The final season of Game of Thrones feels like it's eons away (and it might be), but luckily Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is here to drop some vague clues about what's to come in Season 8. Whenever it may air.
The last time we saw Jaime Lannister, in case you forgot, he was leaving his pregnant lover/twin sister in King's Landing after she clued him in on her plan to go back on her word to fight the White Walkers just so she could keep the Iron Throne. Disgusted with her lust for power and its ability to put the whole world at stake, Jaime finally made the impossibly overdue choice to leave her and ride North — presumably to meet up with Jon (Kit Harington), Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) and Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) to fight the good fight.
In an interview with Huffington Post, Coster-Waldau teased that just because Jaime is riding north, it doesn't mean we should expect him to ride straight to Tyrion. "Well, he is heading north. I don't think you can assume that he's going to make it up there, but who knows," Coster-Waldau says. "For sure, we see him head north. He might be eaten by dragons, you never know. Or he might just stumble, things happen. Or he might find the love of his life and suddenly he's like, 'God, this is it. No more.'"
All kidding aside, it sounds like it's going to take Jaime a pretty long time to reach his destination, which will be a nice return to form for the series, since characters were bizarrely able to travel long distances and back in single episodes last season. Coster-Waldau says we'll be able to mark this passage of time by paying attention to his facial hair. Translation: We're getting bearded Jaime back! We probably should have led with that.
"Well, he's on the road for a while. Wherever he is going it takes some time, so his hair grows. He didn't bring a trimmer this year," Coster-Waldau jokes.
Is anyone else getting serious Season 3 flashbacks?
As for how things shake out in the final season, Coster-Waldau remained tight-lipped about the epic ending that is headed our way at some point in 2019. He did, however, promise that fans will be both satisfied and surprised with the ending creators Dan Weiss and David Benioff have in store for all of us.
"I wrote the writers when I finished reading and just said, 'I don't think you could've done a better job at finishing this story.' To me, it was very satisfying but also very surprising and all the things that I was hoping for. It still made sense. It wasn't like one of those where the killer is suddenly revealed in the last act and you go, 'Oh! I didn't see that coming.' Here, they've done a really, really good job."
Game of Thrones will return for its final season in 2019.