(This article contains spoilers for the ongoing third season of HBO's 'Game of Thrones.' If you are not caught up and do not want to have certain events spoiled for you, please turn back now.)
Jaime Lannister has had a difficult season on HBO's 'Game of Thrones.' He has fought a bear and lost a hand. This season has seen him slide gradually from being one of the most hated characters on the show to someone much more sympathetic.
On the bright side, at least he was not killed during the "Red Wedding," an iconic bit of television that drastically altered the world of Westeros.
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who plays Jaime, recently spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about the show's third season. Ever since he was cast, Waldau has been waiting for a certain "scene in the bathtub", one that finally took place early in season three.
“They all said ‘You should know, it’s a great character. He’s in season one and very little in season two. But if we get to season three, there’s a scene in the bathtub and you lose your hand and there’s a bear,’” he said. "It was beautifully written and it made sense. You can only carry secrets around for so long. Finally he found someone he knew he could tell the story and it wouldn’t be thrown back at him."
In talking about Jaime's transformation, Coster-Waldau gave much of the credit to the people behind the scenes responsible for developing the great characters that pull people into the program.
"It’s about the writing, with George R.R. Martin creating all of these characters. They’re very rich," he said, adding that he does not see Jame as a villain. "[Jaime has] always had this arrogance about him. Most people know the feeling of how annoying it can be if you meet someone and they already think they know who you are, or they have a strong, preconceived opinion about you. For him, it’s been extreme since he was known as Kingslayer. Untrustworthy. And on top of that, he’s coming from the most powerful family. But he’s not going to give people the satisfaction of saying “Oh, I’m actually a nice guy” or “Don’t judge me.” He couldn't care less."
Waldau says that his character's relationship with Brienne has forced Jaime to behave like an adult, and learn that the entire world is not like what he knows in King's Landing. It is just one of the changes that seem to be coming his way, with the other big one being adjusting to life as a one-handed man.
"It’s such a fundamental change in his life. [His skill as a fighter] in many ways is what has defined him in his eyes and in the eyes of the world – being the Kingslayer and being one of the deadliest swordsman in the world. Now he’s no longer anything, so of course he has to find his new identity," Coster-Waldau said.
What do you think about Jaime as a character? Is he on the road to redemption or will he turn back into being the man who pushes children out of windows?