Jerome Flynn: “[Bronn is] very determined to get what he wants” in season 8


When Game of Thrones season 8 finally begins this Sunday, there will be a lot of talk about the Night King, Cersei and her treachery, Jon and Daenerys finding out they’re related, yada yada yada. That’s all well and good, but what we really want to know is whether our man Bronn (Jerome Flynn) is going to get his fooking castle already. Flynn talked to Digital Spy about his character’s prospects:

"He’s determined – he’s very determined to get what he wants. I don’t think he’s going to give up on that."

That’s what we like to hear. Of course, with Jaime having left King’s Landing for parts unknown (read, the North), Bronn may be fresh out of people willing to give him castles. “He’s got a dilemma, as his main employer had gone off to fight the good fight. So he’s going to be faced with a choice really.” Well, if Bronn can survive the war with the dead, there’s probably going to be a plethora of castles available for him to choose. “I didn’t have that much (in season 8), as Bronn often doesn’t.”

Flynn also touched on previous comments he made to Insider, where he said fans “might not love him as much as they do right now” come season 8. All this has us wondering if Bronn might look elsewhere for a benefactor, maybe Cersei or Euron? Flynn, for his part, demurred:

"I shouldn’t have said that, I was giving away a bit too much. They might not and they might love him just the same."

Just to be clear…

Flynn agrees with us. “Well, I love Bronn anyway… he’s completely changed my life in a lot of ways. I didn’t know if I was going to carry on acting.” And what a tragedy that would have been!

Looking back on the show as a whole, Flynn sounded satisfied with Bronn’s place in it, even though he claims he wasn’t “a major character”:

"When every season came around, I didn’t know if he would keep going… even though it wasn’t a big part, he was always going to have some sort of gem. Some wonderful wisecrack. And the way they wrote for Bronn, they really channelled the certain kind of sardonic, northern sense of humour through him."

With Thrones finished however, Flynn has moved on to a more serious project: chronicling the lives of child soldiers in South Sudan for World Vision UK. “It helps me to make sense of the fame that’s come, because so much of that is vacuous and means nothing, so it helps to balance things out for me,” Flynn  said. “[I]t’s greatly enriching, it’s made me value my life more and what I have. But just the meetings I had with the children and their families is very real and heartfelt between us and that’s kind of priceless.”

Game of Thrones season 8 debuts this Sunday. We’ll all be watching to see if Bronn finally gets what he wants.

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