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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

Nicolaj Coster-Waldau prepares to face 'Game' over

Nicolaj Coster-Waldau prepares to face 'Game' over

Many of “Game of Thrones’ ” main characters go on transformative journeys, sometimes completely changing viewers’ perception of them. Exhibit A: Onetime golden boy and invincible kingslayer Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), who loses everything but gains his humanity. Coster-Waldau, one of the show’s four acting nominees this Emmy season, chatted with The Envelope about that long-playing arc and facing the reality of “Game” over.

What are some of the key inflection points in Jaime’s arc?

That he would lose his hand and meet this woman warrior, Brienne of Tarth. What happened on that journey was very human. He was raised in an extreme family — no mother,...