King Tommen's beloved cat is now, at best, an orphan, after his dad gave new meaning to the term King's Landing. His mother Margaery is also gone, a victim of Grandma Cersei's wildfire pyromania at the Sept of Baelor.
After the finale, Tommen actor Dean-Charles Chapman talked to HBO about the fate of Westeros's royal feline:
HBO: What became of Ser Pounce?
Dean-Charles Chapman: He probably got a girlfriend and got married... And probably got caught up in the Sept blast, unfortunately.
Nooooo! Why would he be at the Sept, though, and not the Red Keep? It would've been nice for GoT to show Ser Pounce wandering around, to make it clear he was not there, and made it out alive. But we probably shouldn't expect to see Ser Pounce again, and not because he may have been a victim of the Mad Queen. Apparently he's a bit of a "diva" himself and made life difficult on the set. (It's his royal prerogative!)
As Chapman explained it...
HBO: Do you have a favorite scene from your time on Game of Thrones?
Dean-Charles Chapman: I'd probably choose the Ser Pounce scene in "Oathkeeper." That was my first day, so that meant a lot to me. It's an iconic scene for Tommen with Ser Pounce and Margaery. It was a long, hard day, because the cat was a bit of a diva.
Here's more on that, from Chapman to the Huffington Post:
"With the cat, it was my first time working with animals, and it was quite hard because you're doing a scene with the other actress or actor, and at the same time there's trainers off the set, behind the camera, like with a little toy putting food on the bed for it to stand in a certain position, and that cat that day would have none of it. He was just loving life. He just really wasn't on his game that day. Yeah, I think that was the reason why they didn't have him back because it's just hard work. Cats can't understand English, so you tell a cat, 'Come on. Jump on the bed,' and he just looks at you like, 'What are you talking about?'"
Oh, cats can understand English all right, they're just blowing you off. The cat has learned from Cersei. Ser Pounce, unlike Tommen, will not be a puppet. Natalie Dormer (Margaery) also said in a Reddit AMA that the Pounce star was a "diva," which actually sounds like the best reason to bring him back.
The showrunners confirmed that we only have two more seasons, and the last shot of the series should be the ruler of the Seven Kingdoms (probably Daenerys Targaryen) stepping off the Iron Throne to go somewhere, and Ser Pounce jumping up and taking his rightful place. He is the Prince That Was Promised!
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