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Why The Bathtub Scene In Season 3 Of Game Of Thrones Is One Of Nikolaj Coster-Waldau's Favorites

"Game of Thrones" is still at the top of the heap for HBO, even a few years after the show wrapped up for good in 2019 (via IGN). The dark fantasy series based on the "A Song of Ice and Fire" series by George R.R. Martin is so popular that HBO went on to greenlight a prequel in the form of "House of the Dragon," as well as other rumored spin-offs taking place in the fictional realms of Westeros and Essos.

Of course, one of the most appealing elements of "Game of Thrones" was its many morally compromised characters. Among the murkiest in the series was Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau). While the princely knight and swordsman began the show as an arrogant blowhard, he eventually grew into a redeemable warrior who tried to do some good in his life. Of course, much of that comes after a Season 3 trip with Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie), which led to some of Coster-Waldau's favorite moments from that particular batch of episodes.

The scene added layers of depth to Jaime Lannister

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau sat down with Entertainment Weekly during the third season of "Game of Thrones," and he recalled a few key moments from Jaime's cross-country trek with Brienne of Tarth among his favorite memories from Season 3. While the first one he mentioned was the scene where he and Brienne battle off a bear, he also brought up the bathtub confession scene that cemented the bond between the two unlikely friends.

"Of course, the scene in the bathtub where Jaime tells his big secret, the secret he's been carrying for so many years, about the night when he earned the title Kingslayer," Coster-Waldau recalled. "That was a high point on a professional level because it was a very difficult scene as an actor, and after we'd done it, it was very satisfying." Indeed, the scene in question, which reveals that Jaime has been branded as a traitor for essentially saving the lives of thousands, gives a totally new dimension to the character's simmering resentment and apathy from earlier in the series. Unburdened of his secret, the character seems to have the ability to finally regain some of his better qualities again.

Coster-Waldau also took the opportunity to praise Gwendoline Christie as a scene partner and friend. "She's just a brilliant actress, and she's a lot of fun to just hang out with," he said. "So even though [Jaime and Brienne] don't have that many laughs together, we had a lot of fun."