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Welcome to NIKOLAJ COSTER-WALDAU ONLINE @ nikolajcosterwaldau.org an online resource dedicated to Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. Currently being seen as Ser Jaime Lannister on the hugely successful HBO series Game of Thrones, Nikolaj has a varied film and television history. Included are the series New Amsterdam, Virtuality, and Blekingegade. Nikolaj's films include Mama, Black Hawk Down, Wimbledon, Vildspor in which Nikolaj wrote and directed, Enigma, Kingdom of Heaven, The Baker, A Thousand Times Goodnight, Gods of Egypt, Nattevagten and soon to be seen in Nattevagten 2. Nikolaj has also been named the UNDP Goodwill Ambassador to raise awareness and support United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals, an action to end poverty, fight inequality and stop climate change. If you're a fan of Nikolaj's please make this your best choice for all things pertaining to his career. This site has an explicit NO CANDIDS policy.

If I can’t give you anything else right now, I’ll give you Nikolaj attending the 74th Annual Golden Globes. He was there representing HBO and GAME OF THRONES. He’s seen in the Inside Party with Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth).

   
   



GQ just came out with their list of Emmy snubs. They mentioned Nikolaj in their list. Here’s what they said:

Coster-Waldau, Goggins, and Olyphant: GQ Stars, Emmy Snubs

BY Dennis Tang

Jaime Lannister was always a cocky, king-slaying prick; funny, what getting a hand hacked off will do for your temperament. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau turned in quite a performance for this season of Game of Thrones, deftly navigating the depths of snark, anger, and mental and physical anguish forced upon Jaime during his journey back to King’s Landing, punctuated by his bathhouse confessional with Brienne (“My name is Jaime.”) And through Nikolaj’s quietly seething, man-without-a-country recount of the Tywin-planted root of his regicide, it turns out that Jaime isn’t a traitor, so much as he is, simply, a Lannister. (Though we’re told that his portrayal is much less sympathetic in the books. By NERDS.) If Emilia Clarke (who we love to death, don’t get us wrong) can get a nomination for her Season 2 work, in which she mostly sat at the head of her army while men betrayed and killed each other on account of her beauty (again, not an unrealistic setup), then Coster-Waldau should’ve been a shoo-in.

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I couldn’t agree with them more.



Another Q&A with Nikolaj discussing the all important scene where Jaime confesses what he knew about Aerys Targaryen to Brienne (Gwendoline Christie).

Emmys: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau on the Naked Truth About the ‘Game of Thrones’ Kingslayer


The villainous Jaime Lannister talks about loving your sister too much, his toughest day of shooting and why the teenage King Joffrey is like Justin Bieber

Before that whole Red Wedding massacre came along to shock “Game of Thrones” viewers, the most gripping moment in Season 3 of HBO’s epic series may well have been one of the quietest.

It was the moment when a naked, battered, nearly defeated Jaime Lannister, soaking in a bathtub after nearly dying when his right hand was chopped off, told an equally naked Brienne of Tarth that the murder that gave him the nickname “Kingslayer” was actually done out of kindness – that he killed Aerys Targaryen to prevent the so-called “Mad King” from burning his city to the ground and killing every man, woman and child within its walls.

Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau delivered the wrenching monologue in a voice that barely rose above a whisper.

The moment softly, quietly and brilliantly upended what we thought we knew about Jaime Lannister, who was introduced in the first episode of the series sleeping with his sister Cersei and then shoving seven-year-old Bran Stark out a tower window when the boy catches him in the act.

It made Coster-Waldau one of a number of “Game of Thrones” actors who deserve supporting actor and actress consideration this season – not just past winner Peter Dinklage, but also Diana Rigg as the devious Olenna Tyrell, Rose Leslie as the feisty Ygritte, Gwendoline Christine as the amazon warrior Brienne and Charles Dance as the thoroughly villainous Tywin Lannister.

Jaime Lannister is usually a man of action, but in your big scene this season you barely moved.
Yeah. I waited a long time to get to that scene. I knew from when we started the pilot that that scene would come eventually, if we were lucky enough to get picked up and get as far as Season 3.

So you knew the scene was coming from the time you first took the role?
I remember the producers telling me about the whole world when I first talked to them about the part. I didn’t know anything about George R.R. Martin, I’m not proud to say. They told me about the story, and about how in Episode 1 Jaime’s having sex with his sister, he pushes the kid out the window… It was so dark, I just got really excited about it, because it’s such a great thing to have a character that’s so clear cut. That’s the baddie, and he has these big action things at the beginning of the show.

