“Game of Thrones” actors’ hearts break just as much as fans’ do over characters’ deaths.
Cast members told Variety their favorite death scenes throughout the entire series at the Season Eight premiere in New York. The deaths of Oberyn Martell, Ned Stark and the infamous Red Wedding were a few of the more harrowing deaths that stuck with the “GOT” crew.
“I think it’s got to be Oberyn’s. Not only in terms of the brutality, but just the fact that I didn’t see it coming. I hadn’t read the script for that episode. It was one of those classic ‘Game of Thrones’ moments where you think, ‘The underdog’s winning. Oh no, he’s had his head crushed,” said Isaac Hempstead Wright, who plays Bran Stark.
However, everyone seemed pretty at peace with the passing of the wicked, little King Joffrey.
“I found Joffrey very satisfying, but I think Ned Stark’s death –– I didn’t enjoy it –– it’s one of the big TV magic tricks, just because you’re like, ‘Oh it’s the star of the show,’ and no, he’s gone,” said Jacob Anderson, who plays Grey Worm.
The shocking death of Ned Stark in the Season One finale alerted fans to not get too attached to any character. Tragedy struck the Stark family and fans once again during the Red Wedding in the third season.
“I couldn’t bring myself to watch it for like three weeks,” said Hodor actor Kristian Nairn. “We were losing friends, cast members and characters. It was tough to watch.”