As Game of Thrones heads into Season 8, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have confirmed that fan-favorite Ser Pounce definitely won't be returning for the final run of episodes, since the revealed that Tommen Baratheon's missing pet was killed off-screen.
Although he only appeared in a single episode of HBO's fantasy epic, Ser Pounce was a cat with nine lives, who was one of the few living creatures who managed to dodge Joffrey Baratheon's wrath. He's been missing since Season 4's "Oathkeeper," but some suspected he could've survived Cersei's attack on the Sept of Baelor and could've been living out his days in the Red Keep.
With the show coming to an end and trying to round off all of its dangling plot threads, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss confirmed Ser Pounce's grim fate to Entertainment Weekly.
“Cersei hated the name ‘Ser Pounce’ so much she could not allow him to survive," said Benioff.
Following the suicide of Tommen in the Season 6 finale, it sounds like the newly crowned Cersei took her anger out on the kitty.
"She came up with her most diabolical [execution]. Ser Pounce’s death was so horrible we couldn’t even put it on the air,” Benioff added.
Although fans have constantly asked what happened to Ser Pounce, the showrunners presumably weren't expecting such a fanbase fora minor character from just a single episode. Weiss joked that audiences could see Ser Pounce's demise in "the super-extended, super-charged Game of Thrones box set."
"The death of Ser Pounce will be in there," Weiss joked. "Just one whole episode devoted to the death of Ser Pounce.”
With Tommen, Margaery, Olenna and pretty much anyone willing to care for Ser Pounce having exited the story, this feline's final fate makes sense. While Ser Pounce could've ridden off into the sunset with any of the show's heroes, this is one happy ending that the showrunners won't be bringing to life.
Returning on HBO Sunday, April 14, for its eighth and final season, Game of Thrones stars Kit Harington as Jon Snow, Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen, Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister.