Out of all the things Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss could have told us about the upcoming final season, they chose to share that yet another beloved character has been killed off: Ser Pounce, King Tommen's trusty cat, is dead. (Long live Ser Pounce.)

The royal cat was introduced in season four, and proved to be an excellent prop for Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer) to win the heart of yet another king, the very young and very sweet Tommen Baratheon (Dean-Charles Chapman). It only took a single scene for the little fuzzball to find his way into the hearts of viewers and, for a little while, Ser Pounce become a bit of an internet sensation. But after Tommen’s suicide, the cat disappeared. If the timing seemed suspicious, you've clearly been paying attention.

"Cersei hated the name ‘Ser Pounce’ so much she could not allow him to survive," Benioff told Entertainment Weekly of the feline's untimely demise. "So she came up with her most diabolical [execution]. Ser Pounce’s death was so horrible we couldn’t even put it on the air."

Given Cersei's track record, and lack of affection toward most living things, this all adds up.

“If you buy the super-extended, super-charged Game of Thrones box set that comes out, the death of Ser Pounce will be in there," Weiss joked. "Just one whole episode devoted to the death of Ser Pounce."

[h/t Entertainment Weekly]