David Bradley was at the center of one of the most infamous scenes in scripted TV history: the notorious Red Wedding in "Game of Thrones."
(It aired 11 weeks ago, but if you don't want to know what happened, consider this a â¦ sigh â¦ spoiler alert.)
Walder Frey (Bradley), put out that Robb Stark (Richard Madden) had gone back on an agreement to marry his daughter, slaughtered Robb, his pregnant wife, his mother and hundreds of his men. It was a shattering moment.
Bradley plays one of the most hated men on TV, and he is loving it.
"It's just amazing that you're part of something that can generate all those emotions," he said. "And doing the scene, actually I just enjoyed every moment of it. I enjoyed it rather too much, actually.
"I watched a lot of footage on YouTube of people's reactions to watching me."
Before "Game of Thrones," Bradley was perhaps best known for his role as Argus Filch in seven of the eight "Harry Potter" movies, but he's an award-winning actor who has been performing onstage, on TV and in films for 42 years.
He described Filch as "really, really unpleasant and horrible, but kind of sad and funny. It's kind of a wonderful dichotomy."
As for Walder Frey, "I love playing him because he's just irredeemable" and "relishes the villainy."
The British actor also stars in one drama currently airing on BBC America and a second that will air later this year. He does a stunning turn as Jack Marshall, a suspect in the murder of an 11-year-old boy in the masterful series "Broadchurch." He stars as William Hartnell, the actor who played the original Doctor Who, in "Adventures in Space and Time," which will air in November.
And he's got a pivotal role in the just-released theatrical comedy "The World's End."
"For something like 'Broadchurch,' there's no research," Bradley said. "It's all there in the script. It's a great story."
For "Adventure," he read as much and looked at as much footage as possible. "But in the end, it's the same thing. You've just got the script to work on, and that's it. And there comes to the point where you are doing so much research, and you realize you are just postponing the inevitable of having to learn the bloody thing."
Like his reaction to all those YouTube videos, Bradley is also quite taken with the greeting he gets at fan events like ComiCon.
"I had no idea how big these things were in terms of the fandom," he said. "And when you actually meet [the fans], you really appreciate it. Whether they're Potter fans or 'Game of Throne' fans, it's nice to know that it's got that level of excitement about it. It's a pleasure. And I'm honored."
Scott D. Pierce covers television for The Salt Lake Tribune. Email him at email@example.com; follow him on Twitter @ScottDPierce.