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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Muses Jaime’s Feelings for Brienne: ‘There Is More Between Them’

I’ve included this interview with Nikolaj just because he talks about the scenes with Jaime and Brienne.

 

TV LINE – Jaime and Brienne’s reunion in Sunday’s Game of Thrones may not have taken place in a steaming bath, but star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau says that doesn’t mean there wasn’t plenty going on under the surface.
The characters hadn’t seen each other since the fourth episode of Season 4, when the Kingslayer gave the lady knight his sword, Oathkeeper, as she set off to find Sansa Stark. Prior to that, they’d survived capture by Bolton forces, near-rape, the loss of a hand, near-mauling by a bear and, of course, the aforementioned Bath of Confession. So yeah, there were feelings aplenty between the two — even though, as the actor points out, “Clearly it’s something they can’t act on.”

 

We wanted to hear what else Coster-Waldau had to say about such a momentous scene — and how it’s all likely to bite Cersei’s twin in the behind when his final Lannister debt is paid. Read on to hear the actor’s thoughts on “No One” and the final two episodes of Season 6.

 

TVLINE | I was just so happy to have Jaime and Brienne in the same room in this week’s episode.

 

Well, so was I!

 

TVLINE | What were your thoughts when you found out the interaction was on its way?

 

I was excited that finally they would meet. In the books, of course now we’re off book, but the last thing that’s still a part of the original books is this meeting between the two. But it’s quite different than in the book, because there’s a whole different storyline that’s not in the show. So when I read the script, I was excited. I thought it was a great scene. And I was excited to get to work with Gwendoline Christie again. We’ve had a lot of fun over the years.

 

TVLINE | We’ve talked before about how Jaime might’ve had feelings for Brienne — high esteem, respect, perhaps affection — but he hasn’t been able to put them into words. He’s acted on them, certainly, but this scene is the first time they’ve actually talked about some of them. Is this the most comfortable they can be talking about their friendship, given who they are?

 

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Here’s What’s Really Happening Between Jaime and Brienne on Game of Thrones

“It’s that thing when two people are attracted to each other,” says Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

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Warning: This post contains spoilers for the sixth season of Game of Thrones.

 

TIME – The eighth episode of Game of Thrones‘ sixth season saw the emotional reunion of Jaime Lannister and Brienne of Tarth, a duo who quickly became a fan-favorite during their journey across Westeros. Although the two have been separated since early in season four, many viewers have long rooted for a romance between them, a story arc the show seems to purposely avoid directly addressing.

 

Luckily, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau — who plays Jaime in the HBO drama — has finally cleared up some of the confusion. In two post-episode interviews, the 45-year-old actor spoke about the true nature of his character’s relationship with Brienne. “It’s a great scene,” he told Entertainment Weekly of their reunion. “These characters are so much about holding their cards so close to their chest and they don’t want to reveal how they’re feeling. But we know there’s history between them, that this is more than two knights meeting. But they would never acknowledge that.”

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‘Game of Thrones’ Star on Tormund’s Crush on Brienne and War in the North

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Here is an interview with Kristofer Hivju and I’m posting the parts about Tormund and Brienne:

 

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – [Warning: This story contains spoilers through episode six, season six of HBO’s Game of Thrones.]

 

Love rarely lasts in Westeros. Ask Robb Stark (Richard Madden), who lost everything, life and wife included, because he followed his heart. Look no further than his half-brother, Jon Snow (Kit Harington), who cradled forbidden flame Ygritte (Rose Leslie) in his arms as her fire went out.

 

The examples of successful romantic relationships are few and far between — and yet, this cold reality hasn’t stopped Game of Thrones fans from hopping all aboard the good ship Tormund Giantsbane (Kristofer Hivju) and Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie), one of the rare glimmers of levity in an otherwise extraordinarily bleak series.

 

Tormund’s crush on Brienne isn’t exactly a central plot, nor is it even reciprocated by Brienne herself, but it’s nonetheless a bit of respite in the thick of darkness. Winter is coming, as Tormund knows all too well, having suffered through the hardships at “Hardhome.” What’s more, there’s trouble brewing south, as Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon) amasses his forces at Winterfell, preparing to assault Jon Snow and all of his allies, Free Folk included. Not even Tormund has time for matters of the heart — but his fleeting moments with Brienne are a welcome distraction all the same.
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George R.R. Martin Just Gave Brienne a New Badass Backstory

No wonder Tormund can’t keep his eyes off of her.

 

VANITY FAIR – This weekend Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin gave what has become an increasingly rare public appearance at Balticon—a Comic-Con of sorts in Baltimore. Martin appeared before the crowd several times and even read out an all-new chapter from The Winds of Winter—something he hasn’t done in years. Some show watchers might be intrigued by the timing of this new Greyjoy-centric chapter—like the release of the Dorne and Sansa chapters before it, the new Euron-heavy section seems to comment on some of adaptive choices a recent HBO episode. But the most interesting bit of news for non-book-readers actually has to do with a spoiler-free reveal about Brienne. The lady from Tarth just got a very flattering new backstory.

