'Game of Thrones' star hints at heartbreaking conclusion for his character
The cast, crew, and creators of Game of Thrones are remaining incredibly tight-lipped when it comes to information about the upcoming season of the hit fantasy series. We'll be seeing the numerous characters of the HBO show come together one last time in the final season, set to be released in 2019, and Thrones fans are getting pretty impatient about the wait in the meantime.
We don't know a whole lot about the series so far, but by all accounts not many characters will make it out unscathed - so it may be time to let go of your personal favourites. Each season of the show has been prone to obsessive fans leaking scripts they have obtained or torrenting episodes online before they get the chance to air, and the final episodes are going to be even more desirable.
There have even been rumours going around that they are filming multiple endings to throw people off, but actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau has disputed this fact. The actor, who plays Jaime Lannister on the show, has said that this doesn't make much sense to him - but has explained that the show has gone to some extreme lengths to avoid spoilers for its big conclusion.
Now, in a new interview with Vanity Fair, the 47-year-old has spoken about where his character may end up in the future. This is especially interesting given how we last saw the character, as he left King's Landing after a major dispute with his sister (and love of his life):
"Most people have moments in their life where you go, ‘Can I really, fundamentally change?’ The core of him has always been Cersei. When that’s taken away, what are you then? What’s left? Is there anything left? When he leaves, obviously he has no idea. He doesn’t know the answer to that question."
When asked about the pivotal moment in which Cersei threatens his life, only for Jaime to respond that he "doesn't believe" she would have him killed, Coster-Waldau said:
“That’s, of course, said in a moment of passion. Who knows if it’s true?
"I’ve almost been married 20 years - 6 June will be our 20th anniversary - and I’m very, very lucky. I have a wonderful wife. But over 20 years, there are times where you have fights. You can be so angry that for a second in your passion and anger you can go, ‘Oh, f*ck this.’ Of course, three seconds later, you go, ‘No, no, no. What am I doing? What am I thinking?’
"I think the fundamental emotions are the same in every relationship. As a setup for the season we’re shooting now, it was just amazing.”
The actor has a firm belief in the direction of the show, and believes from what he knows about the ending, most of the fanbase will be satisfied with the conclusion.
"The boys [Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss] have done an amazing job with ending Game of Thrones," he said. "It’s definitely been the toughest season—by far—that we’ve shot, ever. But it’s also been the most fulfilling.”
Hopefully he's right, and we have a fitting ending to the show that's transfixed millions for years now. Either way, it's definitely going to be a rough road ahead for Jaime.