Everyone knows that the powers that be at the back of Recreation of Thrones love to jazz issues up with some emotionally devastating deaths each every now and then, however this time they’ve truly caught the knives in our backs. In line with GoT showrunner David Benioff, King Tommen’s cherished cat, Ser Pounce, is lifeless, they usually could not even give him the consideration of an onscreen dying.
“Cersei hated the identify ‘Ser Pounce’ such a lot she may just no longer permit him to live on,” Benioff advised Leisure Weekly. “So she got here up together with her maximum diabolical [execution]. Ser Pounce’s loss of life used to be so terrible we could not even put it at the air.”
In truth, shall we completely consider the “Mad Queen” would do one thing like that.
For the ones GoT lovers who do not recall Ser Pounce (and disgrace on you, he is nearly a knight!), the royal tom cat used to be offered within the fourth episode of season 4, in a while after Tommen is topped king. Margaery Tyrell, having a look to seduce herself a boy-king, visits Tommen’s bed room right through the night time, the place her flirtations are interrupted by way of Ser Pounce hopping onto the mattress between them. And it’s in that specific second that the royal kitty hopped his method into our hearts.
In fact, all of it is going downhill for Tommen and Margaery after that. Through the top of the 6th season, Cersei crowns herself queen, Margaery is going up in flames, and Tommen jumps to his loss of life in his grief. It tests out that Cersei would not need Ser Pounce round, since he is a relentless reminder of the son whom she inadvertently killed with her diabolical machinations. Plus, cats are so a lot paintings, particularly if you find yourself coping with dragons, Night time Kings, and the like. So we for sure would possibly not be seeing any royal cats in the sequence’ ultimate season.
“If you are going to buy the superextended, supercharged Recreation of Thrones field set that comes out, the loss of life of Ser Pounce shall be in there,” showrunner Dan Weiss joked. “Only one complete episode dedicated to the loss of life of Ser Pounce.”
There’ll if truth be told be a GoT field set popping out later this yr, however it is extremely not likely the cat’s grim destiny is anyplace on file. It appears Ser Pounce’s actor used to be rather the tricky one. “That cat used to be truly no longer a laugh to paintings with,” Benioff printed. “There is a explanation why the word ‘like herding cats’ got here into life.”
“Canine most often do what you ask them to do if they are good and well-trained,” Weiss added. “Cats have their very own schedule.”
Regardless of any difficulties with the superstar cat, a minimum of Dean-Charles Chapman (who performed Tommen within the sequence) believed Ser Pounce had a happier finishing. Again in 2016, the actor advised Huffingon Submit that he was hoping his persona’s better half did not get stuck up within the blast that killed Margaery and corporate. “I love to assume he’d additionally transfer on along with his existence and get a female friend possibly,” Chapman mused.
What a candy Summer season kid. A minimum of now we all know what was of Ser Pounce of Space Baratheon (or would that be Lannister?), first of his identify. Now, we wait to look how everybody else seems when GoT returns for its 8th and ultimate season on Sunday, April 14.
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