(Warning: The following contains at least one key SPOILER from the most recent — sixth — season of HBO's Game of Thrones. If you're not yet all caught up with the show, then proceed with whatever level of caution your friendly neighborhood three-eyed-raven suggests is wise.)
Now, when most actors leave fantastically successful television shows, there's a tendency for their public statements on the subject to be rather eye-gougingly polite. After all, the show's producers may have written them out — or even killed them off — but there's always the next project, and a good recommendation is always handy. Thankfully, though, not all performers opt for such straightforwardly bland responses in the wake of their sudden departure from iconic series. They just sometimes take a little while to open up about the subject. A perfect case in point?
Alexander 'Doran Martell' Siddig Just Revealed A Gloriously Speculative Theory About HBO
Y'see, Siddig — whose character Doran Martell (above) was abruptly killed off early in this spring's Season 6 — is entertainingly indignant about the way his time on the show ended, and he's not just getting mad: He's getting even.
In a move worthy of Westeros' most talented schemers, plotters and rumor-mongers (Littlefinger, I'm looking at you), Siddig dropped the following bombshell during a recent interview with StarTrek.com:
"The more secretive it is, the more special it is. And certainly 'Game of Thrones' plays that. They misinform the crowd and they give them tidbits to send them in wrong directions. So, for example, last season, I believe that the first few episodes were stolen and downloaded online, and everybody got to see them before the show actually aired, and everybody was furious at HBO and whatnot. I don't know if you remember. I am almost positive that those four episodes were leaked by HBO themselves. So there is an enormous amount of spin going on."
Which, since HBO has long maintained that the episodes in question (the first four of last year's Season 5) made their way online via a press screener, would be quite the scandalous revelation were it to turn out to be true. Sadly, though, Siddig himself can't actually prove his theories as of this particular moment in time, having made sure to note that:
"I can't tell you that for sure; that's just my opinion, but it's games; everybody's playing these games."
How far down the rabbit hole do those conspiratorial games really go, though? Doran Martell? Littlefinger? Jon Snow? Ghost? Only time (and perhaps an interrogation or two from Sansa Stark) will tell.
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