Dragons Quit Game of Thrones, Citing Limited Speaking Roles
Brothers Drogon, Rhaegal and Viserion sign with Showtime after saying HBO “did not value our acting abilities”
Hold onto your Valyrian swords Game of Thrones (GOT) fans — your favorite fire-breathers will not be appearing on Season 7 of the hit HBO show, instead co-producing and starring in a new original series for Showtime.
Saying that GOT producers had violated a provision of their contract guaranteeing them expanded speaking roles, the Romanian-born Antonescu dragon brothers apparently walked off the set in late October.
“We’ve basically been treated like extras on the show,” said eldest brother, Drogon Antonescu, who is also the mount of Daenerys Targaryen. “Whenever we offered script suggestions, they were ignored. Every time we had speaking roles, they were deleted in the final edit. Enough is enough.”
“My brothers and I are all classically trained actors,” added Viserion, his white and gold scales pulsating in frustration. “Rhaegel taught vocal technique in the London theater. Drogon understudied for Drake in Dragonheart. I’m an expert in stage combat. We’re serious actors and would never have taken the Thrones gig if we hadn’t been contractually promised speaking parts after Season 3.”
In addition to the lack of speaking lines, Rhaegal Antonescu, the youngest of the celebrated dragon brothers, mentioned the physical dangers that come with their demanding fight scenes. “We don’t have stunt doubles. We’re vulnerable to injury like any of the other actors. I needed 240 stitches to close a cut over my left eye after accidentally taking a Harpy spear point. Drogon swooped too close to a torched ship during the Slaver’s attempt to retake Meereen and got third degree burns on his tail. Yet we were paid no risk premium. It’s outrageous.”
Perennial Emmy-award winner, Peter Dinklage, an anchoring presence as Tyrion Lannister on the show, believes the loss of the sibling dragons is going to be a blow for fans, “We’re very aware that our viewers wait in great anticipation for the dragons every season. While it is hard to imagine the brothers not on the set, David and Daniel have developed alternate story lines and mythical characters I think our fans are going to love.” Dinklage was referring to the show’s producer/writer team, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.
Rumors are circulating that the GOT writers are planning to introduce a trio of supernatural werewolves to replace the Antonescu brothers. Asked to comment about these reports, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, the actor who plays Jamie Lannister, said, “We’re kept in the dark until shooting starts, same as you. But if the writing team believes that werewolves will adequately replace our fearsome dragons, I can assure you these will be some bad-ass, horrifying creatures.”