Ah, Jaime Lannister. Longtime kingslayer, first-time queen betrayer.
Seems that many of the largest political maneuvers in Recreation of Thrones Season 7 finale had been a farce. For all her obvious concern of the wight from past the Wall and waffling over whether or not or to not be a part of the Nice Battle, Cersei was stuffed with it the entire dang time.
That was one of many bombshell revelations from the episode's concluding dash throughout Westeros: Cersei nonetheless gonna Cersei. She's been a vile, duplicitous monster for seven straight seasons and, hey... she's nonetheless received it!
Though she agreed to face beside Dany, Jon, and their assembled forces to combat within the Nice Battle, Cersei by no means supposed to do something of the kind. As an alternative, she despatched punk rock pirate boytoy Euron Greyjoy off on a secret mission to retrieve the Golden Firm mercenaries: 20,000 warriors — with elephants — who can defeat dragons, I suppose?
It isn't a great plan, nevertheless it's an on-brand plan for Cersei, not less than. There's only one downside: Jaime's pesky good coronary heart.
Her Lannister twin desires no a part of any double-cross, and he says as a lot. There is a second the place it appears just like the Mountain goes to point out him what disobedience to the queen will get you, nevertheless it weirdly passes.
Let me stress that earlier than we go any additional: it actually regarded like Cersei gave the Mountain a "homicide my brother proper now, please" go-ahead. The Mountain clearly thought so. A spread of emotion performed throughout Jaime's face earlier than he hardened and spat "I do not consider you" at a sister who appeared able to homicide him.
And he stalked off.
It is a jarring second that we'll hopefully have extra readability on when Season eight kicks off in 2018. Possibly Qyburn's reanimation abilities have their limits and the Mountain is only a ineffective lump of mobile-but-dead flesh. Who is aware of?
In addition to, there are greater takeaways from this scene.
Jaime may not have a military anymore, however he does have Cersei's plan in his head. And since he wasn't crushed by a Mountain, he can share that data together with his would-be allies within the snowy north, which is the place he seemed to be headed after we noticed him final.
It isn't almost that easy, nonetheless. Cersei and Jaime had been, at one level, the most popular incestuous couple in Westeros. Cersei is now pregnant with their youngster, and Jaime is sort of actually turning on his sister — not less than partially — with the hope of retaining his unborn youngster secure from the strolling lifeless.
All of which is to say: there are doubtless limits on Jaime's betrayal. He isn't a Littlefinger, the kind that plots and schemes out of a uncooked lust for energy. No, Jaime is pushed by a way more base, unrestrained emotion: love.
He loves his sister-mistress. He loves the reminiscence of the bizarro household they made collectively. When Jaime wells up because the Mountain's sword slips out of its scabbard, his face is that of a lover betrayed.
I do not assume even this betrayal will snuff out Jaime's forbidden love. He is motivated to maintain the Seven Kingdoms secure as a result of his final, remaining youngster and child mama-sister are going to dwell there.
There is likely to be hassle for Jaime within the north, nonetheless. Jon and Dany would by no means spot his hidden motivations with out assist, however Tyrion is aware of Jaime's tawdry secret, and he is aware of simply as effectively that Cersei is pregnant.
There's additionally the small matter of an undead military on the march. Dany and Jon may not know simply but how quickly issues have accelerated within the Nice Battle, however they may. It is exhausting to fret over a mercenary military at your again whenever you've received 100,000 undead charging instantly at you.
Again to Jaime. He is turned his again on Cersei and headed north, presumably to dish on her large, traitorous plan. He owes his sister for her betrayal and he owes his assorted enemies within the north for his or her assaults on his household.
We all know a Lannister all the time pays his money owed. Which can Jaime search a zero steadiness on first?