Game of Thrones has enjoyed one of its finest seasons yet, but one slightly minor misstep was the cliffhanger to the big battle between Daenerys and the Lannister army.
It was an epic fight, culminating in Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) charging at Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) and facing certain death at the hands of Drogon – until Bronn (Jerome Flynn) tackled Jaime into a lake.
That by itself would have been a great moment to end on, but the camera then dwelled on Jaime as it appeared he was drowning, weighed down by his armour (and golden hand).
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At the start of episode 5, the show cuts out any suspense and shows Jaime and Bronn clambering out of the lake just fine.
It led to people wondering what was the point of the cliffhanger if they were just going to clumsily move on with no explanation.
Coster-Waldau was asked by TVLine about that scene – and how he emerged magically unscathed – and the actor offered his take on it.
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“What you didn’t know was when the dragon landed, its left foot went into this very muddy part of the river and created this crater,” he joked.
“Also, what’s not part of the story, which should have been told, is that Bronn for four years was lifeguard at the King’s Landing beach. He saved a lot of people there, which also explains how he could drag a very heavy Jaime out of the water.
“I said they should put that into the script, but they were like, ‘Yeah, we don’t need to do that’.
“But there are some pictures out there of Bronn sitting out on the beach in his Speedos. It would be great, because Jerome could pull that off. It’s a side of Bronn we haven’t seen!”
Bronn in Speedos? That’s your spin-off right there.
Game of Thrones continues on Sunday (August 20) on HBO in the US, simulcast in the early hours of Monday morning (August 21) on Sky Atlantic in the UK.
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