WARNING: This story contains spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 8.
The documentary Game of Thrones: The Last Watch, which aired on Sunday, gave fans an intimate look at the cast’s first reactions to the Season 8 scripts—and it seems like not everyone was happy with the turnout. A specific moment from the table read is resonating with fans: Actor Conleth Hill, who plays Lord Varys, looked displeased during his character’s death scene.
As co-star Emilia Clarke read through the scene where her character, Daenerys Targaryen, executes Varys in Season 8, Episode 5, Hill closed his script before she finished saying her lines. He placed the papers in front of him, leaned back into his seat, and crossed his arms with his face slightly red. Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister) and Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth), who were seated beside Hill, comforted him by holding his hand or putting an arm around his shoulder. Clarke was even seen giving a sorry look to her co-star.
Hill recently told Entertainment Weekly he took Varys’s death “very personally” when he first saw the scripts. Unlike former GoT stars, who were warned of their characters’ deaths before the table read, Hill and his castmates found out about their Season 8 endings from the page alone. “I kept thinking: ‘What did I do wrong?’ There wasn’t any pre-warning,” he added to the outlet.
In hindsight, Hill said he had “mixed” feelings about the last season. “Part of you didn’t want it to finish,” he explained. “Part of you is, ‘Oh, that’s very good.’ And part of you is, ‘Oh, that sucks.’ Very, very mixed. Bittersweet. I think it’s really good in retrospect now that I’ve had the time for it to sink in.”
The actor also expressed his disappointment with Varys’s trajectory in the final seasons of GoT, noting that he felt the character was “losing his knowledge” after being such a wise, all-knowing figure when the show began. “If he was such an intelligent man and he had such resources, how come he didn’t know about things? That added to my dismay,” he added to EW. “It’s now being rectified with getting a great and noble ending. But that was frustrating for a couple seasons.”
Hill’s reaction in the documentary did not go unnoticed by the Internet. Viewers on Twitter pointed out how visibly upset he was at the table read.
Hill’s displeased response resonated with viewers who were unimpressed with Game of Thrones‘s final season.
And, of course, he got the meme treatment.
Game of Thrones: The Last Watch is available to stream on HBO Go and HBO Now.
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