WARNING: There will be spoilers from Season 8, Episode 5. If you do not wish to find out anything that just happened in the penultimate episode, then I suggest avoiding going further than this paragraph. Seriously – you’ve been warned.
For those of you who HAVE seen the episode, then stay with me, because I’m about to tell you some tea from one of the actors themselves.
So as we all saw in the beginning of the episode, the Spyder, Varys, found himself in a bit of a pickle after his best bud Tyrion accidentally dropped him in it for his treasonous ways by telling the ever-increasingly unstable Daenerys.
After writing a letter (which many people on Reddit think could have ended up being more than just one) explaining that Jon Snow is the true heir to the Iron Throne, Grey Worm came and collected him for THAT Drogon execution, and Varys finished the prophecy that Melisandre delivered him and died in Westeros.
But Conleth Hill, who plays the ill-fated character on the popular HBO show has spoken out about the on-screen death, saying that he felt like it was ‘personal’ in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly.
He admitted: ”I took it very personally. I took it as a person, not as an actor or an artist.
”I understood the reactions of previous actors who had been in same position a lot more than I did at the time.
”You can’t help feeling that you failed in some way, that you haven’t lived up to some expectation that you didn’t know about.
”The only thing that consoles you is people who worked a lot harder than you are in the same boat. So that helps.
”I don’t think anybody who hasn’t been through it can identify with it. They think, ‘What’s all the fuss about? You’re all finishing anyway.’ But you take it personally, you can’t help it.”
Asked what he thought of the nature of Varys’ death, he told Entertainment Weekly: ”In retrospect, great. At the time, nothing could console me.
”I kept thinking: ”What did I do wrong?” There wasn’t any pre-warning. All these famous stories about [actors on ‘Thrones’] being taken out for a meal or being phoned at the very least [to notify them that their character was being killed off].
”This was just reading cold hard copy. That’s how they did it this year, because there are so many [deaths]. But still, it added to the personal temporary ill feeling.”
However, Conleth also revealed that he felt his character had become more sidelined over the recent years. Speaking to the publication, he said: ”[It’s] been my feeling the last couple seasons, that my character became more peripheral, that they concentrated on others more. That’s fine. It’s the nature of a multi-character show.
”It was kind of frustrating. As a whole it’s been overwhelmingly positive and brilliant but I suppose the last couple seasons weren’t my favourite…
”It just felt like after season 6, I kind of dropped off the edge. I can’t complain because it’s six great seasons and I had some great scenes these last two seasons. But that’s when It changed for me a little…
”I’m not dissatisfied on the whole. It sounds like I am. But it’s been brilliant.
”I’m perfectly willing to admit this is all personal and selfish. With hindsight you go, ‘Of course it was a fantastic journey.’ ”