WARNING: Spoilers for Game of Thrones season five are ahead, none of them having to do with The Night’s King. Only read ahead if you’re caught up.
Stephen Dillane clearly had a rough season five as Stannis Baratheon. Plenty of folks got burned at the stake, a fine beard was grown, and he ended the season with his fate seemingly sealed at the hands of Brienne of Tarth. You might think that kind of end might be a bit of downer for an actor, especially when it comes to a show as big as Game of Thrones. Not so much for Dillane.
It would seem that the entire run on the show was a bit of a blur for the actor and he didn’t really understand much of what was going on. He revealed as much in an interview with the French magazine Liberation, translated in cold, straight detail below:
“I do not regret having done Game of Thrones, but I have nothing to say. I understood neither the series nor its success when I was attending. The experience was very strange, it passed under my nose. For a role like it to me, I must get interested could, which was not really the case. I was a bit overwhelmed. “He confirmed, however, that his character will not return, including in ectoplasmic form. Shooting in costumes in the gas plant to the four corners of the planet, we know nothing except that it was “difficult because it is a big machine.” Why, then, it be undertaken? Long silence, increasingly exasperated. “Among other things, for the money.”
You have to admire the honesty. I did it for the cash is a good reason to take part in a show like this. If you didn’t think the show had a certain reputation with actors before — with all the talk of dragons and t*ts going around — this should kinda seal it.
No matter how Dillane feels about it, the show does have its bright parts. Stannis apart of some of those bright parts, including the very bad ass battle of Blackwater. Hopefully he bought a nice house with his paycheck.