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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau on Jaime Lannister’s love life and season 3

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau appeared yesterday on the program George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight to promote his new film Mama and shared his thoughts on Jaime Lannister’s complicated romance with his sister.

Nikolaj also visited Access Hollywood Live on Thursday and had this to say about Game of Thrones‘ upcoming third season:

“I can say this much: I love doing that show,” Nikolaj added. “It’s just amazing, the writing is amazing. When we started, I was just praying we would make it to Season 3 because that was my — that was the season… where everything — a lot of great things happen.”

Ours is the Fury: Nikolaj has some good points about Jaime and Cersei’s relationship being one of the few on the show not created for political reasons. His enthusiasm for the show and his character is apparent in all of Nikolaj’s interviews.

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  • I absolutely adore his passion for the show and the character. It really does come through in the interview.

  • I think that Strombo interview really nails it down for newcomers of this genre. For too long fantasy has been mired into this tolkien archtypes of good vs evil. Hopefully new fans realize this show isn’t about the fantasy gimmicks of magic and dragons but real characters and not caricatures.

    PS: I cannot wait till newbies flip their tables at the conclusion of season 3, i think GoT will become even more notorious somehow (hopefully it’ll translate to a higher budget for more episodes or cgi).

  • Drfunk,

    We’ll never get more than 10 episodes per season. Budget isn’t the only factor: they already said that they wouldn’t have the time to produce more than that. ;)

  • i really can’t wait for him to get more and more work. I was a fan of New Amsterdam and i plan to see Mama, despite not being a fan of today’s horror movies.

    Also, the actors and actresses on this show, across the board, are more enthusiastic about their characters than any i can really remember. Such a great thing to see and allows me to enjoy it even more.

  • Jaime is so precious to me, and it’s good to see that he’s in the hands of someone who really cares about and gets him.

  • Gahhh I love that man, and I love his character (Jaime is my absolute favorite ASOIAF character!)

    I seriously can’t wait to see his story arc come alive on screen this season! I really feel like Book 3 was kind of “Jaime’s” book, and I’m hoping they’ll stay true to it and that Season 3 will be “Jaime’s” season :) (Not that other characters don’t have crucial or interesting storylines. But it’s such a pivotal character development piece of Jaime, and it’s the point where he really gets to shine as a character and win the hearts of the readers!)

  • Mike Chair:
    NCW is the shit!

    babar,

    Yes, but, don’t forget, the episodes will run longer and D&D said it will add up to “another full episode’s worth of extra minutes spread across the season.”
    See this wic.net post from Dec. 18.

    Yep. I could actually see D&D taking on more episodes as they either (a) get better/more experienced at show running or (b) find people they trust to delegate more work to.

    They went from writers — and movie/book writers, not TV writers — to showrunners, which is just so much more work. They are bound to eventually get better and quicker at it.

    Where that time will go — more on screen minutes or just simply higher quality work in the time we have — is a question.

  • I will never forgive NCW for tempting me to stop hating Jaime, who is a shit and will always be a shit, books 3-5 notwithstanding.

  • feyrband,

    Emilia Clarke in particular. In the interview where she says “and I have the BEST character” she is practically bouncing up and down about her passion for Daenerys. <3

  • NCW is – along with Emilia Clarke and Kit Harrington – the absolute best representative for this show. All three of them are very articulate, dedicated, and excited about the work they’re doing. If an audience member during that interview hadn’t seen the show, I can almost guarantee they’d be inclined to after seeing that interview.

    Starting to get really excited for season three…

  • He really gets Jaime perfectly. Very nice.

    …Oh and dear gods the eye candy ahhhhhhhhhh

    I’ll be in my bunk >_>

  • A woman will not be seduced by NCW into liking Jaime, the evil Lannister twin. Will. Not. Will. Not. Will…

  • Love this man!!!

    His appreciation of Jaime and his enthusiasm for this show is wonderful. March 31 can’t come soon enough.

    Now to watch that clip again…

  • Oh, dear, but do I love watching this man … He is one of those actors I originally thought were seriously miscast, but then just really won me over completely (much like Bronn, Tywin and Ygritte). And, funnily enough, I now picture NCW as Jaime while reading the books (whereas I still have my very own images of Dany, Cersei, Loras, Margaery, Jon in my head).

    Can’t wait for his S03 episodes.

  • Nice interview! I like the way he puts the show in context and how draws attention to the nature and personality of the characters. Nikolaj is a one cool dude!

    PS Ladies and gentlemen, our own Ser Loras Tyrell, the Knight Of Flowers, can now be seen in BBC America’s newest scripted drama, “Ripper Street”. It premieres Saturday, December 19, 2013 @ 9pm.

  • loco73:
    Nice interview! I like the way he puts the show in context and how draws attention to the nature and personality of the characters.Nikolaj is a one cool dude!

