I don’t know what to blame it on, this new obsession of mine. I can’t blame it on being bored. I have a lot to do at work and I have a lot to do with my own writing. That hasn’t stopped me from falling for the hype. It wasn’t supposed to happen. Really, it wasn’t. But I couldn’t help myself. I watched the trailer and I fell hard. Damn it… now I am hooked.
I blame it all on Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.
Yes, I have become a Game of Thrones junkie. I started watching the TV series, then decided I should read the series of books it’s based on. Just finished reading the first book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series (that being A Game of Thrones) by George R.R. Martin and loved the huge cast of characters, the intense history of the Seven Kingdoms and how they came to be, loved the frigid isolation of the Wall and the Others and the Night Watch. The Starks of the North and the ambitious and conniving Lannisters of the West… oh the fantastic tensions, plots and conspiracies. It’s just what I was looking for this summer. And now I am so hooked, I have ordered all the other books in the series so this will be a nice distraction that should last quite a while.
So why do I blame Nikolaj Coster-Waldau? Well, it started when I saw the Danish thriller Nattevagten (Nightwatch, which was remade with Ewan McGregor–another favorite–playing Coster-Waldau’s role) back in 1995 when I first moved to Sweden. I thought he was a good actor and easy on the eyes. And then a few years ago he was in New Amsterdam, a series I loved but that Fox saw fit to cancel, in which he played a New York City cop who just happened to be immortal. And now Coster-Waldau is playing the deliciously evil Jaime Lannister and he’s just so…bad…so cunning… well, he’s the villain you love to hate and who happens to be very sexy. Awful, I know, but it’s what happens.
So now I am hooked–and I blame it on the Dane, but in a good way. My only complaint about the show? I don’t think Emilia Clarke (“Daenerys Targaryen” in Game of Thrones) is a very good actress but maybe she will grow on me. Otherwise, I am happy and it’s awesome to see Lena Headey (whom I loved in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, The Broken and 300) playing the bitchier than Lady Macbeth, Cersei Lannister.
So if you’re looking for me on a Wednesday night this summer and you can’t find me, it’s because I’m watching Game of Thrones…or reading Book 2–A Clash of Kings.