The Game of Thrones cast and crew have let loose a few spoilers for Season 5, with a lot of new characters coming and at least one male character going out.
Apparently, the actor playing that character was one of the last to know and was quite surprised, as revealed by Jonathan Pryce, who will join Game of Thrones this upcoming season as the High Sparrow. Pryce told the Sydney Morning Herald how he got the jump on the unnamed actor.
"I read the script and some of the others had to, but I know one actor who hadn't read the script and he didn't know what was going to happen to him. He died and he wasn't happy."
While death is a pretty common occurrence on Game of Thrones, fans now know at least one male character will die, and given the actor's surprise, it's fair to assume a pretty major one. To be shocked your character dies on Game of Thrones means you must be feeling pretty confident in your position.
So who could it be? If Pryce read about it in the scripts he reviewed, it's likely a character he crosses paths with this season. But the TV series is straying more and more from the books, so that's not necessarily a good clue.
Spoilers ahead for previous seasons of Game of Thrones if you haven't watched them all.
The Game of Thrones actor who would probably be most surprised he is going to die would have to be Peter Dinklage, given the fan rioting that would ensue. Game of Thrones characters who seem far more endangered include Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), King Tommen Baratheon (Dean-Charles Chapman), Jon Snow (Kit Harington), or Petyr Baelish (Aidan Gillen).
However, the new king meeting his demise wouldn't be too shocking, and the next least likely Game of Thrones character about to die would be Snow, simply because of the tremendous potential of his story: The bastard son avenging his family. That leaves Jaime or Petyr as the male characters who seem to be at the greatest risk of a surprising major death.
Jaime will likely face suspicion or outright accusations for the escape of Tyrion (Dinklage), so he will likely be in jeopardy when Game of Thrones returns. Even Cersei (Lena Headey) may turn against him given the murder of their father, as she will almost certainly suspect him in Tyrion's escape. One could also argue Jaime has served his purpose on Game of Thrones, siring the line of kings with Cersei and letting the show's favorite character escape a death sentence.
Jaime Lannister seems pretty played out.
Lord Baelish, aka Littlefinger, seems to be just warming up in his lecherous quest to replace his love Lady Stark (Michelle Fairley) with her daughter, Sansa (Sophie Turner), now that she's away from King's Landing.
"What can one say about the evolution of the character of Lord Baelish? This year I can reveal yet less than in the previous ones: at this point of the series the authors are distancing themselves even more from the books and are inventing many things; henceforth in this season they are framing many acts that are not in the novel. Last year [it] did not make a big difference if you revealed something of my character, because it was wholly in the books... instead now all is new. I can say that my character and that of Sansa Stark start on a trip towards The Valley of Arryn to take control of the House of Arryn."
Gillen also revealed that Sansa will turn to the dark side and go gothic in her fashion sense, and that his favorite Game of Thrones character is Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) because he "root[s] for the good." But he does love the spin Lena Headey puts on Cersei, as the character Game of Thrones fans love to hate and hate to love.
Game of Thrones returns April 12 on HBO.
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