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Jerome Flynn (Bronn) on why the Lannister brothers like him, and which one he’s loyal to

Bronn, everybody’s favorite pragmatic sellsword, reentered the world of Game of Thrones in “The Broken Man,” accompanying Jaime Lannister to the siege of Riverrun. Actor (and singer) Jerome Flynn, who’s played Bronn since Season 1, sat down with The Hollywood Reporter and talked about where Bronn’s head is these days.

Bronn and Jaime are on the precipice of battle—Jaime’s parlay with the Blackfish didn’t go well, and if he wants to carry out his orders from King Tommen, Jaime may need to storm Riverrun. Should that happen, Bronn’s loyalty isn’t ironclad. “As much as [Bronn] may enjoy hanging with Jaime a bit, it’s not because he loves him and wants to serve him,” Flynn said. “I get the feeling that Bronn could find himself in battle and switch if he needed to. If the stakes were right or wrong, he could switch. He is looking after his own back.”

It wouldn’t be the first time Bronn switched sides when the circumstances were right—recall how he passed on helping Tyrion back in Season 4 in favor of letting Cersei set him up in a cushy marriage. That’s a marriage that Jaime took him away from, so maybe Bronn isn’t feeling terribly loyal to the eldest Lannister brother at the moment. He certainly wasn’t interested in hearing more promises from Jaime about how Lannisters always pay their debts.

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Apparently, the Lannister brothers just can’t help themselves when it comes to Bronn. They’ve both made a lot of use of him. Flynn explains why:

I think they both quite like him, you know? He’s funny and manages to bring some lightness to the situation and doesn’t take things too seriously. And he is not a fool. They have respect for him because he doesn’t take shit from them.

If you’ll recall, Jaime said he’d kill Tyrion if the two ever meet again, which might present an awkward choice for Bronn. If it came down to it, whom does Flynn think the sellsword would choose?

I think it would be very interesting if Bronn stayed as Jaime’s right-hand man, what would he do if he comes up against Tyrion, which he might well do in battle. Just to think…”Could he actually switch?” I think it’s the sort of thing he’d do. I think he’s more in his heart with Tyrion. It’s going to be a very interesting situation in terms of talking and getting them back together again, I don’t think he’ll get the opportunity. I get the feeling.

There’s also the possibility that Bronn, as someone who knows both brothers, could help broker a truce between them. Flynn honestly doesn’t know how such an encounter would go down, but somehow doubts Bronn will get the opportunity to find out. “I get the feeling,” he said.


Flynn also teased what’s on the horizon for Bronn. For example, we know that Brienne and Podrick are on their way to Riverrun, and we saw Brienne talking with Jaime in the trailer for “No One.” Would Bronn be excited to see Pod again?

Definitely. I think the days of when it was him and Tyrion and Pod, that they fulfilled, I think, in that friendship and brotherhood way that Bronn probably had not really experienced before. I think for him, he’s got very happy memories of those days because he’s fond of those two. They were a good threesome. So most definitely, he would be wanting to make a connection with Pod again.

Hopefully, a happy reunion is in store for those two.

Finally, Flynn dropped a hint as to how the siege at Riverrun might be resolved. This one could constitute SPOILERS, so best look away if you don’t want to know more.

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“I think they’re serious. They’re willing to go far,” Flynn said in reference to what Bronn and Jaime are willing to do to break the siege at Riverrun. However, he also added, “I don’t think they’ll need to.”

While all bets are off when it comes to the show, book-readers know that, at least so far as we know, the siege at Riverrun ends peacefully. Is that the direction the show will take? Time will tell.

27 Comments

  • I think Thoros of Myr and the Brotherhood without banners will make an appearance. Lem Lemoncloak is confirmed to show up. As far as Lady Stoneheart, only time will tell. It’ll either be this one or the finale. Wouldn’t be surprised if she showed up this episode, and then we wouldn’t get anymore until the finale because of the big battle next week.

  • Bronn was always a favorite character of mine, when he turned down Tyrion I was so amazed that the author was true to Bronn’s character, and also sad because the pairing was so entertaining (as they are in the show). Jerome Flynn is great in the role.

  • The writer said that Jaime took Bronn’s marriage away from him . . . How and when did he do that? Until I saw that, I had been wondering why in the last episode Bronn was excited at Jaime’s promises of lands/titles, etc. I thought, “wtf happened to Lollys?” Can anyone refresh me?

    • Back in Season 5, Jaime arranged for Lollys to be married to someone else so Bronn would have to come along to Dorne if he wanted Jaime to set up a better marriage.

  • Is Bronn going to die then??? He thinks there won’t be a chance to meet Tyrion. He sounded so negative … Also, it seems there won’t be a Siege at the end or is he lying???

  • Lollys is to marry some Bracken now.
    My theory was Jamie gave him Storms End. But thinking not now.

  • Bronn is a lovable character on the show. He’s funny, quick and pragmatic. One of my favorite scenes with him was during Season 2 when he was in Tyrion’s room while the latter was reading books. Bronn was cleaning his nails in front of Tyrion. He was bothered so he asked Bronn what he was doing. Haha! This was before the Battle of the Blackwater event.

    Also, if i may add, I’ve read in previous articles years ago that the Bronn actor also dated Lena Headey. Haha!

    • I’ve also read that the dating ended so badly that the two actors had to be kept apart on set and were very deliberately not written into any scenes together.

  • I like the character Bronn,i do believe he completely gave away the end result of the riverrun seige…oh well,I still can’t wait until tomorrow, a lot of loose ends to tidy up I must say.

  • One thing I noticed in that article is it states Jaime took Bronns marriage away from him, which wasn’t the case. When Bronn and Jaime are interacting after he send Lollys away the lion pulls out a scroll showing how now Lollys was promised to marry someone else. Bronn says Cersai made a deal with him and Jaime says “yes id have advised against that” then he promises Bronn a better wife, castle etc.

  • Jaime’s hand was chopped off by the Bolton’s henchmen. I don’t think he would mind letting the Blackfish go to help Jon Snow and Sansa take back Winterfell.

  • Bronn and Tyrion still to me had the best convo/chemistry on the show.My best was

    Bronn:You wanna fook the Stark girl.You just don’t wanna admit it

    Tyrion:I do not pay you to put evil thoughts in my head.The ones there do not need any company.

  • Bronn is untrustworthy i mean what do you expect from a sellsword? Who pays big, get served.