Game of Thrones actor Liam Cunningham who plays Davos Seaworth 'hurt' by recent death

'The scenes we had together have been described as being incredibly sweet, which is not a word that you use normally with Game of Thrones'

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Still mourning after that horrible Game of Thrones scene? You’re not alone. ***Spoilers ahead***

While Davos Seaworth may not know Stannis has just sacrificed his own daughter, Shireen, as commanded to by The Red Woman, actor Liam Cunningham is fully aware and is feeling the same pain as every other fan.

“It did hurt. I love working with Kerry,” he said in an interview with Arts Beat. “So it’s an awful loss, both professionally and personally.”

The Onion Knight is currently en route to visit Jon Snow at The Wall, having been sent by the wannabe king Stannis to get supplies for his men after Ramsey Bolton burnt his.

Cullingham found out that Shireen would be burnt to death by her father over a year ago: "I was astonished — well, listen, nothing astonishes me on this show, to be honest with you. But it hit very close to home.”


“The scenes we had together have been described as being incredibly sweet, which is not a word that you use normally with Game of Thrones.

“These sweet moments in the middle of this incredible story of legacy, power and paranoia — to have that removed is difficult. It’s tricky. I shall miss her enormously.”

The actor also praised the young actress for bringing “beautiful honesty” to the role, and went on to disagree with the old saying “never work with children or animals”.

Stannis in a shot from the season finale of Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones show runners have had to defend their decision to kill Shireen as she is currently still alive in the books. They went on to confirm that author George R R Martin was indeed going to commit the act in the next A Song of Ice and Fire Book, but the show had beat him too it.

"When George first told us about this, it was one of those moments when I remember looking at Dan and I was just like, 'Ugh, it's so horrible, and so good in a story sense because it all comes together'," show runner David Benioff said.

"It's really all come to this. There's been so much talk about King's Blood and the power of King's Blood, and it all leads ultimately, fatally, to Shireen's sacrifice. It's one of the most horrible moments we've shocked just in terms of the emotion."

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Game of Thrones author George R R Martin

Pressure on Martin has been mounting as the TV show catches up and begins to overtake his novels. The 66-year-old has cancelled several convention appearances and will not be writing an episode for season six in order to focus on publishing his final two instalments as soon as possible.

Game of Thrones season five reaches its finale next week.