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Gwendoline Christie Talks Brienne of Tarth, Jaime Lannister, And Of Course, Honor

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I know Game of Thrones has only just started its fourth season, but there’s already one glaring omission: nowhere is it mentioned that Brienne of Tarth and I are best friends (I am reliably informed that this canonical fact is absent within the books as well). She teaches me how to use swords, I teach her how to play Dungeons & Dragons (she rolled a paladin, obviously), and we talk over sensible amounts of wine about how wearing pants and boots is the absolute best. I admitted to her once that I occasionally like a good dress, too, and that I hoped it wouldn’t jeopardize our BFF status. She looked at me like I was crazy, and said, “What is this, high school? So long as you are true to yourself, keep your word, and act with honor, you can wear whatever you want.” And then we drank more wine and smiled nobly at the memory of all the bad guys we’d vanquished.

Gwendoline Christie mentioned none of these key character points in her recent interview with Access Hollywood, but she did have some interesting things to say about Brienne’s connection with Jaime, her vow to Catelyn Stark, and her latest conversation with Margaery.

On the subject of Jaime Lannister, Christie discussed the exchange they had during last Sunday’s episode. Jaime may be home safe, but Brienne’s not going to let him forget that she’s got a job to do.

It’s been such an extraordinary arc, it’s been such an incredible journey that they’ve gone on together, and they’ve both evolved so much as human beings that I think that she wants him to maintain that. I think she’s so impressed in the bathtub scene by how he — her perception of Jaime… undergoes such a 180-degree turn that she does want that to be maintained. Also, in light of Catelyn Stark’s death, they both now are united through the experience they’ve had in [Season] 3, but then, both now united in a sense – the mission now is to carry out the wishes of Catelyn Stark, which is to keep the daughters safe. And I think that Brienne is motivated by a dedication to the greater good. It’s a very pure, altruistic, moral sensibility, and so, I find it quite inspiring because in light of things not being evident in the material physical world, it’s still upholding honor.

Honor, after all, is Brienne’s jam. When Christie was asked whether her character told Margaery about Renly’s death in order to absolve herself, she answered that it went deeper than that.

I think that Brienne is a very genuine character and it would weigh very heavily on her mind that there was — she knows few people there and one of the people that she does know there is a woman that, perhaps, would have a poor opinion of her, born of out of something — an event that she’s very confused about. Because we’re dealing with the supernatural, and the two other people that were there are dead, and the one person that was associated with it – Margaery – is there. To an extent it’s unburden, but it’s very important for it to be known how genuine she is in her affiliations and she is a woman of honor.

For the full interview, head to Access Hollywood.

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