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'Game of Thrones': Nikolaj Coster-Waldau on Jaime's season 4 women trouble

In Game of Thrones season 4, Jaime Lannister is reunited with his long lost love — who just happens to be the Queen Regent and his twin sister. But don’t expect Jaime and Cersei (Lena Headey) to make a quick return to the sneaky, incestuous ways we last saw in season 1.

“For him, it’s been a very traumatic trip,” says Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who has ditched his scraggly beard and returned to Jaime’s clean-cut look now that his character is back in King’s Landing. “But he’s been wanting to get back to this woman for the duration of his trip. You want to just go back to the way it was. But it’s not that easy. A lot has happened in her life as well.”

Definitely traumatic. Jaime was imprisoned and had his right hand chopped off last season, leaving him far less able to protect himself (or the king, for that matter, as he’s a member of the royal Kingsguard). While he’s perhaps gained more inner strength, expect Jaime’s physical weakening to be a turn off for Cersei, who has always relied on her brother’s alpha male status. “In her mind, he was the strongest soldier, the strongest man and he could always protect her,” he notes.

Having said that, Coster-Waldau adds that you don’t need to see any new episodes to know there have been hints that this relationship was already uneven. READ FULL STORY

'Game of Thrones': Nikolaj Coster-Waldau talks Jaime & Brienne (and dials Gwendoline Christie)

Game of Thrones star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is currently filming the big-screen revenge comedy The Other Woman, playing a man who cheats on Leslie Mann and Cameron Diaz. You’d think the cast and crew would be torturing him for spoilers for Sunday’s GoT season finale (HBO, 9 p.m. ET), but they aren’t. At least they weren’t when EW spoke with him last week, before the bloody Red Wedding episode. “Like with that episode,” Coster-Waldau said, “I so want to talk about it. I say to friends, ‘Come on, you’ll still enjoy the show. Let me just tell you.’ And they’re like, ‘No. Don’t. Walk away.’ People freak out like that, which is great. They’re very passionate about not knowing. It’s a little different with people who’ve read the books. They like to have the inside knowledge, but then you can see that I break their heart when I actually tell them something. It’s a tricky one.”

While he can relate — “I’m a huge Breaking Bad fan, I would be really annoyed if anyone told me anything about what was going to happen in the last eight episodes” — here’s what he will say about Sunday’s hour: “In episode 10 of a season, you want some kind of closure, and I think the writers did a really good job giving that in a way that feels satisfying for the audience. Certainly for Jaime and Brienne [laughs] — it’s so difficult to talk about these things without spoiling — there is a sense of coming to the end of a chapter. But at the same time, you also want to set up the next season, and they set up the next season in a pretty spectacular way,” he says.

Bottom line: “There will be yelling, and there will be crying, but hopefully in a good way.”

Here, we asked Coster-Waldau to look back on some of his favorite Jaime-Brienne scenes from the season — and, proving he can definitely do comedy, he phoned Gwendoline Christie for help. READ FULL STORY

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