HBO’s Game Of Thrones is ramping up action and drama for its final season. Season 8’s first full-length trailer was released early March, and it showcased dragons taking flight above a snowed-in landscape, men getting ready for battle, and loads of cryptic looks on a few main characters.
It was reported that the trailer clocked 81 million views in 24 hours.
GoT premiered in 2011 and has since changed the course of the fantasy series genre on television. As the production grew more and more massive with each season, it has proven over time why it’s one of the greatest TV shows ever.
Based on George RR Martin’s book series A Song Of Ice And Fire, the Emmy-winning show is set in the mythical lands of Westeros where nine families fight to sit on the Iron Throne and rule the land.
In Season 7, the battle is heightened with the return of an ancient enemy called White Walkers, zombie-like creatures that have been dormant for thousands of years, thus invoking the great war between the living and the dead.
This has forced some of the houses to work together. But, as expected, a few are not playing fair. Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who stars as Jaime Lannister, described the ending of the series as a mix of relief and pride.
“I am proud to have been on a show that has had this kind of impact and success,” he told us in our interview in London last month. “And relief that it has come to an end in the way that (showrunners) David Benioff and DB Weiss had wanted it to.”
Jaime Lannister is the twin brother of Cersei Lannister (played by Lena Heady), the ruler of Westeros who commands with cruelty and cunningness. Jaime’s personality is a big question from the start. He’s not exactly good, but he’s not completely rotten either.
He’s loyal to a fault to his family, especially to his sister, but Jaime has been the catalyst for some terrible things that have happened, like chucking a boy out of a window that left the lad paralysed. Or killing a king and putting his brother-in-law on the Iron Throne instead.
Along the way, however, his character has shown strength in trying to do what’s right. At the end of Season 7, he goes against Cersei’s wishes to join the fight against the White Walkers.
“I find Jaime so interesting,” explained Coster-Waldau, 48 and looking fit (with a little grey peeking from of his sideburns). “The core of this guy is that he does what he does in the name of love. He’s a complex guy.”
“That’s the key to Game Of Thrones, the characters are never just black and white. Even though his story is set in this fantastical world and his circumstances are extreme, he is relatable.”
Coster-Waldau won’t reveal plot details for the show’ final hurrah, but what he can say about his own goodbye as Jaimie Lannister is, “I had a great last scene. It was absolutely beautiful. It was the perfect way to end.”
He added, “Obviously I can’t tell you what the scene was. It wasn’t the final scene (of the series), but it was close to the end and it was shot at a beautiful location. At this point, I had seen quite a lot of colleagues wrap, so I had seen a lot of tears, beautiful speeches, and I knew what to expect.
“I didn’t expect to be emotional, so I don’t know what happened. I had allergy, there was something in my eye… ” he said, smiling and touching the corner of his left eye. “My final scene was beautiful.”