It is a big topic on the minds of many Game of Thrones fans: will the series finale be truly satisfying? The cast of the show already knows how it will end, and with nearly a decade of work put into working towards the finished product, they undoubtedly have their thoughts on the HBO hit's final chapter. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who portrays Jaime Lannister on the phenom has weighed in with massive praise for the swan song. Teasing the finale, he said:
I read it, and I wrote Dan and David and said I don't think they could have done a better job. I mean, when I read it --- I've spent so many years working on this and been guessing and trying to figure out how this will end --- and when I read it, some of the parts of it I'd get, and other parts of it were just completely shocking and surprising. And it wasn't...there were none of those horrible --- you know shows where it's a murder mystery and at the very last minute you find out it doesn't make sense? But here, all the pieces fit into this massive jigsaw puzzle.
It would seem that some of Nikolaj Coster-Waldau's overarching theories about the ending were on the money, and other stuff took him entirely by surprise. Coster-Waldau's review of the finale's script should help calm concerns surrounding how the episode will play out, especially the last bit he shared with The Wrap. (Since the episodes are still in post-production, the finished product hasn't been seen by anyone just yet.) Coster-Waldau asserts that the ending episode makes sense, and that is what we all want. Along with seeing all the puzzle pieces that have been strewn throughout the show coming together into the overall mosaic.
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau has more than succeeded in getting this fan pumped to see what's on the horizon. The idea that the writers could not have done a better job is indicative that this finale may be able to do what many others have not been able to by way of quenching viewer expectations. Whether every fan agrees about that is another story, as is whether Game of Thrones' series finale will include a living Jaime. As of Season 7, he is alive and kicking, but a lot could happen in the other episodes.
In his interview, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau also elaborated on Jaime's strained relationship with his sister/lover Cersei. It seems doubtful that it can be repaired but, on a show, that has brought characters back from the dead, one could argue that stranger things have happened. Plus, Jaime has forgiven his sister for a lot over the years and done so much for her in the name of sustaining her and their relationship. It is hard to imagine him letting that all come to nothing when it matters the most.
How the Lannisters will figure into the actor-praised series finale will be fascinating to discover. Jaime was on his way to the North at the end of the penultimate season. With Bran having become the Three-Eyed Raven, he should know that Jaime is the one who pushed him out of the window all those years ago. Will that revelation spell the end for Jaime? Or like the entire truth surrounding Jon Snow's biological heritage, has Bran not entirely uploaded the information yet? He had not mentioned learning anything in Season 7, but perhaps seeing Jaime will change that. There is only one way to find out.
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