Jonathan Pryce thought Game of Thrones wasn't for him

Jonathan Pryce

Game of Thrones star Jonathan Pryce has revealed to Newsbeat he was asked to do the first season, but he didn't even read the script.

"I thought this wasn't for me," he explained.

The actor joined season five as High Sparrow, the leader of a fundamentalist religious sect called the Sparrows.

"The character was so strong and everyone had already taken the risks and made it into a great big hit anyway so I was very happy to join it."

"I'm having a great time doing it," he added.

Extras at filming of season six of Game of Thrones in Spain
Image caption The Game of Thrones filming on location in Girona, Spain

If you're anything like us, you're probably already guessing what part producers wanted Jonathan to play in season one.

Our money's on Maester Luwin, who ended up being played by Donald Sumpter.

But we can't be sure, because frustratingly Jonathan says he can't recall which character he was originally asked to play.

"I don't remember, it was a weird name. That's what put me off!" he told us.

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Game of Thrones has been a massive success since it launched in 2011.

In Britain alone, 1.7 million viewers watched the series five finale on Sky Atlantic.

Last month, it won a record-breaking 12 Emmy awards.

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The smash hit fantasy series is currently filming season six, with HBO considering two more and possibly a prequel.

Jonathan said that all the speculation and leaks about the new series doesn't annoy him.

"It's great fun and I'm glad that people have that amount of interest.

"It's always fun avoiding questions when people try to trick you into saying something."

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Game of Thrones' Jon Snow

And his response to the question about Jon Snow?

"Is he well? He's dead," was Jonathan's response.

He was perhaps joking, but it's a view backed by co-stars Maisie Williams and Natalie Dormer.

We'll have to wait until next Spring to find out for sure.

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