With the eighth season of Game of Thrones slowly approaching (probably just… about half a year left, folks!), a few actors have begun to tease the final part of this story more explicitly. In a new interview, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is the latest to do so, promising that the “massive jigsaw puzzle” that is Game of Thrones will make sense in the end. Phew!
“I read it, and I wrote [showrunners] Dan and David and said I don’t think they could have done a better job,” Coster-Waldau reveals to The Wrap, concerning season eight. “I’ve spent so many years working on this and been guessing and trying to figure out how this will end, and when I read it, some of the parts of it I’d get, and other parts of it were just completely shocking and surprising. And it wasn’t [like] those horrible [shows] where it’s a murder mystery and at the very last minute you find out it doesn’t make sense,” the actor clarifies. “Here all the pieces fit into this massive jigsaw puzzle.”
Of course, he doesn’t put any of these spoilery pieces together for us, but he does talk about what went on behind the scenes: “It’s been wonderful to do this last season. Almost all of it was shot in Belfast, so that means even though you haven’t been in the same scenes with [the entire cast], you’ve seen a lot more people,” so there were “a lot of parties and get-togethers”, some of which we reported on throughout this summer.
As for Jaime and his—to say the least—tumultous relationship with his sister Cersei, Nikolaj gives us a rundown of where we left his character: “He thought he finally had her complete trust, and the fact that she revealed she’d made quite different plans with Greyjoy, that Qyburn is now her closest ally — I think it shocked him … They have a future, potentially another shot at having a child, and she’s willing to risk everything for something that just doesn’t make sense to him. And on top of that, they just gave their word to the world, to everyone … And I think he sees her for a second the way the rest of the world sees her. And it shocked him. [There’s] also the fact that for a second she seemed as if she was ready to have the Mountain kill him — I think it broke his heart.”