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Ciaran Hinds on his Game of Thrones death: Luscious Melisandre eased pain of being burnt alive at the stake

By Steven Alexander

Published 15/04/2015

Belfast actor Ciaran Hinds as Mance Rayder, who died in last night’s episode
Belfast actor Ciaran Hinds as Mance Rayder, who died in last night’s episode
Carice van Houten as Melisandre. Photo Credit: Helen Sloan/HBO

Game of Thrones actor Ciaran Hinds has revealed how being burnt alive at the stake was made slightly easier as the witch who torched him was "luscious".

The demise of the north Belfast star's character - wildling leader Mance Rayder - was the first big death of the new series of the bloodthirsty fantasy drama filmed in Northern Ireland.

After his ragtag army's defeat in the last series, execution was virtually guaranteed - especially after Rayder's refusal to 'bend the knee' to the victor.

In an interview with Esquire magazine, Hinds was asked what was needed to film his gory ending as flames engulfed him.

"Well, a) don't panic, b) make sure they've doused you in nonflammable liquid, and c) make sure you're a good two feet from the first flame," he said.

"But when you have someone as elegant and luscious as Melisandre, sometimes you just surrender: 'Oh, go on.'"

After witch Melisandre - played by Carice van Houten - lit the pyre, Kit Harington's Jon Snow couldn't watch Rayder's suffering and put an arrow through his heart to put the wildling out of his misery.

Hinds said: "Jon wanted to leave him with his dignity.

"You can see it starting to crack. It's complicated.

"When someone says 'pretend you're on fire,' I certainly have a tendency to overact.

"And then you have to make it internal and pretend it's not hurting, but it is.

"You have to see what comes out on the camera. So you must trust the director."

The season debut attracted a record audience when the new series launched on Monday night - despite having been leaked online.

Jon Snow in Game of Thrones season 5
Jon Snow in Game of Thrones season 5
Maisie Williams as Arya Stark. Photo Credit: Macall B. Polay/HBO
Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones season 5
Tyrion Lannister in Games of Thrones season 5
Myrcella Baratheon in Game of Thrones season 5
Sansa Stark and Ramsay Bolton in Game of Thrones season five
Carice van Houten as Melisandre. Photo Credit: Helen Sloan/HBO
Kit Harington as Jon Snow. Photo Credit: Helen Sloan/HBO
Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister and Ian Beattie as Meryn Trant. Photo Credit: Macall B. Polay/HBO
Kit Harington as Jon Snow, Stephen Dillane as Stannis Baratheon and Liam Cunningham as Davos Seaworth. Photo Credit: Helen Sloan/HBO
Nathalie Emmanuel as Missandei and Jacob Anderson as Grey Worm. Photo Credit: Helen Sloan/HBO
Dean-Charles Chapman as Tommen Baratheon and Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister. Photo Credit: Macall B. Polay/HBO
Alexander Siddig as Doran Martell. Photo Credit: Macall B. Polay/HBO
Indira Varma as Ellaria Sand and Deobia Opaeri as Areo Hotah. Photo Credit: Macall B. Polay/HBO
Kristofer Hivju as Tormund Giantsbane. Photo Credit: Helen Sloan/HBO
Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister. Photo Credit: Helen Sloan/HBO
Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark and Aidan Gillen as Littlefinger. Photo Credit: Helen Sloan/HBO
Daniel Portman as Podrick Payne and Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth. Photo Credit: Helen Sloan/HBO
Michael McElhatton as Roose Bolton, Iwan Rheon as Ramsay Bolton and Elizabeth Webster as Walda Frey. Photo Credit: Helen Sloan/HBO
Conleth Hill as Varys and Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister. Photo Credit: Helen Sloan/HBO
Natalie Dormer as Margaery Tyrell and Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister. Photo Credit: Helen Sloan/HBO
Jonathan Pryce as the High Sparrow. Photo Credit: Macall B. Polay/HBO

The show kicked off with 1.57 million viewers on Sky Atlantic, beating BBC2 and Channel 5.

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