The starting pistol for Game Of Thrones season 7 hype was fired today with the first new casting announcement – Oscar winner Jim Broadbent will appear in a role HBO have described as 'significant'.
No other details have been released but – naturally – that has not stopped the fan theories. The leading guess so far is that Broadbent – who won best supporting actor for Iris at the 2002 Academy Awards – will play either an archaester or an older Howland Reed (the man who saved Ned Stark in Bran's flashback to the Tower of Joy in season 6).
Broadbent's capture represents another flex of power from the show when it comes to recruiting stellar British acting talent – last season Richard E. Grant and Ian McShane where both frittered away on minor characters
Game of Thrones season 7 - which will feature only seven episodes rather than 10 – will be broadcast in the summer of 2017.