Ser Davos Sea­worth a GOT fan favourite

Game of Thrones char­ac­ter has be­come a fan favourite on the pop­u­lar show

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On Game of Thrones, Ser Davos Sea­worth (Liam Cun­ning­ham) has turned into a beloved char­ac­ter, and not just be­cause he has the most gor­geously ex­pres­sive eye­brows in all of Wes­teros. Over the course of seven sea­sons, he’s lost a son, learned to read, wit­nessed the birth of a shadow baby and shifted his al­le­giances from Stan­nis Baratheon (Stephen Dil­lane) — af­ter the wouldbe king’s un­timely death — to Jon Snow (Kit Har­ing­ton). It’s been a wild ride.

Fol­low­ing the sea­son 7 fi­nale, Cun­ning­ham called from his home in Dublin to dis­cuss this sea­son’s big shock­ers, the in­cred­i­ble speed with which his char­ac­ter trav­els and how he hopes life will turn out for Davos.

Q Ser Davos has got a lot of screen time and some of the fun­ni­est lines re­cently, so it seemed like a stand­out sea­son for him. Did it feel like that from an act­ing per­spec­tive?

A Yeah. Spend­ing a lot of time with Stan­nis Baratheon was not ex­actly all fun and games, even though I’m bereft at the loss of (ac­tor) Stephen Dil­lane be­cause I loved work­ing with him. But with a younger man and an eas­ier­go­ing chap like Mr. Jon Snow, it was a lit­tle eas­ier to be at ease with this par­tic­u­lar char­ac­ter.

I also loved do­ing that lovely lit­tle scene with that fer­ment­ed­crab Vi­a­gra. It kind of let you know his smug­gling roots and what he was good at when he was sell­ing stuff and mov­ing stuff.

Q When you were read­ing the script for sea­son 7, was there one huge sur­prise that re­ally shocked you?

A Last night when it was fi­nally con­firmed that Jon Snow was in fact the man who should — on pa­per any­way — lead the Seven King­doms. That was ex­tra­or­di­nary. But I mean, ev­ery episode! Last night there were so many. I re­mem­ber in the pre­vi­ous episode when I read that they pulled the dragon out of the lake and turned him into not a White Walker but a White Flier, I re­mem­ber read­ing that and go­ing, “Oh my God!” There are oh-my-God mo­ments all over this. It’s part of the joy of it.

Q Play­ing Jon Snow’s most trusted ad­viser, do you have any inkling how Ser Davos might re­act when he finds out he’s ac­tu­ally the le­git­i­mate heir to the throne? Maybe he should re­scind his of­fer to bend the knee to Daen­erys (Emilia Clarke)?

A I don’t know. With this show, it’s in­cred­i­bly un­pre­dictable. Any­thing can hap­pen on this. I won­der if I’m go­ing to be in the room, be­cause I’d like to see the look on Daen­erys’ face. (Much laugh­ter.) It’s a dou­ble-whammy here — not only has he taken her job, she’s also his aunt.

Q There was a lot of talk this sea­son about how quickly char­ac­ters were mov­ing from one place to an­other, and Ser Davos es­pe­cially was pin­balling all over the place. A I mean, these are travel things, do you know what I mean? If we

want them to stick to con­ti­nu­ity, we’d have to wait an­other 12 episodes be­fore Gendry (Joe Demp­sie) got back to East­watch and gave me the news. The way I view drama is life with the bor­ing bits taken out. I don’t re­ally want to watch Varys (Con­leth Hill) eat­ing his lunch or me un­der a tree wait­ing for the rain to pass so we can get some­where . ... It’s a grown-up show for grown-ups; let’s cut out the bor­ing bits. Q You’ve had so many great scenes over the years. Look­ing back, is there one that re­ally sticks out to you that you won’t for­get?

A You know, I loved the stuff with Shireen (Kerry In­gram), and I do like the young ladies on this show. We’ve watched the progress of Sansa and Arya with the gor­geous So­phie (Turner) and Maisie (Wil­liams) go­ing from chil­dren — and Bran (Isaac Hemp­stead Wright) as well — from be­ing small chil­dren. To watch them de­velop into fan­tas­tic adults and to watch their craft de­velop, that’s been a com­plete joy.

And then, the con­fronta­tion be­tween Melisan­dre (Carice van Houten) and Jon Snow in the room (af­ter Davos found out Shireen was burned to death as a sac­ri­fice).

You don’t see many oc­ca­sions when Davos loses it and has his heart bro­ken.

Q Speak­ing of which, how would you like to see Ser Davos end up, in your ideal world?

A It’s im­pos­si­ble to pre­dict. Am­bi­tion-wise, is Jon Snow go­ing to end up on the throne with Ser Davos as his hand? I think that’s a lit­tle too pre­dictable. It would be nice, but I don’t think that’s go­ing to hap­pen.

You know what, I try to keep all the op­tions open. I just want to see where it goes. I’m as much of a fan, and I’m a fan that’s blessed to be a par­tic­i­pant in this. That’s the way I’m view­ing it — we’ll see what hap­pens.

HE­LEN SLOAN / HBO

Liam Cun­ning­ham’s char­ac­ter Ser Davos Sea­worth had a stand­out sea­son on Game of Thrones.

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