Varys Actor Frustrated By Being Sidelined In GoT

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  • 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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  • Waldo Carmen
    Waldo Carmen  4 weeks back

    Season 8 of GoT was like if Walter White had just looked in the camera and said, "Did I do thaaat?" after Hank's execution.

    • Marie Blade
      Marie Blade  1 months back

      It wasn't that died but how he died that was upsetting. He deserved a better death and ending arc.

      • The Green Reaper
        The Green Reaper  2 months back

        Its just WRONG how DnD raped the final season. Varys was one of thé most calculating and careful characters: He survived the Mad King, for crying out loud, and now, he would just forget about his discretion all of a sudden? What a load of bollocks... No, Varys shuold have survived, just like he indicated to Tyrion in S2: '....the big fish eat the little fish, and i......just keep on paddling". Would have been a whole lot better end-sceven of the Small Counsil with Varys comeing with some very secret information and Brann then adding up to Varys' findings, commending him on his thouroughness and detail? Conleth Hilll was one of thé best actors in the show imho, Varys was a key-character in may storylines, especially the ones intertwining during the seasons.... to write off such an important and mostly INTELLIGENT character..."Shouts in Septa Onella with a megaphone; "SHAME! SHAME SHAME!"

        • Vivi
          Vivi  2 months back

          Varys was like a dying horse that the writers decided to shoot out of sympathy. His character had been ruined a few seasons ago. He and Baelish were my favorites ones, I can't believe they did them so dirty

          • Song Tuning
            Song Tuning  2 months back

            Cersei, Varys, Littlefinger and Tyrion are way too complex for D&D, it's more than obvious

            • CD GP
              CD GP  3 months back

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

              • Jay Davis
                Jay Davis  3 months back

                I'd of liked him to win the throne

                • Spooky Boyy
                  Spooky Boyy  3 months back

                  Everyone got sidelined in the final season

                  • KingEddy20
                    KingEddy20  4 months back

                    Lord varys is a true hero on and off screen

                    • Cough It Up
                      Cough It Up  4 months back

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

                      • Androandroandrica Len
                        Androandroandrica Len  4 months back

                        Varys is my favorite character of the whole series.

                        • CreativeUsernameEh
                          CreativeUsernameEh  4 months back

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

                          • Two sicilian sisters
                            Two sicilian sisters  4 months back

                            All characters had lost their personalities were.

                            • R DG
                              R DG  4 months back

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


                              Meanwhile,



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

                              • the2step
                                the2step  4 months 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  4 months 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  4 months back

                                    Dont worry varys season 8 was ass u shouldnt have died

                                    • tanyuu
                                      tanyuu  4 months 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  4 months 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  4 months 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  4 months back

                                            We all felt cheated....

                                            • JDA
                                              JDA  4 months 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 months back

                                                Conleth Hill knows exactly what was wrong with his character.

                                                • albin maestro
                                                  albin maestro  4 months back

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

                                                  • Katy Bell
                                                    Katy Bell  4 months back

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

                                                    • Simon M
                                                      Simon M  4 months 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 months 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 months 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 months back

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

                                                              • JayTor2112
                                                                JayTor2112  4 months 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 months back

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

                                                                  • cia tronic
                                                                    cia tronic  4 months back

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

                                                                    • Lewis
                                                                      Lewis  4 months back

                                                                      he got sidelined for an episode pfft

                                                                      • Gusttafa
                                                                        Gusttafa  4 months 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 months 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 months 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 months 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 months back

                                                                                show sucks

                                                                                • Nico Stadler
                                                                                  Nico Stadler  4 months 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 months back

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

                                                                                    • Stephen Moore
                                                                                      Stephen Moore  4 months back

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

                                                                                      • Robert Lundkvist
                                                                                        Robert Lundkvist  4 months back

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

                                                                                        • xxTaKe2xx
                                                                                          xxTaKe2xx  4 months 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.

                                                                                          • Usul573
                                                                                            Usul573  3 months back

                                                                                            That one conversation with Tyrion was pretty decent, but that was about it.

                                                                                        • xCaracusx
                                                                                          xCaracusx  4 months back

                                                                                          Sooo in the end even that was wasted 😂😂😂

                                                                                          • lukkyluciano
                                                                                            lukkyluciano  4 months back

                                                                                            Varys was only one serving the realm exclusively

                                                                                            • Present Tense
                                                                                              Present Tense  4 months back

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

                                                                                              • Master Debater
                                                                                                Master Debater  4 months 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