Game of Thrones’ final season was polarizing to say the least, and Danielle Kelly is one of those who didn’t approve of certain characters’ progression – or shall we say regression – in the final arcs.
Jaime Lannister was a character the grappling phenom struggled to understand.
While Lannister started out as one of the show’s main villains, part of the intriguing House of Lannister, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau’s character would go on to become one of the show’s most endearing figures.
In an interview with ONE Championship, Danielle Kelly said the show’s runners botched what was being built as a Lannister development, going from pompous Kingslayer to being a loyal and trustworthy knight alongside Brienne of Tarth, the character played by Gwendoline Christie.
“Actually, I like Jaime Lannister, but [I think] they really messed up the ending. I didn’t like him and his sister [Cersei] during the first part of the show, because he was kind of like a villain. I think over time it has changed,” Danielle Kelly said.
The ONE Championship grappler added:
“I like the development of the characters. I like the way he was kind of, I don’t know like he wasn’t bad. He and Tyrion were brothers. I like both their characters and the way which they end up going from being bad guys to being decent characters, the good guys. Yeah, like cool stuff like that. If I hadn’t picked him, I’d probably pick, what’s his name? The guy who’s a bear [The Hound], would travel with Arya Stark. I don’t know the guy’s name, he was pretty funny. So he was also my favourite.”
Lannister had one of the most thrilling arcs in the series, making it a community favorite. The eventual Lord Commander of the Kingsguard went through so much pain and suffering over the eight-season saga that fans quickly forged an affinity with Coster-Waldau’s alter ego.
Getting his right hand cut off by Locke the Mercenary, getting captured by Robb Stark, forming a relationship with Brienne, being an admirable older brother to Tyrion, and traveling with Bronn the Mercenary has made Lannister such a compelling member of the GoT universe. .
Still, the latest episodes seemed to have ruined this whole breakthrough. Lannister still returned to the arms of his twin sister Cersei, who is one of the show’s most vile characters, played by Lena Headey, and continued their incestuous affair.
Danielle Kelly prefers Game of Thrones to Lord of the Rings
There will always be a point of contention between images of a similar genre, and that’s the case with Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones. Both fantasy giants have spin-off shows in The Rings of PowerHouse of the Dragon, respectively, which both stream on different platforms.
Danielle Kelly, being an avid fan of the genre, admitted in the same interview with ONE Championship that she is part of the Game of Thrones fandom and this is due to a big and fantastic reason.
“Dragons. And I love the character build. Like [it was] a series, I think was longer than Lord of the Rings. But the timeline, I guess, or how they look is a bit similar. Game of Thrones is more intense, with a lot going on in the show. So that’s what I like. And you see like, there’s not really a happy ending with everyone,” Danielle Kelly said.
The Lord of the Rings franchise has been part of the showbiz zeitgeist since its trilogy of films was released in the 2000s. Game of Thrones, however, exploded in the 2010s with eight seasons airing on HBO.