2020 has been no good so far. Since its beginning, we have mostly been hearing reports of infection, death, mismanagement, and hunger. And it’s getting worse with each passing day. People have died in large numbers across nations due to the global pandemic of coronavirus. Amidst the chaos, we have had to bid farewell to some great artists as well. Game of Thrones actor B.J. Hogg passed away on April 30 at the age of 65, reported BBC News. He played Ser Addam Marbrand on the show, one of the chief knights who served Tywin Lannister.


The Northern Irish actor had a career lasting four decades as an actor, writer, and director. His actual name was William Henry Brian Hogg, but he was better known by his stage name, BJ Hogg. Hogg began as a musician and went on to become a notable performer in Belfast’s Lyric Theater. He traveled the world as a celebrated stage performer. Apart from Game of Thrones, he also appeared in the British-Irish crime drama series, The Fall.

He was best known for his role as Big Mervyn in the BBC Northern Ireland comedy series, Give My Head Peace. He starred in the show for more than 20 years and toured for its stage show earlier this year. Another key highlight of his career was the 1996 short film, Dance Lexie Dance. The film also earned an Oscar nomination for the Best Live Action Short Film and rave reviews for its performances. Some other films that Hogg starred in are Hunger, Closing the Ring, and Divorcing Jack.

Everybody associated with #GiveMyHeadPeace is shocked and heartbroken by the sudden passing of our dear friend and colleague BJ Hogg. We’ve lost a member of the family. Thanks for all the laughs BJ.

— Tim Mc Garry (@Tim_Mc_Garry) April 30, 2020

People close to the actor expressed their grief and offered condolences to his family. Tim McGarry tweeted on behalf of the Hole in the Wall gang, the comedy team behind Give My Head Peace. “Everybody associated with #GiveMyHeadPeace is shocked and heartbroken by the sudden passing of our dear friend and colleague BJ Hogg. We’ve lost a member of the family. Thanks for all the laughs BJ.” In a statement by the team, Tim talked some more about him, “I was on stage with him a few weeks ago and it’s just heartbreaking. He was such a lovely guy. BJ, as you probably know, was a big guy but he was a big softie as well and it is just so, so sad.”

Peter Johnston, the director of BBC Northern Ireland, too had kind words to say about the actor. “BJ was a great comedy talent and a much-loved character in our long-running sitcom, Give My Head Peace. Many people will also remember his performance in the Oscar-nominated Dance Lexie Dance. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad and difficult time”. Hogg’s agent, Geoff Stanton expressed his shock and sadness. “He was such a great man, a big personality, and a terrific actor. His family must be devastated and my heart goes out to them. He was just one of the nicest people I know, or knew – he is going to be such a loss.” The cause of death is not known yet, but it’s ironic that BJ seemingly passed away on his birthday.


Some popular, iconic actors have left us this year. Max von Sydow (Three-Eyed Raven) passed away a couple of months ago. Indian actors Irrfan Khan and Rishi Kapoor died just two days ago. Irrfan, in particular, was a unique performer who left audiences and critics in awe of his silent gestures and quiet reflection. He also left his marks on the global cinematic landscape with films like Inferno and Life of Pi.

We wish the families of all these great artists strength, courage, and peace. Although it’s difficult to measure someone’s popularity, we’re certain these losses to the art community are felt globally.

Tell us your thoughts in the comments section below.

Game of Thrones TV series ended more than a year ago. The final season of the show divided the fan-base into two. One loved it, the other wanted something more. Hardcore fans are still waiting for the next book of the series, The Winds of Winter.

Game of Thrones writer George R. R. Martin recently updated fans about his progress on the upcoming book. He noticed a sudden spike in the number of viewers on his blog Not a Blog, and joked, “Sometimes I do get the feeling that most of you reading my posts here care more about what is happening in Westeros than what is happening in the United States.” 


He further wrote, “So let me assure you that, when not sweating out election returns or brooding over other real-world problems, I have continued to work on THE WINDS OF WINTER.

No, sorry, still not done, but I do inch closer. It is a big book. I try not to dwell on that too much. I write a chapter at a time, a page-at-a-time, a sentence at-a-time, a word at-a-time. It is the only way. And sometimes I rewrite.” 

Martin explained he has been spending a lot of time with the Lannisters. Cersei and Tyrion in particular. He has also visited Dorne and the Old Town in his book. He is currently writing new chapters, revisiting and tweaking old ones as well.

George wrote, “None of this is even remotely new. It is how the first five books were written.” 

The Game of Thrones author is slowly picking up speed. He once gave an example of how the books will be different from the show. Are you excited for The Winds of Winter? Talk to us in the comments below!


Game of Thrones ended more than a year ago. The popularity and success of the show have left fans worldwide wanting for more. HBO has already teased the fans with the announcement of Game of Thrones prequel House of The Dragon. Moreover, the television network has added to the hype by adding Paddy Considine to the show’s cast as King Viserys. Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin is really happy with the show’s progress. Martin wrote on his blog Not a Blog :


Well, aside from COVID-19 slowing everything down, we are making great progress on the HBO prequel HOUSE OF THE DRAGON. Ryan and Miguel are in London, casting has begun, it is all looking very exciting.”

He also talked about his other projects, “I wish I could say that things are also going great on all the other television and film projects I am involved with, either as a producer or as the author of the original source material (i.e. novels and short stories). I can’t. Very little shooting is taking place, and almost nothing is being greenlit. Of course, development continues… but there’s a reason they call it “development hell.” Sigh. 

So that’s where all that stands. Or at least, that’s as much as I am allowed to tell you right now. Hang in there, friends.” 

The great strides in the progress of the much-awaited series are welcome news for all the fans worldwide. Are you excited for the House of The Dragon? Tell us in the comments below!


The political drama in the US Presidential election was no less than the hustle for the Iron Throne on the Game of Thrones. The twists and turns were similar to the epic fantasy, that ended with Joe Biden’s victory. Biden gave his first speech as the new US President on the night of 7th of November. The speech was very well received by the general public.

Game of Thrones writer George R.R. Martin welcomed Biden’s win through his blog Not a Blog. He lauded the new President’s speech with heaps of praises. He wrote:

Joe Biden gave a marvellous speech tonight: eloquent, uplifting, stirring, a speech that spoke to all that is best in America, to our hopes and dreams rather than our fears. Time will tell what kind of president he will be, but everything about the campaign he waged confirms the fact that this is a good, decent, and intelligent man. 

It brought to my mind the classic Democratic hymn that was FDR’s campaign song, and later used by JFK, LBJ, and many others.”

Game of Thrones cast has often expressed their dislike for the former US President Donald Trump. Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) even raised a toast to Biden’s victory, mocking Trump at the same time.

What do you think of the US Presidential election? Talk to us in the comments below!