Everyone was pleasantly surprised to see Jaime Lannister suddenly join Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen’s army against the Wights. It seemed like he was finally unchaining himself from the manipulations of his twin sister and ex-lover Cersei. Plus, Brienne of Tarth and Jaime could finally confess their feelings for each other in typical Game of Thrones fashion. Yet, in the last episode we saw a depressed Jaime Lannister leaving Brienne for King’s Landing despite her pleading him to stay.
During their parting scene, Brienne is crying as Jaime explains to her that his main purpose in life is to be by Cersei’s side. What’s more heartbreaking about this fact is that the episode’s director David Nutter has confirmed that he utters the words “I don’t love you anymore” as the camera shows only her face.
Is He Going to Help Cersei or Kill Her?
Yet, as Jaime leaves most people assume that he is going to King’s Landing to ultimately kill her. Perhaps, he would try to reason with her first.
“she’s hateful — and so am I.”
This line uttered by Jaime could imply a lot of things. It seems like he doesn’t fully believe he can redeem himself and that he will always be destined to love someone as sociopathic and monstrous as Cersei. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau’s face contains a myriad of emotions though. We’re not exactly sure what Jaime is trying to convey here.
But there’s a strong chance he is going to kill his sister. Here’s why.
Jaime Realizes Cersei Must be Stopped
After she lied to Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen about lending her army to them for the fight against the deadly and dangerous Wight army, Jaime tried to convince her otherwise. But, she did not listen. Plus, she actually planned this in advance with Euron Greyjoy, without even telling Jaime. Then she claimed that he would be committing treason if he planned to fight with Jon Snow’s army in the North. This affirms the fact that their relationship is over. Even after he reminds her that he’s the only one left on her side, she states there’s one more yet to come; indicating either her unborn child or Euron.
This makes Jaime see Cersei in a way that literally everyone else sees her: someone who only wants power and nothing else. She doesn’t care for anyone or anything other than her sitting on the Iron Throne. The army of the undead possibly annihilating all of Westeros and humanity doesn’t bother her in the least. “We’ll rule what’s left of them”, is all she has to say about it. She used to care more for her children, but since their deaths there’s nothing grounding her. Not even her love for Jaime is enough to spark a tiny bit of humanity in her. Ultimately, this makes Jaime detest the one he loved all his life. Moreover, the fact that he now knows she hired Bronn to kill him alongside Tyrion wouldn’t really motivate him to help her in her quest for power.
It Also Aligns With the Prophecy
In the book as well as the show, we’re told that there was a prophecy given to Cersei by Maggy the Frog (a witch). The prophecy states that Cersei would be killed by her little brother. This has been one of the major reasons she has hated Tyrion all her life, but now it very well could be Jaime himself. It’s mentioned that Jaime was born after her, making him her little brother.