 

By most metrics, Brienne’s backstory in both the books and the show is pretty distressing. The lady warrior lost both her mother and all of her siblings and, despite her father’s efforts to marry her off, suffered through three broken engagements. She was mocked, scorned, and rejected in a way the show beautifully captured in the Season 5 scene between Podrick and Brienne when she talked about Renly, one of the only men she ever met who was kind to her. “‘Brienne the Beauty,’ they called me. Great joke. And I realized I was the ugliest girl alive—a great, lumbering beast.”

 

But, in one move, Martin has given Brienne’s non-dainty frame tremendous new meaning. Brienne, he announced to the Baltic crowd, is the descendent of Ser Duncan the Tall and let me explain, show watchers, what that little detail means.

 

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‘Game of Thrones’ director was surprised by fan reactions to this brief character interaction

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TECH INSIDER: Warning: Spoilers ahead for “Game of Thrones” season six.

 

Sunday’s “Game of Thrones” episode had a strong theme of familial reunion — Jon and Sansa were brought together, while Margaery and Loras spoke for the first time since their imprisonment and Theon returned home to Yara.

 

But there was one onscreen duo people online couldn’t stop talking about: Tormund Giantsbane and Brienne of Tarth. The wildling leader was making eyes at Brienne over his mutton, and this small moment was one of fans’ biggest takeaways of the night.

 

Tech Insider caught up with director Dan Sackheim, the man behind the camera for season six episodes three and four, “Oathbreaker” and “The Book of the Stranger.” Naturally, we asked him what he thought about viewer’s “shipping” Tormund and Brienne.

 

“Honestly, I’m surprised anyone even noticed,” Sackheim told TI. “I mean it was meant to be a little grace note, and the fact that it’s blown up with the buzz it has on the internet and on the blogosphere is kind of shocking to me.”

 

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5 Reasons Brienne of Tarth Is the True Hero on Game of Thrones

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POP SUGAR – When asked about the hero on Game of Thrones, many people might respond “Do you mean Jon Snow?” or “That Jaime Lannister is such a babe.” In truth, however, the real hero of the story is Brienne of Tarth, beautifully played on the HBO series by Gwendoline Christie.

 

If you’re thinking, “What? But she hasn’t even won any huge battles, let alone ridden a dragon!” allow us to convince you. With an honorable nature that rivals Ned Stark’s, a sense of loyalty that reveals her true Hufflepuff temperament, and a badass fighting style, here are five reasons Brienne is the best character on Game of Thrones.

 

1.) She turns sexism and attempted humiliation into victory: In both the books and TV show, Brienne uses others’ shoddy treatment of women to her advantage on the battlefield. Oftentimes, male fighters underestimate Brienne because of her sex, allowing her to swiftly and skillfully gain the upper hand. Other men exert their energy all at once in an attempt to defeat her quickly — their pride encourages them to prove that men are better fighters than women — allowing Brienne to showcase endurance, strength, and discipline by outlasting them in battle.

 

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Gwendoline Christie on Brienne’s rousing return

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EWThis post contains a revelation from the end of the Game of Thrones season 6 premiere.

 

After so much struggle and disappointment, Brienne of Tarth finally accomplished one of her vows to Catelyn Stark. In the season 6 premiere of HBO’s Game of Thrones, the warrior rescued Sansa Stark from being recaptured by Ramsay Bolton’s men, and then was accepted into Sansa’s service.

 

“After season 5 people would come up on the street moaning about why Brienne wasn’t doing more, and I’d say, ‘I’m terribly sorry I’m not really in charge of that,’” star Gwendoline Christie tells us. “It was really exciting to see Brienne burst forth again. I loved seeing Brienne fighting again. There was so much action and it’s quite brutal and it’s very exciting to dedicate myself to that moment to overcome that obstacle and rescue Sansa.”
Director Jeremy Podeswa tells us he was particularly proud of the scene – which drew a cheer from the show’s Hollywood premiere audience earlier this month – since it works on so many levels. Brienne saving Sansa is a rousing action sequence, but also shows character development and has an heartfelt tug. “It’s great when you can marry something that has a lot of action with something that’s quite emotional,” Podeswa says. “Theon shows his own agency and protects Sansa, you get to see Brienne throwing down a charging horse with her bare arms, and then there’s [the oath].”

 

For Christie, Brienne’s exchange with Sansa was a major moment in her character’s journey.

