(Warning: Spoilers below for “Game of Thrones” Season 6!)
Since the Season 6 finale aired a few weeks ago, many questions have been floating around about what’s to come on the last two seasons of “Game of Thrones.” We don’t know much, considering the show is way ahead of George R.R. Martin’s books, but what we do know is winter is here and power struggles are coming.
One struggle that will make for an interesting storyline is the one between Cersei and her brother/lover, Jaime, who did not look too pleased with her wild, fiery outburst that killed countless people and led to her ascendancy to the throne.
As The Huffington Post previously reported, Jaime could become the Kingslayer twice over if he still stands for all he did when he decided to murder the Mad King, Aerys. We already referenced Cersei’s witch prophecy, which, in the book, claims ― along with the queen and kids parts ― that the valonqar (High Valyrian for “little brother” or “little sibling”) would kill her. Clearly, this means Cersei will die at the hands of Tyrion or Jaime.
But what we didn’t spotlight was Jaime’s epic speech in Season 3 of “Game of Thrones.” While bathing in a hot tub with Brienne after his unfortunate hand loss/cringeworthy Qyburn surgery, Jaime finally explains his reasoning behind murdering Aerys and dishonoring the throne.
According to Jaime, after he found out that Aerys planned to use wildfire stored beneath the ground to burn King’s Landing as Tywin sacked the city, he took action to save innocent lives. He tried to get him to reconsider his plans, but Aerys refused to back down. He tells Brienne:
Once again, I came to the king, begging him to surrender. He told me to bring him my father’s head. Then he turned to his pyromancer. “Burn them all,” he said. “Burn them in their homes. Burn them in their beds.” Tell me, if your precious Renly commanded you to kill your own father and stand by while thousands of men, women, and children burned alive, would you have done it? Would you have kept your oath then?
First, I killed the pyromancer, and then, when the king turned to flee, I drove my sword into his back. “Burn them all,” he kept saying. “Burn them all.” I don’t think he expected to die. He meant to burn with the rest of us and rise again, reborn as a dragon, to turn his enemies to ash. I slit his throat to make sure that didn’t happen. That’s where Ned Stark found me.
So what does this all have to do with Cersei? Well, in the Season 6 finale, she does (and says) something eerily close to what Aerys had planned, all apparently for the good of her own family. As we know, her family didn’t necessarily reap the benefits of the blast, considering Tommen, her and Jaime’s last living child and the current king, tragically took his own life. But Cersei ended up assuming his powers to become Queen of Westeros.
No matter how much Jaime loves his sister, what she did is not something he could, or would, ever support. And, in a Reddit post by user sparkledavisjr, a succession of disses perfectly sums up all the less-obvious reasons why Jaime could turn on Cersei, aside from the whole wildfire thing.
“Many people theorize that Jaime will end up being the valonquar because of Cersei’s Mad King antics. However, I think his reasons will be a little more subtle than that,” sparkledavisjr writes. “I feel that Cersei, intentionally or not, is marginalizing and alienating Jaime in a way that will destroy their relationship forever.”
Some examples of this:
- Cersei never showed any sympathy for Jaime after his hand was amputated.
- Cersei did nothing when Tommen kicked Jaime out of the Kingsguard.
- Cersei never sent word to Jaime after her trial by combat was called off. (He probably would have come back to King’s Landing from Riverrun instead of feast with Walder Frey.)
- Cersei not only destroyed their city, but afterward, she chose to seek revenge on Septa Unella instead of comfort their son, ultimately leading to his untimely demise. If Jaime were there, he could have possibly saved Tommen.
- Cersei left Jaime out of all her plans, never even seeking his advice. Again, she kept the disaster she orchestrated a secret by not sending a raven.
- Cersei crowned herself the Queen, leaving Jaime stunned.
- Cersei chose to name Qyburn the Hand of the Queen instead of Jaime.
The Reddit post also points out all the instances where Jaime has been marginalized in the past, including his reputation as the Kingslayer who broke his oath and his sad reality of being a secret father of three who could never truly embrace parenthood.
Will all these small pokes build up to one major act of retaliation? Will Jaime finally put an end to the person whom he thought he could trust more than anyone?
Despite Cersei’s clear hatred for Tyrion, it seems the queen is equally as conniving when it comes to her other brother ― the one who seemingly could take her life.