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Game Of Thrones Actor Was ‘Inconsolable’ Over The Fate Of Their Character (SPOILERS)

May 14, 2019 | Posted by Jordan Huie
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Warning: This article contains spoilers for Game Of Thrones.

Conleth Hill, the actor who played Varys on Game Of Thrones was interviewed by Entertainment Weekly about his reaction to learning of the fate of his character. Varys was executed by Daenerys Targaryen for treason in the most recent episode, ‘The Bells’. Hill recalled being very upset by the news at the time.

“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 the 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.”

Hill took solace in knowing he was far from the first to feel this way.

“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.”

He noted that he wasn’t told of this directly, but learned it from reading the script.

“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.”

On the bright side, Hill did mention that he enjoyed that Varys stayed true to himself in how he went out.

“He was absolutely true to his word the whole way through. All he wanted was the right person on the throne and a fair person on the throne. He said it so many times in the scripts. I don’t have the distraction of love or desire or any of those things. And the people he needed to see clearly were both in love. So that makes perfect sense. And now with hindsight, I’m okay, but I really was inconsolable.”

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