Even in a show known for its cruel axing of characters, “death by dragon fire” could still make an interesting plot point.
Game Of Thrones star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau has said in an interview that his character “has to burn” for past mistakes.
The 46-year-old actor, who plays Jaime Lannister in Sky Atlantic’s hit TV show, said in an interview with The Observer that he would like to finish the show “fried” by dragon fire.
“Just fried,” he told the online edition of the newspaper.
“He has to burn. Has to.”
In a show known for its untimely deaths and – spoiler alert – unnecessary rebirths, the teasing of a character’s last stand is of little surprise.
But, for Coster-Waldau, it would mean perfect closure.
“It has to be a dragon death,” he said, referencing the three winged CGI-built beasts commanded by Emilia Clarke’s character.
“It’s got to be the dragons that get him.”
Elusive about the source of the speculation, the Denmark-born star promised now that the show is coming to a conclusive ending one step ahead of the books, it is impossible to predict what is going to happen.
“For years there was the whole thing with book readers who knew what was going to happen,” he said.
“But it is more intense now, because nobody knows,” he added.
“There has been a couple times where I’ve actually, by accident, said something I shouldn’t have. But because nobody knows, they don’t necessarily pick up on it.”
His character Jaime, also known as the Kingslayer, started the show on a bad note, betraying his king and bedding his own sister, but has since grown more popular with viewers.
Seen now as a likeable underdog by viewers, Lannister is portrayed as a character used to being disliked by others.
In season three, Coster-Waldau says Jaime is finally understood in an episode titled “Kissed by Fire”.
“That scene in season 3 was a very important moment,” he said.
“The most important for Jaime, I think,” he added.
“Which is why I think Jaime should be killed by fire.”
Game Of Thrones returns to Sky Atlantic from 2am on 17 July and online streaming service Now TV.