Game of Thrones actor Stephen Dillane says show too 'brutal' to watch
Game of Thrones actor Stephen Dillane said the fantasy show is too "brutal" and "hardcore" to watch.
Dillane, 58, does not have to watch for much longer as he confirmed that his character Stannis Baratheon, who appeared to meet a sticky end at the hands of Brienne of Tarth in the series five finale, is dead "as far as I know".
He told RadioTimes.com: "It's pretty brutal, I couldn't watch much of that anyway. It's hardcore. Too tough for me. It's just too painful.
"It's pretty intense, quite overwhelming, the whole world of it is pretty overwhelming."
Asked what he got out of Game of Thrones, he replied: "Money."
Asked if he got any professional or personal satisfaction from the series, he reportedly said: "Er, no."
Despite saying he did not "blame" people who stopped watching after his character ordered his daughter to be burnt alive, Dillane backtracked and said the show was "fantastic".
He said: "I don't dismiss it at all. I think it's fantastic. I think it's an extraordinary thing. An amazing phenomenon. A really amazing phenomenon.
"Money is the main thing I got out of it. It's an odd situation. There is a kind of etiquette around these things. I think it's extraordinary. I am not dismissing it at all."
In response to the question of whether Stannis - last seen about to be beheaded - is really dead, he replied: "As far as I know, yeah."
Game of Thrones series six returns on April 25 to Sky Atlantic at 9pm.