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Gwendoline Christie ‘glad’ Brienne of Tarth slept with Jaime Lannister on ‘Game of Thrones,’ despite doomed relationship


Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister and Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth in Season 8 of "Game of Thrones." (Helen Sloan)

“Game of Thrones” actress Gwendoline Christie is happy her character finally hooked up with mostly-bad boy Jaime Lannister in the final season — even if it ended with her heart broken.

Christie played the honorable Brienne of Tarth on the epic fantasy show, which saw sexual tension build between the two throughout its eight-season run that ended in May. In a celebratory scene after a key battle win in Episode 4 of the last season, the unlikely pair find themselves alone in Brienne’s room at Winterfell castle and sleep together.

Gwendoline Christie attends the "Game Of Thrones" Season 8 premiere in New York City.
Gwendoline Christie attends the "Game Of Thrones" Season 8 premiere in New York City. (Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

But by the end of the episode, Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) leaves her to go protect his longtime lover — who’s also his, um, evil twin sister — Cersei Lannister, leaving poor Brienne begging him not to go and crying outside in a robe.

“Personally, I’m glad that Brienne elected to have her first sexual experience,” Christie told People. "It was something that she consents to and I’m glad we see her leaving herself open and having an honest, emotional response to that — and recovering from it. And, ultimately, superseding her expectations and no longer being in service and protecting someone else but being in control.”

Christie, 40, scored her first-ever Emmy nomination for this past season’s portrayal, earning a nod in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category. She’s up against fellow “Thrones” stars Lena Headey, Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams.

As a warrior, Brienne spent much of the show protecting other characters. In an episode prior to their sex scene, Jaime knighted Brienne in an emotional and spontaneous ceremony at Winterfell.

In the HBO show’s final episode, after Bran Stark is elected king, Brienne is named commander of his Kingsguard.

“I love that Brienne elects to have this romantic moment with Jaime Lannister and that it’s her choice to have that,” Christie told People. "And, ultimately, what was my favorite point was that she gets the promotion that she’s always wanted. She is Lord Commander of the Kingsguard. And how it ends is not about her relationship with a man, but about her fulfilling her destiny and her work. And that’s delighted me. That the woman goes back to work!”

Christie famously submitted her work on “Game of Thrones” for the upcoming Emmy Awards after HBO only opted to request consideration for Headey, Turner and Williams. And she got the nomination.

"I don’t think anyone on earth thought it would happen,” Christie told People. “And it has and it’s genuinely one of the best things that’s happened to me in my life.”