 

“When she pledges her oath to Sansa and lays her sword down for her, I found it very touching,” Christie says. “I have so many fond memories of working with Michelle Fairley [Catelyn Stark]. This is a mirror of that oath and this time Sansa accepts it and she can see how dedicated Brienne is to her. It was really gratifying to carry on that oath for Catelyn Stark and finally to find one of the Stark daughters and so she can try to keep her safe.”

How Game of Thrones will leap from sexist to feminist

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SYDNEY MORNING HERALD – The top ten surviving characters in Game of Thrones: 1 Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) supervillain; 2 Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) jester/hero; 3 Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) potential hero; 4 Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) rogue/ hero; 5 Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) damsel in distress; 6 Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie) guardian; 7 Daenerys Targeryan (Emilia Clarke) hero; 8 Petyr Baelish Littlefinger (Aiden Gillen) mentor/manipulator; 9 Margery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer) seductress; 10 Melisandre (Carice Van Houten) witch/ seductress.
Most fans of Game of Thrones expect the series to end with Daenerys Targaryen ruling the seven kingdoms, cunningly advised by the Hand of the Queen, Tyrion Lannister, who’ll be happily married to Sansa Stark. But Sophie Turner, 20, who plays the long-suffering Sansa, has a different hope. “I don’t want to survive,” she told The Wall Street Journal last month. “I want Littlefinger [Machiavellian Lord Peter Baelish] to end up on the throne … If you’re on Game of Thrones and you don’t have a cool death scene, then what’s the point? I think it would be really disappointing if I got to the end and I was just okay.”

 

You are either a normal person or a sexist – Maisie Williams

 

For the first few seasons, Turner’s wish for Sansa to meet her doom was shared by many viewers, who found her whiney and annoying. But in the season starting next week, Sansa joins the regiment of warrior women who have come to dominate the story.

 

The writers are sailing viewers through uncharted waters this year, because they have run out of source material from the novels of George R. R. Martin (currently suffering a painful case of writer’s constipation). In recent interviews, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams (who plays her sister Arya) and Gwendoline Christie (who plays Sansa’s protector Brienne of Tarth) have suggested that this season will display it as a “feminist” series.

 

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Gwendoline Christie Is a Rising Red Carpet Star

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VOGUE – The leading ladies of Game of Thrones are known for bringing a bit of the show’s fantastical spirit to the red carpet, but no one does this better than Gwendoline Christie, the statuesque British actress who plays fan favorite Brienne of Tarth. On television, the star is clad in armor and chain mail, but off-screen, her wardrobe of one-of-a-kind designer pieces and glamorous gowns is fit for a queen rather than an errant knight. Approaching fashion with enthusiasm and a chameleon’s fearlessness, Christie is just as likely to appear at a premiere in a ladylike design by Oscar de la Renta as she is to make the rounds in fresh-from-the-runway Giles. This variety makes Christie compelling to watch—especially when she goes for broke. Christie is one of the few celebrities who consistently avoids playing it safe.

 

The key to pulling off outré ensembles? Working with what you’ve got: At 6-foot-3, Christie’s height automatically makes her stand out, but rather than shying away from outfits that highlight her size, Christie embraces the advantages being tall gives her—long legs look even better in towering heels, flowing capes and skirts with trains are never better than on a frame that can accentuate their drama. Even sweet touches, like oversize lip prints and dresses covered in quirky painted pink flamingos, seem just right when she wears them, and she has modeled for boundary-pushing labels like Vivienne Westwood and Iris van Herpen in the past.

 

Though filming for the latest edition of the Star Wars franchise prevented Christie from attending Game of Thrones’s season six premiere in Los Angeles, you should still expect to see her making fashionable waves this year. Having already picked up a British Fashion Award for her notable personal style, Christie is set to take things even further going forward: Her roles in the Absolutely Fabulous movie and the next installment of Star Wars should make her a regular on red carpets across the world—but keep your eyes peeled for her off-duty looks, too. Even dressed down, Christie manages to keep things bright and bold. We wouldn’t have it any other way.

Faye Dunaway is #TeamBrienne

Quote from a Vanity Fair article about the premiere:
 

Oscar-winning actress Faye Dunaway, an ardent Game of Thrones fan, told us that she has little problem getting on without Snow, because her loyalty lies with the show’s strong females.

 

“My cup of tea currently is Gwendoline Christie’s Brienne,” she told us. “Isn’t she great? A strong warrior, and she is going to have a bigger part in Season 6. And I love Emilia’s Daenerys Targaryen too.”

 

Although Dunaway hasn’t read the George R. R. Martin tomes on which the TV epic is based, she takes the show so seriously that oftentimes when watching, she told us, “I take notes on the direction and the performances and just try to learn from the work. I look up the characters online too to find out more than I already know.”

 

(Lest Dunaway be concerned about the fate of Daenerys, Clarke assured reporters that her character “is kind of a badass so you never really need to worry.”)

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