Has Varys' Time Come to an End on 'Game of Thrones'?
Actor Conleth Hill reveals what's next for the Spider.
BY matt miller | Aug 3, 2017 | Film & TV
While the heroes are the ones you root for (Daenerys, Jon Snow) and the villains are the ones are the ones you hate (Cersei, Euron), it's the characters with unclear allegiances (Littlefinger, Melisandre, Varys) who require more nuanced thought. Their actions demand careful consideration. They're dangerous; they're valuable. Cersei might have access to wildfire, but Varys can help orchestrate assassinations and stunning ascents to power that topple kingdoms. Throughout these past seven seasons on Game of Thrones his Varys's loyalty has shifted from the Baratheons to the Lannisters to the Starks to the Targaryens and everyone in between.
He's proven repeatedly that he serves the kingdom rather whatever ruler is currently sitting on or fighting for the Iron Throne. Varys reminded Daenerys of this again, during a dangerous conversation in Episode Three of Season Seven. "You wish to know where my true loyalties lie? Not with any king or queen, but with the people," Varys told Daenerys. "I know the people have no better chance than you."
And in the following episode, we might have finally gotten hints that his storyline is coming to an end. He stood on a cliff above Dragonstone speaking with Melisandre, a Red Priestess of the religion of R'hllor. As he did with the Red Priestess Kinvara in Season Six, Varys—who was mutilated as a child by a sorcerer—showed an unusual amount of venom to those who practice magic. "I don't think you should return to Westeros," Varys tells Melisandre. "I'm not sure you would be safe here."
She responds: "I will return, dear Spider, one last time. I have to die in this strange country—just like you."
It's an ominous conversation, one that's dripping with subtext of both prophecy and fact. And one thing is clear, according to Conleth Hill, who plays Varys: The Spider hates the Red Priestesses and was being uncharacteristically direct with Melisandre.
"He was definitely threatening her. I think he would know more about what she had done up north," Hill said in a phone interview with Esquire.com on Tuesday. "I think he's consistently hated the Red Priests because they are the ones who mutilated him as a child and left him for dead. As master of information, it really bothers him when they tell him stuff about him. Because that's his game. Suddenly when the people who hurt him so much are able to seemingly threaten him and make prophecies about him, I think regardless of if he meets his end or not—I mean none of us gets out of here alive—they would still get to him anyway."
Melisandre is heading to Volantis, saying that she's "done my part. I've brought ice and fire together." But, what about Varys? What does the future hold for him after that threat/prophecy from the Red Priestess?
"I've been very fatalistic about it. If he does die soon, then, well it's been a great ride. Certainly it's been daunting that, what did she say, die?" Hill said. "I think there is a definite possibility that he's less proactive in this season than he was in the last one. Because he's kind of achieved... He hasn't gotten the Targaryen restoration, but he's certainly put all these houses together and he has Tyrion as Hand of the Queen—so maybe he doesn't have to be as proactive as he has been before."
It certainly sounds that, even if he doesn't die soon, Varys has accomplished what he's set out to do—and might even be done until next season. But given Varys's tendency to work in the shadows, it's likely that he's put all the pieces into place that he can control. Jon and Dany are together, and as Hill points out, Tyrion is acting as Hand of the Queen thanks to Varys. "He just wants a good fair king or queen who will look after the underdogs," Hill said. "What he's said that's been a consistent message over the last four years is people should stop thinking about themselves and think about the people. He and Tyrion have together stopped that bloody invasion of kings landing, which was admirable."
While Hill didn't say if Varys's loyalty shifts away from Dany, he did say that the conflict is now between humanity and the White Walkers.
From: Esquire US