Game Of Thrones: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau On The Hand Jaime Was Dealt
AccessHollywood.com speaks to Nikolaj Coster-Waldau about Jaime's big event in Episode 303 -- HBO/Helen Sloan/Getty Images
For two seasons, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau has brought a confidence, arrogance and a delicious wit to the role of Kingslayer Jaime Lannister on "Game of Thrones," but Sunday's episode - "Walk of Punishment" -- saw his sass turn into tragedy.
(SPOILER ALERT: Stop reading if you haven't seen Episode 303.)
To preserve the shock of Jaime losing his hand to Locke's blade, at the Season 3 premiere and in recent interviews, Nikolaj had to use his own clever sense of humor to deftly avoid giving away details about how dark things were going to get (something he's had to do a lot lately with his movie roles too, like in this weekend's "Oblivion").
With the cat now finally out of the bag, Nikolaj had quite a bit to say about one of the most shocking moments in "GOT" history, one that charted in the same list as Season 1's jaw-droppers like Ned Stark's execution and Daenerys Targaryen emerging from Khal Drogo's funeral pyre with dragons (moments which rocked book readers, who first discovered them in the print version too).
But first, AccessHollywood.com had to ask about his thoughts on the fade to black music - a punk rock rendition of "The Bear and Maiden Fair," performed by Brooklyn indie rockers The Hold Steady.
Access: Did you actually get to watch the episode yet?
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau: No, I haven't seen it yet.
Access: Do you know how the credits rolled - have you heard about this?
Nikolaj: The guys told me they put on this - like a punk rock song. It fades to black for a second and then the credits roll. I can't wait to see it.
Access: Some of the fans were like, 'What's with this crazy music. We've never heard this before.' What did you think when you heard they were going to add a punk rock twist at the end of that scene?
Nikolaj: I thought it sounded like a great idea, because the moment is so... it kind of goes against what you expect because it's just a dramatic, horrible thing. I wonder what the fans would like, the ones who were unhappy. Would they want something like 'Wooohhhhrrrr' (Editor's note: the sound Nikolaj makes sounds like a Didgeridoo)? Because that would make sense. You just (whispers), 'Wahhhh. This was Game of Thrones.' The whole episode has some pretty horrific things happen, so I kind of like the tongue-in-cheek [music], and also, again, with this show, I think all bets are off in many ways, so I think it makes sense.
Access: Speaking of Sunday's big twist - did you ever think you would, character-wise, join the ranks of Captain Hook, Luke Skywalker and Merle Dixon from 'The Walking Dead'? All who have lost hands.
Nikolaj: I got that, I got that (laughs). I haven't seen 'Walking Dead.' But no, I never thought that would happen, but it's wonderful company to be in, I'm thrilled.
Access: You'll have to watch 'The Walking Dead' because Merle actually has something called 'Little Merle,' which is an attachment he puts on his [stump] with a sword on the top of it.
Nikolaj: Maybe I should. We could use that! I should have props call props on 'Walking Dead.' Maybe we could save some money for 'Game of Thrones.'