It seems that I’ll have to wait until late April to find out.
“I absolutely adore and love playing [Brienne of Tarth],” she toldin a one-on-one interview.
But the character’s next step, now that she’s fulfilled what’s been her purpose for the last several seasons, is a mystery – and one she’s not ready to let slip.
“To be horribly disappointing, if I were to venture into that territory, it would be a plot spoiler,” she said with a laugh. The actress, with franchises like Star Wars and Thrones, clearly is now well-practiced at keeping her mouth shut when it comes to upcoming plots. She was, however, willing to give one small tease. She’s very excited about season six of the series, and praised the writing she’s seen so far.
“I think the scripts for the new season of Game of Thrones are really, truly brilliant, and it is my absolute pleasure to be a part of it,” Christie said with a knowing smile.
This is about as much as any other cast member has given us about what happens in S6, so okay. She also insists that she doesn’t know about Jon Snow because she only reads her parts of the scripts. I’ll go ahead and assume that’s an evasion on her part. But going by her logic, that means she’s really, really pleased with the part she plays in S6.
And I like the sound of that!
Here’s where I get annoyed: I do not agree that she has fulfilled “what’s been her purpose for the last several seasons.” Her purpose has been to protect Lady Catelyn’s daughters, and on that front, let no one suggest she didn’t apply herself. It may be said that any other protector would not have walked away from Candle Watch to go after Stannis, but that’s because any other protector would have abandoned Candle Watch long before Stannis and his army showed up. Anyone else would say: Fuck the North, fuck this winter, fuck the Starks, she’s taking her loyal squire south before they freeze to death. Going after Stannis was a detour from her purpose, and when she walks out of that forest, she’ll know it.
The question here is whether it was a mission-destroying detour, and as far as that goes, I have no more useful information than when I wrote my big prediction post for Brienne several months ago. I seem to have done really well in my predictions for Jaime, but I’m still sitting here twiddling my thumbs over Brienne’s part in the first half of the season. It’s sort of a tautology for Gwen to say that revealing the character’s next step would be a plot spoiler. She can’t tell us what happens next because that would be telling us something about what happens. Whether that reveals just a teensy bit of character development, or whether it spills over into other, more pivotal characters’ arcs, isn’t clear from her answers. The entire cast has been deliberately tight-lipped on specifics for their characters.
All that said, however, this isn’t the first time Gwen has told us how awesome the next season is, and she does sound genuinely enthused. (I also like how she plays ignorant about Jon Snow, rather than acting like we’d believe he’s not coming back.) She gave us what may have been an oblique suggestion, earlier this year, that she wasn’t real happy with her role in S5, whereas now she sounds like she’s having a much better time in S6. I think that’s good news, but now she’s all finished with Game of Thrones for the season, and the rest of the cast will be finished within the next couple of weeks, so I’m left here to wait for the new season to broadcast before I find out whether I’ve embarrassed myself.