Last Sunday’s episode of Game Of Thrones was full of controversial and gut-wrenching scenes that elicited some pretty strong responses from viewers. One of the most divisive moments came when Jaime Lannister, played by actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, trekked off to King’s Landing, despite the protests of his friend turned kind of love interest Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie). Now the episode’s director, David Nutter, is sharing what he had Coster-Waldau say off camera to make the moment as emotional as it ended up being.
In the episode Jaime finds out that Daenerys Targaryen is sending her army after his sister, Cersei, and he decides he’s going to get a head start to find her in King’s Landing. He breaks the news to Brienne, whom he had just slept with after seasons of buildup. When Brienne asks him to stay, he tells her he is “hateful” like his sister and leaves her in tears.
To get her sobbing, Nutter said that he told Coster-Waldau to deliver his lines and then ad-lib off camera. He had Coster-Waldau tell Christie, “I don’t love you anymore,” and apparently that was what sent her over the edge.
“When I was shooting Gwendoline [Christie]’s close-up, what I asked Nikolaj to do is, I asked him to say—after he finished his dialogue—tell her, ‘I don’t love you anymore,'” he told Collider. “And basically, Brienne is such a sensitive person, as is Gwendoline, that that’s basically the thing that he’s saying…but he’s not saying it too directly.”
He went on to explain that “when [ Coster-Waldau] did that, she basically lost it completely, and that’s the reaction that was actually kind of recorded at that point.”
Even though the emotion seemed authentic, lots of people weren’t really feeling the exchange. Brienne, after all, had been one of the strongest women on the show, and her storyline has been marked by her power as a fighter. So to see her be reduced to tears over a dude was definitely not easy for some fans. Christie has defended the relationship, saying she “loved” it and that her character makes a decision for herself.
“She decides to give herself that experience. For once, she’s really done something that was all about her, in an area where she has no experience at all. She’s hurt in the worst way possible,” she said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
Some fans will just have to agree to disagree and hope there’s more Brienne in the last two remaining episodes.
Game of Thrones airs Sunday nights at 9:00 P.M. ET on HBO.
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