HBO’s Game of Thrones season eight opener delivered several character reunions – Jon and Sam, Sansa and Tyrion, Arya and practically everybody – but it held back the most powerful for the episode’s final scene, which fans raved about on Sunday night.
The closing sequence of ‘Winterfell’ saw Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) ride into Winterfell, where he was face to face with Brandon (Isaac Hempstead Wright) – the young boy Jaime had once left paralyzed, now evolved into the Three-Eyed Raven.
Speaking to Digital Spy and other press about this dramatic meeting, Coster-Waldau said: “Jaime meeting Bran is a surprise, but it’s one of those wonderful surprises that is expected; it’s a nice pay-off.
“I’m really proud to be part of the show because [showrunners] Dan [Weiss], David [Benioff] and the writers – Bryan [Cogman] and Dave [Hill] – have put in some fun throwbacks. This really is the ending of the show, so there are lots of pay-offs to scenes from earlier seasons.
“[The Jaime/Bran reunion] is a pay-off to episode one of season one, but there will be more in the show this season. I think that’s really cool because it’s a story; it’s all been one story. It’s just taken a long time to tell it.”
Fans might be expecting Bran to seek revenge on Jaime for what happened all the way back in Game of Thrones‘ very first episode – or, if he’s now above such things, then maybe one of the Starks might be looking to mete out some punishment?
“I don’t know if he’s doomed,” Coster-Waldau said of Jaime’s fate. “I forgot about the moment earlier in the episode when Bran is sitting there and Sam comes up to him and asks, ‘What are you doing here?’ and Bran says, ‘I’m waiting for an old friend.’
“At that point, I thought, ‘Oh, shit!’ – clearly, Bran knows [Jaime is coming]. What will happen next? Is he going to spill the beans? That could very well be scene one of episode two and you could see Jon Snow swing the sword!”
The eighth and final season of “Game of Thrones” will premiere Sunday, April 14 at 9/8c on HBO. Follow “Game of Thrones AfterWord” for all breaking news on Facebook.
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