The premiere of “Game of Thrones” season 5 saw the death of the king of the Wildlings.
It was what fans called a gruesome death, as Mance Raydar was burned alive at the stake for refusing to bend the knee and fight for the self-proclaimed king Stannis Baratheon.
The burning of the King alive beyond the wall was witnessed by everyone at Castle Black, and even the captured Wildlings were made to watch.
But before the fires could completely engulf Mance Raydar, Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) took it upon himself to shoot the king of Wildlings with an arrow, in an act of mercy killing.
Entertainment Weekly interviewed the actor who played Mance Raydar, Ciaran Hinds, about his character’s fate.
One of the most pressing questions was how Hinds felt about his character choosing to be burned at the stake instead of pledging his loyalty to Stannis Baratheon.
“To me, it was something beyond stubbornness, it was a deep-seated belief in what he was trying to do,” Hinds shared.
“That if he bend the knee, he may as well not have taken his people to where he had brought them, and that was his personal choice.” “Rather than hand them over to somebody else, to give his people some liberation and dignity,” the actor continued.
“He was not prepared to sell them down the river.” The actor also revealed that the producers told him well in advance that this season will see the end of Mance Raydar.
“They said we’ll see you in August for a good ‘ol barbecue, basically,” Hinds shared.
“It’s very kind that they let you know rather than just send you the script.” But is this really the end of Mance Raydar? For book readers, they know that the fire burning was a trick and that Mance Raydar actually comes back alive.
But the actor revealed that the TV show might differ from the book on this point.
“It’s impossible to recreate everything that’s in the books,” he said.
“You can’t be absolutely faithful to the book, and why would you want to be?” “I imagine that if Mance were to come back, like in the books, he’d come back in a different guise, as a different person-it wouldn’t involve me, probably,” he shared.