Ian McElhinney Is ‘Miffed’ At The Way Barristan Selmy Was Treated on Game of Thrones

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barristan selmy deathWhen you play the Game of Thrones, you win or you die- but Ian McElhinney who played Ser Barristan Selmy in the show, isn’t very happy about the early death of his character last season. Speaking at the London Comic Con, McElhinney was asked how he felt when he learned that his character is going to die, despite the fact that Ser Barristan is still very much alive in the books:

“Truthfully, miffed. But I knew before I even saw the script because I got the schedule. Unfortunately I’d read the books, so I had expectations for season five. As soon as I got the schedule I thought, ‘There’s something not here’, because I thought I’d be doing more scenes. In fact I was doing less. So immediately I thought, ‘They must be writing me out’.”

GOT showrunners were also partly responsible for the actor’s disappointment as they didn’t think it was important to let the actor know beforehand:

“If I’m honest, I was a bit disappointed by that. I felt I should have known, it wouldn’t have made any difference but I felt that as a matter of just courtesy, I should have known. I was disappointed because I had enjoyed playing the part and I was looking forward to getting more meat in the part and I had dared to presume that I would at least go into season six.”

Selmy’s demise was among the several significant changes that happened in the show compared to the books. Fans were also shocked when Stannis burned his daughter Shireen alive. Also, Sansa Stark’s marriage to sadistic Ramsay Bolton and her rape never happened in the books.

What do you think? Are these changes justified or do they feel forced? Do you think these events will eventually take place in the forthcoming books? Do let us know in comments.



  1. Badass Barristan bested by untrained knife wielders? Damn, Shireen gets burned, the finest military commander in Westeros gets rekted by Ramsay Snow.

  2. Barristan was/is one of my favorite characters in the show and the books. I get that he still dished out more than he got in his final scene, but there’s no way that he would’ve gone out like that. I think that Ian McElhinney did a fantastic job as Ser Barristan and I too am disappointed that we don’t get to see more of him, especially his fighting in the pyramids.

      1. To be fair (at my count) he killed 14, with no shield, in a pretty confined space. I think even William Marshall would have found that pretty hard to beat

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