Ser Pounce, one of the most popular and beloved characters of Game of Thrones hasn’t been seen in nearly five years since the season four episode “Oathkeeper,” when Tommen’s fluffy feline interrupted a bedside chat between he and his betrothed, Margaery Tyrell. The absence of Ser Pounce has long-since been a concern to fans given the violent nature of the Thrones universe — particularly after Tommen committed suicide in season six following the death of Margaery.
Welp, ahead of the eighth and final season, showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss unfortunately have to be the bearer of bad news. In a new interview with EW, Benioff confirmed fans worst fears: Ser pounce has indeed crossed the rainbow bridge, and he was sent there by none other than Cersei herself.
“Cersei hated the name ‘Ser Pounce’ so much she could not allow him to survive,” showrunner David Benioff tells EW. “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.”
“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,” showrunner Dan Weiss adds. “Just one whole episode devoted to the death of Ser Pounce.”
“That cat was really not fun to work with,“ Benioff says. “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 agrees. “Cats have their own agenda.”
Difficult feline actor or not, it goes without saying that the news of Ser Pounce’s untimely passing has reinvigorated fan blood lust for Cersei:
KILL HER PAINFUL KILL HER SLOW I WANT TO SEE THE FLESH RENT FROM HER BONES WHILE SHE SCREAMS IN AGONY DAY AFTER DAY AFTER DAY https://t.co/QAkFv1C8tX
— For the eternal glory of Dundee! (@Eren_Yaehger) February 11, 2019
HOW COULD SHE DO THAT https://t.co/flDMptIK0q
— done with wooden teeth (@TheWindsOfWolvs) February 11, 2019
This is Karma, Cersei for Ser Pounce!! = pic.twitter.com/XeLMW1zrKr
— Pam Suzanne Reich (@prcowboys) February 11, 2019
cersei not liking his name is a stupid justification for killing him off. i hope they're just joking
— Better Khal Saul (@BreakingBraavos) February 11, 2019
— Not Bri. Just me. (@BeautyBrienne) February 11, 2019
No! Not Ser Pounce!!
— Christina Vaughan (@bluebuddha11) February 11, 2019
He will be reborn of salt and smoke https://t.co/W9x5hFrDKZ
— Säm Bück (@stavross29) February 11, 2019
this series is fuckin bullshit https://t.co/1rh3o9H3Hc
— queen of love and booty (@liesandarbor) February 11, 2019
Rest in peace, Ser Pounce. This world was never meant for one as beautiful as you.