GAME of Thrones actor Jacob Anderson sparked fan outrage when he claimed his character Grey Worm had perished to an unlikely enemy.
The fate of The Unsullied commander wasn’t made abundantly clear in the show’s finale, which aired earlier this year.
While he managed to avoid perishing in the blaze of King’s Landing, army of eunuchs remained in dubious political territory as they remained in Westeros.
As such, when the actor joked that “Grey Worm dies a horrible death by butterflies,” fans descended into confusion.
Unless the skilled spear-wielder developed a fatal allergy to the insects, one would think he was being sarcastic, but suffice to say the joke didn’t land.
Being branded “thoughtless” and “flippant” on social media, Anderson felt compelled to explain that his comment was in reference to a plot from the George RR Martin novels.
According to lore, there exists a particularly poisonous butterfly native to Naath, which those born there, such as the likes of Missandei, are innately immune to.
However, those without resistance to their toxins can apparently die as a result, with the flesh falling off of their bones.
An exasperated Anderson said: “I love that it has become a thing. It was a thing in the books, but it’s become actual speculation now.
“I said in an interview that that’s probably what will happen but, no, I think the book and the show are different. I think he definitely made it.
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He continued: “That’s what I want, he had a job to do. He had to go and fulfil his promise to Missandei, that was part of his promise.
“I like to think romantically, that the Unsullied made it without a hitch and it was all good.”
Anderson concluded: “It would be quite funny but it would slightly undermine everything that came before it.”
Tragically, Grey Worm and Missandei’s love story never came to fruition after she was executed by ruthless Queen Cersei.
The stunt ultimately backfired though, sending Daenerys into a rage that saw her burn King’s Landing to the ground.