The death of Oberyn Martell and Joffery Baratheon looked like they took hours for them to die. We were on the edge of our seats and the gruesome way they ended took weeks for me to recover (with Oberyn) and weeks for me at the therapist to not be filled with joy (King Joffery so deserved it.)
However, there was one death that was so soul shattering, that it didn’t need all the blood gore. Still, it was at first supposed to be way more gruesome.
At the end of season 5 we became completely absorbed in the sweet moment that the adoring Myrcella Baratheon acknowledged knowing her real father to be Jaime Lannister −her mother’s brother – and not the recently deceased King Robert Baratheon. The way she simply accepted and even embraced her father made all of us feel and even root for team Lannister. Being Game of Thrones, at that moment we should have known she was going to die.
Blood ran out of her nose and she fell against the love and will of Jaime Lannister. There she died. It didn’t take much revelation to know her end came from poison. Poison delivered from Ellaria Sands in a goodbye kiss of revenge for the death of her lover Oberyn Martell. For me, that moment was so heart wrenching her death didn’t need any gore. Still, at first it was supposed to include exploded brains and plenty of disgusting.
The actress Nell Tiger Free that portrayed Myrcella Baratheon spoke at a recent event in London about that fatal scene.
“I don’t know if I should say this, but originally what happened is they gave me those mashed up bananas with like blood fake blood, and my brains were supposed to be all over the ship and stuff,” Free stated. “I was so excited. I don’t like gore but, like, I knew they were just like bananas, so I was okay with it.”
I don’t know about other Game of Thrones fans, but for me her death was as horrific and sadistic as any of the many others on the show. For one singular moment I rooted for team Lannister and was looking forward to the budding relationship between her and Jamie. I’ll never get over Oberyn’s death and I still hate the Mountain, but losing sweet Myrcella was truly heart wrenching.