NCW: There might be an attraction, but it’s a different kind of.… So many things in that relationship, so many things have happened between these two people that neither one of them are really aware of what that is, other than a profound respect for each other. And I think in Jaime’s case, there’s also a gratitude to Brienne. I’m not sure he’d be able to put it into words, but he puts it into action.
It’s sort of a stupid thing to do when he jumps into the bear pit. But he does it. And he does it because the first thing, more or less, we saw of Jaime in this show is when he pushes Bran out the window — and it’s such a horrible thing to do, but he does it to protect the woman he loves and her children. That action, it’s instinct, more or less. And the same here: He sees Brienne and, in a weird way, he acts as he would if he’d seen Cersei down there. It’s very interesting. I don’t think he’s that aware of it himself.