Game of Thrones has such a vast world of plots and characters that the options for spinoffs are endless. In fact, there are so many great possibilities that it would take a heck of a great pitch to be considered the most deserving of a spinoff. As it happens, actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau has a pitch for a Jaime Lannister/Brienne of Tarth spinoff that is so perfect that HBO should feel obligated to produce it as soon as possible. Here's what he had to say:
It has to be a sitcom, though, and it has to have a laugh track. Then I would do it in a heartbeat. I thought we'd have a season where we just did the whole thing in a cabaret. Varys would be the owner of the club, because I know Conleth Hill would be amazing at that. And we'd all come in and do little things.
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau pitched his idea for a spinoff to The New York Times in the wake of the bloodbath that was the Season 6 finale, and a lighthearted romp between Game of Thrones' most mismatched pair of BFFs sounds pretty good right now. He hasn't settled on a name just yet, but Roommates and The Heartslayer are evidently frontrunners. Roommates could be a solid name if the show is only going to focus on Jaime and Brienne. Heartslayer might be the better choice if a variety of Game of Thrones characters are dropping in to comment on their relationship. Varys' club could even be named "The Heartslayer" for that extra little touch of relevance. No matter the name, a Jaime and Brienne spinoff could be a winner. I'm already laughing at the idea of it.
Never before has the time been more right for a possible Jaime and Brienne spinoff. The duo ended Season 6 on opposite ends of the Seven Kingdoms, but they parted on okay terms by Game of Thrones standards. Although Brienne wasn't too happy that Jaime wasn't doing everything within his power to free the Blackfish and his army to help Sansa up North, they don't seem to consider their friendship to be over. In fact, the extra dose of angst might be exactly what the dynamic duo needed to help push them out of their comfort zone as mere pals. Could the spinoff be their chance to finally become more than friends? Even the silliest sitcoms need some seriousness every once in a while.
If Nikolaj Coster-Waldau were to get an executive producer credit, a Jaime/Brienne romance could be likely for a spinoff. He's said in the past that they might become more if they ever get the chance to slow down and interact without any agendas in the way. If he wanted to keep some degree of continuity with Game of Thrones, he might want to bring in Tormund Giantsbane to work as a catalyst for Jaime to realize his true feelings. There's nothing like a rival combined with canned laughter to make a sitcom work.
In all seriousness, it's nice to see that Nikolaj Coster-Waldau hasn't let the darkness from the end of Season 6 ruin his enthusiasm for the show. His spinoff idea may have been a joke, but it's certainly going to be fun to think about during the wait for Season 7. Sadly, we'll be waiting for a long time, so you can check out our breakdown of what we know so far about Game of Thrones Season 7 for a peek ahead.