WTF is going on with Jaime and Brienne on ‘Game of Thrones’?
He did it! Jaime Lannister finally slept with a woman he’s not related to on “Game of Thrones.” And it was great — until suddenly it wasn’t.
Spoilers below for Season 8 episode 4.
Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and Brienne (Gwendoline Christine) have been the show’s longest running “will they or won’t they” couple. Over the course of seven seasons (since they met in Season 2), they’ve progressed from enemies to friends to ambiguous love interests who are each too psychologically damaged to admit they’re in love, until now. The two knights finally consummate their relationship in this episode. It’s a great moment … until it ends badly when Jaime leaves and Brienne is distraught.
WTF? Is this suddenly “Buffy the Vampire Slayer?” Jaime’s had the show’s best redemption arc. Did having sex with Brienne make him loose his soul?
Yes and no. It certainly seems out of character for the guy who famously said “the things I do for love” to, um, abandon the woman he loves.
But there are two possibilities, here. The shift in Jaime comes when he hears that one of the dragons has been shot. So Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) is weakened, and maybe can’t be counted on to take out Cersei herself. His face falls when he hears that news, and he seems deep in thought. He then lashes out at Brienne when she asks him to stay by appealing to his nature as a “good man.” He goes on a rant about the terrible things he’s done, all for his twin and ex-lover Cersei (Lena Headey).
So one possibility is that he has a deeper plan to take Cersei out, since clearly nobody else can be trusted with the job. But since he thinks it’s a suicide mission, he wants to turn Brienne against him. It echoes his brother Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) in Season 4, when he tried to send his lover Shae (Sibel Kikelli) away from King’s Landing in order to save her life. He ended up being cruel to her in his breakup speech, so that he could be sure she’d really leave (and then she still didn’t).
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