    PS Ladies and gentlemen, our own Ser Loras Tyrell, the Knight Of Flowers, can now be seen in BBC America’s newest scripted drama, “Ripper Street”. It premieres Saturday, December 19, 2013 @ 9pm.

    Jerome “Bronn” Flynn is in it too! :)

  • You know, I’ve re-read the Song of Ice and Fire series, oh, five times now?

    The first few times reading the books through, I despised the character of Jame Lannister.

    But over time, that opinion changed, and now he is easily my favorite character in the series. What can I say? I am a sucker for a good redemption story…

    Jaime is a very interesting narrator, but the subleties of his observations and his journey are often lost in the aftershock of the “ZOMG KINGSLAYING KIDSLAYING AND TWINCEST” revelations. Not to mention, all of the characters that the reader is initially drawn to feel sympathy for – Ned Stark, Robert Baratheon, etc – despise Jaime. So naturally, the reader feels a deep bias against him.

    Over time I’ve come to realize that Jaime is just as intelligent as Tyrion. He is easily the most empathetic and observant of Tywin’s children, and possibly the most damaged. This is difficult to reconcile with his violent history, so most readers/viewer write him off too early as a one-dimensional villain.

    I’m glad to see that NCW reads the books and understands the depth of the character he is playing.

  • Amanda M,
    There are spoiler bars on this comment for a reason…just in case someone who hasn’t read all the books stumbles across this comment

    Jamie is definitely in my top three characters as well. There is just so much more to him than meets the eye. His story is one of the most interesting and compelling and I really want him to play a large role in the grand scheme of things. I know that no else seems to feel this way but I feel like Jaime is one of the top contenders for being azor ahai. It’s just my theory but we’ll see.

  • feyrband:
    i really can’t wait for him to get more and more work. I was a fan of New Amsterdam and i plan to see Mama, despite not being a fan of today’s horror movies.

    Also, the actors and actresses on this show, across the board, are more enthusiastic about their characters than any i can really remember. Such a great thing to see and allows me to enjoy it even more.

    Agreed. I actually started watching GOT because I am a huge NCW fan. When I saw his photo on Entertainment Weekly, I wanted to see the show, but I was a little apprehensive about a fantasy show. After seeing the first season, I had to read the books. And, once I finished the books, I was waiting for Season 3 with such excitement for Jaime’s character! (And, my eyes…for NCW on the screen more.)

  • Good interview. But, he is wrong about saying that Jaime and Cersei are the only relationship that’s not politically driven. There is Renly and Loras. There is Tyrion and Shae. There is Robb and Talisa. There is Jon and Ygritte. They are all matches that’s driven by love and lust. They also have something else in common and that there is a barrier to the relationship which causes conflict.

    I can understand Nikolaj’s need to feel that the relationship is special and to help humanize and therefore make his character more relatable for him. But, Jaime is a bastard. (Although Jaime becomes more likeable later in the books, at least in my eyes.)

  • Sigh…alas I was mistaken…(hangs head in shame), Finn Jones won’t be in “Ripper Street” as I was led to believe…damn it! But Jerome Flynn will be… so at least that is a good thing!

    As a side note, for all Canadians on here, “Ripper Street” can be seen on Space, the Canadian counterpart to SyFy, Saturday’s at 9pm (it premieres on January 19th just like on BBC America)…

    Sorry for putting my foot in my mouth and my head up my arse…not at the same time of course!

  • Darker than white,

    Agree! Jaime’s isn’t the only true love/lust relationship. And Ned didn’t really have a choice when he beheaded poor Will – Will was a deserter of the NW and if you desert that’s the punishment. Cold weather, crappy food, snarks, grumpkins and no sex – everyone would desert if there wasn’t a severe punishment for doing so.
    Agree about Jaime being a bastard too. They used to tell us in Catholic school that there are 4 kinds of people: saints (usually martyrs like Ned) who will go straight to Heaven; good people with human failings (like Tyrion, Robb, Robert, Cat, Jon, Dany, etc.) who will go to Purgatory (the holding area where you must atone for your sins on Earth) – but only for a short time; there are also people who have committed grave sins but manage to turn it around in the end (like Jaime) – who will go to Purgatory – but for a very long time; and finally there are those like Joffrey and the Boltons – who are going straight to Hell. I think Jaime has a long wait in Purgatory, unless God turns out to be a woman – in which case She will be so charmed by him, that She will probably let him off easy :)))!

  • loco73,

    Have you looked at the preview online (you can see the first 3 minutes at BBC America) – Jerome Flynn’s character appears very “Bronn” like in that first bit :-).

    And now back to our regular scheduled drooling over NCW and discussion of Jaimie’s ever emerging virtues …. (and when I say that, Im right there with you guys – how can someone make you love to hate a character at the same time you love to love them – sorcery, I say!)

