The character faces new challenges now that her quest with Jaime Lannister has ended.
When I met up with Gwendoline Christie in New York City a couple of weeks ago to talk about Game of Thrones’ brand new fourth season, the actress otherwise known as the warrior Brienne was giddy with excitement. The Season 4 opener of the HBO hit had its premiere party the night before, and it was clear that Christie was still riding high from the evening. I mean, they even had a giant dragon there!
As Christie and I sat in a hotel suite high above the city overlooking Central Park, we talked about Brienne’s new path in Season 4 as she finds herself in the treacherous world of the royal court and King’s Landing. And you thought fighting a bear was dangerous?!
IGN: Are you enjoying New York — or do you even get a chance to leave the hotel?
Gwendoline Christie: [Laughs] They don’t let me out of the forest! This is a rare outing for me. I’m kept in the woods, wearing metal clothing.
IGN: [Laughs] Heavy clothing, fighting bears. You do most of your shooting in Ireland, is that right?
Christie: Mhmm. Yeah, up to — from what we’ve seen so far, I have shot pretty much exclusively in Belfast, apart from the bear-fighting scene, which we shot in LA, and then the very final scene at the end of Season 3, which was shot in Croatia, where Jaime and Brienne enter King’s Landing.
IGN: Ah, okay, and that was basically for the landscape, right?
Christie: Yeah, for it all to be precise and accurate, which I appreciate. It makes your job as an actor so much easier, to be in a real environment, rather than a mocked-up one.
IGN: I was in Belfast a couple of months ago. They were shooting a Dracula film up there, and everyone kept talking about how all the sound stages were Game of Thrones, and they had to find other spots to shoot.
Christie: Yeah, I know! They’ve really commandeered the landscape. They absolutely have. It’s Game of Thrones World. [Laughs]
IGN: So I watched the first three episodes of this season. They told me it was okay to kind of talk — not that anything too groundbreaking happens with your character.
Christie: Yeah, yes… What do you mean!? [Laughs] I’m so hurt right now!