Charles Dance found out about his Game of Thrones toilet death from a fan in the street…

...and then popped into Waterstones to check the details

Tywin Lannister

When Games of Thrones villain Tywin Lannister was shot dead on the toilet with a crossbow by his estranged son Tyrion it provided one of the most memorable of the many deaths in the hit HBO series.


But Charles Dance, the man who played the ruthless head of the super-rich Lannister clan before his season four exit, was unaware of how he would meet his end until he was approached in the street by a fan of the show.

“I knew his demise was coming but I didn’t know how,” Dance told “I didn’t read the books. They are far too thick. They frighten me books that thick. And we weren’t shooting books we were shooting very good adaptations by David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss].

“There was a guy in the street who came up to me and said ‘Game of Thrones, brilliant, you’ve got a great death scene’.

“And I said, ‘oh do I?’ and he told me the manner of my death so I went into Waterstones, got the book and saw, ahhh….. On the khazi. Right. OK. Suitable demise, I thought.”

Dance revealed that he has received much more public attention since his work on Game of Thrones and continues to watch the show despite his exit.

“It’s a global phenomenon and they keep re-running it all over the world,” he said.


He is due to star in Deadline Gallipoli, a UKTV Drama set during the First World War, later this month. After that he is also scheduled to make an appearance in comedy horror film Pride and Prejudice and Zombies alongside Doctor Who star Matt Smith.