HBO's Game of Thrones has such a huge cast that production takes place on three different continents at the same time, representing various parts of Westeros and Essos. The series returned with the Season 6 premiere, The Red Woman, on Sunday night, which showed fans the reunion of Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and his sister-lover Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey). Both characters are coming off traumatic seasons, with Jaime watching his daughter Myrcella (Nell Tiger Free) die in his arms, while Cersei was forced to walk naked in front of everyone in King's Landing, after confessing to her incestuous relationship with her cousin, Lancel Lannister (Eugene Simon), who is now one of the Sparrows. During a recent interview, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau teased what fans can expect from Jaime, now that he's back home in King's Landing.
Early on in Season 5, the Lannister's were sent what they perceived as a threatening message from Dorne, where they sent their daughter Myrcella through an arranged marriage. Believing that Myrcella was in danger, Jaime set sail with Bronn (Jerome Flynn) to rescue Myrcella from Dorne, where Jaime spent the rest of last season. In Sunday night's Season 6 premiere, Jaime finally reunited with Cersei, vowing that they will get back everything they have lost, and then some. During a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, the actor revealed that Jaime will be setting his sights on the High Sparrow (Jonathan Pryce).
"His father's gone, Tyrion's gone, he's all Cersei has now. He has to deal with protecting their last kid, Tommen, who's also the king - who is also a teenager in love, which is also not easy to deal with. It's hard to control him. So he has to deal with that. And first the biggest enemy here, of course, is the Faith Militant, this religious uprising, being spearheaded by the High Sparrow. He has to deal with him. That's what he's gonna do."
When Jaime reunited with Cersei, she was clearly still traumatized from her embarrassing Walk of Shame. At the end of Season 5, the High Sparrow indicated there would still be a trial, since she only confessed to one sin and she denied others, but we didn't get any indication in the premiere of when this trial may take place. While we'll have to wait and see if this actually happens, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau revealed that Jaime had never seen Cersei so "broken" before.
"When someone you love is in pain, you want to do anything to comfort them. And he kind of goes to that moment of saying, 'Listen, it's you and me against the world. We can do this. We're going to fight back. We're going to take revenge.' Because he's never seen her this broken before. And now he wants her back. But, of course, he has no idea what's happened at King's Landing before, as we find out the whole power dynamic has changed. You have the religious uprising. It's a tricky situation. She hasn't been happy with him for a long time. I think, actually, since he came back with no right hand, she kind of lost a bit of interest in him. And I think now she needs him. And I think he is, for now, happy to step up. But she's not an easy lady to deal with."
In the lead-up to this season, several actors have hinted that Season 6 will feature a number of characters interacting for the first time, although we didn't see any of these meetings in the premiere. There will also be a number of characters returning after an extended hiatus, the most notable of which is Isaac Hempstead-Wright's Bran Stark, who sat out all of Season 4. When asked which character he'd like to interact with in the future, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau revealed he would like to see how an interaction between Jaime and Bran would unfold now.
"In episode 1 of the whole [series] I had one scene with Bran. Then I pushed him out the window. And he was just a kid then. Now he's grown into this young man. I think it would be interesting to see how that encounter would play out. I have no idea if that's ever going to happen. I obviously hope that all the siblings will meet again - Cersei, Tyrion and Jaime - just because I think it's interesting, that family dynamic."
Yesterday, HBO released the synopses for the next two episodes, "Home" (May 8) and "Oathbreaker" (May 15). "Home" reveals that Bran trains with the Three-Eyed Raven (Max von Sydow) while, in King's Landing, Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) advises Tommen (Dean-Charles Chapman). Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) demands good news, but has to make his own. At Castle Black, the Night's Watch stands behind Thorne (Owen Teale). Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon) proposes a plan, and Balon Greyjoy (Patrick Malahide) entertains other proposals. "Oathbreaker" centers on Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) meeting her future, while Bran meets the past. Tommen (Dean-Charles Chapman) confronts the High Sparrow (Jonathan Pryce) and Arya (Maisie Williams) trains to be No One. Varys (Conleth Hill) finds an answer, while Ramsay gets a gift. Stay tuned for more details on Game of Thrones as the season continues on HBO.