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Game of Thrones: George R.R. Martin told Liam Cunningham a secret

Plus: A clip of Davos from the new season

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Now that Game of Thrones has extended beyond the plot of George R.R. Martin’s completed books to head into uncharted territory, plot secrets are more precious than ever. Lucky are those who have some scrap of knowledge from Martin or the showrunners about the future of the story. And Actor Liam Cunningham is one of them, according to what he told Conan O’Brien on Thursday.

“This was a couple of years ago. It was the first time I met him, and I was awestruck. He said, ‘I’ve got something to tell you.’ And he leaned in and he told me this secret. He said, ‘Don’t tell anybody.’ So I’m not.” 

Cunningham’s vow of secrecy didn’t stop O’Brien from trying to get it out of him. Was it the identity of the person ends up on the Iron Throne? Perhaps. Was it about what happened to Jon Snow? No comment. Cunningham said he even had practical worries.

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“I’d love to tell you, but HBO has a person in the room here, and I don’t know where they are, [but they have] a Barrett .50 sniper rifle,” Cunnningham said. “If I open my mouth here tonight, I’m out of here. You could be taken out as well, for asking the question.”

O’Brien may not have been able to get Cunningham’s unique secret out of him, but he did have a clip from the new season of Game of Thrones to play. The scene, hinted at in the season trailer, featured Cunningham’s Davos Seaworth standing around Jon Snow’s body with the direwolf Ghost and a few other comrades. “I’ve never been much of a fighter, so apologies for what you’re about to see,” Davos says, drawing his sword as Alliser Thorne and the other Night’s Watch traitors begin to break down the door. 

Watch the clip below. Game of Thrones returns April 24.