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2018 Emmy nominee Nikolaj Coster-Waldau discusses Jaime Lannister’s journey

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2018 Emmy nominee Nikolaj Coster-Waldau discusses Jaime Lannister’s journey

The final season of Game of Thrones was confirmed to air in the first half of 2019. With its brilliant storyline, action sequence, and a large fan-base, Game of Thrones has once again been honored with 22 nominations for the 2018 Emmys. Recently, it was reported by the ET that Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, the actor who plays Jaime Lannister in the show has been placed amongst the nine first-time acting nominees. He also attended an exclusive interview with the ET. Read on.

2018 Emmy nominee Nikolaj Coster-Waldau discusses Jaime Lannister’s journey

Jaime Lannister started as a proud Lannister in the First Season, who lacked honor and showed disrespect towards people like Ned Stark. He didn’t even think twice before pushing the ten-year-old Bran Stark out of the window when he had known of Jaime’s incestuous relation with Cersei Lannister.

2018 Emmy nominee Nikolaj Coster-Waldau discusses Jaime Lannister’s journey

“He was a bit of a douche,” the actor revealed to the ET.

But, his character in the series since the third season had somewhat changed. But, what caused this change? We guess it was his newly-found relation with Brienne of Tarth. The traveling companions once despised each other but, had gained a bit of mutual respect for each other over time. This change especially happened when Jaime revealed the real reason for killing the Mad King to Brienne.

Moving further, he had to suffer major losses of his son Joffrey and his father Tywin Lannister – for which he might have felt being responsible. Up next, Myrcella also died in his arms poisoned by Ellaria Sand. And, although he had tried to keep his son Tommen safe, he ended his life seeing Cersei’s act of madness in the sixth season. But, a major change in Jaime’s story arc happened when he abandoned his sister to honor the pledge he made to Daenerys and Jon Snow. Talking about this drastic transition, Nikolaj revealed:

“In season three, you felt this shift in the way that audiences perceived the character…They might have liked him as a character, but they didn’t like him as a person. But the nature of the show, you get to know someone more and more and it’s like, ‘OK, he’s having sex with his sister, but there’s more to this guy.’ And I think the fact that he left at the end of season seven, there was a sense of relief.”

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau still filming for Game of Thrones Season 8, has filmed Jaime's final scene

Nikolaj has earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his performance in the seventh season. He has been nominated for the fourth episode – ‘Spoils of War’. Still, the way he brought justice to House Tyrell for betraying the Lannisters in the third episode ‘The Queen’s Justice’ can’t be ignored. Talking about the scene shared between him and Diana Rigg (Olenna Tyrell), he said:

““It was a great scene…He [Jaime] had to do what he had to do, but he did it with such grace. But of course, the beauty of the scene is that at the very end, she flips the power dynamic. It was very thrilling to be a part of Diana’s last scene on Thrones.”

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Also, talking about one of the longest battle sequences he filmed for the episode ‘Spoils of War’, he said:

“I was talking to Lena [Cersei Lannister] about this before we both found out. I was going, ‘At this point, now that we’re so close, you just want to make it to the end…If you had gone out in season three or four, it would have been fine. But now, we’re so close. It was definitely a relief to be a part of it.”

The filming for the final season has already wrapped up with a wrap-up party, attended by most of the cast members. Like other cast members, Game of Thrones has become an important part of life for Nikolaj too. He ends by saying, “I’m really going to miss working on a scale and a level like we have for the past nine years.”

So, what did you think about this interview of Nikolaj Coster-Waldau by the ET? Tell us in the comments.






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Most viewers were satisfied with the final season of Game of Thrones, says online poll

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Most viewers were satisfied with the final season of Game of Thrones; says an online poll

Game of Thrones is one of the most talked-about things in recent times. Although one means no disrespect towards the saga of Ice and Fire, the popular opinion has seemed to lean towards the negative during and after the show’s final season. Inconsistent character arcs, premature swansong, lack of explanation, etc. were some of the opinions floating around the internet and our social circles. The dissatisfaction felt very real when more than a million people signed a petition to urge HBO to remake the final season.

While it’s easy to take the Mountain i.e. the Game of Thrones down on negative howls, it takes a lot more than a Hound to actually do so. YouGov, internet-based market research and data analytics firm proved the same with a recently conducted online survey. It has revealed some interesting data related to our beloved show and its reception among the viewers. And it’s not all negative. Read on!

Most viewers were satisfied with the final season of Game of Thrones; says an online poll

The company conducted the digital poll keeping Emmy’s in the eye. It speaks for the nominated shows on behalf of 2475 US adults selected from a panel of 1.2 million individuals. The sample size doesn’t seem so significant and even limits the geography to the USA. Yet it can account for popular opinion due to random sampling involved in the selection of the participants.

