The new 'Game of Thrones' documentary shows an annoyed Conleth Hill reacting to his character Varys' fate

Helen Sloan/HBOConleth Hill plays Lord Varys.
  • Warning: Spoilers ahead for the final season of “Game of Thrones.”
  • HBO’s “Game of Thrones” documentary, “The Last Watch,” which aired Sunday, featured footage from the cast’s table read of all six final episodes.
  • In the documentary, the Lord Varys actor Conleth Hill looked less than pleased while learning the fate of his character.
  • The footage showed Hill closing his script and throwing it on the table after reading his last lines.
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It’s no secret that the final season of “Game of Thrones” was a disappointment to many fans.

Perhaps among them is Conleth Hill, who played Lord Varys in the HBO fantasy series.

In HBO’s new two-hour documentary “The Last Watch,” which chronicles the making of the final season of “Game of Thrones,” viewers were treated to the cast’s final table read of the show’s last six episodes.


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This meant we got to see the reactions of various actors, including Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington, as their characters’ fates were sealed.

Hill, whose character Varys is burned to a charred crisp by Clarke’s character’s dragon in episode five, “The Bells,” was visibly not pleased by the Spider’s demise.

Conleth Hill Game of Thrones table readHBOConleth Hill at the last table read for ‘Game of Thrones.’

“I told you what would happen if you betray me,” Clarke read from her lines in the footage, to which Hill replied: “You did.”

As Clarke read Daenerys Targaryen’s sentencing Varys to death, Hill folded up his script, placed it far from him, and folded his arms.

In the moments that followed, Clarke gave Hill a sympathetic look and Lena Headey, who played Cersei Lannister, placed a reassuring hand on Hill’s arm, which he took.

Viewers were quick to pick up on the awkward reading, which some said reflected everyone else’s reaction to Varys’ death and the final season as a whole.

“Conleth hill closing the script before finishing reading and putting it in the middle of the table with ‘i don’t need your garbage’ face is the mood of the whole season,” one person tweeted.

“Conleth Hill, a two-time Laurence Olivier Award winner and a two-time Tony Award nominee, knows what’s good and what’s not good,” another tweeted.

“I took it very personally,” Hill recently told Entertainment Weekly about Varys’ death. “I took it as a person, not as an actor or an artist. You can’t help feeling that you failed in some way, that you haven’t lived up to some expectation that you didn’t know about.

“The only thing that consoles you is people who worked a lot harder than you are in the same boat,” he continued. “So that helps. I don’t think anybody who hasn’t been through it can identify with it.”

He added: “But you take it personally, you can’t help it. At the time, nothing could console me. I kept thinking: ‘What did I do wrong?’ There wasn’t any prewarning.”

Hill also expressed his disappointment in his character’s story arc, which he said seemed to become “more peripheral.”

“As a whole it’s been overwhelmingly positive and brilliant, but I suppose the last couple seasons weren’t my favourite,” he said, adding: “It just felt like after season six, I kind of dropped off the edge.”

“I can’t complain because it’s six great seasons and I had some great scenes these last two seasons,” he said. “But that’s when it changed for me a little.”

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