When “Game of Thrones” Season 4 premieres on April 6, viewers will find at least Brienne of Tarth’s storyline picking up where it left off. She was last seen delivering Jaime Lannister to King’s Landing in Season 3, and star Gwendoline Christie says that new location isn’t something Brienne is quite prepared for.
“We see her at Kings Landing, which is perhaps not a kind of environment that Brienne is used to negotiating,” Christie tells USA Today. “It’s a world of secrets, of words, of intrigue, and Brienne is a women of physicality and physical action. We see the development of this person as they negotiate another new world that they have no experience of.”
She teases, “Brienne finds herself throughout Season 4 in situations that are unexpected and outside of her comfort zone. … Also, yet again, Brienne is tested against great hardship — perhaps the greatest hardship yet.”
Since most viewers likely know the 6’3″ English actress for her physical role in “Thrones,” they might be surprised to find out that the part of Brienne was initially outside of her comfort zone.
“I never played a really physical woman before, and that was something I was really interested and intrigued by and wondered how that might manifest itself, and the kind of challenges it’s posed have been enormous,” Christie admits with a laugh. “You don’t just find yourself trying to act well but also be good physically too.”
Fortunately she’s succeeded, as Christie recently found herself receiving a nomination as Best Supporting Actress in a Television Series at the Saturn Awards. Brienne is a fan-favorite character, but with that comes the responsibility of Christie not playing into the fandom too much.
“It was a few weeks ago, but I realized I had never told anyone a spoiler. I’ve never said, ‘Oh my God, you’ll never believe what happens, and then this happens and then this happens …’ And I know lots of people are big fans,” she says. “When people are excited to see it and to know it, what I enjoy is seeing their excitement, not delivering the news and them just going, ‘Oh, that happened. You’ve ruined it for me.'”
“Game of Thrones” Season 4 premieres on HBO on April 6 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.