Those of us watching at home might tear up when our faves die on Game of Thrones, but on set it's completely different, apparently. In a new interview with Men's Health (opens in new tab), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who plays Jaime Lannister on the HBO hit, opened up about how the cast reacts when one of their own gets the axe.
"Bye!" he said with a laugh. Yikes—are they seriously that cavalier about it? Not exactly, but to them, it's just another job and, as an actor, you expect jobs to end. Fair enough.
"There have been some dinners, but when you follow a show and you love the characters and they die, it becomes a big deal because you've invested in these people," he explained. "When you work on something, and especially as an actor, and especially when you've done this for as long as Diana [Rigg] has, that's just the nature of what you do. You do a job and then it ends and then you do another job. Yeah, it can be sad if you've had a great relationship, but you'll meet again later on. There's not much emotional drama, to be honest."
Fans feel enough emotional drama for everyone when characters die though (RIP, Olenna!).
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