Nikolaj Coster-Waldau has filmed his last Game of Thrones scene as Jaime Lannister but he's not quite done with the series. The premiere for the final Game of Thrones episodes is still a way off. Game of Thrones season 8 will premiere in 2019, with the final six episodes set to arrive at an unknown point next year. While early summer has typically been the premiere date for Game of Thrones, that may not be the case with season 8.
Even though the final season is delayed, the cast and crew are hard at work in bringing the fantasy series to a close. Coster-Waldau, who has been with the series since the very start, is confident that the end will be worth the wait. According to the actor, Game of Thrones season 8 is the most ambitious season yet.
In an interview with Variety, Coster-Waldau shed some minor details about the anticipated finale. As ever, the events of the final Game of Thrones season are being shrouded in secrecy, especially now that the show is well beyond the books. Though the actor gave no hint of what Jaime Lannister's final moment is, he did reveal that the scene has already been filmed and finished. However, Coster also explained that he's "not 100% done" and is returning to the filming location shortly. When it came to talking about the season as a whole, the actor did explain a little bit more. He especially praised Game of Thrones showrunners, D.B. Weiss and David Benioff, saying:
They just couldn’t have done a better job on ending our story. We’ve worked harder than ever before. We spent twice as much shooting these six episodes than we did on two full seasons before. No expense has been spared. We’ve gone all in.
Coster-Waldau's information about the final season of Game of Thrones is exciting but not all that surprising. Even though Game of Thrones season 8 has the shortest episode count ever, it would make sense as the most expensive season. In fact, one of the reasons that Game of Thrones has a small episode count for season 8 is because the budget couldn't afford the the usual 10 episodes. Game of Thrones season 7 did end with The Wall being destroyed by the Night King on the back of an undead ice dragon, which definitely wasn't cheap.
The reveal that Coster-Waldau has filmed Jaime's final moment might sound more revealing. However, in reality, it doesn't tell us much about the final season or Jaime's arc. Game of Thrones' production schedule has always been similar to a movie, with episodes being filmed entirely out of sequence. Emilia Clarke has also filmed her final moment as Daenerys Targaryen and that likely means nothing for Dany's final fate.
Of course, all that being said, it would be rather shocking if Jaime Lannister survives the entire final season of the series. Jaime has been on a destructive path since the very first episode and he's in an especially dark place as he's recognized his sister (and lover) is more concerned with power than anyone or anything else. Jamie will obviously have a big role, because he's a hugely important character, but it wouldn't be all too surprising if he went out somewhere halfway through the final episode count.
A popular fan theory, which Coster-Waldau has admitted makes sense, is that Jaime will kill, possibly strangle, Cersei in the final season. Jaime may be forced to murder his sister, realizing she's finally gone too far and the killing would probably directly lead to Jaime's own demise, likely from suicide. This would move Jaime from Kingslayer to Queenslayer and complete Jaime's arc in the most tragic way possible.
Game of Thrones season 8 will return sometime in 2019.