  • loco73,

    That’s ok (about Finn Jones) – looks like Bronn has a pretty big role in “Ripper Street”. Anyway, you broke the news about “The Killing” which was such a surprise. They usually don’t bring cancelled shows back like that. And HOCKEY is back!! You’re Canadian so you must love hockey – right :) ? Our team plays tonite at home – and we have tickets. So excited! Our hockey arena is called the “Ice Palace” and Halloween 2011 there were White Walker costumes everywhere !

  • I watched Mama yesterday and really loved it. The whole thing with the girls was unique albeit the background storyline being super cliche. The Mama ghost was quite terrifying. And, I’m sorry, children crawling and/or humming is the scariest shit in the world. There were also some solid jumpscares. Fun fact: NCW plays two characters in the movie – identical twins. I thought that was pretty funny.

    One small note, I expected Nikolaj to be the main character. The focus is really on his girlfriend throughout the movie. That actress played her part really well. The one thing this movie had going for it was some quality acting, especially from the kids. That said, it’s not a masterpiece, but it made me jump and I’m not a jumper at all. I left extremely satisfied and from the murmurings of the other people around me, it seemed they felt similarly.

  • The Instrumentalist,

    Well that actress is Jessica Chastain, who was a second tier performer who suddenly had a huge breakout two years ago and is now up for an Oscar for Zero Dark Thirty. So of course she is the main character!

    Look forward to seeing the film though.

  • OMG OMG OMG. Just happened to have HBO on at 7:45 ET Sat and they had the NEW Invitation to the Set! It was so awesome – lots of interviews including Cirian Hines. Can’t wait to see it again about 100 times!

  • Tereeza777,

    I’m excited about “The Killing” too! As for hockey, I am probably one of the few Canadians that is not into hockey…I get its importance but, sorry, just never felt any passion or interest towards it! I didn’t pay any mind to the NHL strike, since hockey isn’t a part of my life, I suffered no hockey withdrawals…LOL!

  • Joshua Taylor,

    Joshua Taylor: The Instrumentalist, Well that actress is Jessica Chastain, who was a second tier performer who suddenly had a huge breakout two years ago and is now up for an Oscar for Zero Dark Thirty. So of course she is the main character!Look forward to seeing the film though.

    Jessica Chastain is a wonderful actress, but in “Zero Dark Thirty” she goes beyond wonderful, and is simply amazing! That scene in the movie (if you’ve seen it it will make sense) where she gets asked where she wants to go…and then has no answer, one look at her face and you can pretty much see the entire movie summed up then and there in that look of loss and pain…and personal price paid for all she had to do and sacrifice! I don’t want to demean the other actresses competing against her this award season, but there is simply no equal to what she was able to bring to her role!

    I tried to express why I liked “Zero Dark Thirty” on other forums, but predictably I got my arse kicked by being simultaneously called a “fascist, nazi, right wing American apologist” and also “a dirty hippie, commie bastard”…and all that for liking a movie…hmmm.

  • loco73,

    It’s funny because the movie doesn’t really pick a side politically IMHO, it just lays out the events. I don’t give a crap about politics or the morality of torture in the film, it’s a well written, well directed and well acted film. And that’s all that matters to me. Wish the rest of the world could see things that way but…haters gonna hate.

    And I agree that in that scene “where do you want to go”, was devastating because Maya like be audience realizes that “ok so we just took out the engineer of 3000 + deaths in the the US and elsewhere thousands more, and it doesn’t heal the wound, it doesn’t return the the time and resources spent, the emotional energy. In the end all we are left with is a pathetic, sick old man in a bodybag.

    Chastain was amazing. But kudos to Jason Clarke as well. I loved him in Brotherhood and am happy to see him get more roles.

  • loco73:

    loco, thanks for the heads up on Ripper Street. Why is it on Space though? It doesn’t sound like it has anything to do with fantasy or science fiction.

    Looks like a rerun of the first episode is on Friday at 10. Will DVR it.

  • Khal-A-Bunga,

    Don’t forget Michelle Fairley! She is so passionate about her role of Cat. When she answers a question in an interview, she can talk forever about it. She is as excited as I am about her role, and the relationship she got with her children.

  • Tereeza777:
    loco73,

    That’s ok (about Finn Jones)– looks like Bronn has a pretty big role in “Ripper Street”.Anyway, you broke the news about “The Killing” which was such a surprise.They usually don’t bring cancelled shows back like that. And HOCKEY is back!!You’reCanadian so you must love hockey – right :) ?Our team plays tonite at home – and we have tickets.So excited! Our hockey arena is called the “Ice Palace” and Halloween 2011 there were White Walker costumes everywhere !

    Finn Jones might not be on it, but our Qyburn is in Episode 4, and Iain Glen is in the preview for episode 5 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVm66CDzIUQ I really like this show…

  • loco73,

    I know – so excited about “The Killing”. That’s funny about hockey! I think the reason I like hockey so much is because it’s so hot here (Florida) when hockey season begins, that the perfect place to be is inside that hockey arena. Going to start watching “Ripper Street”.