Nikolaj-Coster Waldau and John Bradley talk about probable Jaime and Sam deaths and cast try to identify dead characters

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In a cheery round of interviews, John Bradley and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau chatted about their characters’ hypothetical deaths and the Game of Thrones cast struggled to name deceased characters. Happy Saturday!

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau joined Variety‘s executive editor of TV, Debra Birnbaum on her podcast, Remote Controlled, to discuss, among other things, the influential people in Jaime’s life, most notably, his sister.

While discussing Cersei and Jaime’s relationship in season 7, Coster-Waldau paraphrased one conversation that the siblings will have in the first episode, “Dragonstone.”

“Without spoiling anything, but there is one line that Jaime has in episode one, when he says, ‘What are we doing this for?’ And, she says, ‘Well, we’re doing it for the family.’ I said, ‘But that’s just you and me, now. That’s it.’ But she is hellbent on power.”

The question, according to Coster-Waldau is “what will he do?”

Of course, Cersei isn’t the only sibling with whom Jaime has a complicated relationship. What does Coster-Waldau think would happen if Jaime were to meet up with Tyrion again?

“I mean, last thing we heard was Jaime said, ‘if I ever see him again, I’m gonna kill him,'” Coster-Waldau said. “Tyrion’s murder of their father, Tywin, was “a difficult thing to forgive, I think.”

On a lighter note, Coster-Waldau has a clear idea of how he’d like Jaime to die: frying.

“There’s been these moments where a fire plays a big part of the show, but also in his storyline. So, I could imagine that one of those dragons would just roast him. Or like a Romeo and Juliet thing. He kills either Cersei, and then he kills himself, or Brienne kills him. That’s very romantic. I think it’s gonna be less romantic, though.”

Speaking of Brienne … Coster-Waldau threw cold water on many fans’ hopes that Brienne and Jaime will become a canonical couple at some point.

“I think they have this real affection for each other,” he said. “[But] do they have romantic feelings for each other? I don’t think he’s really capable of [that].”

All that said, Coster-Waldau would still love to see a “Braime Bunch” Game of Thrones spinoff in the event that both Jaime and Brienne survive to the end. The premise: “They finally get together. Seven kids. They just can’t stop themselves once they get into it.”

You keep that ship floating, Nikolaj.

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In an interview with CNet, John Bradley discussed the fan theory that Samwell Tarly is the narrator of Game of Thrones and that the entire show will turn out to be his account of historical events.

“It’s a fascinating theory,” Bradley said. “I’ve always really enjoyed endings to things. They make you completely re-evaluate everything that you’ve already seen.

“If Sam does prove to be the narrator of the story, then that serves as a doubt bomb for everything else, because you know that you’re hearing everything through Sam’s interpretation of it. And does that necessarily mean Jon Snow has been the hero that he’s been, or is that Sam just paying lip service to that man that he loves so much?”

Of course, this theory is predicated on the assumption that Sam survives at all. And, while he’s generally considered to be one of the characters with the strongest plot armor on Game of Thrones… eh, this is still Game of Thrones we’re talking about.

“[T]here’s no real logic to how people are going to die. Or if people are going to die. There’s no template ….” Bradley said. “It could be the fact that Sam achieved all of this and then cruelly his life [is] taken away from him just before he gets a chance to practically implement all of his knowledge, which would be the ultimate cruelty.”


Lastly, at the premiere earlier this week, IGN played a game with the Game of Thrones cast to see if they could identify some of the most famously deceased characters. Results were mixed.


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    1. I think Nikolaj is an interesting actor to interview because he has read all (or most) of the big fan theories on Jaime. He has read the books. He knows what people are saying about him and is usually very careful not to fuel any particular theory.

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    2. Gemma’s asnwers: (Syrio) “OH! Not today!” (Lady) “…Doggy?!”

      LOL They really really like to ask Nikolaj how Jaime will die! He’s running out of creative answers. 🙂

      Speaking of Brienne … Coster-Waldau threw cold water on many fans’ hopes that Brienne and Jaime will become a canonical couple at some point.

      “I think they have this real affection for each other,” he said. “[But] do they have romantic feelings for each other? I don’t think he’s really capable of [that].”

      ITS A LIE!!! PSH given interviews last season, and some other interviews this preseason, he is obviously trying to misdirect. OBVIOUSLY! JAIMExBRIENNE 5evaaaaaaa

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    3. I would like Sam to die in the mundane possible like an errant arrow just happens to find his eyeball. Preferably the first minute of the first episode of season 7.

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    4. “If Sam does prove to be the narrator of the story, then that serves as a doubt bomb for everything else, because you know that you’re hearing everything through Sam’s interpretation of it. And does that necessarily mean Jon Snow has been the hero that he’s been, or is that Sam just paying lip service to that man that he loves so much?”

      Oh an unreliable narrator! What a twist that would be!

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    5. [But] do they have romantic feelings for each other? I don’t think he’s really capable of [that].”

      Lol if you say so Nikolaj, I totally believe you….

      Wtf IHW could not recognize Ned Stark?! Gemma and Liam were hilariously bad at this game.

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    6. As to what John said I agree with him that there is no real reason at how and when a person dies in real life but not in fiction.There is absolutely a logic usually.Narrative importance is a thing.Now Sam could die,even before the climax of the show after doing something important,but I just don’t see it.If I had to list the characters that I am 100% sure will survive the whole thing Sam would be on top of it.Add to that Gilly and the baby.Their whole family unit is gonna survive.Sansa too 100%.I have Tyrion at 99% just because but he is probably gonna live too.I have the others at different percentages but these are the ones that I would be truly shocked if they died.

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    7. Giocrypt:

      I would like Sam to die in the mundane possible like an errant arrow just happens to find his eyeball.

      An arrow through the eyeball is mundane? 😳

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    8. Giocrypt:
      I would like Sam to die in the mundane possible like an errant arrow just happens to find his eyeball. Preferably the first minute of the first episode of season 7.

      LOL! Hey someone else who doesn’t lurve Sam! Nice to meet you!

      Sam fans – I get it, he is no doubt going to make some key discovery or discoveries that will have a big impact on the end game. But I find him annoying and just don’t care about him as a character, or Gilly, and don’t want any more time than absolutely necessary spent on him.

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    9. Jenny:
      Lord of Coffee,

      Welll you should prepare for season 7 then haha.

      Like I said, I get it that they have set it up for Sam to make some big discovery during his training. Still couldn’t care less about him.

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    10. “I think they have this real affection for each other,” he said. “[But] do they have romantic feelings for each other? I don’t think he’s really capable of [that].”

      Music to my ears.

      Also Sophie seems mad fun. Want to party and get drunk with her someday.

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    11. Arrow to the eye

      No no no no no: it’s an arrow to the knee, donchaknow.

      Also, I too think LCW is misdirecting but what can I say: I’m unapologetic Braime trash.

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