It’s understandable to find Game of Thrones a little confusing. With all of its characters and interwoven storylines, it can be tough to follow along with everything that’s going on. So tough, in fact, that it turns out that even a wannabe King of Westoros (let’s be real: a rightful King of Westeros) has trouble figuring out what’s going on.
Stephen Dillane, who (spoiler warning) player Stannis Baratheon on GoT from Season 2 through 5, had so much trouble figuring out what was going on in his scenes that he had to relied on fellow cast member Liam Cunningham (Davos “Bae” Seaworth) to tell him what he was doing, according to his interview with the Times newspaper in the UK. I supposed this is appropriate considering Davos was Stannis’s righthand man in the show as well.
Dillane said, “Liam Cunningham is so passionate about the show. He invests in it in a way I think is quite moving, but it wasn’t my experience.”
He later added,
I was entirely dependent on Liam to tell me what the scenes were about — I didn’t know what I was doing until we’d finished filming and it was too late. The damage had been done.
Not knowing what the hell was going on apparently made Dillane kind of insecure about his part on the show, saying, “I thought no one would believe in me and I was rather disheartened by the end. I felt I’d built the castle on non-existent foundations.”
Following (another spoiler warning) Stannis’s death at the hands of Brienne of Tarth in Season 5, Dillane watched the series “to see if I could figure out what was going on, but I couldn’t.”
This is a pretty funny thing to keep in mind as you rewatch the show now that you know that Dillane was just as clueless about the show as Stannis was about making people like him.