With Game of Thrones careening toward the finish line, someone at HBO should probably start thinking of a contingency plan. George R.R. Martin has already stated that he's been in talks with the network about possibly developing a prequel series based on his Tales of Dunk and Egg novellas. And while that's all well and good, there has to be a way for us to keep up with our favorite Westeros residents for years to come. Enter Nikolaj Coster-Waldau's genius idea for a Jaime-Brienne spin-off.
Speaking with the New York Times, Coster-Waldau pitched his idea for a sitcom starring Jaime Lannister and Brienne of Tarth, tentatively called The Heartslayer.
"It has to have a laugh track," the Danish actor said. "Then I would do it in a heartbeat." It sounds like something we would watch in a heartbeat. Jaime and Brienne, two of the most duty-bound characters on the show, just trying to get by in their tiny apartment in Oldtown. It would be like Friends, only more interesting.
"When [Jaime and Brienne] spent that long journey together back to King's Landing and learned to trust each other, I think that was the first time Jaime ever spent time with a grown woman other than his sister," Coster-Waldau said. "She represents the best parts of me and clearly there’s a love and an attraction, but it’s an impossible scenario. They're both dedicated to other people’s needs. And I don't think they'll ever be able to put themselves first."
Which is exactly why they need a sitcom! Picture this: Brienne has to have an awkward conversation with Jaime about Cersei sleeping over all the time and drinking Brienne's wine. [Cue laugh track.] There could even be an entire episode dedicated to Jaime discovering Pod's magic dick and sulking over this newfound information. Oh, and think of what a fun supporting character Bronn could be! He would be around for the sole purpose of humiliating Jaime.
Alternatively, Coster-Waldau also has a suggestion for next season's bottle episode. "I thought we'd have a season where we just did the whole thing in a cabaret," he said. "Varys would be the owner of the club, because I know Conleth Hill would be amazing at that. And we'd all come in and do little things."
Yes, I do believe that sounds marvelous.