Game of Thrones has never been shy when it comes to on-screen violence (although they apparently eased up a little on the gore at the end of the Mountain vs. Viper encounter). However, when Myrcella Baratheon was killed off at the end of Season Five, her final moments were surprisingly tame.
After being poisoned by Ellaria Sand, Myrcella had a tender moment with Jamie Lannister, who revealed that he was her real father (through incest, so still kind of gross). Myrcella, for her part, said she had already figured it out and was fine with it. And then her nose started to bleed and she collapses. Bye bye, Myrcella. It was quite subdued, even compared to the poisoning of her brother, Joffery — you’ll remember his face turned a grotesque purple as he staggered around at his own wedding before dying in front of everyone.
Nell Tiger Free, the actress who played Myrcella, recently told MYM Buzz that the original plan for the death scene was much more… bloody.
“I don’t know if I should say this, but originally what happened is they gave me those mashed up bananas with like blood fake blood, and my brains were supposed to be all over the ship and stuff,” Free said. “I was so excited. I don’t like gore but, like, I knew they were just like bananas, so I was okay with it.”
So they went from exploding brains everywhere to a simple nose bleed? Lame.
Free said it was “because they wanted Myrcella’s death to reflect her life, and wanted it to be sweet— which is rare for [Game of] Thrones.”
Okay, that’s fair. In the show, Myrcella is completely innocent. Her only sin is being the byproduct of gross Lannister incest, which isn’t anything she can control. She was just happily living her life in Essos until Oberyn Martell came to King’s Landing looking for revenge.
In the books, Myrcella is actually still alive and has been a more involved character in the battle for the Iron Throne.