Remember that time Stannis Baratheon murdered his daughter in cold blood and didn't appear to give too many fucks about it?
Of course you do. The burning of Princess Shireen back in Season 5 has been one of Game Of Thrones's mostly hotly-contested moments (sorry) ever since it aired. Some see it as a necessary turning point for Stannis, the beginning of his demise, while others as an unbearable act of cruelty against one of the few truly pure players in the great game.
As somebody who adored both Stannis and the Princess, I was both gutted and weirdly awed at the nonchalant way Stannis had his daughter burned. Only a man of such minimal expression could sound so cool about torching his beloved heir. But a new leak reveals that the original script of Stannis's death scene at the hand of Brienne actually had Shireen's traitorous daddy sounding a whole lot more remorseful about his sins...
Check out the original script below, and prepare to weep.
On the one hand, it would've been interesting to hear Stannis, a man of so few words, practically word-vomiting about the possibility of heading to the (wrong kind of) afterlife, and still being unable to say the only word which really counts. On the other, Stephen Dillane did such a superb job of conveying all those emotions without words that the attempted apology feels almost superfluous.
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I will always have a weird respect for Stannis being the kind of guy who behaves like a monster and remains fiercely unapologetic about it so, on balance, I think Game Of Thrones got it right. Now watch the brilliant scene in which Stannis tells Shireen what she means to him once again, if you can bear it.
"You are the Princess Shireen of the House Baratheon, and you are my daughter."
That's it. I'm out.
Should Stannis have uttered the half-apology, or were his final words most effective in conveying his torment?