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Is Jim Broadbent the Ian McShane of Game of Thrones season 7?

The British actor just revealed his not-so-secret role in the upcoming season of the HBO hit.

During an interview with ScreenCrush, the Harry Potter actor was asked about his significant Thrones role, which EW was first to report last year. After saying he wasn’t allowed to reveal anything, Broadbent went ahead and spilled anyway:

“I’m a maester, an archmaester. I’m an old professor character,” he reportedly said.

If that weren’t enough, Broadbent then also added that he’s in five of the season’s seven episodes and films with John Bradley’s character, Sam Tarly.

The reveal matches what fans have suspected about Broadbent’s character — that he’s an archmaester at the Citadel in Oldtown where Sam has gone to train to become a maester.

Last season, it was guest star Ian McShane who had a tough time staying quiet on his role on the show, and even recently was still firing away at Thrones while promoting his upcoming Starz series, American Gods.

Game of Thrones returns this summer.

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Game of Thrones

HBO's epic fantasy drama based on George R.R. Martin's novel series 'A Song of Ice and Fire.'

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  • David Benioff
  • D.B. Weiss
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