Bad news for all Game of Thrones fans who also happen to be cat people: Ser Pounce, the beloved feline friend of King Tommen, has followed his owner to the grave.
While Tommen committed suicide back in Season 6, the fate of Ser Pounce has been left up in the air. Was he still at the Red Keep? Was he now one of those street cats like Arya tried to catch in Season 1? Had he gone North to take the black?
Speaking to EW, showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss have finally revealed what happened. Benioff said:
"Cersei hated the name ‘Ser Pounce’ so much she could not allow him to survive. 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."
That actually fits with something Cersei would do. Less so the name, but more the reminder of Tommen constantly walking around the Red Keep, so no doubt it was a job for the Mountain. Although the death (thankfully) didn't make it to screen, Weiss jokingly added: "If you buy the super-extended, super-charged Game of Thrones box set that comes out, the death of Ser Pounce will be in there. Just one whole episode devoted to the death of Ser Pounce.”
Ser Pounce became a cult favourite back in Season 4, when he hopped on the bed to interrupt Margaery's bedtime visit to Tommen. Despite that great scene, though, it turns out the cat was very difficult to work with. Benioff said: "That cat was really not fun to work with."
Just further evidence that dogs are better, then, and that the direwolves are the greatest animals on the show (although the showrunners don't seem to know that either).
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