Gwendoline Christie adored the final line of her Game of Thrones character, Brienne of Tarth. In the face a lot of close calls, including the Battle of Winterfell, Brienne managed to survive the series finale. She wrapped her time on Game of Thrones in a way that Christie loved.
I could not believe that I made it all the way through. And I was in the end of the final episode. Brienne makes it through and has a life beyond. I found that incredibly positive and unexpected. And she gets a great last line.
What was Brienne’s last line? She said it towards the end of the new small council's first meeting, which Tyrion was presiding over. As talk turned to construction in King’s Landing, Bronn suggested the rebuilding of the city’s brothels. To which, Brienne countered with a terse and spot-on response, saying:
I think we can all agree that ships take precedence over brothels.
Did King’s Landing end up building ships, brothels, or something else first? It is one of those unanswered questions that will haunt fans for a long time. Of course, there could be answers someday. That is if a spinoff with a succeeding story ever gets green-lit.
Gwendoline Christie previously talked about wanting to return for a reunion, ten years after Game of Thrones’ finale. I am all for that! If a Game of Thrones reunion ever happened, I would like to know what Brienne has gotten up to since. Undoubtedly she'll have had her share of adventure.
Gwendoline Christie’s pleasant surprise at Brienne living to the finale is most welcomed. There were a few touch-and-go moments where fans had to wonder if she would survive. Especially after that incredibly moving scene in which Brienne finally achieved her dream of officially getting knighted.
It would have been a total Game of Thrones move to have her experience such tremendous happiness, only to die shortly after that. Thankfully, Brienne survived that trap. Brienne concluded the series as the newly appointment Lord Commander of the Kingsguard.
Speaking of happiness, Gwendoline Christie also opened up about her Emmy nomination. Christie is nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. She is joined by several of her Game of Thrones’ co-stars in the highly-competitive category. Following news of her nod came word that Christie and some of her co-stars had to submit themselves. Christie talked about her decision to do so, saying:
I checked that it wasn’t an inappropriate thing to do, and I was told it wasn’t. People submit themselves all the time. I truly never expected it to manifest in a nomination and I don’t think anybody else did either. But I just had to do it for me. And I had to do it as a testament to the character and what I feel she represents.
How sweet is that? She did it for herself, her character, took a chance, and got nominated. The price tag to do so reportedly cost Gwendoline Christie and her co-stars a $225 entry fee. I would say it was money well spent. Christie, Carice Van Houten (Melisandre), and Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy) all submitted themselves and landed nominations.
It will be a while before the winners are announced. The 2019 Emmy Awards will air on Sunday, September 22, at 8 p.m. ET on FOX. There is no end date on Gwendoline Christie and her fellow nominees getting to bask in the glow of such a fantastic career accomplishment.