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The Five: Game of Thrones

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3. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
On whether Jaime Lannister will finally get a chance to redeem himself.


Do people shout at you on the street? Call you Kingslayer?
The only time that happened was at a bar in New York. It was outdoors at a beer garden, and they were happy and drunk.

Jaime’s been perceived as the villain so far. Would you like to see that change?
Jaime’s not a villain at all. A villain to me is someone who actively seeks to hurt someone or does things for his own gain. It’s not okay to push a kid out a window, but you can understand that in his mind, “It’s this kid or my kids and the woman I love.”

How does season three up the ante, as far as big, shocking episodes?
Sometimes it’s kind of funny, the secrecy involved in this show. You can just read the books or Google it, and you’ll know in seven seconds.

As someone who has read the books, I have to ask, have you shaved your head?
I can say this much: I still have my hair now.

There’s a scene this upcoming season where you and the character Brienne take a bath together.
We had the one bath, and that’s not going to happen again. [Laughs.]

You needed it, after all the mud.
I know! Season two was very much about being tied up, and with season three, the mud didn’t stop. You don’t even know how many places mud can go!

How many places can mud go?
I’ll let your imagination guide you.
Interview by Jennifer Vineyard


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