The series finale of Game of Thrones created a huge divide amongst fans of the show as they found the fates of a few of their best-loved characters. There have been happy endings for some of the characters like Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) and her sister Sansa (Sophie Turner) however the HBO show did not end on a happy note for fan favourites such as Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen) and Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey).
However, Theon’s death might have been very totally different as Arya star Maisie Williams revealed that Theon was initially written to be killed by Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) as a joke by the writers.
Theon was killed by the Night King (Vladimir Furdik) after he’d spent the entire Battle of Winterfell defending Bran. But Maisie revealed on the Hot Ones for First We Feast episode that the script initially mentioned that Bran had would take out Theon Greyjoy.
Presenter of the YouTube channel Sean Evans asked her a few questions about the show: “As you’d expect from a show that’s racked up over 150 Emmy nominations and broken almost every rating record, Game of Thrones is the most fabled show on the internet,”
He continued: “So here we want to fact check some of the rumours that are swirling around in cyberspace, okay?”
Maisie replied “okay,” unaware as to what questions would be asked.
The host asked: “Fact or fiction, Game of Thrones writers would prank the cast by writing fake scripts involving their deaths and then sometimes let the joke play out for weeks before coming clean?”
Maisie then recalled the time actor Alfie was given a script that mentioned he’d be bowing out of the show at the hands of Bran Stark.
The actor replied: “Yeah, that’s true, they did that. “I think they told Alfie Allen that he was killed by Bran in like a really anticlimactic way, but then they didn’t tell Isaac they were doing the joke so when he texted Isaac like ‘it’s cool about that,’ Isaac was like ‘I don’t know what you’re talking about,’ and it all (came out).”
This wasn’t the first time the writers’ pranks wreaked havoc on-set as Maisie additionally opened up a couple of jokes which took Jon Snow actor Kit Harington unexpectedly.
“They did another one to Kit Harington where they said he got really aggressively mauled on the face and he was going to have a huge disfigurement on his beautiful, chiselled jaw and that one was quite funny [laughs].”
Luckily for Alfie and Kit, neither of the pranks truly made it to screens.
Theon was impaled by the Night King, Jon Snow managed to make it to the end of the show alive against all the odds.
Jon Snow was imprisoned by the Unsullied after killing their queen, Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke). Instead of being executed, Jon Snow was despatched North of the wall to stay with the Freefolk.