As you can imagine, there are spoilers on the next few lines in the Game of Thrones franchise. Reading is therefore at your own risk …
Valar Morghulis. Sooner or later all men have to die. This phrase in Haut-Valyrien, one of the languages of the Game of Thrones saga, has become a symbol over the years. Indeed, both the books by George RR Martin and the series by Benioff and Weiss seem to live by this motto. Nobody is immune to death. From Ned Star to Daenerys Targaryen, hardly anyone in Westeros is immune. But that obviously doesn’t stop some players from believing it.
Game of Thrones, the game of the unknown
The past few weeks have proven to be particularly rich in small revelations. We learned that Hodor’s death would be different in the books, or that the showrunners were guilty of an evil lie in order for the series to become a reality.
The latest is David Benioff, who spoke about the book Fire Can’t Kill a Dragon: Game of Thrones and the Official Untold Story of the Epic Series, written by James Hibberd, journalist at Weekly entertainment.
He thus reveals that an actor couldn’t bear to know that his character was about to die. This person allegedly even tried to negotiate by phone for half an hour, then through a letter, and was still complaining on the forums about the unfair topic that was in store for them.
The problem ? Critical information is missing. Who is this actor Two names seem to pop up among the bookmakers: Ian McElhinney, the actor who plays Ser Barristan Selmy. He gets killed on screen, but he’s not in the books. The other name that keeps coming up is Conleth Hill, also known as Varys. If we had to put one piece it would still be the first. His death came as a real surprise. It remains to be seen whether he will be saved by George RR Martin …