DESIGN & TREND – “Game of Thrones” actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau thinks that Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) and Tormund’s (Kristofer Hivju) pairing is a one-sided romance.
In an interview with IGN following the airing of last Sunday’s episode, Coster-Waldau revealed what he thinks of the much talked-about Brienne and Tormund’s interactions earlier in the season.
“I saw this image, I think Gwen posted it. There was this beautiful image of Brienne and Tormund where they were like Kate and Leo from ‘Titanic.’ [But it] seemed to me quite one-sided,” said Coster-Waldau who plays Jaime Lannister on the show. “I think Tormund is more into it than she is — or maybe I’m getting protective about the Jaime situation. I’m already being jealous on his behalf.”
As fans know, the “Jaime situation” Coster-Waldau was referring to was the unspoken love between Jaime and Brienne, who were reunited in last Sunday’s episode.
“The subtext is so clear that they’re happy to see each other, but they don’t know how to recognize that,” the 45-year-old Danish actor said of Jaime and Brienne’s reaction to seeing each other again. “Yes, Jaime’s been with his sister [Cersei] his whole life and that’s the love he knows, and God knows [his love for Brienne is] a version of it.”
“[Bronn and Podrick’s scene] tells us what the audience suspects,” Coster-Waldau told Entertainment Weekly. “It’s a great way to get all that stuff into the audience’s head before the scene [between Jaime and Brienne], because then there’s this added subtext. Jaime is always about Cersei [Lena Headey] and what he can do to help her and how to achieve whatever she wants. And for Brienne, it’s the same — she has an oath to Catelyn Stark [Michelle Fairley]. She’s extremely strong-willed and has her honor and has to do the right thing always.”
Coster-Waldau continued, “Sometimes, with both of them, you just want go, ‘For god’s sake, let it go for one second. What about what you want?’ [But] they never listen to themselves. And what I love about the end of this scene is there’s some heartbreak. Because, once again, they were close. But are they ever gonna be able to talk about something other than someone else’s agenda?”
It seems that’s going to be the case, as Coster-Waldau thinks that Jaime is coming home for Cersei now that he has already accomplished his mission in the Riverlands.
“He has to get back,” the actor said of what he thinks Jaime’s next step is. “I think that’s the whole focus. He knows his sister and Tommen [Dean-Charles Chapman] are extremely vulnerable. This whole religious uprising, no one saw that coming and it’s just taken over everything. He understands how dangerous a situation it is, and he knows that Cersei is on trial very shortly. Even though the idea is, of course, that [he] would think she’s safe with the Mountain fighting for it, he’s seen enough of the High Sparrow [Jonathan Pryce] not to trust him. [laughs] So I think he wants to get back.”