In a shocking turn of events, the gossip king himself, Lord Varys, went out dracarys-style toward the beginning of Sunday night’s episode of Game of Thrones.
And now, it looks as though Conleth Hill — the actor who so memorably portrayed Varys for eight seasons — is ready to do some roasting of his own.
If you’re a fan of the show and you spend any time at all on social media, then you’re probably aware that the final season of GoT has not always been particularly well-received.
For some, the much-hyped Battle of Winterfell, with its shadowy aesthetic and "plot-armored" heroes turned out to be a colossal disappointment.
But for many more, that let-down paled in comparison to the revelation that one of the series most beloved characters, Daenerys Targaryen, would now serve as GoT’s final villain.
Many are hoping that next week’s series finale can save this uneven season, but Hill might be cautioning fans not to hold their breath.
(Which is the exact opposite of the instruction Varys should have given Drogon! Zing!)
In a surprisingly candid interview with Entertainment Weekly, Hill opened up about his feelings toward the controversial final season of Thrones:
"As a whole it’s been overwhelmingly positive and brilliant but I suppose the last couple seasons weren’t my favorite," he told the magazine.
"It just felt like after season 6, I kind of dropped off the edge," he added.
"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."
It seems that like many fans, Hill believes the show lost a step when it outpaced its source material:
"I think the stuff that was said in there understood the nature of freaks and outsiders so precisely," he said.
"In a way, that was lost when we got past [the narrative in George R.R. Martin’s] books. That special niche interest in weirdos wasn’t as effective as it had been."
Hill laments that in the GoT’s final seasons, his character was reduced to delivering "weather reports" about events from earlier in the episode.
"So I thought he was losing his knowledge. If he was such an intelligent man and he had such resources, how come he didn’t know about things?" he wondered.
"That added to my dismay. It’s now being rectified with getting a great and noble ending. But that was frustrating for a couple seasons."
Asked about his greatest disappointment in the show’s final seasons, Hill revealed that he was "bummed" to not have a final scene with his rival on the show, Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelysh.
"I was very bummed to not have a final scene with him. I was bummed not to have any reaction to him dying, if he was my nemesis." he said.
"That’s been my feeling the last couple seasons, that my character became more peripheral, that they concentrated on others more. That’s fine. It’s the nature of a multi-character show. It was kind of frustrating."
As for Varys’ untimely demise, Hill says that as much as he prides himself on his professionalism as an actor, he couldn’t help but take it personally:
"I took it very personally. I took it as a person, not as an actor or an artist," he continued. "I understood the reactions of previous actors who had been in same position a lot more than I did at the time.
"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."
Go easy on yourself, Lord Varys.
No one thinks you failed to live up to expectations.
But it seems a lot of folks feel quite differently about the show’s writers.