Sunday 26 January 2020

'It's a potent loss' - Aidan Gillen opens up about that Game of Thrones storyline


Aidan Gillen as Littlefinger in HBO's Game of Thrones
Aidan Gillen as Littlefinger in HBO's Game of Thrones

Sean O'Grady

Spoilers have been warned.

Aidan Gillen has revealed he felt “bereft” after his time on Game Of Thrones came to an end.

The actor’s character Petyr ‘Littlefinger’ Baelis met his grissly end when his throat was slashed by Arya at the end of the seventh series.

Gillen had known the moment was coming after getting an ominous phone call from show bosses.

“It’s so obvious what it is. Showrunners Dan Weiss and David Benioff never ring you up, maybe once in six years,” he said.

“I learned about that call from Michael McElhatton (Roose Bolton) when he told me about his call and he talked about how it made him feel. And I thought if I get that call — or rather when, as this has got to happen sooner or later to a character like Littlefinger — I wondered how it would make me feel.

Aidan Gillen as Littlefinger in Game of Thrones
Aidan Gillen as Littlefinger in Game of Thrones

“Because the show is such a part of your life for so many years, you start to think, ‘What will your life will be like outside of it?’ It’s a potent loss.”

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Having been part of the show since the first series, Gillen said it has had a huge impact on his life.

“You’re left a ­little bereft for your character and for your experience,” he told Entertainment Weekly.

“It also immediately makes you quantify the hugeness of what that experience has been over the last seven years, which has been massive.”

The former Love/Hate star has yet to watch the seventh season finale, explaining he does not wish to see himself die.

“I don’t particularly want to see myself die. I’ve seen it a lot, and I tend to steer clear of those events the last couple of times,” he told the Los Angeles times.

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