Varys Actor Frustrated By Being Sidelined In GoT

  • Published: 15 May 2019
  • Spoiler alert: Game of Thrones isn't a series known for its happy endings. And fans certainly aren't getting many in the show's final season. Several major characters met their end in the fifth episode of season 8, and now the actor who played Varys has revealed that he wasn't thrilled with how his story ended.

    Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Conleth Hill opened up about the experience of seeing his character burned to death by the Mad Queen Daenerys, saying he took it "very personally."

    "I took it as a person, not as an actor or an artist. I understood the reactions of previous actors who had been in the 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. The only thing that consoles you is people who worked a lot harder than you are in the same boat. So that helps. I don't think anybody who hasn't been through it can identify with it. They think, 'What's all the fuss about? You're all finishing anyway.' But you take it personally, you can't help it."

    There was some bright side for Hill, though, as he felt Varys died a "noble" death after the Master of Whispers revealed to the world the true parentage of Jon Snow in an attempt to make sure Westeros had a better ruler than the vengeful and sadistic Daenerys.

    "He was absolutely true to his word the whole way through. All he wanted was the right person on the throne and a fair person on the throne. He said it so many times in the scripts."

    Hill continued,

    "[Varys didn't] have the distraction of love or desire or any of those things. And the people he needed to see clearly were both in love. So that makes perfect sense. And now with hindsight, I'm okay, but I really was inconsolable."

    Still, the death stings, especially considering how little Varys has been given to do over the past two seasons. If you were frustrated by that, well, you're not alone, as Hill revealed he wasn't too happy with his character's arc either.

    "I was very bummed to not have a final scene 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 favorite… It just felt like after season 6, I kind of dropped off the edge. 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."

    Hill also said that he felt like Varys was acting out of character in those two seasons, as the master spy suddenly seemed to have no idea what was going on, and exerted no influence over events.

    "Last season and this season there were great scenes and then I'd come in and kind of give a weather report at the end of them, 'film at 11.' 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?...that was frustrating for a couple seasons."

    Overall, though, Hill stressed that his experience on Game of Thrones has been "brilliant." And he doesn't think fans will be disappointed with the series finale.

    "I don't think they'll feel cheated. The fan favorites are all there."

    Well…all except one, anyway.
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Comments • 2 283

  • CD GP
    CD GP  4 days back

    "I dont think they'll feel cheated. All favorites are there." That was completely sarcastic.

    • Jay Davis
      Jay Davis  4 days back

      I'd of liked him to win the throne

      • Spooky Boyy
        Spooky Boyy  1 weeks back

        Everyone got sidelined in the final season

        • KingEddy20
          KingEddy20  3 weeks back

          Lord varys is a true hero on and off screen

          • Cough It Up
            Cough It Up  3 weeks back

            He was one of the best characters in the show and they just made him not matter.

            • Androandroandrica Len
              Androandroandrica Len  3 weeks back

              Varys is my favorite character of the whole series.

              • CreativeUsernameEh
                CreativeUsernameEh  3 weeks back

                Fuck Dan and David, and anything else they try to leech off of in the future.

                • Two sicilian sisters
                  Two sicilian sisters  3 weeks back

                  All characters had lost their personalities were.

                  • R DG
                    R DG  3 weeks back

                    Varys conspired and died for Jon as the necessary rightful ruler..


                    Bran the Broken with the Best Story: Why did you think I came all the way here? - . -

                    • the2step
                      the2step  3 weeks back

                      So the master of whispers just goes out and basically confronts jon on the beach and speaks completely openly about backing Jon. Seems legit

                      -D&D probably

                      • Rei Jaaziel Aliwanon
                        Rei Jaaziel Aliwanon  3 weeks back

                        Varys' arc deserved better than this. If he failed in spying at least make it look someone really overwhelmed his intellect. I don't know if some will agree but I feel the whole season 8 was just made to leave questions/disappointments to make you curious and buy George R.R. Martin's book to fill that curiosity instead of being as hyped as what we expected.