And then they told me his secret about why he’s called the Kingslayer, and the guy he really is. Which is a very different man from the perception of him, and very exciting.

But the audience won’t hear his side of the story for two and a half seasons.
Exactly. The beauty of it is that you have a character who’s not a whiner. He would never go out and say, “You don’t understand, I was wronged!” He’s not going to give people the satisfaction, because he’s smart enough to know that that’s not going to work anyway.

It’s that weird thing: If you hear a foul rumor about someone, even though two weeks later you hear it wasn’t true, it still sticks. Horrible rumors have a tendency to leave a smell, in a weird way.

Well, one of the foul rumors about Jaime — that he’s in an incestuous relationship with his sister — sticks because it’s true.
There were so many times I thought, “Why the hell?” I get that you can fall in love with your sister when you’re young, but years have passed. He has to let go. It’s not doing him any favors. It’s such a terrible relationship, and it’s defined him in so many ways. But then you go into the family dynamic, and it does make sense if you’re that isolated from the rest of the world, and you’ve been living under this tyrant and you only really have your brother and your sister.

What parts of Jamie were hardest to get a handle on?
The difficult thing was always the balance. Even in episodes where he had a lot of scenes, you’re still looking at a maximum of maybe 15 minutes. Last season I was only in four episodes. The hope is that if you went back and looked at all those scenes, you’d be able to spot those little clues that I put out early on about who he is. Those little things so that once you get to the bathtub, it’s not a case of, “Where the hell did that come from?”

So you’d been thinking about the bath scene for two and a half seasons before you got to do it. No pressure there.

Yeah, it’s such a big moment for that character. There were so many thoughts that went into that day, but you want to in the moment just be able to let go and not think of anything. It was quite some day.

Just on a personal level, it’s a very interesting journey that Jamie takes. And I’ve obviously thought a lot about what it would mean if you lost something that so identifies you. That hand is the super-hand, the thing that defines him. It’s his pride and it’s who he is, but it also gave him the name Kingslayer and kind of condemned him in that world.

How long did it take to shoot the scene?
We had one day. It was a long day. One of the toughest days I think I’ve ever had, because it was so important for me that we got it right. We did the speeches in long takes, and the camera operator said they were the longest takes we did in the series. It was exhausting for everyone, not just the actors. I was so grateful for Gwendoline Christie, who jumped into the water with me every time. We were clean when we left, that’s for sure. [laughs]

And the end of the day, did you feel that you had the scene?
Yeah, it was a very special day. It felt really good. I mean, all of us felt that we accomplished what we hoped for. I know that that character, and it is a big moment for him to open up. He’s never told that story before, and it’s such a big, big secret to carry around.

In the first couple of seasons, we thought Jaime was the ultimate villain, and Joffrey was a monster, and Cersei was evil. But this season, the family pales next to your father.
Oh, Tywin is such a tough, tough dad. I love those scenes in this season with Cersei and Tyrion [Peter Dinklage’s character]. We’ve seen them where they’re very powerful, they’re very strong, but when it comes to dealing with daddy, they’re just little kids. They can’t say no to daddy.

And I love what Lena has done with Cersei. She’s this horrible woman, of course, but she’s opened up these little glimpses into a woman who’s still just a mother. She understands how ruthless that world is, and she’s trying to take care of her own. And yes, she’s very brutal, but so is that world.

And even Joffrey. I mean, he is a monster, don’t get me wrong. But you can still see that he’s just a boy. Growing up with no boundaries, no rules, he’s so messed up. And I think what is so great with Jack [Gleeson]’s performance is that he still shows us the boy, even though the boy has so much power. Then again, you look at some of the young celebrities today, and you see what power does to young people. It’s just not a healthy thing. Look at Justin Bieber.

Has “Game of Thrones” changed your life and career?
It hasn’t changed my life. But I was just talking to my wife about this – this June is my 20th year as an actor, since I left the National Theater school. I’ve always been working, but what’s so amazing is that there are very few moments where your own enthusiasm for a show is actually shared with an audience. That’s quite rare. It certainly doesn’t hurt to be on a show that people see and watch, and there’s no question that some of the opportunities I get now work-wise are related to “Game of Thrones,” for which I’m very grateful.

Do people call you “Kingslayer” on the street?
It happened in Season 1 here in New York. But I haven’t had any bad experiences. People say with a smile, “You’re a horrible person.” There were a couple of times in a bar where people go, “Kingslayer!” But usually they follow it up with beer, so that’s absolutely cool. Call me Kingslayer and buy me a beer? I love it.


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A funny interview with Nikolaj about Jaime, bears, Brienne, and hiding hands. Enjoy.

‘Game of Thrones’ star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau on bears, hands and Jaime’s journey

What’s required when acting opposite Bart the Bear? And how do people on the street react to him now?
By Alan Sepinwall
Monday, Jun 17, 2013 9:30 AM

Being an actor on “Game of Thrones” can require patience. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau spent much of the HBO fantasy epic’s second season off-camera, and when we did see him as Jaime Lannister, he was sitting in a cage heckling his jailors. But the Danish actor knew his patience would be rewarded in the third season, when Jaime spent through an even more humbling ordeal while on the road with Gwendoline Christie’s Brienne of Tarth. It was among the most satisfying journeys of the second season, highlighted by a hot tub confession that was among the best-acted moments of the series to date.

I spoke with Coster-Waldau last week about Jaime’s ups and downs, his working relationship with Christie (and with one of their furry co-stars in season 3), the production logistics of Jaime’s new physical condition, and more.

Had you read the books when you took this part or before it? I’m just wondering how much you knew about how much Jaime was going to be changing over the life of the series, including losing his hand.

I didn’t know anything about it — I’m not proud of it, but I’d never heard of George R.R. Martin before I was introduced to it. But then I read the first book, of course. And (“Game of Thrones” writer) Brian Cogman, in the beginning, he was kind of the know-it-all, he gave me this very detailed description of Jaime and his whole journey and the whole history of this character, which has been very very helpful. Whenever there are questions, he’s the guy you go to, because he has a crazy memory. When I first met him, I didn’t know anything, but once I got the part, I dug into it. So I’ve known all along, and that’s been very helpful, because a lot of things happen to the guy. Also, in season 2, there aren’t that many scenes, but that whole prison does it — it’s not just losing the hand, but it’s that he’s never been in a situation where he hasn’t been in some kind of situation of privilege. He’s the worst kind of prisoner, the one that everyone hates. They all want to kill him, and he’s basically left to sit in his own shit. I have a feeling they wouldn’t go “Do you need a bathroom break now, Kingslayer?” Those things are very important to know what happened, and what he was going through.

How much of the emotional turnaround that we see him go through in this most recent season is simply a result of circumstance, and how much do you think was really inside this guy all along, in terms of the regrets he has about the life he’s lived to this point?

A lot of it was all there all along. I just think that sometimes, you meet people — most of us go, ‘Why are they still together? Why is this couple still together?’ Abusive relationships go on and on. You’re in it for so long that it can almost be impossible to see it for what it is. That just becomes your life. We get used to and adapt. There’s no question in my mind that the relationship he has with his sister — I’m not talking about the sexual stuff — that’s what it is — but the fact that he’s given up so much for his love, for a woman who I don’t think she feels the same for him as he does for her, they’re just very different. The fact that he was finally forced to be away from her and that environment had a lot to do with finally being able to realize who he is. That’s one half. The other half is the whole being the Kinglsayer and that whole identity, that he hates more than anything. As we find out, what he thought was in many ways the proudest moment of his life has been turned into this really horrible disgraceful moment.


How do they accomplish the no-hand effect? Is it something low-tech, like hiding it in your sleeve most of the time, or is it significantly more complicated than that?

(laughs) There are quite a few different (methods). I think I have three different prosthetic arms. In the wide shots, when I’m riding the horse, it’s just my own arm that I just hide as much as I can. As soon as I get a little closer, we have to go with the prosthetic. There are a couple of different ways to do it. One is I have my own arm down by my crotch or my crack and try to hide it. The last one is the bath house scene where I’m naked, they had to come in and attach a whole arm to my skin, and then I wore a green glove so they could just paint out my own arm. I hear they’re working on something magical for next season.

Let’s talk about the bath house scene, because you don’t ordinarily think of a hot tub as a moment for emotional soul-searching, but you’re delivering this great monologue. What do you remember about getting that speech, doing that speech and also having to do this big emotional moment while wearing the fake arm and the green glove?

It was a massive scene on many levels. As I said before, I knew this moment was coming, and it was very important for me. There were a lot of dangers. There’s all these visual things, it could become very cheesey, I think, if we didn’t do it right. So we were very lucky. Alex Graves, the director of this episode, and Bryan Cogman, who wrote a beautiful adaptation, were very very good at allowing me and Gwen to really have time on set, a few days before we got to shoot it. Not so much actually rehearse the scene as just talking about it, and making sure that all these practical questions are answered: How are we going to shoot the nudity? How naked are we going to be? Where will the camera be? How am I going to have my arm under water? All those things you don’t want to think about while you’re doing this scene where for the first time ever, he tells someone the truth of what he’s been carrying around for so many years. And then when we did it, they were very nice in allowing me to do full takes, which was crazy hard on everyone involved. You do a scene like this, and it’s a very long scene, and then you want to do three takes, four takes, and we went way over that period we had to shoot it. It was a very long and hard day, but it was one of the best days I’ve ever had on a set.

I’m curious about the working relationship between you and Gwen, since she was your main scene partner for this entire season. How did the two of you work together, and did the bond that developed in any way parallel what was going on between Jaime and Brienne?

She is a great, great actress. She has so many good qualities. Work-wise and professionally, she is extremely dedicated, and it’s very important for her, even personally, I think she identifies deeply with Brienne and wants to do her justice. It’s just great that way that we share this passion for the characters. And we discovered early on that we share the same sense of humor, which is a very — how do you call it? — to most people, we sound as if we’re fighting all the time, kind of carrying on the relationship Jaime and Brienne have into the real world. We’re having a lot of fun, but we say nasty things to each other all the time.

Like what?

I wish she was here. You could call her up and ask, because she could tell you some horrible things about me pretty quick. It’s just a constant. I’m not thinking of one right now, unfortunately. We just have a lot of fun. I’m sure the people working around us are sick and tired of us by now. Maybe it’s because the scenes are so serious. This season in particular has been very traumatic on many levels for both characters. She’s been nearly raped and killed by a bear. I had my hand chopped off. I think we both, without talking about it, had a need to lighten up between scenes.

You mentioned the bear, so I wanted to ask about when you went to California to shoot the stuff with Bart.

Yes, Bart the Bear the Second. I didn’t know there was a First, but he’s the Second. It was crazy! Most of the scene was shot with all the extras in Belfast in October of last year, and then we came out in January to shoot with the bear. To be on the set with an animal that size and that smell is quite extraordinary. And to see what the trainers could make him do. It’s really surprising.

Now, this is a trained bear, and there are handlers and controlled conditions, but you’re jumping into a pit with a giant bear.

(laughs) The way they control it is there’s a tiny little wire that goes across between the set and the cameras and the crew. Just a tiny wire. And there’s a little battery in the end of it. So if you hit it, you’re going to get electrocuted with like 9 volts. That’s what keeps the bear in place. If the bear was upset or something, that wouldn’t stop him. He would just go. Once they brought Bart out, we all had to stay where we were. You couldn’t leave, you couldn’t arrive, couldn’t eat anything. Everybody had one job, which was one job: we had to cheer and applaud Bart constantly. To make him go onset, we had to go, ‘Bart, you’re the best! Good boy! That’s a good boy!’ And as soon as you yell cut, there would be cheers and applause, you could see Bart, he was kind of looking out, sniffing the air, and then they would throw some fish at him. It was amazing. I think I’ve only worked with a few actors like that before, but he was one of the biggest divas.

Obviously, the people who have read the books knew already about the transformation you were going to go through this year, but for the fans you encounter who just know you through the show, has that changed a bit now that Jaime’s been painted in a more sympathetic light? Or are there people who just can’t let go of the fact that you threw Bran out a window?

It’s been very interesting. I’ve had people say that they love the show and like what I do but they hate Jaime because he’s so horrible. But now I get a lot of, (American accent), ‘I never thought I was gonna say this, but he’s a nice guy. He’s a good guy!’ The funny thing is, what I love about the show is that it’s all perspective. One of my favorite lines of the season was Tywin in the last episode where they talk about the Red Wedding, he asks someone to explain why it’s morally sounder to kill 10,000 on a battlefield instead of 12 people at a supper. And it’s true. But we invested in the Starks, and it’s horrible and terrible, and it’s a horrifying incident — but if we’d been invested in all these Lannister soldiers on the battlefield, it would have been horrible as well. I just like the way we play with perspective. Jaime, I’ve never seen him as a bad guy before. Of course his actions have been very brutal, but I’ve never seen him as a baddie doing something horrible just because he likes it. It’s more the fact that we all have the capability within us to do stupid things — horrible things.

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I love how Nikolaj defends Jaime. Well someone’s got to, right? Read on.

“Game of Thrones”‘ Nikolaj Coster-Waldau: Jaime’s “not a bad guy”

The actor who plays Jaime Lannister talks bears, Brienne and how he acts without a hand
Sunday, Jun 9, 2013 11:00 AM CST
By Willa Paskin

This season on “Game of Thrones,” Jaime Lannister has a lost hand, fought a bear, and made a friend, all while taking a long, filthy journey, usually in captivity, across Westeros. Tonight, the third season of the show ends, with Jaime poised to finally make it back to King’s Landing — a King’s Landing sure to be buzzing with the the brutal events of last week’s Red Wedding. On the occasion of the finale, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, the Danish actor who plays him, spoke with me about Jaime’s friendship with Brienne, the character’s “core values,” all the places mud can hide on the human body, and acting with a bear.


How has it been to act without a hand?

It’s a little complicated, actually. I have three to four versions [of no hand]. The one in really wide shots, I can use my own hand. We can just hide that. That’s the easiest. But as soon as we get in closer, we can’t do that, so then they have a couple of fake arms that I put on just above my elbow. And then I have to hide my own arm down my pants, in my crack, and that’s a little uncomfortable. And then of course there was the scene we did in the bath, and that was a third version where I spent two hours having this arm attached, again above my elbow, but as a real second limb. And then a few times — there’s a shot where I walk from the back and they have to use CGI to remove my real arm, so I was wearing this green glove. I hope they come up with something smart for the next season.

We were first introduced to Jaime, in season one, with him shoving Bran out a window, but over the course of this season, he has become much more sympathetic.

One of the things I like about the show is that you start out and you see them all one way, but it’s complicated. The Starks are kind of our heroes and the Lannisters are the baddies, and in many ways they still are. But, imagine the story, if we started years before, and this is the story of the beautiful but impossible love of Cersei and Jaime. We’ve got the movie of these guys, who get each other, but they’ve been forced apart for so long. Finally they meet in this tower and they have the most heartbreaking moment. And then this little guy we haven’t really seen shows up and we’ve been told this kid Bran is a little monster by other characters, a little monster like Joffrey. And we’ve also been told that he kills all these dogs, he’s a dog-killer. And we know that if Bran tells anyone about this Cersei will die, all the beautiful kids that Jaime and Cersei have, and also, by the way, this whole orphanage they’ve all been raising, they will all die. The fact that Jaime pushes this little monster out the window and tries to kill him — he didn’t have a choice. It was either this little monster kid, or all these orphans and Cersei. One of the things I love about that scene is when Jaime says, “The things I do for love” and then he pushes Bran out. He’s not proud of it, but at the time he knows there are no other options. He knows that if Bran tells anyone, it’s over. He’s going to die, she’s going to die. It would mean the end of the Lannister family. It’s not because he’s an evil psychopath. It’s not something he’s proud of, but he has to do it.

My point is just he’s not a bad guy in my world. I’m not saying he’s a good guy. He’s just a human being. He’s a human being who’s put in a world where choices can have extreme consequences, where he has been forced to deal with life and death, and that’s made him who he is.

But I also think he’s come from a ridiculous world of privilege, and because of what happened with the Mad King, and because of his secrecy with Cersei, he’s lost a lot of his core values, if you will. And I think meeting Brienne kind of reawakens potentially what he could have been. I think of what his father says in season one. He says, “I want you to become the man you were always supposed to be.” I think maybe that could happen now. I’m not sure it’s the same vision that Tywin has, but hopefully that’s what will happen.

His friendship with Brienne has been really humanizing and very sweet.

