No one can be spared from Cersei Lannister’s wrath. Apparently, not even her dead son’s cat.
Our condolences, Ser Pounce fans. Apparently, King Tommen’s cat’s nine lives ran out, Game of Thrones showrunners revealed. Sitting down with Entertainment Weekly, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss said the cat’s outta the bag (and outta the show).
“Cersei hated the name ‘Ser Pounce’ so much she could not allow him to survive,” Benioff said. “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.”
The cat, who won viewers’ hearts over when he leaped on Tommen’s bed during his first-ever GoT appearance on season four, episode four, wasn’t even given an on-screen death…which typically means he’s really not dead, right?
Wrong. “That cat was really not fun to work with,” Benioff told EW. “There’s a reason the phrase ‘like herding cats’ came into existence.”
“Dogs generally do what you ask them to do if they’re smart and well-trained,” Weiss added. “Cats have their own agenda.”
King Tommen was hoping for a happier outcome for his cat than his own demise, which saw him commit suicide after his mom, Cersei, burned his wife,Margaery (and the rest of King’s Landing, basically), to the ground with wildfire.
“I don’t know [what happened to him],” Tommen actor Dean-Charles Chapman told The Huffington Post in 2016. “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.”
Or perhaps he becomes a wight cat and joins the Night King’s army. Call us vengeful, but we’re hoping that’s how Cersei meets her maker.