Warning: there's some spoilers for the most recent episode of Game of Thrones, so if you've somehow managed to dodge all the back and forth over whether Danaerys has been completely betrayed by the writers and what-have-you then preserve your miraculous insulation by turning around and heading back out the way you came in.
If you've been bellyaching about how the last few seasons of Game of Thrones have gone, don't worry. The former Varys, Conleth Hill, has your back.
He admitted in an interview with Entertainment Weekly that "the last couple seasons weren’t my favourite" and echoed fan sentiments that the nuance of the storytelling has been jettisoned pretty much wholesale since the series passed George RR Martin's books. He's also very sad about being edged out big story moments and toward a role where he "kind of give a weather report at the end of them".
"It just felt like after season six, I kind of dropped off the edge," Hill said. "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."
He did say that on the whole he was "not dissatisfied" with how things turned out, and that overall being on Game of Thrones was "brilliant". He was, however, "very bummed out" about not having a final showdown with Littlefinger.
"I was bummed not to have any reaction to him dying, if he was my nemesis. 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 a whole it’s been overwhelmingly positive and brilliant but I suppose the last couple seasons weren’t my favourite."
More pointedly, Hill took the example Varys and Tyrion's conversations during their odd couples road trip in season five as the kind of thing that had been lost since Martin's books were overtaken.
"I think the stuff that was said in [Varys and Tyrion’s travelling scenes] understood the nature of freaks and outsiders so precisely. In a way, that was lost when we got past [Martin’s] books. That special niche interest in weirdos wasn’t as effective as it had been."
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