The Lord o’ Bones Invades ‘Game of Thrones’

Edward Dogliani joins the cast of HBO's hit fantasy series.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

With filming reportedly winding down in Ireland, the second season of "Game of Thrones" is entering the home stretch before its return to HBO in 2012. But that doesn't mean that the enormous cast has finished growing.

"Game of Thrones" creator George R.R. Martin announced on his blog that Edward Dogliani has signed on to play the Lord o' Bones in the second season. The fierce warrior is one of the wilding leaders beyond the wall who is infamous for wearing armor made of bones to intimidate his enemies. Although his real name is not revealed in the novels, he is nicknamed "Rattleshirt' after the sound he makes when he moves in the armor.

Rattleshirt will be an adversary for Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and the rest of the Night's Watch during the second season.

Dogliani is relatively unknown actor who has appeared as himself in the BBC documentary, "The Zebras of Jack Tizard" as well as a few short films. He also has a small role in the upcoming film, "Full Firearms."

The latest signing makes Dogliani one of several performers who have joined the epic series for its second season, including Roy Dotrice, Hannah MurrayTom Wlaschiha, Gemma Whelan, Nonso Anozie, Liam Cunningham, Karl Davies, Stephen Dillane, Carice van Houten, Gwendoline Christie and Natalie Dormer.

"Game of Thrones" season 2 is expected to debut in the spring of 2012.