We haven’t seen the on-screen death of every ‘Game of Thrones‘ character so far, and now the showrunners have revealed what happened to the brave and mighty Ser Pounce. One of the most significant characters which the HBO show has given us has had their fate left in question, and now we know what happened off-screen. If you cannot remember who exactly Ser Pounce was, he was a pet cat owned by the late King Tommen Baratheon. Yes, a cat, but one which Margaery Tyrell used to work her magic on the young Baratheon and capture his heart starting in the fourth season.
After Joffrey’s death, Olenna had warned Magaery that she would need to get close to Tommen before Cersei set the two at odds with one another. It worked though it did lead into the fun story that Joffrey had once threatened to skin the cat alive and feed it to Tommen without his knowledge.
While we never see it on screen, Cersei apparently had Ser Pounce killed in the seventh season after she is sitting on the throne. This detail comes from showrunner David Benioff:
“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.”
Of working with the cat, he went on to say that “That cat was really not fun to work with. There’s a reason the phrase ‘like herding cats’ came into existence.”
It likely wasn’t quite as evil as what Joffrey had in mind but like mother like son so it would seem. Co-showrunner Dan 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.”
Weiss also wasn’t a fan of this feline as adorable as he was on screen because “dogs generally do what you ask them to do if they’re smart and well trained. Cats have their own agenda.”
Joke or not, you just know that fans of the series inspired by George R.R. Martin’s books would be lining up to check this out. However, Ser Pounce is still alive in Martin’s books, and we may see this kitty receive a happier ending there. Perhaps even one that Dean-Charles Chapman who played Tommen on the show suggested:
“I suppose there’s a lot of staff around the kingdom to look after him. Hopefully, he didn’t get caught up in the blast. That’d be a tragedy. I like to think he’d also move on with his life and get a girlfriend maybe.”
Just like his on-screen counterpart, Tommen really has a positive outlook on life.
Do you feel that Ser Pounce met a terrible fate at the hands of Cercei’s executioners or is he frolicking around the castle with a new girlfriend? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Source: Entertainment Weekly