Words by Jadie Troy-Pryde
The penultimate season of Game of Thrones saw the downfall of some key players. While we’ve previously ranked the show’s deaths in order of how upset we were about them, we’re not sure anything will be quite as cathartic and satisfying as Ramsay Bolton getting eaten by his own dogs. Except maybe when the Made Queen finally cops it, and if this theory about Cersei’s death is right then it will be poetic justice at its best. Plus, it will fall neatly into the intricate Game of Thrones death pattern that the show has closely followed without us even realising.
However, we did see some big characters get the chop ahead of Game of Thrones season 8. Littlefinger and Olena Tyrell are no more, Viserion is now and undead dragon zombie thing, and a bunch of side players are also gone.
One of the most traumatising torture scenes came at the hands of Cersei – quelle surprise – when she decided to chain up Ellaria Sand and her daughter, Tyene Sand, to opposite walls of a dungeon. As revenge for poisoning her daughter, Myrcella, Cersei left Ellaria tied up and forced to watch Tyene die slowly. Oh, and she also promised to keep Ellaria alive for years and years and years after her daughter dies as punishment. Yes, Cersei has some issues.
But actress Indira Varma who plays Ellaria has opened up about shooting that harrowing scene with Rosabell Laurenti Sellers, who plays her onscreen daughter – and it sounds genuinely traumatising.
In the latest episode of Games Revealed, Indira said: ‘Rosabell and I had to wear manacles and we were tied to the wall and we had trouble, because either they’d come undone, because we were fighting against them, or couldn’t get them off.
‘Literally, at the end of the day, I was like, “Mate, I can’t get it off, can someone help me?” and everyone’s gone. Pete from props is like, “I think we need a saw,” and I had to be sawn out.’
Thank God for Pete from props.