Without any further ado, let’s dive into the findings that pertain to Game of Thrones.

The extent of satisfaction: 52% of participants said that they were “very satisfied” or “somewhat satisfied” with the final season of Game of Thrones. So yeah, most people seem to be satisfied. However, 41% expressed that they were unsatisfied, with 7% choosing no sides. Not the result one anticipated for Game of Thrones before the final season aired.

Outstanding Drama Series: 18% of people chose the HBO series as the most deserving show to win the Outstanding Drama Series at the Emmy’s; the most for any show. We know that there’s going to be no more Game of Thrones, at least not in the present form. So, it could be an emotional choice or perhaps a callback for the cumulative experience the series has generated over the years. Or maybe, they genuinely liked the whole thing!

Level of Engagement with the show: 18% said that they had watched every single episode of Game of Thrones to date; while a whopping 44% have neither watched a single episode nor intend to; again the most among all the shows. This feels ironical; a show that got more eyeballs than any other show has also managed to escape the fancy of an equally huge number.

David Benioff and D.B. Weiss: When asked if they would be interested in watching something that the Game of Thrones showrunners make, 29% expressed an interest while 38% chose to be uninterested in their future ventures. The duo has received the maximum flak for the final season not being up to the mark. No wonder, the results don’t reflect otherwise.

Now, these revelations are not set in stone nor do they speak on behalf of everyone. There is even a margin of statistical error in the analysis itself. But they do involve a methodology and represent a general trend towards the sought-after show. Game of Thrones has sparked conversations with every new season since its inception. And it’s still very much alive, especially with multiple promising prequels in the pipeline. In spite of all that, we can hardly say that the show got an ideal farewell from the viewers.

Most viewers were satisfied with the final season of Game of Thrones; says an online poll

 

If you were to ask us, we would say we were content with the final result; i.e. the final position of every character in Westeros or to the West of it (Arya), although we don’t think this was the best way to reach there. What do you guys think? Tell us in the comments below.






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Emilia Clarke is vacationing in India with Rose Leslie, reveals details on Instagram

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Emilia Clarke is vacationing in India with Rose Leslie, reveals details on Instagram

Game of Thrones stars have had one of the more stressful jobs of the decade, being so popular, and acting in a show that has an intense production as well as the attention surrounding it. So it’s understandable when you hear that the Mother of Dragons, Emilia Clarke, is currently on a spiritual vacation to India, accompanied by none other than Rose Leslie, who played Ygritte, and they seem to be having a great time. Read on!

Emilia recently posted a bunch of pictures through an Instagram post, showing her and Rose having the best time in India, and even getting robbed by some monkeys. Check it out:

Emilia says in a hashtag in the caption that she was at Ananda Spa Himalayas, and then discusses her off time spent in India with her bestie, Rose Leslie. Looks like the pair left Kit Harington behind on this little trip. Emilia also revealed that they were robbed by monkeys, which is quite a common sight in some parts of India and even included a picture of a bunch of adorable monkeys caught red-handed.

Emilia also seemed to have gotten some reading done in her time in India, and it seems like it was, all in all, a relaxing trip after a decade on Game of Thrones. That’s not all, a while ago, Emilia had revealed that she was about 1/8th Indian, through her grandmother that was half Indian, and that she loved that part of herself.

Well, it’s unclear if the pair are still in India, but you might spot them around if they are. Talk to us in the comments, down below!






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Robb Stark and Jon Snow to have their long awaited reunion, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe!

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Robb Stark and Jon Snow to have their long awaited reunion, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe!

Game of Thrones was often brutal towards its characters, and that’s why we have been starved of reunions. So when a reunion manifests in the real world, may it just be two cast members posing for a picture together, it’s exciting. This week we had one of the most exciting Thrones reunion news, and that is of Robb Stark and Jon Snow. Read on!

As you might know, the Disney D23 Expo has been exploding with news this week, and among the reveals were two that starred the Stark brothers. It was announced recently that Richard Madden, who played Robb Stark, is all set to star in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s upcoming film, The Eternals. His costume for the same was revealed at the expo, immediately followed another big news. Kit Harington was confirmed as a cast member for The Eternals, playing Dane Whitman, a.k.a. Black Knight.

While Dane isn’t a part of the group calling themselves the Eternals, he is a very important character. The Black Knight bit did get the fans talking about how this casting fulfils a reunion link between the Stark brothers from a long time ago:

Well, it looks like that came true after all:

The film is set for a November 2020 release. Excited for the film yet? We sure are! Talk to us in the comments, down below!






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