"I don't want to do this anymore, it's not interesting to go on doing this."
Game of Thrones actor Julian Glover has recalled how he asked to be written out of the fantasy show after becoming bored with the storylines that his character faced.
The veteran thespian famously portrayed Maester Pycelle until the sixth season of the show, when he was stabbed to death by Varys’ Little Birds.
Speaking to IGN ahead of Thrones‘ final season, Glover revealed that he “didn’t want to do” season six because he felt the creepy character had been “completely dismissed”.
“Cersei ticked me off all the time, and I never had any comeback. So that wasn’t any fun to play, so I went to them and said, ‘Look, I don’t want to do this anymore, it’s not interesting to go on doing this… and what’s going to happen to him?'”, explained Glover.
Thankfully, the show had a dramatic exit in store, with Glover explaining: “They said, ‘Oh, you can’t go, we’ve got a wonderful scene for you…’
“Anyway, to cut a long story short, I got the scene, and it was my death scene, which is a damn good scene. And this is exactly the sort of way I wanted to go out.”
He added: “I was very happy to say goodbye to people on that particular moment.”
Glover’s comments come ahead of the final Game of Thrones season arriving this Sunday (April 14).
But showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss have admitted they have no idea how George RR Martin’s source material will actually end.
“[The concern] used to be that the books would spoil the show for people — and luckily it did not, for the most part,” Benioff told Entertainment Weekly. “Now that the show is ahead of the books, it seems the show could ruin the books for people.”