Gwendoline Christie thought submitting herself for an Emmy Awards nomination was an ideal way to "say goodbye" to her 'Game of Thrones' character.
The 40-year-old actress wanted to honour everything she felt her alter ego, Brienne of Tarth, represented so put herself forward for a place on the shortlist for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series but never expected to make the cut.
Growing emotional as she discussed her self-submission on the 'People and Entertainment Weekly Red Carpet Live' show at the Emmy Awards on Sunday, she said: "I really have fallen in love with the character.
"I've fallen in love with what she represents... She has a strong moral compass and a very deep sensitivity and vulnerability, and I felt she was a special and rare kind of character.
"For everything she represents in terms of women, I wanted there to be the possibility of the opportunity. And for me to feel like that's how I was honouring saying goodbye to this character."