Game Of Thrones star explains why it's important you didn't see his character die

Joe Anderton
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From Cosmopolitan

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The latest episode of Game Of Thrones has been one of the most divisive in the show's history, with lots of moments drawing the ire of certain fans.

There was one moment, however, that everyone seems to be happy with.

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As well as killing off Jaime and Cersei Lannister, both Clegane brothers, Varys and most of King's Landing, the show also featured the death of Euron Greyjoy. Or at least, we're pretty sure it did.

We didn't see him actually shuffle off the mortal coil on-screen, and according to actor Pilou Asbæk, it's really important that we didn't.

Speaking to TheWrap, he said: "The reason why I didn't want to die [on-screen] is because I thought it would be so much fun to tease [showrunners David Benioff and DB Weiss], because of course they wrote the scene as if he would die. So did [episode director Miguel Sapochnik], he wanted to direct it as if he would die.

"But I didn't want to do that, because you know sometimes you gotta take a piss at the showrunners. And I was like, 'What if I don't die? What if I just smile and look off?' And they were like, 'Yeah, that's nice.'"

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We're not really sure how much of a piss the showrunners took from that scene – we imagine they might be more concerned with the hugely divisive reception the latest episode got (it's the worst-reviewed in the show's history).

Pilou isn't bothered by the wildly varying reactions, however. He says: "The diversity of the fans and the passion they bring to the table is admirable, and you want to have all of it.

"You want to have the ones that go, 'This is the greatest show ever made,' and you wanna have the people that go, 'I hate this show. I've always hated it. I want the books now.' You cannot satisfy one billion people, it's not possible. But you want to have them commit to the show, even if they don't like it."

That's a very Euron thing to say, isn't it?

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