Ser Pounce, Game of Thrones’ fan-favorite cat, was killed off-screen
Game of Thrones’ 8th season hasn’t began but, however showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss just lately showed in an interview with Entertainment Weekly that no less than one fan-favorite personality gained’t make it out of the overall season alive: Ser Pounce, Tommen Baratheon’s puppy cat, who was presented again in season four.
Spoilers for earlier Game of Thrones seasons forward.
According to Benioff, “Cersei hated the name ‘Ser Pounce’ so much she could not allow him to survive. So she came up with her most diabolical [execution]. Ser Pounce’s death was so horrible we couldn’t even put it on the air.”
Ser Pounce’s dying would possibly not come as a lot of a marvel, for the reason that the cat most effective gave the impression in one episode, again in season four’s “Oathkeeper.” Still, the hot reappearance of long-missing characters like Beric Dondarion and Gendry in season 7 left some lovers hoping Ser Pounce may have a go back in retailer, too, regardless of the dying of his proprietor, Tommen Baratheon. Tommen dedicated suicide again in season five, after his spouse Margaery was killed within the explosion that destroyed the Great Sept of Baelor. Actor Dean-Charles Chapman, who portrayed Tommen, commented again in 2016 that he was hoping Ser Pounce “didn’t get caught up in the blast,” and that the cat would “move on with his life and get a girlfriend maybe,” within the wake of that tragedy. Alas, it kind of feels this type of go back isn’t to be.
Plot issues apart, it’s additionally conceivable that the 2 showrunners could have had different causes for killing off the cat off-screen — merely, it kind of feels that the cat that performed Ser Pounce was type of a diva.
“That cat was really not fun to work with,“ Benioff notes in the same interview. “Dogs generally do what you ask them to do if they’re smart and well trained,” Weiss says. “Cats have their own agenda.”
Chapman’s in a similar way mentioned running with Ser Pounce was tough, telling the Huffington Post that after filming the scene, “That cat that day would have none of it. He was just loving life. He just really wasn’t on his game that day.” Chapman went on to invest, “I think that was the reason why they didn’t have him back because it’s just hard work. Cats can’t understand English, so you tell a cat, ‘Come on. Jump on the bed,’ and he just looks at you like, ‘What are you talking about?’”
And Natalie Dormer — who shared the scene with Ser Pounce and Chapman — additionally showed the problem in a 2014 Reddit AMA, commenting that “Ser Pounce was a bit of a diva that day, he didn’t want to stay on the bed, he was very difficult to work with.”
It turns out that lack of ability to play smartly with others ended in Ser Pounce in the long run being killed off-screen. Or perhaps the showrunners are simply joking round about their talent to be merciless to each the Game of Thrones characters and their target audience. At time of e-newsletter, The Verge’s managing editor, TC Sottek — whose 2016 Game of Game of Thrones staff was named “Ser Pounce’s Feral Menagerie” — was quoted as pronouncing: “I am very sad.”
Game of Thrones will go back on April 14th with its 8th and ultimate season. And if the previous books and episodes are anything else to head via, Ser Pounce surely gained’t be the ultimate personality to satisfy an premature, messy destiny prior to the top.