John Bradley, who plays Samwell Tarley, told TheWrap the most tragic way his character could die on “Game of Thrones.” If you watched the Season 7 premiere on Sunday, you’ll remember that Sam is currently studying to be a maester at the Citadel in Old Town — but don’t worry, no poop is involved here.
“I have thought of the most tragic possible way that he can die,” Bradley told TheWrap’s Stuart Brazell. “I imagine him in the Citadel, having to reach up to the very top shelf for a book out of reach, climbs up the ladder, gets to the top shelf, as he reaches for the book that he wants, overbalances, falls into the books, the ladder falls away, he’s dangling from the shelf by his fingertips…”
Bradley continues his dramatic telling of Sam’s imagined death: “…As he falls backwards, he pulls thousands and thousands of books down on to him, and the bookcase, and he’s crushed under the weight of all those books.” Ouch.
“That’s the ultimate cruelty,” Bradley continues. “[With] the fact that he’s tried to avoid violence all his life, stay out the way of swinging swords. And he found solace and safety and security in books, and it wasn’t the violence that killed him in the end, it was thousands of books.”
We’ll have to wait and see if Sam’s fate does involve his favorite pastime — whether that’s getting crushed under a pile of books or using what he learns at the Citadel to help Jon Snow (Kit Harington) defeat the White Walkers. “Game of Thrones” airs Sundays on HBO at 9 p.m. EST.
Watch TheWrap’s interview with Bradley above.