Jaime and Cersei Lannister have had a tumultuous relationship over the past seven seasons of Game of Thrones. This is a series that literally began with Jaime “killing” (or at least trying) for the love that he had for his twin sister. Against the ideals of the kingdom, their incestuous relationship continued under a thinly-veiled disguise. Their relationship was tested when Jaime was captured, and though he was eventually returned to King’s Landing, his relationship with Cersei never felt the same.
During his struggles throughout Westeros, it became clear that Jaime was truly a man of honor and principle, despite his unofficial title of Kingslayer. It was also clear that through it all, he saw his relationship with his sister to be the foundation on which all his hope and life rest. Sadly, the same cannot be said of Cersei, who has proven time and again that her only true love is power.
This finally led to her and Jaime finally parting ways when Jaime defied her to join forces up North to fight the White Walkers. Speaking on his defiance with Indiewire, actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau said:
“It’s built up obviously over for some time. I think that it’s that whole thing of seeing is believing, and he kind of got the fact that this was bigger than any of them, this threat. There’s only one answer to this conundrum we all face… Obviously he’s called The Oathbreaker [before] but he’s still a man of his word, and the fact that he promised and he gave his word [to fight] means something to him. He’s had enough at this point. This is just too much. If you’re not willing to do the right thing, then I will. He left. He’s gone.”
It goes much deeper than Jaime being a man of his word. Cersei has tested him nonstop since he returned from the Starks’ captivity, and in the time then, his eyes have been opened to her malevolence.
“She has so little interest or regard for the rest of humanity. It’s all about just her power… He is truly disgusted by the way she acts. At this point, the threat is clearly real. He believes what he sees, he believes his brother, he believes Jon Snow, he believes Daenerys when she says there’s an army of 100,000 marching. That is so much bigger than anything they’ve ever faced… I think that at this point, even the fact that she’s pregnant, there are bigger things at stake because it’s true what he says,’“No matter what, if the dead wins, there will be no child.’ There is no choice.”
It’ll be interesting to see if this journey up North will end well for Jaime. We’ll have to wait until next season, but it’s been a joy thus far to witness his growth towards being less of an ass.
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