                        • jPhone x
                          jPhone x  3 weeks back

                          Dont worry varys season 8 was ass u shouldnt have died

                          • tanyuu
                            tanyuu  3 weeks back

                            Varys is a very underappreciated character, arguably among the most honorable. He is one of the few in a position of power who is truely dedicated to the people and not using them to advance his career. He specifically climbed to his current position from a childhood as a street urchin to change the world for the better for the lower clases. Jon had other goals in life, but was assigned power because of his negotiatiation and leadership abilities, and he did have to make tough decisions and behalf of the people. Doran Martell also seems to have a good heart and care about protecting the innocence of children in particular.

                            • Lauren Brillante
                              Lauren Brillante  3 weeks back

                              The WRITING for season 8 was absolute CRAP! The way Varys was written and has been written took this clever character and wrote him in to stupidity and the writing of how it was done was idiotic. This was a man that had saved Tyrion's life and was his best friend in the world. You can tell the SAME STORY and TELL IT WELL... but Dan and Dave COULD NOT BE BOTHERED!

                              • Ninjas Be Like
                                Ninjas Be Like  3 weeks back

                                Just watched this after watching that documentary episode and when they are doing the table read for season 8 Conleth looked pissed when varys got executed and I immediately searched for a video about him being mad about the ending haha

                                • LawlTwins
                                  LawlTwins  3 weeks back

                                  We all felt cheated....

                                  • JDA
                                    JDA  4 weeks back

                                    Conleth Hill did an amazing job playing Varys, an amazing character. The writing of the last 2 seasons massively failed him and others. Oh, and Varys was CERTAINLY a fan favorite. I hope he realizes that. One of the most interesting, witty, and precise characters of the entire series.

                                    • Filipe Pereira
                                      Filipe Pereira  4 weeks back

                                      Conleth Hill knows exactly what was wrong with his character.

                                      • albin maestro
                                        albin maestro  4 weeks back

                                        Not happy ending? It was happy ending like in Mexican soup operas.

                                        • Katy Bell
                                          Katy Bell  4 weeks back

                                          I wanted to see Verys realize his dream of a safe Westeros. I loved his character.

                                          • Simon M
                                            Simon M  4 weeks back

                                            well what happend with littlefinger was even worse- thats why i believed in the return of baelish so much- i just couldn't believe the showrunners take out such a smart character in such a dull way- i was wrong.

                                            • French Toast
                                              French Toast  4 weeks back

                                              lol what, it was part of the story and the snake who jumps from ship to ship finally gets caught for being shady

                                              • xxlCortez
                                                xxlCortez  4 weeks back

                                                That's like Peter Dinklage saying Tyrion isn't as smart as he thought, hiding women and children in the crypt during the white walker invasion.

                                                • Sausthab Bir Singh Tuladhar

                                                  Varys: Perfectly plans everything he is going to do even if he is going to take a shit.
                                                  Also Varys: Hey Jon. Let's commit treason.

                                                  • Justin Wyatt
                                                    Justin Wyatt  4 weeks back

                                                    They took two years and rushed it......

                                                    • JayTor2112
                                                      JayTor2112  4 weeks back

                                                      Everyone should have lived, with gumdrops and lollipops falling from the skies. Drogon becomes a big regenerating chocolate dragon that everyone eats from after feasts.

                                                      • QUploads T
                                                        QUploads T  4 weeks back

                                                        He's right Varys should've reacted to Little Finger's death

                                                        • cia tronic
                                                          cia tronic  4 weeks back

                                                          lol when the actors know more about whats going on then the regisseur

                                                          • Lewis
                                                            Lewis  4 weeks back

                                                            he got sidelined for an episode pfft

                                                            • Gusttafa
                                                              Gusttafa  4 weeks back

                                                              season 8 made me feel as the show was cancelled and they were forced to finish it in hurry. Shallow story, shallow endings, shallow feeling, no emotion, no impact, just careless "turn off"

                                                              • Thor Odinson
                                                                Thor Odinson  4 weeks back

                                                                I loved Varys, and I hate what they did to him.

