We’re still sad that this ‘Game of Thrones’ couple didn’t last long

those romantic things game of Thrones It rarely goes well. Most of these were marriages of convenience, such as the arranged marriage between Kahl Drogo (Jason Momoa) and Daenerys Targaryen’s (emilia clark) or were doomed from the start, like Robb Stark (richard madden) and Talisa (Oona Chaplin). Sincere relationships, such as Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and Ygritte’s (Rose Leslie), often ending in tragedy. The love affair between Jaime Lannister was one of those healthy relationships that still ended in disappointment.Nicola Coster-Waldau) and Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie).

Who is Jaime Lannister?

Nicola Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister in Game of Thrones.

like his literary counterpart George R. R. Martinof A Song of Ice and Fire The novel serves as the material for the series, and the TV version of James started out as one of the main villains game of Thrones. When Brandon “Bran” Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) to see Jaime and his sister Cersei (lena headey), James pushed the boy out of a high window, from which he believed the boy would fall to his death, and uttered the infamous line: “What I do for love.”

When Bran’s father Ned Stark (Ned Stark) (sean bean) discovers that Jaime is the father of Cersei’s children, not King Robert Baratheon (mark addie) as the public believes. In the ensuing conflict, Jaime’s army was defeated in battle and he was captured by Ned’s son Robb.

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Who is Brienne of Tarth?

Gwendoline Christie Kneeles and Looks Up as Brienne Tarth in Game of Thrones Season 8
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Brienne appeared in the show’s second season. A skilled warrior from the Isle of Tarth, she wins a tournament of swords in honor of Renly Baratheon, challenging gender norms in the series’ world (Gethin Anthony), Robert’s brother, declared himself King of the Seven Kingdoms after Robert’s death. This earned Brienne a place in Renly’s Kingsguard, but he was quickly killed by a demon summoned by Melisandre (Caris van Houten) and Renly’s brother Stannis (stephen dillane). Brienne was blamed for Renly’s death and fled his army, swearing allegiance to Catelyn Stark (Michelle Fairley), though she also vowed to avenge Stannis one day.

Jaime and Brienne go from enemies to friends

Jaime (Nicolaj Coster-Waldau) and Brienne (Gwendoline Christie)

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Ultimately, against Robb’s wishes, Catelyn instructs Brienne to take the captured Jaime back to King’s Landing and perform a prisoner exchange, bringing him back to House Lannister for Catelyn’s daughter Sansa (sophie turner) and Arya (Maisie Williams). Although James often hurls vicious taunts at Brian at first over her appearance, as their travels continue, they develop a close and nuanced friendship, each respecting the other’s honor. Their time together contributes to Jaime’s partial redemption arc throughout the series, and reveals a rare vulnerability in the usually stoic Brienne.

When the two were captured by Northern forces commanded by Roose Bolton (Michael McElhatton) Jaime protects Brienne from being raped by a group of soldiers. During their captivity at Harrenhal, Jaime told Brienne the real reason why he betrayed and killed “Mad King” Aerys II Targaryen: When Robert’s rebels took control of King’s Landing, Aerys planned to Burn down entire cities with his secretly placed wildfires. it. After Bolton released Jaime, he risked his freedom to return to Harrenhal to prevent Brienne from being executed by the bear.

Jaime and Brienne’s romance is a slow burn

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Although Brienne ultimately succeeded in sending Jaime to King’s Landing, the two reunited at several moments later in the series, including in the final season when Jaime ditches Cersei for Daenerys and the Starks The coalition forces, the final battle against the White Walkers. . The leaders of the combined armies, especially Aerys’ daughter Daenerys, were initially skeptical of Jaime, not convinced he really wanted to help, but Brienne vouched for him, which led Sansa to accept his service . Before the battle, Jaime knighted Brienne, making her the first female knight in Westeros history. After surviving the battle, the two struck up a relationship, with Jaime telling his brother Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) He planned to stay in Winterfell with her.

Unfortunately, Jaime fears that Daenerys’ attack on King’s Landing will result in Cersei’s death, and he ultimately decides to go back to her. Brienne tries to hold him back, assuring him he’s a good guy, but he denies it, listing the horrible things he’s done, including shoving Bran, and calling Cersei “hateful.” Me too. ’ and rode away, leaving Brienne heartbroken. Jaime was captured en route by Daenerys’ army, but was freed by Tyrion, who hoped he would be able to persuade Cersei to surrender peacefully. But when Jaime arrived By the time Cersei had killed Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel), leading Daenerys to attack, and the dragon Drogon pouring fire on the city.

Jaime makes his way through the terrified civilians, but is intercepted by Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbeck), engaged in a brutal fight with him. Jaime managed to kill Euron and eventually find Cersei of the Red Keep, but the two were unable to escape and were killed before the castle fell, and Tyrion found their bodies in the rubble after the massacre. At the end of the series, Brienne is named Commander of Bran’s Kingsguard, with Jaime’s entry in the White Book stating that he “died to protect his queen”.

Jaime’s return to Cersei is a point of contention

Nicola Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister in front of the weirwood tree in 'Game of Thrones'
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The decision to bring Jaime back to Cersei was one of many aspects of the series’ final season that was, and still is, heavily criticized. However, it does make sense conceptually.one of the themes of game of Thrones The question is whether redemption is really possible. The show explores this idea by having characters commit truly horrific crimes, only to undergo drastic transformations in which they seem to become better people, though doubts remain about whether they should really be considered redeemed. Characters who have experienced similar arcs include Theon Greyjoy (alfie allen) and Sandor Clegane/Hound (Rory McCann) But Jaime is perhaps the ultimate poster child for the subject.

It’s powerful for him to decide that his recent actions don’t atone for his past crimes and that he should be with Cersei because they’re equally evil, but the decision came too soon. It took Jaime years to break away from Cersei, even deeming him worthy of bliss with Brienne, but his decision to return to the former is only shown in a handful of scenes. But even if the decision is made incrementally, it will still upset fans who support his relationship with Brienne, especially since there’s absolutely no need to make the point the series is trying to make. Even if the show allowed Jaime and Brienne to be together, one would still wonder if the former really deserves such happiness. In this way, the show can give the popular couple something resembling a happy ending while maintaining its trademark moral ambiguity.

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