Ryan Reynolds is known for being a slick, wisecracking tough guy—even when the person dishing those wisecracks out happens to be a Pokémon. But despite that persona, he’s also not afraid to let everyone know that those witty, sardonic walls have to come down sometimes, and apparently Winterfell’s walls crashing down caused a chain reaction.
In an interview at the debut of his new movie Detective Pikachu, Reynolds told Vanity Fair that the latest episode of Thrones, “The Long Night,” left him with a range of emotions, the first of which was shock—shock at the moment when [SPOILER ALERT!] Arya Stark jumped from the barracks, switched hands with her dagger, and killed series villain The Night King, shattering him into a million pieces.
“I just went, ‘Whoa!’“ the Canadian movie star said. “It was one of the best moments of television history. It was epic and executed beautifully.”
Following shock, though, was grief, and sadness, as Reynolds joined the rest of the Thrones fanbase in saying goodbye to two characters who had been around from the first episode: Theon Greyjoy and Jorah Mormont, both of whom were casualties of the Battle of Winterfell.
“There may have been some tears,” Reynolds said. “I was weeping!”
Reynolds referred to himself in the interview as a Game of Thrones “addict,” noting that that he, like everyone else, was anxiously waiting for this final season to arrive.
With only three episodes left of Thrones, one of the most-watched and—probably fair to say at this point—iconic shows in television history, it’s fun to note that Reynolds himself actually had his first big break as a regular on a TV series. Surprising, right? What kind of risqué TV show could the star of Deadpool and Van Wilder have gotten his start in?
The answer probably isn’t what you’d expect: between 1998 and 2001, Reynolds appeared in all 81 episodes of Two Guys, A Girl, and a Pizza Place, a mostly-forgotten sitcom that aired on ABC.
Thankfully, it seems like RR has figured things out since then: the sharp-tongued assassin/superhero and the talking electric yellow mouse are working out like clockwork.
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