“Game of Thrones” Star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau for Men’s Health Magazine

Posted on March 13, 2019

“Game of Thrones” star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau covers the April 2019 issue of Men’s Health magazine photographed by Art Streiber.



On his favorite memory from the final season: “I don’t have any memories. It’s true! You know the Men in Black thing that erases your memory? It exists. And HBO has it!”

On what’s in store for Jamie Lannister: “I can’t tell you anything about that. He grows out his arm. His arm grows back. Yes. It grows back, but not in the way you think. It’s a claw. It comes out as a claw. No—it’s a paw.”

On never personally judging Jamie and Cersei’s relationship: “I think most people have at least been attracted to someone you shouldn’t be. Not your sister, but someone you really shouldn’t fall in love with. Like your best friend’s girlfriend. It’s one of the few true love stories in Game of Thrones—Jaime is dedicated to this woman.”

On the possibility of Game of Thrones actors being “type-cast” after the show ends: “It’s gonna be interesting to see how the younger actors on Thrones are gonna navigate this—because for a good five, ten years in Denmark, every time I did anything, I was the guy from Nightwatch. As a young actor, it drove me crazy—like, Don’t put me in this box. I’m not the night watchman. And, of course, that’s gonna happen with Game of Thrones. This whole concept of fame, it’s a completely empty shell made up of other outside forces. It has nothing to do with you. It will never have anything to do with you. You will just be there to fill some narrative that has nothing to do with you, and unless you keep that in mind, it’s going to drive you crazy.”

On the showrunners staying true to the story: “D. B. Weiss and David Benioff stuck to their guns and said, ‘This is the story we wanna tell; we’re not gonna extend this’—because I’m sure HBO would have loved another couple years of this show. There’s an audience for it, for sure. But I think everyone who watches the show will appreciate that it’s finished—that it was one story from episode 1 to episode 83, and we told it.”


[Photo Credit: Art Streiber/Men’s Health Magazine]

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