Game of Thrones’ Stephen Dillane, who played Stannis Baratheon, has admitted he felt “disheartened” by the end of his time on the show – which is understandable considering his character BURNED his own DAUGHTER alive.
Of course, Stannis got his comeuppance – of sorts – when he died shortly afterwards at the hands of the glorious Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie). And talking to The Times, it seems Stephen was ready for Stannis to meet his maker.
“I’ve flicked it on [since leaving] to see if I could figure out what was going on, but I couldn’t,” he said.
“Liam Cunningham (who plays Davos Seaworth) is so passionate about the show. He invests in it in a way I think is quite moving, but it wasn’t my experience.
Dillane continued: “I was entirely dependent on Liam to tell me what the scenes were about — I didn’t know what I was doing until we’d finished filming and it was too late.
“The damage had been done. I thought no-one would believe in me and I was rather disheartened by the end. I felt I’d built the castle on non-existent foundations.”
Still, it seems Stephen is alone in this, as new research shows that, given the option on Christmas Day, people would rather watch an episode of Game of Thrones than the annual Queen’s Speech.
Entertainment merchandise retailer EMP did some research and discovered that 56% of Brits prefer watching Queen Cersei Lannister to Queen Elizabeth II.
And that’s not all, as 28% of people are more concerned with who will sit on the Iron Throne at the end of the show than who will succeed the real-life Queen.
Game of Thrones returns in 2018 or 2019 – so in the meantime, check out some fan theories while we all wait for season eight: