Game of Thrones ' latest episode, "The Last of the Starks," was filled with divisive moments, from Jon (Kit Harington) abandoning Ghost to Missandei's (Nathalie Emmanuel) sudden death to a rogue Starbucks cup. But one of the worst moments of the entire episode comes when — after Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) have sex for the first time — Jaime decides to leave Brienne to return to his sister Cersei (Lena Headey).
The scene struck a nerve with fans and with actress Gwendoline Christie, who told Entertainment Weekly that she "was so upset for" Brienne after reading the script for Episode 4. "I know it's just a character and I'm an actor who's lucky to do her job. It's so heartbreaking. But it's life isn't it? Life is heartbreaking. I never assumed they would be together. I didn't think that would happen. And now I can feel a million hearts breaking."
When Brienne confronted Jaime over his decision to head to King's Landing, he told her that he isn't the "good man" she thinks he is and that's why it will always be Cersei for him. "I pushed a boy out of a tower window, crippled him for life, for Cersei," Jaime explained to a tearful Brienne. "I strangled my cousin with my own hands jut to get back to Cersei. I would have murdered every man, woman, and child in Riverrun for Cersei. She's hateful and so am I."
"That's where I went very red," Christie recalled to EW. "I was very upset and I had to go for a walk."
Many fans can probably relate to Christie's sentiment there. While Jaime and Brienne having sex was polarizing enough, it did at least feel like an understandable progression of a relationship built up over seasons. Jaime leaving Brienne — and, in particular, her begging him to stay — felt completely rushed and, in Brienne's case, very out of character. But Christie said that, although Brienne seemed heartbroken at the end of Episode 4, she'll move on from this just fine.
"I love that she doesn't crumble from it. She goes back to work. Because she always loves work — that feels refreshing, a woman can be happy without a companion," Christie said. "Woman don't have to be defined by their partner and that's good."
Hopefully the fans will take Christie's positive interpretation of this moment to heart, because right now a lot of people seem pretty pissed.
They did Brienne dirty, y'all.— Austin DuVall (@anduvall) May 6, 2019
Game of Thrones airs Sundays at 9/8c on HBO.