WARNING: Spoilers for 'Game Of Thrones' Season 5 below!
The last season of Game Of Thrones saw pretty tough times for Stannis Baratheon: He watched his own daughter burn at the stake, found his wife hanging from a tree, and his mistress Melisandre abandoned him in his hour of need. Any remaining chance of him taking the Iron Throne was pretty much obliterated when he found himself backed into a corner by none other than Brienne of Tarth.
You wouldn't blame the dude for being a little pissed off and, as it turns out, he is.
In an interview with French magazine Libération, Stephen Dillane, the actor who portrayed Stannis, was pretty vocal about his disdain for the show. Not very keen to discuss the subject, he asked:
"Do we have to talk about it?”
It should be noted that Stephen never went on any of the big promotional tours. When asked why, he responded:
"Not interested. I don’t regret making 'Game Of Thrones' but I have nothing to say about it. I didn’t understand the series or its success when I was a part of it. It was a very weird experience, it went right over my head. For me to enjoy a role, I have to be able to get interested in it, which wasn’t really the case. I was a bit overwhelmed.”
He did confirm, however, that Stannis definitely won’t be returning, not even as a corpse, so it would appear that Brienne really did get the better of him. Will he miss being part of one of the most culturally impactful TV shows of the millennium, shooting scenes in marvellous costumes all over the world? Apparently not.
"It was difficult because it was like this big factory."
So why even participate in the first place? After a long silence, he replied in exasperation:
"Among other things, for the money."
You have to admire his honesty, but it does sort of ruin the illusion that the cast and crew are all best pals who go down the pub together. His diss comes just a few days after new cast member Ian McShane came out saying that the show is "only tits and dragons" and those that follow it should "get a fucking life."
McShane did also mention that he was disappointed when he learned that "old pal" Stephen Dillane had been killed off. Are these two just getting together and gossiping? They sound like a couple of grumpy old men to me.
Watch the latest trailer for Season 6 sans Stannis below:
Are you sad Stannis is no longer?