The Final Table Read
One of the most tragic deaths from Game of Thrones' final season is the execution of everyone's favourite spider, Varys. Not that his style of execution was particularly sad (we've seen Daenerys burn plenty of people by that point), but his death was the final turning point before Daenerys's "Queen of Ashes" reign began. Considering that the Spider spent seasons claiming the role as the true protector of the realm, only acting in the interests of Westeros's citizens, his betrayal of Daenerys is meant to signify that she is no longer the righteous Queen he supported in the beginning. But if you thought you were pissed about the circumstances and eventual death of the former Master of Whisperers, Conleth Hill has you beat.
During HBO's behind-the-scenes documentary chronicling Game of Thrones' final season, The Last Watch, Hill's reaction to his character's death is showcased during the cast's final table read. Hill couldn't have been surprised by the scene, since the actors were given their script in advance, but the vibe fans are getting is that he was still deeply unenthused with the route David Benioff and D. B. Weiss chose to take. After Emilia Clarke reads out Daenerys's line sentencing Varys to death, Hill is seen closing his script, putting it down at the centre of the table, and leaning back in his seat with his arms folded. The entire room is solemnly quiet and both Lena Heady and Gwendoline Christie offer their silent comfort to Hill, who accepts their touches with a wry smile.
Of course, there's no way to guess what the actor is thinking, though he admittedly looks pretty upset. When Hill spoke with Entertainment Weekly about his character's fiery end, he noted that he initially took Varys's death quite personally and "really was inconsolable." Though he eventually realised that his ending was "noble," the actor revealed that he wasn't pleased with how Varys seemed to drop off the edge in the final seasons. "As a whole it's been overwhelmingly positive and brilliant, but I suppose the last couple seasons weren't my favourite," he said.
So, yeah, he probably wasn't too pleased about Varys's death at the table read, but in the end it was for the greater good, right? Of course, fans have taken Hill's reaction and run with it, connecting how exasperated the actor seems to feel with their own issues concerning season eight. Check out some of their reactions ahead!