Before Game of Thrones Season 6 aired, audiences hadn’t seen Thoros of Myr—the faithless Red Priest turned turn believer—for two years. Played again by comedian and actor Paul Kaye, Thoros popped up again in “No One,” the eighth episode of last season, along with his boss, Beric Dondarrion, and the rest of the Brotherhood Without Banners. Last we saw them, they had reconnected with Sandor “The Hound” Clegane and were headed north to fight the White Walker menace.
There, Thoros came across as cool and confident, but according to Kaye, he didn’t always feel that way. “When I first got the gig, I was pretty terrified and couldn’t sleep,” he told Express. “I got to Belfast and I was being picked up at 4.30am for filming, and at 2am I was on Google typing in, ‘How to act.’”
And keep in mind that Kaye first appeared in Season 3, back when the show was merely popular and not a full-fledged phenomenon. He was in his late 40s at the time and already had a long career in TV, but nerves strike where and when they will. “I suddenly thought, ‘what am I doing here? How the hell have I got here and how am I going to cope with it?’ I do have those moments of massive insecurity.”
It was like the first day at school. I might be 51 but my confidence levels fluctuate and there was pressure. I’ve still got to pinch myself that I’m in it after six auditions. Every time I figured it had gone away.
Hopefully, Kaye feels more comfortable in the role now. We hate to think he’d spend more sleepless nights when filming scenes for Game of Thrones Season 7.
However, according to Kaye, that might not be an issue. “I don’t have a clue what is going on, I don’t really know if I am in it or not,” he said of the upcoming season.
I don’t know whether I’d get told off if I say anything about it. If I was in it, I would have started filming. I don’t want to be the one to let any cats out of any bags, sorry.
Is Kaye being genuine here, or just coy? Certain SPOILERS may hold the answer. For now, we’ll let him deflect questions. But we’ll be watching to see if he turns up on set. Yes we will.
Meanwhile, Kaye is appearing as a magazine editor in “The Comedian’s Guide to Survival,” a comedy about a struggling stand-up comedian.
And because we don’t think we should ever mention Paul Kaye without bringing this up, he used to play a tabloid journalist character named Dennis Pennis who would talk to celebrities at red carpet events and ask them rude questions.
And now he’s a Red Priest. Life is funny.