The moment “Game of Thrones” fans heard that Angela Lansbury might be guest starring in “Game of Thrones” Season 7, they began to speculate wildly about which character this big name actress would be playing.
As it turns out, recent rumors of Lansbury’s involvement in “Game of Thrones” have been greatly exaggerated.
Lansbury’s team informed Entertainment Weekly on Wednesday (Sept. 7) that she is not currently in talks to join HBO’s hit fantasy series, as was previously reported over Labor Day weekend.
Naturally, we’re heartbroken that the “Murder She Wrote” star won’t be popping up in Westeros next summer, but mostly because we’d finally landed on the perfect role for her to play: Genna Lannister.
Genna is not only the Aunt of Tyrion (Peter Dinklage), Cersei (Lean Headey) and Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), she also married into the recently massacred Frey clan. Talk about messed up family lines.
As a surrogate mother to the three Lannister children after Tywin’s (Charles Dance) wife died, Genna would have been a perfect foil to introduce now that all three siblings are so at odds with each other. With Cersei on the throne as the Mad Queen, Jaime contemplating his wavering loyalty and Tyrion about to knock down the gates with Daenerys (Emilia Clarke), we think all of them could probably use a time out.
Who better to give it to them than their adoring Aunt?
We would have been particularly interested to see Lansbury in this role in order to see her opposite Peter Dinklage’s Tyrion.
Out of all of his family members, Tyrion’s Aunt Genna was the only one who understood what an asset his sharp mind could be in their political battles. Besides the very likely possibility that Lansbury and Dinklage would have delivered some of the best TV of the year together, we would have also liked to see Tyrion react to being at war with a family member he still loves.
Plus, can you imagine her facing off with Olenna Tyrell (Diana Rigg)? Priceless.
Lansbury’s denial of any involvement with “Game of Thrones” has dashed our Genna Lannister hopes for now, but we’re still holding out hope for Season 8. You never know.
“Game of Thrones” is set to return in the summer of 2017.