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Hannah Murray and John Bradley in Game of Thrones
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In Game of Thrones, the virtuous are always doomed. That’s why John Bradley, who plays the loyal Sam, assumes he will meet his demise on the show—and he has an idea about how his character should die. During a Game of Thrones panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Friday, Bradley used his character’s love of books and the fact that he finally achieved his dream of reaching the Citadel’s library in Oldtown as inspiration for what he thinks could be the perfect “poetic justice.”

“If he was climbing up the bookshelf to get a particularly artistic book from the top shelf, and then gets all the way up there, severely underestimates his own weight, and then topples down,” Bradley said. “It’s like Battle of the Bastards with all the bodies, Sam trying to climb out from all of the books. It wasn’t the battle that killed him. It was the books that killed him.”


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