Game of Thrones star reacts after character’s shocking death

2017-08-29 10:33

Johannesburg - This is Game of Thrones. We knew we weren’t going to get through an entire season without a slew of gruesome deaths.

So far, the most notable was Viserion (whose fate we’re still too traumatised to talk about, TBH) – so with last night’s supersized finale, The Dragon and the Wolf, we were never going to get off lightly.

Mercifully, the victim of DB Weiss and David Benioff’s big finish wasn’t one of the good guys.

The scheming Petyr ‘Littlefinger’ Baelish was the one to bite the dust. At first, it looked like the anarchy-causing Protector of the Vale was going to coax Sansa into turning on her little sister Arya – just as he once pitted their aunt, Lysa Arryn against mother Catelyn Stark.

But in a super-satisfying plot twist, Sansa turns on Littlefinger, sentencing him to die for the murder of Lysa (who could forget the moment he “made her fly” out the Moon Door?), after convincing Lysa to poison her husband Jon. Lysa infamously told Catelyn and her faithful hubby Ned Stark that the Lannisters had killed the Lord of the Vale, which was at the root of the animosity between the two houses.

If that weren’t enough, Littlefinger also betrayed Ned to King Joffery, and sent the assassin to kill Bran with the catspaw Valyrian steel dagger Arya now has, telling Cat it was Tyrion’s dagger. To get the full breakdown of Littlefinger’s master plan (which is really impressively diabolical, we’ll give him that), The Verge has a full explanation.

Master of chaos he may have been, but he’s been one of the cornerstone characters right from the get-go – so the decision for Weiss and Benioff to do away with one of their love-to-hate villains was surprising.

The Irish actor who has so masterfully portrayed the social-climbing Baelish for seven seasons, Aidan Gillen, says discovering his character was doomed to die in season 7 had left him devastated.

“You’re left a little bereft — for your character and for your experience,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “Because the show is such a part of your life for so many years, you start to think, ‘What will your life will be like outside of it?’ It’s a potent loss.”

Still, at least his character went out with a bang.

“It’s better to go out at the end of [the season] with a good arc then at the start of episode 2.”

“I’m glad I had a good story to finish with.”

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