Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is in the privileged position of playing a character in Game of Thrones that has survived from the first episode in Season 1 all the way to the start of Season 8. Playing Jaime Lannister is a role that has made him a star and, in an interview with Variety, he was given the chance to discuss Jaime Lannister and Game of Thrones.
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau said this on how he would describe the journey Jaime Lannister has gone on in Game of Thrones:
“Well, he had an eventful eight years, 10 years [counting hiatuses]. I think ‘change’ would be one word. He had to adapt and in many ways rediscover his identity. At the same time there is the core of what’s left of his dedication to his partner in life, Cersei. He says in episode one, ‘The things I do for love,’ and then he does something truly horrific. That is still at his core, I think — that he will do anything for the people close to him.”
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He also discussed the best and worst things about working on Game of Thrones:
“I think working with an amazing group of people, especially on an experience as strange as this, is the best, and I will miss seeing all of these people. As an actor, I’ve never worked on anything this long. Families have formed on this show.”
“People have gotten married and divorced. Kids have been born. It has been quite something. … And then the worst of ‘Game of Thrones’? I think it was all of the not knowing. The first three seasons I knew where I was going. Then once we got off the books, [executive producers] Dan [D.B. Weiss] and David [Benioff] and the writers had to carve their own way — and of course everyone wanted to know what happened next.”
“So they made the very sensible decision not to tell anyone at all. That was really the worst part. And if that’s the worst part, then it’s not too bad.”