While many of the characters on Game of Thrones display both good and bad qualities, none may be more complex than Jaime Lannister, portrayed by Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. Game of Thrones fans have come to love the man who did some very nasty things to a child in the pilot episode, and the fact that fans now embrace him is quite an achievement of writing and acting alike. In an interview with the New York Times, Coster-Waldau talked about the challenges Jaime faces with his evolved moral code and how much more can he take from his crazy twin sister, Cersei (Lena Headey.)
If you aren’t up to date with all the episodes that have aired, including the Game of Thrones season finale, there are spoilers ahead.
The New York Times noted an interesting irony in how Jaime’s character has sort of come full circle with the season finale of Game of Thrones. In the pilot of the series, Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) caught Jaime and Cersei in an incestuous tryst, and Jaime heeded his sister’s request to dispatch poor Bran from the top of the tower. While Bran didn’t die, he was left paralyzed, and Jaime seemed to be a character destined to be hated by Game of Thrones‘ fans.