Everybody loves Game of Thrones. It’s one of HBO’s biggest hits in years and has consumed the entirely world with its popularity and fire-breathing dragons. And it’s not just fans that adore the fantasy drama either; the actors and actresses that work on it can never stop talking about how they’re a family and how much they enjoy being on set. Not so much for Alexander Siddig, the actor who fans clamored for to be cast as Doran Martell only to regret their wishes after his character was altered a significant amount from his story in the book. Dorne wasn’t going well in the show from the beginning, but after the most recent season fans are most certainly confused at why the region is even being included at all.
In an interview with StarTrek.com Siddig came clean with his thoughts about [SPOILERS] Doran Martell’s sudden and shoehorned-in exit at the beginning of Season 6. Even if the character wasn’t working in the show’s master plan, why would they bring him back for one scene just to immediately murder him? Siddig had the same thoughts. Apparently, the showrunners explained the weird exit as such:
So we were going to kill you off at the end of last season, but we decided that we’re going to have to kill you off at the beginning of next season.” I was like, “Okay, life goes on.” But there was something wrong about that because I had been contracted for four episodes in the following season, so if they were going to kill me off at the end of the last season why would they contract me for those four episodes? Because it costs them money whether I do them or not, so it’s not great business sense to do it just in case.
So something happened; I have no idea what. There was an enormous amount of fan excitement when I got named to be on the show, and everyone was like, “Oh my god, yes, Doran Martell. He’s going to be great as Doran Martell.” That might have been the kiss of death. Maybe they didn’t want quite that much attention on that character. Maybe they thought, “Well, let’s prove that we’re going to stray from the books. We’re going to do something else, and he will be our first example of that.” So maybe that could have been the case. Or maybe I just screwed up. Maybe I said the wrong thing to the wrong person.