Game Of Thrones Body Double For Theon, Andrew Dunbar, Dies On Christmas Eve | 22 Words

Some sad news has emerged this morning. The body double for Theon, the legendary character from Game of Thrones, has tragically passed away in his 30's.

Andrew Dunbar from Northern Ireland was a much loved actor who was a welcome face on Game of Thrones as well as Line of Duty.

Everybody who worked with him, claimed he was a beautiful soul who worked incredibly hard on set.

Keep scrolling to learn more about Game of Thrones and Andrew's tragic death.

Our thoughts go out to his friends and family.

 

Game of Thrones first aired in 2011.

It ran for an epic 8 seasons before finally reaching its conclusion earlier this year.

The show was set in the fictional world of Westeros.

And although it certainly had many fantastical aspects, it really centered around the deeply human characters.

It was really huge in scale.

The dedication showrunners put in to create believable settings and well-rounded characters (and seemingly hundreds of them) made the fantasy seem oddly believable.

Of course, there were some unbelievable aspects.

Although even the dragons seemed somehow par for the course in this epic, political drama.

The show wasn't totally original, though.

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Game of Thrones was based on a series of fantasy novels called A Song of Ice & Fire, by esteemed writer George R.R. Martin.

Martin was a big name in the fantasy scene.

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And he's been very productive in his time, creating many more fantasy worlds than just the famous Westeros.

It was clear Game of Thrones creators were taking the show seriously.

Because they ensured Martin was included in the show's creation, making sure the series stayed true to his original vision.

And fans appreciated it.

For the first seasons, Game of Thrones gained a cult following, many of whom loved the shows epic scale and attention to detail.

That is, until season eight.

After a two-year hiatus, the show returned for its final season earlier this year - but got distinctly mixed reviews.

And let's not even get started on the show's finale.

Many Game of Thrones fans were bitterly disappointed in the way the fates of their favorite characters (and of Westeros overall) were handled.

In fact, fans were pretty annoyed.

Angry Game of Throners created a "Remake Game of Thrones Season 8 with competent writers," which picked up more than 1.7 million signatures.

The main 2 people fans were annoyed at?

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Show creators, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. The petition read, the two "have proven themselves to be woefully incompetent writers when they have no source material (i.e. the books) to fall back on."

Fans felt the two had ruined what Martin had started.

"This series deserves a final season that makes sense. Subvert my expectations and make it happen, HBO!"

But the show's stars reacted pretty poorly.

Jon Snow (or Kit Harrington) told Esquire, "How I feel about the show right now is quite defiant. I think no matter what anyone thinks about this season - and I don't mean to sound mean about critics here - but whatever critic spends half an hour writing about this season and makes their [negative] judgment on it, in my head they can go **** themselves."

And that's not all.

"I know how much work was put into this. I know how much people cared about this. I know how much pressure people put on themselves and I know how many sleepless nights working or otherwise people had on this show. Because they cared about it so much. Because they cared about the characters. Because they cared about the story. Because they cared about not letting people down," he ranted.

Harrington wasn't the only one.

Sophie Turner, wife of Joe Jonas and actress behind Sansa Stark, also called the petition "disrespectful."

Now for the sad news.

Today we learnt some very sad news. One of the shows most loved extras, Andrew Dunbar, tragically passed away on Christmas Eve.

Dunbar was only in his thirties.

The actor, who was the body double for Theon Greyjoy who is played by Alfie Allen in the show, was only in his thirties and also worked as a DJ at the time of his death. Andrew passed away suddenly at his home in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

He also starred in other shows.

Andrew, was from Portrush, Northern Ireland, and also worked on hit TV shows such as Derry Girls and Line Of Duty. Tributes have since poured in for the late actor.

He's been hailed as a beautiful soul.

Fellow actor, Andy McClay paid tribute to the actor. Speaking to Belfast Live, he said:
I’ll never make any sense of it. He was a true person, a talent, kind and decent man and he had a full and good heart. His DJ sets were amazing and when he did one set for Game of Thrones, he ended up doing them all for the end of season parties.

Rest in peace.

Our thoughts go out to Andrew's friends and family at this hard time. Rest in peace.