'Game of Thrones' star defends Jaime and Cersei Lannister's taboo relationship

'Game of Thrones' star defends Jaime and Cersei Lannister's taboo relationship

Attention Game of Thrones fans: If you were planning on rewatching the first seven seasons before the final season starts, you should have started yesterday, because then you could rewatch exactly two episodes a day and finish just in time for the premiere on Sunday, April 19.

As for non-Game of Thrones fans: Um... Well... I guess keep feeling superior for not watching a critically acclaimed TV show that's part of 2010's pop culture? Why are you even reading this article? Go watch Keeping Up With The Kardashians or something.

All right, by now you already know that the final season of Game of Thrones will consist of six  super-sized, action-packed, emotional episodes. It's the culmination of storylines planted in the 2011 pilot episode that grew, branched out and blossomed. Over 67 hours, we've gotten to know dozens of fascinating characters, watching them transform on their epic journeys, for better or for worse. (And sometimes while missing an appendage.)

As the final episodes approach, we have many questions: How will new couple Jon and Daenerys react to the truth about his parentage? Will the avenging Arya Stark slaughter all of her enemies? Who will ride a dragon? How will the White Walkers be defeated? Who will sit atop the Iron Throne when the dust settles? And will Jaime Lannister the Kingslayer become a Queenslayer, turning on his twin sister and not-so-secret lover, Cersei?

Cersei and Jamie Lannister in Game of Thrones Credit: HBO

In a new interview with Men's Health, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau didn't give any answers, but he did open about Jaime and Cersei's incestuous relationship "I think most people have at least been attracted to someone you shouldn’t be," said the 48-year-old actor. "Not your sister, but someone you really shouldn’t fall in love with. Like your best friend’s girlfriend. It’s one of the few true love stories in Game of Thrones - Jaime is dedicated to this woman."

When asked to reflection on his own character, Coster-Waldau said, "He has not had a lot of success and joy in his life. Everything he touches breaks." At the end of the pilot, 10-year-old Bran Stark spies Jaime and Cercei having sex, and Jaime pushes him out the window, quipping, "The things I do for love. The fall turns the boy into a paraplegic, yet over the course of seven seasons Jaime somehow redeems himself, losing his famous swordfighting hand and gaining a companion with Brienne of Tarth.

Coster-Waldau said he loves the contradiction in Jaime's character: "It’s very rare that you meet someone who completely, 100 percent walks the walk and talks the talk. Everyone has opinions about everything, but very few can actually live up to the ideals that they bestow on others. Right now we’re going through a time when people f*** [up] - and I’m not talking about criminal behavior, just people being idiots. There’s no forgiveness. You crossed the line, buddy."

Maybe in the final episode of Game of Thrones, the internet is invented, people find out that Jaime crippled Bran, and he gets #cancelled on Twitter.