“A lifetime of disappointment and distilled rage”: What Appealed Game of Thrones’ Gwendoline Christie to Go From a Respected Warrior to the Ruler of Hell?

“A lifetime of disappointment and distilled rage”: What Appealed Game of Thrones’ Gwendoline Christie to Go From a Respected Warrior to the Ruler of Hell?

Despite its disappointing end, Game of Thrones was a beast of a show that introduced us to some amazing performers portraying unforgettable characters. It is an absolute delight to watch the many actors from Game of Thrones now making appearances in Netflix shows and films. For sure, our very own master conspirator, Little Finger (Aidan Gillen) did not miss your keen eye when he appeared as Aberama Gold in Peaky Blinders. Also, did you notice the leader of the Faceless Men (Tom Wlaschiha) as Hopper’s Russian accomplice in Stranger Things? Another beloved Game of Thrones character to grace the streaming platform is Gwendoline Christie. The honorable and fierce Brienne of Tarth is all set to embody the fallen angel Lucifer Morningstar.

What drew Gwendoline Christie to play Lucifer?

In a recent interview with Den of Geek, Gwendoline Christie had a heart-to-heart about her journey to The Sandman. When asked about Lucifer’s appeal, she candidly delved into her desire to play a “range of parts” after her portrayal of Brienne. After being offered the role, she was “hugely flattered and excited for the opportunity to play someone so evil.”

Talking about the character itself, she illustrated, “Lucifer is a lifetime of disappointment and distilled rage. [Lucifer] isn’t interested in doing the right thing, only in satisfying their immediate needs, no matter how petty.” The creators wanted to maintain the essence of the Lucifer conceptualized by Neil Gaiman and in “some essential way, look like Lucifer in the comics.” Gwendoline also shared that she “as a performer, can look androgynous, and that felt right for this Lucifer.”

Despite some major fan backlash, Gaiman’s decision to gender swap Lucifer for the “incredibly powerful” Gwendoline Christie might just be a masterstroke. Christie even spoke about the filming process and the honor of working with Neil and his vision. “Neil wrote the comics [30] years ago, so sometimes he would say there were things that he would change or have updated. But because he had such a strong voice throughout it all, you felt very much in the best hands.”

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The Devil Comes in many forms

Prince of Darkness, Satan, Beelzebub, and many more. The Devil has many names and even more portrayals in literature and on screen. From the biblical fallen angel to Brad Pitt in The Devil’s Own, Al Pacino in Devil’s Advocate, the iconic imagery of Lucifer by John Milton in Paradise Lost and the numerous recreations for horror films, we have seen countless brands and designs of Satan.

The most recent was also a rendition of Neil Gaiman’s Lucifer from The Sandman, portrayed by Tom Ellis. Humanizing the Devil, Lucifer on Netflix was a hilarious take on the menacing character. Now with the live-action adaptation of The Sandman, we are super excited for Gwendoline Christie to give us her reenactment of the ruler of hell and the face-off with The Sandman aka Dream.

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The wait for Neil Gaiman’s masterpiece to come alive is almost over. The Sandman will premiere worldwide on August 5 on Netflix. Meanwhile, let us know your thoughts about Gwendoline Christie as Lucifer Morningstar, in the comments.


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