When we last saw Gwendoline Christie's brave Brienne at the end of Game of Thrones Season 5, the noble protector was dispatching Stannis Baratheon with her awesome Oathkeeper, thus avenging the blood-magic murder of Renly Baratheon under her watch. It was a fitting finale to that part of her character arc, allowing for her to break out into new realms of exploring an ultimate destiny in the Seven Kingdoms.
Though given a showcase scene in the season finale, Brienne was mostly relegated to the story's sidelines for much of the year and in a new interview with EW, Christie shares her excitement for her errant knight's impending breakout from the shadows.
“After Season 5, people would come up on the street moaning about why wasn’t Brienne wasn’t doing more," she said. "I’d say, ‘I’m terribly sorry, I’m not really in charge of that.’ I got the scripts for season 6 and I thought the story was so fantastic. It’s really exciting to see Brienne burst forth again. Brienne is so unique and unconventional and so strong, and I love the writing hasn’t allowed her to just rest there. [Showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss] are so terrific about how they develop characters. We see her develop like the way a human being might through life."
Christie elaborates on the impending exploits of her character and future encounters with new heroes and villains this year.
"So many characters for so long had their isolated storylines and as a fan of this show as well, I’ve been wanting and dreaming — ‘I wonder what it would be like to see this person interact with this other person?’ And that’s what starts to unfold.”
Diversity in the Hollywood community is a serious subject for the actress who inhabited the gleaming armor of Captain Phasma in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and she champions the chance to represent a new breed of strong women characters.
“Women talk to me about how Brienne is important to them and they’re really happy it illustrates an unconventional side of femininity and womanhood compared to what we’re used to seeing,” she says. “There’s a shift in the kind of things people want to see in entertainment, and I hope this breeds in people’s minds and we see more different incarnations of women. I really am in a position now where I’m very lucky to do other things. But I don’t ever want to stop playing this part.”
Do you think this added screen time with Brienne of Tarth spells certain doom for her in Season 6, or do you believe she'll live to fight another day? Game of Thrones returns to HBO on April 24, 2016.