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Game of Thrones season 5: Meet \'game-changing\' character High Sparrow
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Actor Jonathan Pryce has spilled a delicious little detail about Game Of Thrones season five – he only took on the character of High Sparrow because it\'s a game changing role.
The veteran actor enters the series in the fifth season, which starts on Foxtel\'s Showcase channel on April 13, as a High Septon who is considered an avatar of the gods.
Speaking from London, Pryce says that he\'s never been keen on "swords and sorcery" and he only signed-on because the character was extremely influential although he would not say how.
"If the role hadn\'t been what it turned out to be for High Sparrow, I probably would not have been involved," Pryce said.
"I remember starting out and my agent said \'does the character change the situation or is he just a functionary\' and this character changes the situation."
In the lead-up to filming Game Of Thrones, Pryce made another period piece, playing a cardinal in Wolf Hall, which is set around the reign of Henry VIII, for BBC First.
Pryce has always been a fan of epic type productions, like Wolf Hall, but after filming wrapped on Game of Thrones, he had a change of mind about swords and sorcery shows.
"Once I started work on Games Of Thrones I was incredibly impressed with the organisation, the crew and they\'re really good at their job and story telling so I have become a fan of the show."
Pryce has never read the George R.R Martin\'s books on which the series is based but he did read the scripts when they were handed to him which is more than what he can say for one actor on set.
(Spoiler warning) "I read the script and some of the others had to, but I know one actor who hadn\'t read the script and he didn\'t know what was going to happen to him," Pryce said. "He died and he wasn\'t happy."
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