HBO?s Game of Thrones originally had a gory death scene in the pilot but it didn?t make it to the final cut. This unreleased sequence involves Jon Arryn, Robert Baratheon?s former Hand, and Cersei Lannister.
As fans know, Jon Arryn played by British actor John Standing, is one of the most important characters in the Game of Thrones even though he was immediately killed in the pilot. He was the first to know about Jaime and Cersei?s incestuous relationship and his death marked a key turning point as it unleashed a wave of conflict between the major houses in Westeros.
Jon Arryn?s death on the small screen was similar to how it was played out in George R.R. Martin?s A Song of Ice and Fire novels. He was poisoned by his wife (this was just revealed in Season 4) on Cersei?s command. But this unaired death sequence featured a more brutal demise for the former Hand. ?
In an interview with Standing, he says that he actually filmed a scene in which Jon Arryn crawls over to a table and struggles to grab a bottle of ink so he can write a final note, which can be presumed to be about Jaime and Cersei. But the ink bottle drops down and breaks and covers him in black ink. Cersei enters the room furious and begins to stomp on him without end, and so he dies.
Even though this scene did not make it to the pilot and Standing only wound up playing a corpse with stones placed on his eyes, it didn?t stop global fanmail from flooding the actor. He says receiving fan mail for playing a corpse only shows the absolute ?lunacy? of the Game of Thrones and fans would undoubtedly agree to that.
The Game of Thrones is known for its unpredictable character deaths and memorably gruesome ways of its execution since the first season. Most notably, Ned Stark?s execution at the Sept, Rob and Catelyn Stark at the Red Wedding, Oberyn Martell in the hands of The Mountain, Joffrey Baratheon at his own wedding, Tywin Lannister while sitting on his chamber pot and killed by his own son, and Shae in hands of the man who loved her.