“That’s what I loved about this character when I signed on,” he replies with enthusiasm. “You start out with a guy who seemingly is a very cynical, dark, evil man, if you will, and then they told me what his journey would be, and I found it fascinating. Even with the first scene, he does something so horrible and then says, ‘The things I do for love.’ That is his motivation.” I mention that his sister, Cersei, whom he is reunited with in Season Four, seems rather unlovable. Plus she seems to be developing a drinking problem with all those endless goblets of red wine. Coster-Waldau laughs, “I think so too. Jaime does ask, ‘Why did the gods make me love such a hateful woman?’ It’s interesting because so far she hasn’t shown many redeeming qualities. Mind you, clearly she hasn’t had an easy life.” The opportunity to dissect and discuss the show’s characters as if they actually exist is hugely fun and engaging. “That’s what’s great about the show,” he agrees. “It’s not the dragons. You are curious about what happens to these people.”-Nikolaj Coster-Waldau for C Magazine.


“Jaime,” Brienne whispered, so faintly he thought he was dreaming it. “Jaime, what are you doing?”

“Dying,” he whispered back.

“No,” she said, “no, you must live.”

He wanted to laugh. “Stop telling me what do, wench. I’ll die if it pleases me.”

“Are you so craven?”

The word shocked him. He was Jaime Lannister, a knight of the Kingsguard, he was the Kingslayer. No man had ever called him craven. Other things they called him, yes; oathbreaker, liar, murderer. They said he was cruel, treacherous, reckless. But never craven. “What else can I do, but die?”

“Live,” she said, “live, and fight, and take revenge.”