Death scenes are no longer surprises for viewers of Game of Thrones, but what was supposed to be a “brutal” portrayal of one character’s demise did not make it to the pilot episode. It can be remembered that it was Robert Baratheon’s rightful Hand, Jon Arryn, who discovered the truth about Robert and Cersei’s children. It was only a matter of time before he’d tell Robert his suspicions about the parentage of the King’s children.
While Game of Thrones fans now know that it was Lysa Arryn who poisoned her husband because of Littlefinger’s persuasion, viewers never got the chance to see Jon alive even in flashbacks. Throughout the first season, all viewers got were scattered glimpses of his corpse. In an interview with Spanish website Los Siete Reinos, Sir John Standing said that his character’s brutal death scene, which also featured Cersei (Lena Headey), was filmed, but “inevitably cut.” He recalled the instructions he received from the director.
“I want you to get out of your bed and I want you to crawl across the room. I want you to put your hand up and there’s a bottle of ink on the table. I want you to take it as if you’re going to write something and the bottle of ink will come crashing down. You’ll be covered in ink. Then the Queen [Lena Headey] will come in and she’ll stamp on your fingers and you’ll die.”
Even if Standing only appeared in Game of Thrones as a motionless man, he admitted that he still receives recognition for his role.
“The only performance I’ve got is a corpse, lying there dead with stones on my eyes. And I get fan mail for it, which goes to show the lunacy of ‘Game of Thrones.'”
It can be argued that Arryn’s death set the whole series in motion. If he had not uncover Cersei and Jaime Lannister’s incestuous relationship, he wouldn’t have died, and Robert wouldn’t have appointed Ned Stark as his new Hand. Arryn’s death may be deemed as one of the reasons for the conflict in Seven Kingdoms.
In other Game of Thrones death-related news, Kit Harrington has recently insisted that Jon Snow’s not coming back. When asked by Digital Spy about the belief of fans that Jon’s alive, he said, “People didn’t want me to die, but he’s dead. So there you go, everyone has to get used to it.”
He was spotted filming in Stark armour, but If Harrington’s claims turn out to be accurate, then he might be merely working on a simple funeral or flashback scene. He has no problem with fans constantly asking about Jon’s fate. For him, it shows how much viewers care for the show.
“It’s brilliant, the fact that people care about this TV show and what happens to the people they love or hate in it, is a special thing. I’ve got nothing to complain about, put it that way. If they care about it and I get asked about it a lot, it means that people hold it dear to their hearts and it’s doing what it meant to. “
He also added that he’d continue watching the HBO show. Game of Thrones Season 6 is set to premiere on April 24.
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