Simply calling last night’s Game of Thrones episode “penultimate” is a massive understatement. Yes, it was the second to last of the season, and the series, but oh my God of Light.
Watching the Battle of Winterfell, it truly seemed like GoT couldn’t possibly throw anything at us to top what we’d just seen. Arya killing the Night King. Almost every character coming close to death. It had it all. But last night’s episode blew that one away…literally. Daenerys Targaryen brought the fight to Cersei and the Red Keep, and the result was an absolutely explosive hour of Thrones that left fans with much to talk about.
Of course, one thing that the latest outing for the show provided us with was some major deaths. There were several notable ones but the first biggie belonged to none other than Varys. As sad as it was for some fans to see him go, though, it seems it was just as hard for actor Conleth Hill to say goodbye to his character.
“I took it very personally,” Hill told EW when asked about learning his character’s fate. “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. 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.”
Continuing on, Hill spoke about Varys’ noble death, saying that with hindsight he’s now alright but at the time, he was “inconsolable.”
“All brilliant. All noble. He was absolutely true to his word the whole way through,” he added. “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.”
Poor guy, but on Game of Thrones, no one is safe and frankly, Varys lasted a lot longer than most people thought he would. Besides, sticking around for the penultimate episode is pretty good and something that not many other characters can claim to have done.
But the real question is, who will still be left standing when the final hour airs? Tune in to HBO this Sunday to find out.