Game of Thrones star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau talks his most hard-to-watch scenes


Even Game of Thrones actors have a hard time watching some of the most gruesome scenes on the show ever.

We all know Game of Thrones can make viewers uncomfortable at times – and that includes its actors.

According to CinemaBlend, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who plays Jaime Lannister on the series, some scenes he had trouble getting through. When speaking about Shireen Baratheon’s death, he said it

"“was just cruel. I understand why they did it, but I just couldn’t watch it. And it was difficult to even read.”"

Let me refresh your memory.

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Shireen was the daughter of Stannis and Selyse Baratheon, and she once suffered from Greyscale but was miraculously cured. While she loves her father, she doesn’t get along with her mother as well. As Stannis tried to take the Iron Throne, he and his wife get mixed up with Melisandre and the Lord of Light.

When it seems as if Stannis’ army will die in the harshness of winter, Melisandre convinces the Baratheons that they need to make a massive sacrifice to press forward. They tie Shireen to a pyre and burn her alive.

It’s one of the most horrifying things I’ve ever watched on any T.V. show, so I’m glad Coster-Waldau feels the same way. Did I mention this plot point isn’t even in the books?!

Another scene Coster-Waldau had a hard time watching was when Lysa Arryn breastfed her grown son, Robin. He said,

"“It was so weird and wrong on every level.”"

I couldn’t agree more.

There are a ton of horrifying scenes from Game of Thrones to choose from. But, for me, one of worst was watching Ramsay Bolton rape Sansa Stark on their “wedding night,” and making Theon watch.

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Really, any scene with Ramsay is unsettling. His torturing of Theon, his killing for sport, his murdering of his father, stepmother, and half-brother, his murdering of Rickon are just some examples.

In your opinion, what is the most difficult scene to watch on Game of Thrones? Let us know in the comments.