Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

Game of Thrones's Jaime Lannister may have carried on an incestuous affair with his twin sister Cersei, but it comes from a noble, if misguided, place.

"He's in love with this woman. Yeah, she happens to be his sister, which really complicates things," Nicolaj Coster-Waldau tells "I'm sure if there was anything in the world he could do to change how he feels about it, he would. But it's just one of those things. He really loves her. It is beautiful to dedicate yourself to one person."

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What's the best and worst thing about playing Jaime?
Coster-Waldau: This season being sat on the bench for so long was the worst. But I really like him as a character. I don't really see any bad things about him. He is just an interesting guy. I'm in a life that I find very interesting, that everyone despises him is a great obstacle to overcome.

Robb Stark is his captor this season. Jaime and the Starks do not seem to get on well...
Coster-Waldau: I think Robb reminds him of Ned Stark and he doesn't like that. He finds them so self-righteous even though they're also at war and killing a lot of people. But in their world they make it sound like an honorable thing and that they're fighting the just cause. Jaime is very much of the mind that killing is killing. It doesn't really matter whatever you call it; you're taking someone's life. Also, Robb is the enemy and wants to kill him. They're fighting a war and they're killing a lot of my people and my men.  There's no love lost there.

Despite all these conflicts, Jaime seems to get along with Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) though. How would you describe his feelings for his brother?
Coster-Waldau: Tyrion is probably the only one Jaime really trusts. I don't even think he has that level of trust with his sister unfortunately. But I think with Tyrion, they understand each other like no one else. He would do anything for Tyrion. They also share a sense of humor that no one else seems to have. They have a shorthand, which they really enjoy. They enjoy playing with words, they enjoy seeing what words can do to people, especially speaking the truth. In his scenes with Catelyn (Michelle Fairley), Jaime actually says some very truthful things and sometimes that really hurts. And Tyrion in every scene more or less is so sharp. So yeah, Jaime loves his brother.

It's interesting you mention not trusting Cersei (Lena Headey). We've discovered that she's been "cheating" on him with their dear cousin Lancel. If Jaime were to find out, how would he react?
Coster-Waldau: It's interesting that you say that because in the episode on Sunday, there's a scene with Catelyn where she questions his honor... But in his way, he has been faithful. He would do anything for love. He gave up his life to join the kingsguard so he could be close to Cersei. That was when he was very young. Now of course time has passed and it may not seem like the best of ideas. Who knows what happens later on? But I think if he finds out, it would be a wake-up call for him.

Check out this preview of Sunday's episode "A Man Without Honor":


Game of Thrones airs Sundays at 9/8c on HBO.


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