Stannis Baratheon had more to say than ‘Go on. Do your duty’ to Brienne of Tarth in season 5 finale of Game of Thrones, according to the official episode script released on the Emmy website. The script reveals that Stannis actually showed remorse for his actions (killing Renly & sacrificing Shireen) before asking his executioner to kill him. Check out the excerpt from the script below. (Stage directions in brackets):
[He squints at her, weak from loss of blood.]
Bolton’s got women fighting for him?
I don’t fight for the Boltons. I’m Brienne of Tarth.
[This means nothing to Stannis.]
I was Kingsguard to Renly Baratheon. I was there when he was murdered by a shadow with your face.
[Stannis was not expecting this confrontation today, but fuck it, why not.]
You murdered him? With blood magic?
In the name of Renly of the House Baratheon, first of his name, rightful King of the Andals and the First Men, Lord of the Seven Kingdoms and protector of the realm, I, Brienne of Tarth, sentence you to die.
[Stannis nods. He’s ready.]
Do you have any last words?
STANNIS: Do you believe in the life to come?
STANNIS: I don’t. But if I’m wrong, and you’re right… tell Renly I’m sorry when you get there. I don’t imagine I’ll see him wherever I’m going. (beat) And my daughter. Tell her… tell her…
[‘Sorry’ doesn’t even begin to cover what he feels about Shireen. The thought of it brings tears to his eyes, and he’s not going to die weeping in front of a woman he doesn’t know.
Stannis stares up at her.]
STANNIS: Go on, do your duty.
[Brienne raises her sword and brings it down with a mighty swing.]