There have been plenty of tragic animal deaths over the course of Game of Thrones‘ seven seasons. Lady, the direwolf. Greywind, the direwolf. Almost all of the direwolves, actually. And who might neglect Viserion’s tragic loss of life (and subsequent resurrection) by the hands of The Night King?
It seems, there’s one other heart-tugging loss of life we are able to add to the listing, and this one did not even make it on the air.
Ser Pounce, cat to King Tommen (Dean-Charles Chapman), was briefly launched in Season four when he hopped on Tommen’s mattress and into our hearts. Then, he was by no means seen or heard from once more. While speaking with Entertainment Weekly, showrunner David Benioff revealed why.
“Cersei hated the name ‘Ser Pounce’ so much she could not allow him to survive,” showrunner David Benioff advised EW. “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.”
Keep in thoughts that Cersei (Lena Headey), in her quest for energy, blew up The Citadel with wildfire, together with a major chunk of the Game of Thrones name sheet. Knowing his bride-to-be, Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer), was amongst these killed, Tommen took his personal life.
Benioff did say that there was some behind-the-scenes drama that contributed to the character’s exit. “That cat was really not fun to work with. There’s a reason the phrase ‘like herding cats’ came into existence.”
Fellow showrunner D.B. Weiss joked that the present’s upcoming boxset will commemorate Ser Pounce’s journey to the afterlife with “one whole episode.”
“If you purchase the super-extended, super-charged Game of Thrones field set that comes out, the loss of life of Ser Pounce shall be in there.”
While that is unlikely to occur, at the very least we now have some closure. Rest in peace, Ser Pounce. You had been too gentle and fluffy for his or her world.