Jonathan Pryce on his role as the High Sparrow and Game of Thrones Season 5

Jonathan Pryce (Photo Credit – cambridgejones.com – The Royal Academy Centenary Portraits)

As we creep ever closer to the Season 5 premiere of Game of Thrones, more and more of the cast are doing interviews with various websites across the internet. Today’s piece comes via The Sydney Morning Herald, reporting on what Jonathan Pryce had to say about his role on Game of Thrones, while in London.

See what Pryce had to say about his role, after the jump.

Beware, a description of Pryce’s character and who he is, may be a spoiler for those who’ve not read the books. you’ve been warned.

Jonathan Pryce as the High Sparrow in Game of Thrones Season 5

Jonathan Pryce will be portraying a character called the High Sparrow. His name is unknown and his past is shrouded in mystery. As a septon of the Faith of the Seven, he claimed to have walked Westeros, visiting villages and towns too small to have their own sept, and performing the duties of a septon to the inhabitants of these places.

Following certain events in King’s Landing, the sparrows of the Faith of the Seven (fanatical pilgrims), take it upon themselves to raise up this septon as their leader, and thus he is called the High Sparrow.

According to SMH, Pryce said that he only agreed to the role because he would be “extremely influential”.

“If the role hadn’t been what it turned out to be for High Sparrow, I probably would not have been involved. I remember starting out and my agent said ‘does the character change the situation or is he just a functionary’ and this character changes the situation.”

In the piece, Pryce mentions not being too keen on “swords and sorcery” type shows, but after his experience with filming Season 5 of Game of Thrones, his mind was changed.

“Once I started work on Games Of Thrones I was incredibly impressed with the organisation, the crew and they’re really good at their job and story telling so I have become a fan of the show.”

The actor also added one little tidbit that is actually quite funny. He admits to never having read George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire books, but of course he read the scripts on set. According to Pryce, an unnamed actor did not read his script, and got a rather unpleasant surprise.

“I read the script and some of the others had to, but I know one actor who hadn’t read the script and he didn’t know what was going to happen to him. He died and he wasn’t happy.”

I guess the lesson to be learned here is, always read your script.