                                                                I loved Bronn, but i still feel like punching Tyrion in the face and pretending that those two had literally nothing to give him felt really out of character. Bronn was his best friend (although paid). Doesn't make much sense to me, especially considering he's been talking about how his side's already lost because dragons.

                                                                Bran only said a few things. You'd think more people would want to talk to the guy who knows everything that's ever happened. But most people just ignore it??

                                                                Anyone that was clever was reduced to stupidity. That's what happens when idiots try to write about something smarter than them.

                                                                I really wish G.R.R.M. was writing the screenplay, but at that rate, we'd still be waiting (though it would be absolutely fantastic)

                                                                • CarlyUTube
                                                                  CarlyUTube  4 weeks back

                                                                  Was ANY of the Actors satisfied with this season, Does not sound like it. And he died for nothing, not one of his letters got out and everyone else who knew kept their mouth shut in the end.

                                                                  • C x 3
                                                                    C x 3  4 weeks back

                                                                    Danerys' whole arc would have been much more acceptable if KL didn't ring the bells of surrender - and maybe in true Cersei style, Cersei had her soldiers mix in with the innocent population.. Also I think Tyrion should have killed Dany - it makes more sense that he would have been in a rage since his brother (the only person who was good to him as a child) was killed by her arrogant attack. Jon should've gotten the throne and the dragon should have stayed with Jon. Danerys at the end should've become the new "night king" or something - the ending didn't seem to say anything about anything.. There was no point to any of it with the finale they gave us.

                                                                    • Manuel Silva
                                                                      Manuel Silva  4 weeks back

                                                                      show sucks

                                                                      • Nico Stadler
                                                                        Nico Stadler  4 weeks back

                                                                        He was a traitor and he didnt keep his promise to dany to tell her if she was failing the people instead he conspired behind her back nothing noble about varys

                                                                        • C x 3
                                                                          C x 3  4 weeks back

                                                                          The betrayal was stupid. Tyrion as a character wouldn't have done that. There was no up-side.

                                                                          • Stephen Moore
                                                                            Stephen Moore  4 weeks back

                                                                            Looper, im sorry, but please please please get some more variety in your music.

                                                                            • Robert Lundkvist
                                                                              Robert Lundkvist  4 weeks back

                                                                              D&D killed both Varys, Littlefinger and Tyrion in season 6, since they were all useless in 7 & 8.

                                                                              • xxTaKe2xx
                                                                                xxTaKe2xx  4 weeks back

                                                                                Damn I feel you Conleth.
                                                                                After Littlefinger's death Varys was the only character left in the show that intrigued me. And then D&D just forgot him. His arc's end was ridiculous.

                                                                                • xCaracusx
                                                                                  xCaracusx  4 weeks back

                                                                                  Sooo in the end even that was wasted 😂😂😂

                                                                                  • lukkyluciano
                                                                                    lukkyluciano  4 weeks back

                                                                                    Varys was only one serving the realm exclusively

                                                                                    • Present Tense
                                                                                      Present Tense  4 weeks back

                                                                                      Did he honestly think D&D could handle a character like varys?

                                                                                      • Master Debater
                                                                                        Master Debater  4 weeks back

                                                                                        it definitely shouldnt have ended the way it did. this is what happens when you attempt to end the series in only 6 episodes. horrible end to a great series

                                                                                        • saxonsoldier67
                                                                                          saxonsoldier67  4 weeks back

                                                                                          At least he had a scene dedicated to his personal end. Think of the injustice for everyone burnt alive at the Sept of Baelor. Mass ending to some great characters.

                                                                                          • Bumpy
                                                                                            Bumpy  4 weeks back

                                                                                            Varys was one of my favorite characters leading up to this disaster season. I felt they just threw his character completely away.

                                                                                            • Pedro Anastacio
                                                                                              Pedro Anastacio  4 weeks back

                                                                                              this last season was trash

                                                                                              • Nik Siever
                                                                                                Nik Siever  4 weeks back

                                                                                                “Incompetence should not be reworded by blind loyalty.” take note GOP

                                                                                                • K 10acious
                                                                                                  K 10acious  4 weeks back

                                                                                                  Take only 1 season to destroy an entire series! [Spit@Season 8]