Game of Thrones’ Nikolaj Coster-Waldau talks fan theories and present’s ‘sad-isfying’ ending


With simply days to go till Game of Thrones returns, and only a few weeks till it is gone for good, followers everywhere in the world are attempting to foretell precisely how the hit HBO sequence will finish. Well, star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is aware of, and whereas he is not telling anybody, he did coin an fascinating phrase for what to anticipate: “sad-isfying.”

Coster-Waldau was on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Tuesday evening to advertise the upcoming ultimate season of the fantasy epic during which he performs Jaime “The Kingslayer” Lannister, and host Jimmy Kimmel was desirous to ask him simply how a lot he is aware of about what’s to come back. Coster-Waldau did not go the favored press tour route of taking part in dumb, confirming that he is identified the ending for a while now, however he did take a while to debate the degrees of secrecy he is been held to, together with software program that erases scripts from his machine as quickly as he is completed studying them. 

“We don’t have the scripts for Season 8. They don’t exist,” Coster-Waldau said, noting that he has hardcopies of his scripts from all of the show’s other seasons. “It’s a little sad.”

With one of many present’s largest stars in his visitor seat simply days earlier than the premiere, Kimmel determined to see what he might study in regards to the ultimate season not by asking direct questions in regards to the plot, however by posing varied fan theories to Coster-Waldau to see how he’d react. To that finish, Kimmel talked about every thing from the speculation that Jaime will kill his sister Cersei — “It makes sense, though, if you think about it,” Coster-Waldau mentioned — to the speculation that Arya Stark will kill Cersei whereas sporting Jaime’s face, which Coster-Waldau acknowledged could be a “cool” decision.

Then there have been the much less compelling fan theories, together with the concept that Jon Snow will change into the brand new Night King (“How?”) and the concept that the Starks are descended from White Walkers.

“Many believe that to be the case,” Kimmel mentioned.

“OK,” Coster-Waldau mentioned whereas flashing a whatever-floats-your-boat smile. 

Kimmel then requested Coster-Waldau if he’d learn any fan theories and predictions which truly turned out to be appropriate, or which can nonetheless show appropriate once we see the ultimate season. 

“Some, however I’ve by no means learn anybody who obtained the entire thing,” Coster-Waldau mentioned, then went on to reward showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss for someway managing to take a particularly advanced present and — in his eyes, anyway — stick the touchdown. According to Coster-Waldau, as quickly as he’d completed studying the Season eight scripts, he wrote to Benioff and Weiss to congratulate them.

“I don’t understand how you probably did it, however I can’t think about a greater means of ending this present,” he recalled telling them. 

“Really? Oh, it’s that satisfying?” Kimmel requested.

“It is,” Coster-Waldau replied. “Sad-isfying. Yeah.”

Anyone who’s been paying consideration is aware of that Game of Thrones has by no means been a present of completely satisfied endings. Even when the endings are completely satisfied, there’s some sort of terrible sacrifice characters needed to make to get there, and the sequence finale will probably be no totally different. The Kimmel viewers groaned when Coster-Waldau used the time period, however relating to Game of Thrones, “sad-isfying” is perhaps the best reward anybody can provide it.

Game of Thrones returns Sunday at 9 p.m. EST on HBO.

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