Nikolaj Coster Waldau has admitted that he was shocked when he discovered that his character would be embroiled in a love affair with his sister on Game Of Thrones.
The 40 year old star plays Jaime Lannister in the new HBO series and at the end of the pilot episode, is seen having sex with his twin sister Queen Cersei.
Describing his surprise when he learned of the storyline, Waldau told Digital Spy:
“The end of episode one… when I saw that the first time I was shocked, I have to say.”
“I think usually as an actor you… build on your own experience. This particular aspect of his character was different. Having a relationship, an intimate relationship, with your own sister… it’s a mouthful. But what is interesting and I think what you can relate to is that you fall in love with someone you shouldn’t fall in love with, or someone it would be really inappropriate but you can’t help yourself.”
He added: “Of course, also it is a different world. If you go back a couple of hundred years, the whole idea that royal families would marry cousins – it’s not that far [away].”
Waldau added that Jaime is fully committed to and in love with his beautiful sister and will dedicate his life to her. He said:
“He has chosen to enter the King’s Guard. When you enter that, you can’t marry. You say, ‘I’m dedicating my life to this’. He did that to be close to his sister. So he does not like the world and the whole political aspect of the court but he has to be there because the woman he wants to be close to is there. She, on the other hand, loves power. I think that’s her big love.”