‘Game of Thrones’ Casts Richard E. Grant in New Role

By September 8, 2015

It’s no secret that HBO’s Game of Thrones has one of the most talented casts in television history. The series has both kept and killed off classical and up-and-coming actors throughout its five season run, and has featured some of the most talented actors in the entertainment industry. The sixth season of the show has already managed to improve upon an already stellar cast as well with the additions of Ian McShane (Deadwood) and Max von Sydow (The Force Awakens) as the Three-Eyed Raven, as well as a few other next-to-unknown actors.

While the last season of the show might have been its rockiest season yet, and the most criticized by fans of George R. R. Martin’s original novels, the endless array of possibilities that season 6 offers is more than enough reason to be excited for it. With the show moving farther and farther away from where the books left off too, the amount of tension and surprise is just going to keep growing the farther along the series gets.

Well, I guess we can just get ready to call Game of Thrones the show with basically every talented British actor working today. According to a new confirmation by Variety, actor Richard E. Grant has officially been cast in the show’s sixth season as well, in an undisclosed role. He joins a number of other British acting icons like the previously mentioned McShane & von Sydow, as well as additions like Jonathan Pryce as the High Sparrow last year.

Fans will of course recognize Grant from shows like Doctor Who and Downtown Abbey, and while his role is unknown, Grant’s talent agency initially added (before quickly removing) the show to his credits recently, and indicated in the change that Grant would be appearing in multiple episodes of the new season. Whether or not Grant would be playing a character from the novels or an original creation by showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss is unknown, but it looks like he’ll have at least somewhat of a substantial role in the new season.

Season 5 of the series showed off both how strong Benioff and Weiss’ writing can be when they move away from Martin’s novels (see the episode titled “Hardhome”), and also how weak it can be, so it’ll be interesting to see and hear about how much they’re using from the currently unfinished “Winds of Winter” and how much of the new season will be created solely by them. If one thing’s at least clear right now, it looks like Game of Thrones is going to be introducing quite a few new characters this season, all played by versatile and extremely talented actors.

Game of Thrones Season 6 will premiere in 2016.

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Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable