Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is widely known for his portrayal of Jaime Lannister in HBO’s adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones novel series. For eight seasons, we watched booed at Jamie, rooted for him, and booed him again. As you probably know, season eight of Game of Thrones was…disappointing for fans. So much so that fans literally petitioned for season eight to be redone.
In a recent interview, Coster-Waldau was asked what he thought about the demands from fans in regards to this:
Were you surprised that some “Game of Thrones” fans wanted a more dramatic death for Jaime?
I didn’t follow it at all. [Pauses.] Obviously, I heard about it. I was aware of the petition for a new ending, which I thought was hilarious. I almost wanted to donate to that petition. HBO saying, “You’re right, so many people want it, we’re going to do it.” I think everyone had their own opinion. I find the world of fandom really interesting. Everyone wanted something specific and different from what they got. It’s a combination of — you imagine an ending; but also, I think if you’re a hardcore fan, it was really upsetting that it ended. You lived with this for eight seasons. There is still a massive community dedicated to “Game of Thrones.” I think there was a real fear that was going to go away. It had to end.
If you had to redo the ending, would you do anything differently?
Oh, how did it end? He was — no, it was fine. It was great. It was fine. How do you end that story? Let’s talk about this in 10 years, then you can talk about it. But now, I think it’s a little too recent.
What did you think of season eight of Game of Thrones? Particularly Jamie’s relationship with Brienne. And his death.
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