The writers have done a great job with that. I think one of the things that was nice is that you did sense that relationship was building. When I watch it, of course I’m biased, but it didn’t feel forced. And I think that relationship means even more than he himself is probably aware of. The fact that he now risked his whole life to save her — I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t have believed you if you’d told him, “Dude, you’re going to risk your life for someone you’ve never met before, who’s outside the family.” So that’s a huge thing, that’s a huge change.

And I think his being away from that family has been good for him. It’s been a very tough time. He’s been chained up for so long, he’s come from a world of privilege and he’s basically been sitting in his own shit for so long, and he’s had to deal with that. And the thing with the hand, it’s such a monumental thing that forces him to reevaluate and reidentify who he is. Do you say that, reidentify? Rediscover! That was the word. Rediscover his identity.

How was it to shoot that Brienne rescue scene with the bear? It looked awesome.

That was an amazing scene. It was quite something. We shot all the stuff with the bear pit and all the extras in Belfast. But we didn’t have a bear there. There were no bears in Europe that could do the job. Apparently, there was only one place where we could find a bear that was good enough, and that was in L.A. Well, we met him in L.A., but he’s kept in Utah I think. But anyway, Bart the Bear the Second was his name, and he’s a bit of a diva, but he did an amazing job. And it was really one of those things where you just go, “This is crazy. I’m standing with a real bear on this set. How the hell did that happen?” But when I saw the scene, I thought it was an amazing sequence. When you see Brienne in the pit with the bear, clearly a real bear, you kind of go, “That’s crazy!” But it’s such an important moment for Jaime, because you don’t jump into a bear pit to fight a bear. It’s crazy.

And afterwards, Jaime got some of his swag back.

I know, I was so happy he got to say that line to Locke. When he leaves, he says, “Sorry about the sapphires.” It was nice. We kind of need him to get his groove back, as you will. Even though this guy has this depression with his hand, he’s still the same guy and he still has his wit, so I was just thrilled to see that he still had that.

During the many, many scenes this season when you were covered in mud, was it really mud?

I do have scenes where I’m fighting guys in mud, and of course it’s mud. It never ceases to amaze me once I finally get back to the hotel late at night and I have a shower to see how much could still be hidden around the various parts of your body. But on the face, I think the makeup is called mud, but they have to control it. It’s some kind of makeup that looks like dirt. There’s the scene where I arrive at Roose Bolton’s and they put me into this pool of dirty water. That was just dirty, muddy water. I love it when it’s the real thing, because then you just deal with that and you don’t have to worry about anything. Sometimes makeup can get in the way. If you’re too specific with changing a hair, it can be really frustrating. But hopefully Jaime will get back to King’s Landing and I’ll have a real bath. I was talking about this on set one day, I was like, “The smell of Jaime after months and months of captivity, where he’s basically sitting in his own shit, wow, that just must be really baad.”

Do you watch the show in real time?

Yeah, I do watch the show. I saw it on Sunday.

People had really strong reactions to the last episode. How was it for you?

Well, I knew it was coming. I thought the whole ending was so powerful. I spoke to the actors about the scene and how it’d been to shoot it and of course it was the way it looked, gruesome and very emotional. A friend showed me a collection of videos of people who have filmed their friends and family watching those last five minutes, and it was almost touching to see how invested people are in the show and the characters. The reaction to these deaths, they took it very personal. Which is great. One of the things I love about the show is that it’s heartbreaking at times, it shows no mercy, but at the same time it does make sense. It is truthful to itself. Even though everybody loved Richard Madden and Michelle Fairley, they had to go, because that’s what was right for the story. I’ll miss them as colleagues and I’m going to miss them as characters, but the show, it’s what sets it apart, in many ways.

You know Jaime’s future, right?

Yeah, I know what happens. I don’t know what happens after book five. Only George and the guys, the writers, know, but up until that point I do know what happens. I’ve read the first three books, and the fourth I’m waiting. I don’t wanna jinx it. I’m waiting until we shoot that.

At the current pace — two seasons per book — there could be 9 more seasons.

Yeah, we’re using two seasons for book three and I think the rest would be one season per book, but who knows? I don’t, thank God, make those calls. But I hope we get to go a long time.

