It's a potent loss: Aidan Gillen on saying goodbye to 'GoT'
Los Angeles: As Petyr 'Littlefinger' Baelish, Aiden Gillen was one of the most fascinating villains in fantasy drama 'Game of Thrones' and the actor says it was emotionally difficult to leave the series after seven seasons.
His character, best known for his quotable lines such as 'chaos is a ladder', schemed for seven seasons but his ambition to rule the seven kingdoms in the drama finally cost him his head. The show is known for killing off some of its major characters ruthlessly, so much so that it is a joke among the castmembers.
Showrunners D B Weiss and David Benioff call an actor in advance to inform about his/her character's impending death. Gillen says he came to know about the infamous call from actor Michael McElhatton (Roose Bolton).
"I learned about that call from Michael when he told me about his call and he talked about how it made him feel. And I thought if I get that call or rather when as this has got to happen sooner or later to a character like Littlefinger I wondered how it would make me feel.
"Because the show is such a part of your life for so many years, you start to think, 'What will your life will be like outside of it?' It's a potent loss," Gillen told Entertainment Weekly.
The actor said the call leaves one "a little bereft for your character and for your experience. It also immediately makes you quantify
the hugeness of what that experience has been over the last seven years, which has been massive."