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.
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.
— IGN (@IGN) July 14, 2017