'Game of Thrones' star throws major shade at the show in revealing interview

'Game of Thrones' star throws major shade at the show in revealing interview

There aren't many TV shows that have been released in the last 20 years that have captured the collective imagination quite like Game of Thrones. While I still cling lovingly to memories of HBO's seminal World War II series Band of Brothers, Game of Thrones has come to be everything that people love about television.

Gritty, dramatic, gruesome, heart-wrenching and absorbing in equal measure, the battle for the Iron Throne has got millions around the world utterly spellbound. With the eighth season of the show a long, long way from fruition, fans are hunting high and low to get their Game of Thrones fix. Sadly, there aren't many shows out there that can compete with the size and scale of the GoT universe.

So instead of like-for-like replacements, lovers of the show have become addicted to cast interviews. With secrets about season eight locked up tight, even the briefest quote from one of the cast is treated like gold dust.

Enter Stephen Dillane, who played Stannis Baratheon on the show before his demise in season five - killed by Brienne of Tarth (played by Gwendoline Christie.)

Stannis Baratheon waits for death in 'Game of Thrones'

Speaking to The Times, Dillane said that his time on the show was "disheartening" - thanks largely to the fact that he didn't know what was going on. Dillane revealed that he relied heavily on Liam Cunningham (who plays Ser Davos Seaworth) to explain to him what was happening on set, and how his role related to the larger storyline.

"I’ve flicked [the show] on [since leaving] to see if I could figure out what was going on, but I couldn’t."

"Liam Cunningham is so passionate about the show. He invests in it in a way I think is quite moving, but it wasn’t my experience. I was entirely dependent on Liam to tell me what the scenes were about — I didn’t know what I was doing until we’d finished filming and it was too late."

"The damage had been done. I thought no one would believe in me and I was rather disheartened by the end. I felt I’d built the castle on non-existent foundations."

Hardcore fans might feel pretty distraught that one of the show's most instrumental characters felt this disconnected while filming. Generally, people love to believe that actors are as invested as they are in their favourite shows, and Dillane's revelations might tarnish his role as Stannis for some.

Despite this, you can't help but admit that Stannis' death scene was pretty memorable - alone in the woods, and at the mercy of Brienne, we will always remember the moment when his chickens came home to roost.