Game of Thrones star Gwendoline Christie is opening up about her character Brienne’s recent heartbreak – and what she thought during the production.

Christie was asked what questions she had for the showrunners Dan Weiss and David Benioff regarding the season.

“Yes. It was partially because I love this character and I read about this character [in George R.R. Martin’s novels] before I saw the show,” said Christie. “So we all have our own ideas about how we think the character is going to develop. Sometimes your ideas become set in your mind and sometimes David and Dan write something you didn’t expect and find difficult to comprehend.”

“This character has been very impactful in my life and in the way I think about women and in the way they’re portrayed in the media and the way they’re treated in society,” Christie told Entertainment Weekly. “Playing Brienne has challenged many of my beliefs and has been really resonate. So there were some things I didn’t expect. If there’s a character you care about and you feel like they go through some sort of hell you feel protective toward them.”

When asked about the relationship between Brienne and Jaime, Christie noted the complexities around their relationship and what drew them to each other.

“I haven’t been certain of the relationship between Jaime and Brienne,” said Christie. “It hasn’t been a love story. It’s been this strange relationship between a man and woman that’s never been able to find it’s true form. Brienne has also felt something of an obligation toward Jaime due to losing his hand to save her honor. It’s something he chooses to do, but she’s sensitive and aware of it.”

“So there is something that seems tangible between them, but she’s never had a relationship before and he’s only had a relationship with his sister. So you’re dealing with two people who are not terribly functional in the emotional world,” continued Christie.

When asked how the rest of the cast reacted to that scene, Christie said that she received a text from Nikolaj Coster-Waldau just laughing and she replied with a sick emoji.

When asked how she felt when Jaime left Brienne to go back to King’s Landing, she replied that she felt bad for Brienne.


“Yeah. And I know it’s silly. It’s just a character, not a living human being, but I feel for her so deeply. I love that she doesn’t crumble from it,” she responded.

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