Former “Game of Thrones” star Stephen Dillane recently admitted that he didn’t like playing the role of the late Stannis Baratheon and added he wasn’t interested in the show’s story.
Previously, Dillane appeared on the show as King Robert Baratheon’s older brother Stannis, who tried to claim the Iron Throne after his sibling died and he found out that Cersei Lannister cheated on her husband with her twin brother Jaime.
In his attempt to take the throne, Stannis made an alliance with a red priestess Melisandre and had her kill both his little brother Renly as well as his only daughter Shireen.
Unfortunately, Melisandre’s visions about Stannis being the reincarnation of a god named Rh’llor proved to be false and Dillane’s character perished at the end of the fifth season.
“I am not regretting having done ‘Game of Thrones,’ but I have nothing to say about it,” the actor explained. “I didn’t understand the show or its success when I was part of it. The experience was very strange and I wasn’t affected by it. In order to like a role, I need to be interested in it, and that wasn’t really the case with ‘Game of Thrones.’ I was a bit overwhelmed by the events.”
Dillane also pointed out that even though he didn’t really understand the storylines in “Game of Thrones”, he accepted the role of Stannis because the job paid well.
Meanwhile, “Game of Thrones” star Daniel Portman recently sat down to discuss what the future holds for his character Podrick Payne in the upcoming sixth season.
Portman told IGN that he hopes Pod will benefit from Brienne of Tarth training him as her squire and show off his new fighting skills sometime in the near future.
“I think that’s probably the idea, is that somewhere down the line at some point you might see that side of Pod,” he said. “It would be nice to play with that side of the character, sort of the young man becoming a man and finding his way in the world. It would be nice to see him step up.”
Portman also hinted that Pod is going to stick with Brienne as she tries to find Sansa Stark and protect her from the Boltons in the upcoming sixth season.
“Season five was a series of near-misses and while Podrick is with Brienne, they are going to try to fulfill the oath she made to Catelyn about protecting the Stark family,” he explained. “So I would say we start season six in the same place-not geographically, but in the same place we started in season five, where they’re still trying to do what Brienne said she would do.”
The “Game of Thrones” season six premiere will air on Sunday, April 24, at 9 p.m. ET on HBO.