by Katey Rich
April 14, 2014
Spoilers ahead for Game of Thrones Season 4, Episode 2, titled “The Lion and the Rose.”
Nobody had a worse time at the Game of Thrones Purple Wedding than poor old Joffrey, but a close second might be Brienne of Tarth. Having arrived at King’s Landing after a long, long journey escorting Jaime Lannister back home, Brienne is a knight forced into stuffy dresses, trying to find a place in a city where she doesn’t belong. And to make matters worse, during last night’s episode she was confronted by the woman she ought to fear most: Jaime’s sister/secret lover, Cersei Lannister.
“I think that’s probably the worst situation that Brienne can see herself in,” says Gwendoline Christie, who plays Brienne, about the confrontation between her character and Lena Headey’s Cersei, who accuses Brienne of being in love with Jaime. “The emotional confrontation. Being forced to consider something that she perhaps hasn’t considered before and certainly doesn’t want to consider.”
But Brienne and Cersei’s chilly showdown was just one of many awkward encounters at the wedding of Joffrey Baratheon and Margaery Tyrell, which culminated in the biggest surprise this side of the Red Wedding: the death of the tyrannical, petulant Joffrey himself. Like any other Game of Thrones fan, Christie was “absolutely” delighted to see Joffrey go; she just had the added benefit of a front-row seat. In the process of filming the extended wedding sequence, Christie got to act opposite Game of Thrones cast members, like Headey or Charles Dance, she had never shared a scene with before.
“I felt like I was in the world of Game of Thrones. I felt like I had actually entered into the inner sanctum somehow. It was really thrilling. All of those characters, all of those actors, it was just such fun to be with them every day.”
It’s hard for viewers of the show to know what’s next for Brienne, or anyone really—the death of Joffrey resets the chess board of Game of Thrones in a major way. But even as an avowed book reader, Christie slyly suggests that nothing is guaranteed: “The whole format of Game of Thrones is that you just don’t know what to expect. There’s some security in, ‘Well, I’ve read the books.’ [But] the fact that the television program, with the collaboration of George R.R. Martin, deviates from that, [means] truly no one knows what’s going to happen.”
Source: Vanity Fair