By James Hibberd
Updated July 10, 2015 at 12:00 PM EDT
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Jon Snow isn’t the only character whose fate had fans speculating at the end of the Game of Thrones season 5 finale.

The death scene of Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane) also had some wondering if the daughter-torching would-be king was really the end of his character. When Brienne swung Oathkeeper at Stannis, the camera cut away — not showing his death, and the rule of TV is if you don’t actually see a person’s dead body, they might come back (and sometimes, even if you do).

Talking to EW at Comic-Con on Friday, the episode’s director David Nutter confirmed that Stannis really is gone.

“From the very beginning, and [through] the script process, that was the intent — he’s dead,” Nutter said.

The director explained that actually showing the death would have felt “gratuitous.”

More from the Game of Thrones team at Comic-Con:

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Game of Thrones

HBO's epic fantasy drama based on George R.R. Martin's novel series 'A Song of Ice and Fire.'

type
  • TV Show
seasons
  • 8
episodes
  • 73
rating
  • TV-MA
creator
  • David Benioff
  • D.B. Weiss
network
  • HBO
stream service

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