The Night King has already transformed Daenerys’ dragon Viserion into a blue-eyed zombie, but Game of Thrones season eight promises to convert yet more main characters into wights. That’s according to Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaimie Lannister), who recently theorised the army of the dead will soon conscript some high-profile recruits.
“You know some of the main characters are going to get turned. There are going to be some blue-eyed main characters running around,” he told Esquire.com when asked about the final season. “And, god, I hope it’s not me. That’s three hours of make-up in the morning. I know that if [Thrones showrunners] David Benioff and Dan Weiss read this, they’ll go, ‘Oh, yes we will’.”
And there’s every chance that The Kingslayer could take the wight – Coster-Waldau thinks that at the end of the episode Jaime is riding north to pledge his sword Widow’s Wail to Jon Snow and Daenerys. “I do believe that he’s joining them in the north. You know there are all these swords of Valyrian steel, and you would think those five would all be somewhere in the mix,” he reasoned.
However, the biggest danger for Jaime could be the journey to fight the Night King: “You see him covering up his gold hand, and he knows he has to get to some sort of commander—whether it be Jon Snow or someone else in charge. Otherwise, he’s going into enemy territory, and he’s quite recognisable with that gold hand.
“If he wants to even get to battle before he’s killed by Stark soldiers, he’s going to need a bit of luck. You’d hope he can get there. But who knows, I might read Episode One of Season Eight and it says Jaime meets a Stark soldier and he’s killed. It would be so disappointing!”
Whatever Jaime’s fate, we’ve got a lot of time before we see it on TV, with the final season over 18 months away.