For Game of Thrones fans, the next ten months or so are going to feel especially grueling. After a stellar sixth season that finished with a finale that moved basically all of the characters into radically different and important positions, the wait for the show was already going to feel long enough as it was, then they had to go and delay the seventh season’s premiere until the summer of next year because winter is here and the show needs to look like that, we guess.
However, in typical Game of Thrones fashion, the new season has officially started with its “let’s add even more incredible actors to our cast” routine, and after giving both Ian McShane and Max von Sydow significant roles in the sixth season, it looks like they have their eyes on yet another talented British thespian.
Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Harry Potter star, Jim Broadbent, has been added to the cast of the show’s seventh season, in a role that is being kept largely under wraps (as is the norm with Thrones), but is known to be “significant.” Considering how far past the books we are now as well, there’s almost no way of knowing who he’s going to be playing for sure.
Practically nothing is known about the second-to-last season of the show either, which unlike all of the previous seasons will be made up of only seven episodes. For what it’s worth, Maisie Williams has said that “nothing will prepare you” for what’s coming this time around after reading her scripts for the new season, though that’s not really saying much when it comes to the ballsiest and most unpredictable show on television.
This of course isn’t Broadbent’s first foray into the fantasy world either after playing Horace Slughorn in the Harry Potter films, though he’s the latest addition to a growing list of fellow Harry Potter stars to appear in the show, which also includes Natalie Tena, David Bradley, and Ciaran Hinds. We have a personal rule over here though, which basically says that most of the time when you add Jim Broadbent to something, it’s instantly better. When that thing is Game of Thrones though, that also means some serious magic is going to happen with this casting.
Game of Thrones season 7 will premiere on HBO in summer 2017.
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