'Game of Thrones' Season 4 finale: Shae had no other choice, argues Sibel Kekilli
"I understand Shae. After the trial, what can she do? She has to stay alive, she can't leave now," Kekilli argues. "She has to somehow die or try to rescue her skin, to save herself. So what is she to do? She should have an affair with maybe the most powerful man in King's Landing."
Kekilli also thinks Tyrion is partly to blame for Shae turning against him. "She tried. She tried to saved, or to be safe in Tyrion's arms, in Tyrion's house, in Tyrion's home. So she tried, and she didn't get the safety," Kekilli says. "Again, she had to take care of herself. I think it's the most stupid step she could do, but at the same time, the most intelligent step she could do."
"I didn't want to [know about the death], but all the super fans were like, 'You're gonna die! You're gonna die!' And like, 'Do you know, Sibel, your end?'" she recalls. "Even my friends, I was like, 'No, I don't want to know it.' 'You're gonna sleep the father,' and I was like, 'No I'm not. No.' 'Yes you do, Sibel!' Oh, Jesus."
She notes a bit sadly, "I was hoping that they were going to change it. ... I'm still hoping that I'll come back as a zombie."
Even up to her final day on set, Kekilli had a hard time coming to terms with the fact that Shae wouldn't come out of the shoot alive. "It was really hard. It was so hard. Even my last shooting day in Belfast, I was like, 'No, no, I'm going to die,'" she says. "I said to Dan and David, I'm not acting that. 'No, I will fight with Tyrion -- with Peter -- so maybe he's going to die. You never know.' They said, 'No Sibel, there is no excuse and there is no exit. You have to do that.'"
Like Jon Snow after the loss of Ygritte, Kekilli expects Tyrion to be forever changed by the fact he murdered Shae. "He will never trust every again," she says. "I think, if I would be Tyrion, I would never love ever again, because the first love was a trick because of Jaime, and he was really terribly in love with her, and now the second one."