Nikolaj Coster-Waldau continues on his promotion tour for his new Netflix film, Small Crimes —and that’s as good as opportunity as any to talk Game of Thrones, as he has done time and again. This time, the man better known to us as Jaime Lannister has addressed the dreaded leaks and their veracity, as well as the much discussed stare that Jaime gave his sister upon his return to the capital in The Winds of Winter.
BUILD hosted Coster-Waldau, who was interviewed by Huffington Post. Though that was not his main reason for being there, he was of course also asked about Game of Thrones, something to which the actor must have grown accustomed. At least I hope he has.
“I don’t want Jaime to die,” the actor proclaimed when questioned about which character he would want to forcibly end Jaime’s story. “I want him to just slowly fade away. Just old age.” Would that it were, Nikolaj… That’s sadly not a common occurence on this show. If I am not mistaken (I may be), only Aemon can claim the honor of dying of old age (Anyone who can remind me in the comments if someone else did too gets a cookie.)
He wasn’t about to reveal who, if anyone, will be the one to kill Jaime —if he knows at all, that is. I would say spoilers are guarded with a paranoid fervor… but it may not be paranoia after all, considering the major leak late last year, which involved a rundown of much of what’s to come in season seven. It did not go unnoticed by the cast and crew, but that doesn’t mean it was a total disaster, as there are many fake spoilers as well:
“What’s interesting, though, is every year there are huge spoilers online where people find out real stuff and they will post it, and you go, ‘Oh my God, they just spoiled the whole season online!’ But then, because there’s 10,000 other spoilers out there, they’re not real. It just gets lost in the shuffle,” the actor surmised, rather optimistically.
That said, that doesn’t mean there is no danger, as Coster-Waldau also confirms the veracity of that particular leak: “So, it’s all out there by the way… if you can find it.”
The actor also discussed the popular theory that Jaime will kill Cersei at some point, as he has done many times before —including quite recently. But this time the issue was focused on the heavily debated glare that Jaime shot at her sister at the end of last season, and if that is a clue of where their relationship may lead. Is Jaime seeing his worst nightmare in Cersei, a new mad monarch he must slay in spite of his honor?
“I was very into the scene. It’s interesting, though, how much you read into a look like that, because, it’s like, ‘Oh, clearly he’s going to leave her now. There’s no question. This is it. This is reminding him why he killed the Mad King. Now he’s going to go and kill Cersei. There’s no question about it.’ And it might happen, who knows? I mean, I know, but…” Well, Nikolaj has always been one to tease. Is Jaime going to kill her, abandon her, or both? Or neither, perhaps? That would certainly put a damper in my imagined climactic scenario in which Jaime and Brienne live happily ever after.
If you want to watch Nikolaj talk about his new film extensively, you can now head off to the almost thirty minutes of recorded interview. There is some other Game of Thrones-related tidbits as well, including this tease: “Winter is here. I hope [fans will be satisfied]. I know we did our best. Everyone worked their asses off.”