Game of Thrones edited out a lot of characters/stories from books like Lady Stoneheart (which is discussed here) and even shortened the stories of a few characters like Cold Hands (which is further discussed here). And same the happened to many Dorne characters and story arcs.

But one character who had a significant story in the Dorne arc in the book did appear but is never called by that name and didn't even show his face.

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Arys Oakheart

His task is to protect Myrcella Baratheon in Dorne but even after

the death of Myrcella Baratheon

he didn't even show his face. What was the reason for not showing his face? Did they even cast anyone for that role or was it always played by some random extra?

  • Because the story is too long to fit the TV show, like with the other edited out characters? What's special about this one that the questions you cite don't answer?
    – Luciano
    Aug 1, 2017 at 9:26
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    @Luciano the didn't edited out that character but placed him in multiple spaces without showing his face
    – Ankit Sharma
    Aug 1, 2017 at 9:27
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    @AnkitSharma If he's never called by name, and never shows his face, how do you know it's the same character? It doesn't necessarily make sense for Myrcella to go to Dorne without being accompanied by a member of the Kingsguard, so they have a nameless/faceless Kingsguard. Aug 1, 2017 at 14:21
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    @Luciano There are only four episodes left in this season, and only six in the final one. They're killing off characters left and right. Do you really expect them to introduce a brand-new character at this stage? A character which in the books is Dorne-exclusive, and Dorne is basically done and dusted in GoT.
    – BCdotWEB
    Aug 2, 2017 at 7:20
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    But why do they always hide his face??? Nobody does that, even when a book character has been written out of a show. That is strange, and still a good question.
    – J Doe
    Aug 4, 2017 at 23:26

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I compared the Arys_Oakheart GOT Fandom page, which indicates which episodes the character appeared in with imdb.com's data. I wasn't able to find the GOT character Arys Oakheart listed in the film credits for any featured episode or the primary list of the imdb.com's GOT Full Cast & Crew . It stands to reason that if they had cast an actor to this part, the contract would have included listing that actor in the cast. Since they appear to have "no one" playing the part, you have a valid assumption that the part is played by random "extras".

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