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[Book Spoilers] Varys continues to be outstanding and Conleth Hill is just perfect.


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#1 Qhorin Halfhand and Yoren

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Posted 16 April 2012 - 06:04 PM

I really loved the "Oh the Queen mustn't know, i love conversations that begin this way" reaction from Varys and of course his riddle on the shadow on the wall and I feel that Conleth Hill potrayal is simply perfect.. That is what I expect when I think of Varys. TV Varys is truly amazing, one of the best characters of the show and for that Conleth Hill's acting does deserve some credit.

Edited by Qhorin Halfhand and Yoren, 17 April 2012 - 07:26 AM.


#2 Mulled Wino

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 06:05 AM

Couldnt agree more. He's massively underrated as he almost never tets mentioned along with the best actors on the show.

This season, Varys' underlying strength is really coming out and you get the feeling there's a lot more to him than just a gossip mongerer.

#3 boojam

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 06:09 AM

I really loved the "Oh the Queen mustn't know, i love conversations that beging this way" reaction from Varys and of course his riddle on the shadow of the wall and I feel that Conleth Hill potrayal is simply perfect, that is what I expect when I think of Varys. TV Varys is truly amazing, one of the best characters of the show and for that Conleth Hill's acting does deserve some credit.

Wonder if Hill will be nominated for an Emmy this year?
(Then , maybe, at last there will be an interview with him!)

#4 Thunderfist

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 06:10 AM

Sign me up for the Conleth Hill / Lord Varys fanclub, I think he´s awesome!

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 06:17 AM

Dinklage and Hill play so well off each other. I'd heard the Sellsword riddle so many times already, because of the trailer that featured it, but it was still one of my favourite bits of the episode because the dialogue was just so good, so Game of Thronesy. The semi-distrustful alliance between Varys and Tyrion is a great dynamic which will come across so well on screen because Dinklage and Hill definitely bring out the best in each other.
The casting in this show continues to make me a very, very happy fan.

Edited by HyacinthGirl, 17 April 2012 - 06:36 AM.


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Posted 17 April 2012 - 06:19 AM

Nothing really constructive to add but yeah, Conleth Hill is just the absolute perfect choice and actor for Varys!

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 06:47 AM

I think he is doing a great job with it, ironically, I think the scene with Tyrion and Shae was one of his weaker ones as it appeared he was trying to be Varys, rather than just letting it come out. Just a little forced, but overall a great job of casting & acting.

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 09:15 AM

I watched season 1 before getting onto the books but I have never seen Varys as anyone other than the guy playing him, all the other characters even from S1 I have imagined differently apart from Varys the guy is brilliant!

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 09:22 AM

Conleth Hill IS Varys.

He's perfect at the part.

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 10:02 AM

Agreed. Both the actor and the writing for Varys have been perfect and what changes they have made to dialogue has fit the spirit of the character, in contrast to the writing for Littlefinger which I feel has been considerably off in some scenes.

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 10:05 AM

I think he is doing a great job with it, ironically, I think the scene with Tyrion and Shae was one of his weaker ones as it appeared he was trying to be Varys, rather than just letting it come out. Just a little forced, but overall a great job of casting & acting.


She really brings his character down. I don't care if people have problems with Asha, at least she follows the plot properly. Not only was Shae miscast but her character arc has been written so poorly thus far. This is the only aspect of the show that I'm not sure they'll be able to redeem.

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 10:08 AM

I think I laughed harder at Varys's reaction to "I'm marrying Myrcella to Theon Greyjoy" than I have at anything on this show. Hill's facial expression was just perfect, and I'm still looking for a screencap I can use for all the many "You can't be serious" moments I encounter on the Internet.

Dude's one of the best supporting actors on the show.

#13 Chelly

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 10:42 AM

I think I laughed harder at Varys's reaction to "I'm marrying Myrcella to Theon Greyjoy" than I have at anything on this show. Hill's facial expression was just perfect, and I'm still looking for a screencap I can use for all the many "You can't be serious" moments I encounter on the Internet.

Dude's one of the best supporting actors on the show.

Lol. Yeah I laughed at that too. Also chiming in to join the Conleth Hill love. He completely embodies Varys, which is pretty damn impressive considering how little we know of Varys.

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 01:22 PM

Of all the characters and how I imagined them on the show his is the closest portrayal of any character. The way he talks, looks, and acts is spot on with what I imagined. At the opposite spectrum is Asha/Yara. She is nothing like I imagined.

#15 Thendel

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 01:45 PM

Actually, Hill's portrayal of Varys feels much less feminine than book-Varys was. Which is, to me, quite a bonus, given that I found the powdered cheeks and tittering over the top (which leads many, I suspect, to assume that he isn't truly a eunuch). Tv-Varys OTH, doesn't feel the need to scream "I am eunuch, therefore I act like a girl!" in everything he does.

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 02:01 PM

I think Conleth Hill is so good and such a convincing Varys (like EXACTLY what I pictured from the book), that sometimes we just take him for granted and he doesn't get the credit he deserves. You're awesome, Conleth! And if he ever doesn't come across quite right in a scene that Shae's in, it's her fault, not his.

#17 BlackTalon

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 02:01 PM

he is brilliant.

If I ever see Conleth Hill in modern clothes I know I will think "Aha, Varys is dressing up again"

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 02:10 PM

Actually, Hill's portrayal of Varys feels much less feminine than book-Varys was. Which is, to me, quite a bonus, given that I found the powdered cheeks and tittering over the top (which leads many, I suspect, to assume that he isn't truly a eunuch). Tv-Varys OTH, doesn't feel the need to scream "I am eunuch, therefore I act like a girl!" in everything he does.


I thought he did those things in the book, not to scream "I am eunuch," but to make himself appear inoffensive, and vulnerable, or something to that effect. Really just one of the many disguises he plays.

But on topic, yes, I agree very much. The guy really does Varys well!

#19 redriver

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 04:34 PM

I hope he wins some awards for his portrayal.

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 04:38 PM

We haven't seen much in the way of the crazy disguises Varys has in the books, which I miss. But Hill plays the character itself to perfection. The casting on this show is generally great, but Hill is special.

Edited by Abaddon, 17 April 2012 - 04:38 PM.