Game of Thrones is well-known for killing off its long-running characters, and the most recent episode, "Beyond The Wall," was no different. A wight bear attacked Jon Snow, Jorah, Gendry, Tormund, Beric, The Hound and Thoros — the last of whom sustained a mortal injury from the undead beast when it viciously bit into his flesh.
Despite the fact that Brenic cauterized the wounds with his flaming sword, Thoros's body eventually gave out and he died in his sleep.
His death was a hard hit for fans of the show, but it was an even bigger deal for #PaulKaye, the actor who played the character for the past four years. Now, Kaye has shared his feelings on the matter.
Taking Death Like A Champ
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, the actor stated he felt disappointed to learn that he was leaving the show (as anyone would feel when leaving one of the most successful series ever). But he was nonetheless grateful for his long tenure in #Westeros — even though the HBO series never adapted the books' storyline with a character known as Lady Stoneheart:
"It looked like they weren't following Lady Stoneheart's storyline in the show, so I prepared myself not to re-emerge. So it was great to get back and have this adventure. Just staying alive for six seasons is an achievement in itself on this show."
A Death Fit For A Worthy Warrior
Understandably, any actor faced with the death of their character will want to go out in a great way, especially after a long tenure. Thoros died surrounded by both friends and enemies, and Kaye felt that was the perfect way to say goodbye to his character. He even loved how Beric used Thoros's own liquor to cremate his body:
"It's glorious, really, And I like the fact I get [cremated] with my own booze as well —there’s a message there somewhere."
That's ... a bit morbid, but yeah, there's definitely some sort of poetic justice in that.
Thoros's death will probably not have a large impact on the show moving forward because of the great war looming in the horizon, but it was still quite sad to see him go. At least we have the comfort of knowing that the actor who played him is happy with his exit.
Game of Thrones Season 7 will come to an end on August 27, 2017. While we wait for that to arrive, check out the teaser trailer:
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[Source: Entertainment Weekly]