Jamie Lannister, without a doubt, has to have been one of the most intriguing and endearing characters of Game of Thrones. Yes, he was in love with his sister and killed kings, but he also loved Brienne of Tarth and was the only one to not treat younger brother Tyrion Lannister like a 'monster'. Over the course of GoT's eight seasons, Jaime became much more complex, as evidenced by his relationships with Tyrion and Brienne, but in the end, returned home to his sister Cersei.
That could be why, after the penultimate episode, fans are finding it difficult to let go of Jamie for good. But a Tumblr user called WeedsAreFlowersToo lays out a fairly compelling case for Jaime's somehow surviving the fall of King's Landing and the Red Keep. There are many layers to the theory.
"Why isn’t ANYONE acknowledging that Jaime Lannister just died???", she wrote. "Why is nobody in the cast thanking Nik for his performance? Why did Pilou and Lena’s insta post not say anything about Jaime dying? Why isn’t Nik saying anything about what he thinks of the scene? Why did he make a post saying goodbye to Lena, and not to the character he played for 8 years? Why is there no talk of Jaime’s death in the game revealed?"
The Redditer also questions Coster-Waldau's exit interview posted by Entertainment Weekly. "He did an interview with Lena and one with Rory McCann about their deaths," she writes. "Why not Nikolaj too when his character 'died' in the same episode in a very divisive way? Surely, it would be important to have the actor talk about it?"
"Apparently James Hibberd [the EW editor] also said there was a character he was surprised to see alive in episode 6," she continued. "I don’t think there is any other character at this point that we would be shocked to see alive except Jaime. Prove me wrong."
There was also a lack of commentary from Gwendoline Christie, who plays Brienne: "Why didn’t Gwen say anything about Jaime dying? Nikolaj is one of the person she loved working with the most. Jaime was an incredibly important character for Brienne. Why wouldn’t she say anything?"
Twitter has also created a "Jamie is alive" thread that doesn't seem to be losing traction.
Although we may be hopeful, we doubt we'll be seeing our beloved Jamie again.
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