The 'Game of Thrones' creators say beloved royal cat Ser Pounce was murdered by Cersei

Helen Sloan/HBOSer Pounce was King Tommen’s cat.
  • “Game of Thrones” creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss told Entertainment Weekly the beloved cat Ser Pounce has been killed off the show.
  • “Ser Pounce’s death was so horrible we couldn’t even put it on the air,” Benioff said.
  • The cat isn’t the only character to meet his doom off-screen. Others like Septa Unella and Ellaria Sand are presumed dead at Cersei’s hands.

As the final episodes of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” draw nearer, it’s natural for fans to want to look back at all the many deaths that have occurred over the seven aired seasons. But showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss just added one more tragic downfall to the pile: Ser Pounce.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly’s James Hibberd, the “Game of Thrones” creators said King Tommen’s cat Ser Pounce was executed by Cersei.

Ser Pounce Game of ThronesHBOSer Pounce was last seen on the fourth season of ‘Game of Thrones.’

In the original book series written by George R.R. Martin, Ser Pounce is one of Tommen’s kittens. Ser Pounce and the other two cats, Boots and Lady Whiskers, are with the young prince-turned-king often. But the showrunners chose to just include Ser Pounce for a tender scene between Margaery and Tommen on the fourth season of “Game of Thrones.”

“Cersei hated the name ‘Ser Pounce’ so much she could not allow him to survive,” Benioff said in the EW interview. “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.”

This isn’t the first time the death of a character has been left to the imagination of viewers. Cersei has also presumably killed Septa Unella, who was last seen on the sixth season finale in a dungeon. Same goes for Ellaria Sand, who was captured by Euron Greyjoy and brought to Queen Cersei. She was also last seen in a dungeon, left to watch her daughter Tyene die slowly from poison.

Ser Pounce’s fate was previously unknown, since he was assumed to be alive somewhere in the Red Keep but without an owner. King Tommen died by suicide on the sixth season finale after he watched his wife Margaery get blown up in the Sept of Baelor thanks to a dastardly plot Cersei orchestrated.

Seeing Ser Pounce again on “Game of Thrones” was always a very minor possibility, but now fans will have to mourn the royal feline ahead of the eighth and final season.

“Game of Thrones” season eight premieres on April 14.

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