Back to IndieWire

Jim Broadbent Just Revealed His ‘Game of Thrones’ Character

Fan speculation seems to have been right about this one.


As is typical, most details regarding the upcoming season of “Game of Thrones” are a closely guarded secret. We know that it will consist of seven episodes and that the eighth (and final) season will consist of six more, but not much else. Until now, at least: Jim Broadbent has let slip the character he’ll be playing in a new ScreenCrush interview.

READ MORE: Rod Stewart Apologizes For Making ‘Game Of Thrones’ Parody That Looked Like ISIS Video

Just after insisting that he couldn’t say anything, the actor went ahead and revealed that “I’m a maester, an archmaester. I’m an old professor character.” It turns out he’ll be present throughout most of the season, too: “I did five episodes,” Broadbent continued. “I did sort of one major scene in each episode.” His scenes involve Samwell Tarly (John Bradley), which fans of the books have more or less taken as confirmation that Broadbent will be playing one Maester Marwyn.

READ MORE: ‘Game of Thrones’: New George R.R. Martin Short Story Coming This Year

That may not mean much to those of us who watch “Game of Thrones” but haven’t read the “A Song of Ice and Fire” books (sorry, George R.R. Martin), but Broadbent’s character could have a significant impact on the show’s endgame: In the books, Marwyn sets off to find Daenerys after learning about her and her dragons from Sam. He hasn’t been heard from since, which means the show will almost certainly reveal what he does next before the novels do. Read the full interview here.

Stay on top of the latest breaking film and TV news! Sign up for our Email Newsletters here.

Sign Up: Stay on top of the latest breaking film and TV news! Sign up for our Email Newsletters here.

This Article is related to: Television and tagged ,

Get The Latest IndieWire Alerts And Newsletters Delivered Directly To Your Inbox