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GAME OF THRONES is over for another year, sadly. While I wasn’t too thrilled about the finale, the only bright spot was seeing Jaime finally return to King’s Landing with Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) in tow. I loved the response from that guy pulling the cart thinking Jaime a “Country boy….” Too funny. Did he realize this was his Captain of the Kingsgaurd? I was very mad at the fact there was no allowance for an embrace between Cersei (Lena Headey) and Jaime. I really wanted to see how Cersei would play out the reunion considering Jaime’s obvious state. I really do wish The Rains of Catamere had been the final episode. Mhysa felt more like it should have led to the events in The Red Wedding, and end it on the shocker of Catelyn’s (Michelle Fairley) throat slitting. But then I’m not the showrunners, am I? Dammit! A couple of extras for you in this posting. I’ve included the soundtrack for season three composed by Ramin Djawadi. While included here for you to listen, you are encouraged to go out and purchase the soundtrack. In fact, please do. The other extra is an interview with GAME OF THRONES author and executive producer George R. R. Martin on the 06/06/2013 episode of The Conan O’Brien show. I had wanted to get this up before the finale but I was having mundo hosting issues. Now they’ve been resolved I’m providing it now. Enjoy.

  • [ 350 ] SCREENCAPS: GAME OF THRONES – E3X10 MHYSA
  • [ 001 ] VIDEO: GAME OF THRONES – E3X10 MHYSA
  • [ 020 ] MP3: GAME OF THRONES EXTRA – SEASON THREE SOUNDTRACK
    COMPOSED BY RAMIN DJAWADI
  • [ 001 ] VIDEO: GAME OF THRONES EXTRA: GEORGE R. R. MARTIN
    – 06/06/2013 – CONAN O’BRIEN



Not much of Nikolaj or Jaime in this episode, but wasn’t Nikolaj cute trying to cut that steak? I know Jaime lost his hand but I loved it when Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) used her knife to stab at the meat allowing Jaime to finally be able to eat. For all that work though all poor Jaime got was a small morsel. Didn’t like Brienne’s pink dress though. I think I like her better in her Kingsguard armor or in the dirty clothes she had on last week. I loved the part where it looked like Brienne was going to do serious harm to Roose Bolton (Michael McElhatton) and Jaime stayed her hand. There’s a screenshot of that in the gallery. I don’t think I like what might be happening to Brienne.

  • [ 665 ] SCREENCAPS: GAME OF THRONES – E3X06 THE CLIMB
  • [ 001 ] VIDEO: GAME OF THRONES – E3X06 THE CLIMB



All I can say is just, WOW! Nikolaj gave a tour-de-force performance in this episode. The revelation he made to Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) was just amazing. I’ve been heartened by the comments on the various message boards I visit during and after the show airs. Most of them have been narrowed down to this, “Give this guy the Emmy already.” I agree. I loved how raw Nikolaj was. Though is it any shock to us, his fans? I don’t think so, particularly those of us who have seen him in VILDSPOR. I truly think Nikolaj is growing into his skin nicely…and what skin…and backside.

  • [ 1442 ] SCREENCAPS: GAME OF THRONES – E3X05 KISSED BY FIRE
  • [ 0001 ] VIDEO: GAME OF THRONES – E3X05 KISSED BY FIRE



If Jaime hasn’t learned one thing with Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) it’s to shut up when he has the chance. Good to see our Kinglsayer again. He’s been sorely missed. And the beastly woman even mussed with his hair. How dare she?

I’m sorry I haven’t been around to post more, but I’ve had some personal issues going on. One thing is with my mother. She’s in the hospital and had to have life-saving surgery. My partner has also been ill and I’ve just felt my attentions were needed elsewhere. I’ll try to have some of the other things I have posted soon.

  • [ 1548 ] SCREENCAPS: GAME OF THRONES – E3X02 DARK WINGS, DARK WOODS
  • [ 0001 ] GAME OF THRONES – E3X02 DARK WINGS, DARK WOODS



A treat for you of first look behind the scenes of GAME OF THRONES season three. The scene being filmed is of Nikolaj as Jaime and Gwendoline Christie as Brienne. Sorry the size of the screencaps aren’t that great. If I’d blown them up any further they’d have lost their pixels. Nikolaj is still scruffy and beautiful to look at. In the scene it looks like Jaime’s being a bit petulant. I love a petulant Jaime.

  • [ 111 ] SCREENCAPS: GAME OF THRONES – SEASON THREE BEHIND THE SCENES
  • [ 001 ] MEDIA CLIP: GAME OF THRONES – SEASON THREE BEHIND THE SCENES



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