Years after the Game of Thrones series finale, the cast members are still recognized for playing their Westerosi counterparts. That’s true of heavy hitters like Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington as well as relatively smaller players like Conleth Hill, who played the obsequious schemer Varys for all eight seasons. You just know that waiters will randomly call him “Lord Varys” at restaurants.
“I’m used to Conleth Hill The Game of Thrones [star], it’s a double-barrel name or trebled barrel name,” Hill told Radio Times about his notoriety. “But that’s a small price to pay for being associated with something so brilliant…I’ll always be associated with it until they do a remake. And then it’ll be somebody else. And that’s the way it goes. But I’m grateful for all the work.”
I think we’re a while off from anyone thinking of doing a remake…although you never know. Now I’m thinking of what new actor might make a good Varys…
Conleth Hill has “nothing but support and admiration” for the cast of House of the Dragon
But we’re getting way ahead of ourselves. HBO’s next Game of Thrones project is a prequel series called House of the Dragon, about a brutal civil war that tore Westeros apart around 200 years before the events of the original show. That means that no one from Game of Thrones can make a cameo, which suits Hill just fine.
“But no, that’s their own thing,” the actor said. “I hope they have half as good a time on it as me. But I have no envy. Nothing but support and admiration for them. I hope they have had as good a time as we did.”
House of the Dragon premieres on HBO and HBO Max sometime this year. You can also catch Hill in the new ITV drama Holding, which premiered earlier this week.