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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau takes us through the moments that led to Jaime’s return to Cersei

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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau takes us through the moments that led to Jaime's return to Cersei

The collective heart of Game of Thrones fandom broke when Jaime Lannister decided to end his brief romance with Brienne and returned to Cersei’s side. Many fans felt this move was illogical and ruined Jaime’s redemption arc. However, actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who plays Jaime, disagrees, as he revealed in a recent interview. Read on!

In an interview with HBO’s official Game of Thrones blog, Nikolaj pinpointed the exact moments in Season 8 episode 4 that led to Jaime’s final decision. Arrogant, selfish, murderous — Jaime Lannister started as an out-and-out villainous character in Game of Thrones. However, we saw his character go through a sea-change after he meets Brienne of Tarth. Not only he becomes a better man but he also finds genuine respect and love in her companionship. When Jaime and Brienne consummated their relationship in episode 4 ‘The Last of the Starks’, it seemed he finally had a chance at a normal life again.

But just a few scenes later Jaime is sneaking out in the night to get back to Cersei, and even Brienne’s tears and pleas couldn’t stop him. What happened? Coster-Waldau picks out two moments — Bronn’s arrival, and a comment made by Sansa Stark after she learns Daenerys’ dragon has been killed. Let’s hear it from himself:

“Bronn appears and Jaime realizes he was sent there by Cersei to kill him and Tyrion — it’s this strange reality check. Cersei has a way of making sure you don’t forget about her.”

After this forced remembrance, comes the realization that Cersei might have provoked Daenerys too far with Rhaegal’s death. He has already experienced what happens when a dragon comes to battle and knows that by underestimating Daenerys, Cersei is making a fatal mistake. Jaime’s life-long protective instincts kick in and he decides to return to Cersei. In Coster-Waldau’s words:

“[Jaime’s] staying in Winterfell is unrealistic. Cersei is the most important person in his life, whether he wants her to be or not. The idea that he was going to just let her die alone, is too horrible for him.”

Brienne’s “pure and innocent” love thus loses out before the almost inevitable loyalty Jaime feels toward Cersei, despite all her faults. Coster-Waldau observes:

“In a different world, Jaime would’ve stayed with Brienne … There is a part of him that wishes he could not be who he is … it’s supposed to end well for these two, they’ve been through so much together — but that’s not how it goes.”

This is Game of Thrones, after all, where the unexpected is the norm. Coster-Waldau puts it succinctly when he recalls Ramsay Bolton’s famous line: “If you think this has a happy ending, you haven’t been paying attention.”

What do you guys think? Talk to us in the comments, down below!







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Game of Thrones’ Hafthor Bjornsson wins debut boxing match, sends brutal KO warning to Eddie Hall

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Hafthor Bjornsson shows off impressive deadlifting skills after shredding 110 pounds

Game of Thrones’ Hafthor Björnsson (The Mountain) and Eddie Hall have been long-time rivals now, ever since they faced each other in the World’s Strongest Man championship. Their upcoming fight has been dubbed ‘The Heaviest Boxing Match in History’. Every competitive sportsman is involved in taunting their opponent to generate hype for their big event. And the Mountain is full of them for his rival, Hall.

Thor Bjornsson has promised to stop Eddie Hall just like he did Devon Larratt recently when the pair finally fight next year, unless the Brit begins training harder. Bjornsson confirmed during an exclusive chat with Mirror Fighting that the bout will take place in March 2022, with an exact date and venue to be confirmed in the coming months.

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Hall, a fellow World’s Strongest Man winner, is still nursing a severe bicep injury that forced him to pull out of the scheduled fight that was supposed to happen in September this year. Instead, Bjornsson took on former arm-wrestling champion Larratt, who despite looking good for a fighter with five weeks of training, was easily defeated within minutes.

Bjornsson, speaking to Mirror Fighting in his role as a Reign Body Fuel ambassador, says he has set his sights solely on his old rival Hall.

“March is the plan as of today,” he said. “Let’s just hope his bicep heals up well as it should and we can do the fight. From what I’ve seen, it doesn’t look promising for him, he has a hard time holding his hands in the right position. He fights with his hands down and leaves his head open and if he does that then it’s going to be a rough night for him, my reach and my jab are going to hurt him. But what he is posting doesn’t mean that he’s going to use that style, maybe he’ll come in with a completely different style, we don’t know, so we just have to wait and see.”

Who will win, Thor Bjornsson or Eddie Hall? Let us know in the comments below!







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Edgar Wright remembers late Game of Thrones alum Diana Rigg’s final role in ‘Last Night in Soho’

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The world lost a great number of jewels from its crown in the year 2020. The Red Wedding year took so many lives, people are struggling to keep their hopes alive. The Game of Thrones family lost a mother figure in that tainted year. Dame Diana Rigg, who played Olenna Tyrell on the show, lost her battle with cancer in September last year. The veteran actress, famous for her role as the Queen of Thorns, died aged 82. Game of Thrones cast and crew and all her fans around the world were deeply saddened by her demise. will grace the big screen with her one final performance in Edgar Wright’s ‘Last Night in Soho’.

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During the press conference for the film, the director remembered the Rigg’s legacy and paid an emotional tribute to the Game of Thrones alum. “It’s difficult to extricate the movie from working with her now because the thought of the movie was quite interesting, very emotional experience to conceive and make, and now that’s all tied up with the fact that Diana is not with us anymore,” Wright said. “In those situations where it’s desperately sad, I won’t to get to have another gossipy branch with Diana Rigg. The only thing I can take away from it is like how lucky I was to work with her and know her.” 

“She’s such a professional and really prided herself on that,” he said. “When we were told that she needed to finish very urgently, we knew what that meant without asking any more. We’re all so incredibly fortunate to have known her and worked with her.”

Diana was an amazing soul and her presence will always be felt in her breathtaking performances. Let us remember the great actress in our thoughts and do leave a comment below!







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Kit Harington passed on a superhero role while filming Game of Thrones: ‘I don’t want it’

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Kit Harington passed on a superhero role while filming Game of Thrones: ‘I don’t want it'

Kit Harington is a household name today, thanks to his success as Game of ThronesJon Snow. Jon Snow was a selfless, righteousness and brave hero in the series, with a tone of seriousness in his voice. He would almost always relinquish any honours or titles he received in the series, saying, “I don’t want it.” It seems like Kit Harington has said his famous line quite often, off-screen as well.

The former Game of Thrones star told Total Film magazine he passed up on an unknown superhero role while filming for Game of Thrones. He said, “You know, the comic-book and superhero world has called once before, and I didn’t like the role and the part and the time to do it.”

Kit Harington passed on a superhero role while filming Game of Thrones: ‘I don’t want it'

Harington revealed. “So I turned it down. And then this one [in Eternals] felt right to me. I liked that the character they were offering was not necessarily an Eternal. He was human. I did like that. I felt that I could do something with that, that he came with all these human faults. So it was the character that drew me to it, as well as it being the MCU, and how exciting.”

“I won’t mention what it was, but yeah, there was one other [superhero movie] that I did turn down a while ago,” Harington said. “It was a while ago, as well – just because it didn’t feel like the right thing at the right time. And I think I was right to. My head was very in the Jon Snow world then.”

Which superhero role do you think Harington was previously up for? Tell us in the comments below!







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