The Actress Was Ill During Her Last Scene On Camera
Sunday's Finale of Game of Thrones is being analyzed by fans of the Books and Hit TV series between comparisons of the two. The exit of Tyrion's love interest Shae (Sibel Kekilli) was built up more dramatically than in the book series, but still ended in the same fashion.
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The woman he spent time protecting and courting over the course of the series ended up betraying him instead of leaving the city he was trying to protect her from -- and ultimately it was his own advice that she refused to listen to that brought down her demise in the show.
Shae's betrayal of Tyrion at his trial in "Game of Thrones" Season 4 delivered a huge blow to the spirit of Peter Dinklage's character. But, in the Season 4 finale, seeing the woman he loved in his father's bed, and hearing her call Tywin Lannister "my lion" (tender words previously reserved only for him), and her pulling out a knife, took Tyrion to the point of no return.
"I tried not to shoot that scene. ... I told [Executive Producers] Dan [Weiss] and David [Benioff] -- I said, 'I'm sick that day. I don't want to come to set, I'm not doing this.' I'm an actress, and of course I understand that scene, but it's really hard because you know this is your last scene, you're dying and you have been here for four years," German actress Sibel, who has been part of the show since the first season, told AccessHollywood.com about filming her exit.
"But the most difficult thing was Shae loved Tyrion and now [they're] fighting for their lives and he's strangling [her]. ... It was like, you know, passionate strangling. It was like killing someone because you loved someone and now you are hurt by her, as she was by him. And it's really hard, you know? It's like, their love was always dangerous and passionate, and love and hate, and both are really strong characters and everyone, I think, knew that it ends like that. It [would] end like that."
In an interview with the Wrap Sibel Kekilli was asked when she found out about the exit of her character:
When did you find out about Shae's death?
Honestly, there are so many super fans and spoilers. Even my friends were like, ‘You know what's going to happen to your character?’ ‘No, and I don't want to hear it, because I haven't read the books yet.’ ‘No, but I'm going to tell you.’
"Game of Thrones" returns for its fifth season next year on HBO.