Like a snowball rolling downhill, Game of Thrones is picking up more and more speed as it approaches the finish line. The cast has promised a faster pace than ever before in the upcoming season seven, before the full-on avalanche that’s sure to come in the final eighth season.
The increased momentum won’t come at the expense of personal stakes and decisions, of course. Even as Jon Snow (Kit Harington) fights like Seven Hells to battle back the White Walkers, even as we brace ourselves for a royal rumble between at least three different armies, it’s the interpersonal dynamics between characters that will fuel all the wildfires (and otherwise) to come in the season ahead.
Take Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), for instance. When we last saw him in season six, the one-handed knight was staring off at his sister Cersei (Lena Headey), a pained look in his eyes. As Coster-Waldau describes it, in speaking with THR: “His sister just killed a couple of thousand people and then took the throne, and their son committed suicide — and of course the rest of the world wants to kill them. It’s a tricky situation.”
Tricky is an understatement, especially given how Cersei’s actions tie into Jaime’s past. Years before the start of Thrones, Jaime saved King’s Landing from total destruction at the hands of the Mad King, by driving a sword through that lunatic’s back. It was an act of heroism that came at great personal cost, forever cementing his legacy as “the Kingslayer.” Now, Jaime is forced to reckon with the fact that the person he loves the most in the world has actually gone ahead and committed the same crime that forced him to commit regicide. How does he move on from here? Not easily, according to the actor.
“The thing is, he’s been with this woman since birth and they’ve been romantically involved for, like, 25 years. He’s addicted to this relationship,” Coster-Waldau says. “So what will he do?”
Looking past the Lannister twins but staying within their camp, there are some other, quieter relationships bound to have an impact on season seven. Although Jaime and his brother Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) are currently estranged, what with the former breaking the latter out of prison just so he could go on and murder their father (as one does in Westeros), there’s one man caught between them: Bronn of the Blackwater (Jerome Flynn), who served as one of Tyrion’s closest allies and — dare we say it — friends over the first three seasons and change. Starting around the time of Tyrion’s arrest, Bronn linked up with Jaime, retraining him in the art of sword-fighting and accompanying him on a stealth mission to Dorne and a military campaign in Riverrun.
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