Will we see Brienne of Tarth in the upcoming Game of Thrones spin-off?
Actress Gwendoline Christie doesn’t rule it out… but in an interview with Collider, the 43-year-old Game of Thrones star said she’s surprised there’s still this wave of interest for her character.
“I love the sound of the Jon Snow spinoff”. I really do,” she said. “I loved watching the show too. It’s very surprising to feel this wave of interest that people are still so invested and that the love is still so real. I think many people feel that they would love to see that story continue.”
A few days ago, it was revealed that a Game of Thrones sequel following Jon Snow is now in the works… and it could well be the perfect place to continue the story of Brienne of Tarth.
We last saw her in 2019, as her story arc came to a satisfying close.
After earning the title of “Ser” – long associated with Westeros’ most formidable knights – she went on to become Lord Commander of the Kingsguard.
“I really love that character too,” said Christie. “I will never stop being grateful for the opportunity to play her. I really won’t. That was really the opportunity of a lifetime. It was incredible. I adored the character, and it came about at a time in my life as my development of what I wanted to do artistically was to express something about the experience that I’d had in life that felt quite niche, but simultaneously was about the very human and relatable experience of being an outsider.”
“I also felt like we hadn’t seen a woman like that on television, or very much in entertainment, before,” she added. “What I loved about Brienne was that she was able to overcome her circumstances and often triumph. The idea of that marginalized person triumphing was glorious.”
Will we see Brienne of Tarth return? For now, that remains a mystery.
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But Christie admits that she loved playing a powerful woman on screen, and that kind of character seems only more in demand in recent years… even if Christie herself is looking for different roles.
“I am hugely invested in playing very different parts now and being pushed and becoming a better actor, developing as an actor, and working with auteurs. There are so many directors I would love to work with, and I want to create different kinds of work. That is my focus. However, I will never stop loving Brienne of Tarth, and I will never stop being interested by her.”
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