Game Of Thrones: Fire and Ice – What happens when you get 20 minutes with Jaime Lannister and Brienne of Tarth
LONDON — You’ve seen them banter and bicker endlessly on HBO’s Game Of Thrones (GOT) as Jaime Lannister and Brienne of Tarth.
And in person, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Gwendoline Christie were almost exactly the same as their characters. Besides, of course, the fact that they were not covered in blood and mud.
The pair has become a favourite among fans of the TV series based on George R R Martin’s fantasy novels and set in the fictional lands of Westeros and Essos.
Coster-Waldau plays the charming but morally questionable knight Lannister, while Christie plays the lumbering female knight Brienne, who is charged with bringing Ser Jaime back to his family in exchange for Catelyn Stark’s daughters.
So it’s hard to imagine, when they first met on the set of GOT, that Christie found Coster-Waldau absolutely terrifying.
“I walked into the make-up car because I was told that he was in there. I wanted to say hi,” Christie shared during an interview at Corinthia Hotel ahead of the fourth season of the series.
“I felt nervous. I hadn’t worked with this person — I was new on the show! I said hello, and he just regarded me. He regarded me. And I felt absolutely terrified.
“And then it started. And it hasn’t stopped.”
Season 4 of Game Of Thrones premieres Sunday, April 13, 10pm on HBO / HBO HD (StarHub TV Ch 601). Meanwhile, HBO Asia will be airing the uncut premiere episode in a free one-night-only advanced screening on April 4, 6.30pm, at GV Grand, Great World City. To score an invite, identify yourself as a Games Of Thrones fan on HBO Asia’s Facebook page and spread the word about the event by: Liking HBO Asia’s Facebook page, sharing the event post with the hashtag #GOTAsia13Apr or leaving a comment on the same post to explain why you are the greatest GOT fan in Singapore.
Q: Why do you think this show is still so successful after three seasons?
Coster-Waldau: The Red Wedding in Season 3 last year kind of explains that a little bit. On YouTube, there was this video of reactions of people watching the Red Wedding. And the passion and the horror … it was so much fun to watch. But also it just explains that the audience has really invested in these characters. And so it’s one of those things, like when I watch Breaking Bad, I want to see what happens next. And then I think (GOT writers) DB Weiss and David Benioff have done a really good job of exploring and opening up this world in an exciting way. So you still get surprised like you did in the Red Wedding.