No, Game Of Thrones' Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Isn't Dead, Despite Rumors To The Contrary

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Take a deep breath in and release. Great news! Despite rumors proclaiming otherwise, Game of Thrones star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is alive! The actor, who played Jaime Lannister throughout the popular series’ eight-season run, is one of the latest celebrities to falsely be reported as dead. To prove that he is very much among the living, Coster-Waldau took to social media to clear things up.

Providing proof of life, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau posted a video on his Instagram addressing the worrying rumors that the Game of Thrones actor had died. He also sounded off in the video’s caption. In it, Coster-Waldau expressed his ire at having an ad “report” the fake news of his death. Put your mind at ease by watching the video below:

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There you have it. Unlike his Game of Thrones character, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is very much alive. Unfortunately, Coster-Waldau joins many celebrities who have fallen victim to some corners of the internet’s dark past time: death hoaxes. For reference, back in 2018, The Witcher’s Henry Cavill was shocked to learn that he had “died” in an errored Google notice.

Hence, you can add another connection between The Witcher and Game of Thrones. This connection a particularly grim one. The stars of a show both getting swept up in a death hoax is not the kind of trivia you want to share in common. All of which begs the question: how did all of this start? As Nikolaj Coster-Waldau explained in the video, it began with an ad that circulated online.

Among the sites affected by the fake death ad was the Danish news outlet TV2/Lorry. It featured their logo, per Huff Post. TV2/Lorry subsequently released a statement on their website to clear up the situation. In it, they revealed that they reported the ad to the police and Google. Translated by Google, the site adds they had “nothing to do with the ad” falsely indicating Nikolaj Coster-Waldau’s death.

It is tough to imagine how emotionally wrecking a death hoax has to be on the victim. In the video, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau laments that his family could have seen the fake news ad. Thankfully, Coster-Waldau was able to clear things up on Instagram. Now, the actor can focus on his bustling career.

Thank goodness for social media! It gave Nikolaj Coster-Waldau the platform to clear up the rumors that spread throughout Denmark.

Jaime Lannister did not end up coming back from the dead for Game of Thrones’ finale despite a fan theory that proposed he would. His portrayer, on the other hand, has dispelled the fake rumors claiming his tragic demise. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is no stranger to having to clear things up.

After Game of Thrones’ divisive finale, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau reacted to the backlash surrounding the ending. He also revealed that Game of Thrones’ co-showrunner was also upset by the dark Battle of Winterfell episode, which drew tremendous fan frustration. Leave it to Coster-Waldau to make things clear!

You can see Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in the final season of Game of Thrones, which is now available on digital and DVD. Winter (and spring) premieres will be coming to television, while you wait for that upcoming Game of Thrones spinoff, House of the Dragon.

Like a contented Hallmark movie character, Britt happily lives in the same city she grew up in. Along with movies and television, she is passionate about competitive figure skating. She has been writing about entertainment for 5 years, and as you may suspect, still finds it as entertaining to do as when she began.