SPOILER ALERT! Major spoilers about the season finale of Game of Thrones ahead. If you haven't watched the episode, what are you waiting for?
Last night's Game of Thrones season finale was jam-packed with goodness, although nothing was really shocking. You knew about Jon's true bloodline; you knew he and Dany were going to hook up; and you knew someone was going to die.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, actor Aidan Gillen, who plays the conniving, devious Littlefinger, spoke about his character's murder at the hands of Arya Stark (with an assist by Sansa Stark). He admits that he was left feeling "a little bereft — for your character and for your experience. It also immediately makes you quantify the hugeness of what that experience has been over the last seven years, which has been massive." Gillen admits that he was glad to have gone out at the end of the season after "a good arc," rather than as a cast-off in an early season episode.
Gillen may have a bit of the Three-Eyed Raven in him after he correctly guessed in 2015 that when Littlefinger died, it would be Arya who killed him. "And even within the scene, as soon as he walks in that room and Arya produces the dagger he knows the game is up," Gillen remarks. "He at least suspected the game was up back in episode four when Bran told him, 'Chaos is a ladder.' For Bran to come up with that is beyond coincidental. That’s when the ground started to shift beneath my feet. At that point, I knew the things I’ve done in private are not necessarily private."
When it came to shooting his final scene, Gillen admits that it was emotional -- though not necessarily sad. "It’s an emotional moment for the character, so I felt what he was feeling. For the real last day at work [executive producers] Dan Weiss and David Benioff weren’t there, but [co-executive producer] Bryan Cogman called people in and said a few words, and my son was there with me. That was quite something. And I got my mockingbird pin. I had already let them know I wanted it, and I cleverly worked it so I got two. There’s one from my cloak and one from my tunic. So I got the large and the small size — one for me and one for my son."
For more on the Game of Thrones season finale, be sure to check out our recap.
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