Perhaps none more so than Conleth Hill, who plays Lord Varys in the HBO fantasy series.
In HBO’s new two-hour long documentary called “The Last Watch,” which chronicles the making of the final season of “Game of Thrones,” viewers were treated to the cast’s final table read of the last six episodes.
This meant we got to see the reactions of various actors, including Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington, as their characters’ fates were sealed.
Hill, whose character Varys is burned to a charred crisp by Daenerys’ dragon in episode 5 “The Bells,” was visibly not pleased by the Spider’s demise.
“I told you what would happen if you betray me,” Clarke reads from her lines in the footage, to which Hill replies: “You did.”
As Clarke reads Daenerys sentencing Varys to death, Hill folds up his script, places it far away from him, and folds his arms.
In the moments that follow, Clarke gives Hill a sympathetic look and Lena Headey places a reassuring hand on Hill’s arm, which he takes.
Viewers were quick to pick up on the awkward reading, which some said reflected everyone else’s reaction to Varys’ death, and the final season as a whole.
“conleth hill closing the script before finishing reading and putting it in the middle of the table with ‘i don’t need your garbage’ face is the mood of the whole season,” one person tweeted.
“Conleth Hill, a two-time Laurence Olivier Award winner and a two-time Tony Award nominee, knows what’s good and what’s not good,” another tweeted.
“I took it very personally,” Hill recently told Entertainment Weekly about Varys’ death. “I took it as a person, not as an actor or an artist. You can’t help feeling that you failed in some way, that you haven’t lived up to some expectation that you didn’t know about.”
“The only thing that consoles you is people who worked a lot harder than you are in the same boat. So that helps,” he continued. “I don’t think anybody who hasn’t been through it can identify with it… But you take it personally, you can’t help it. At the time, nothing could console me. I kept thinking: ‘What did I do wrong?’ There wasn’t any pre-warning.”
Hill also expressed his disappointment in his character’s story arc, which he said seemed to become “more peripheral.”
“As a whole it’s been overwhelmingly positive and brilliant but I suppose the last couple seasons weren’t my favorite,” he said.
“[…] It just felt like after season 6, I kind of dropped off the edge.
“I can’t complain because it’s six great seasons and I had some great scenes these last two seasons. But that’s when It changed for me a little.”