Jonathan Pryce will be making his Game of Thrones debut this season, as the High Sparrow. Pryce was interviewed by Liverpool Echo, while he was in Liverpool for a BBC Showcase featuring the actor’s current show, Wolf Hall.
See what Mr. Pryce has to say about his role on Wolf Hall and
Game of Thrones, after the jump.
Jonathan Pryce’s role in Wolf Hall – a story follows Henry VIII’s relationship with Anne Boleyn and the religious upheavals of the Protestant movement – is of Cardinal Wolsey. Cardinal Wolsey was King Henry VIII’s closest adviser, and in correlation to Game of Thrones, he was basically King Henry’s Hand of the King.
Pryce was asked about his inspiration for the role of Cardinal Wolsey:
“But I suppose when you look at any group of politicians from the Tudor age to the present day, there has always been that machination behind the scenes, the done deals and the clever maneuverings. It’s all there.”
Ironically, Pryce will go from portraying a religious leader who was the right hand of King Henry VIII in Wolf Hall, to a religious leader who refuses to bow to the crown on Game of Thrones. The actor was asked to dish on what we may see in Season 5:
“I can’t give too much away but there are some real surprises this season. Some surprise deaths too, but then that’s Game of Thrones.”
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard that there will be surprise deaths during this upcoming season. Earlier this month, George R.R. Martin, himself, had a warning about deaths on the show, versus the books.
“People are going to die who don’t die in the books, so even the book readers will be unhappy. So everybody better be on their toes. David and D.B. are even bloodier than I am.”
With all these warnings, foretelling their deathly doom and gloom, I am starting to really worry that one or more of my favorite characters will be visiting the Stranger sooner than they should.