HBO just released photos from the second episode of “Game of Thrones” Season 8, and they tease another major reveal for several key characters.
In the season’s first episode, the truth came out about Jon Snow’s (Kit Harington) real heritage. The final scene showed Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) arriving at Winterfell, which means more truths are incoming.
In one new photo from the upcoming second episode, Jaime stands in a pose that mirrors his brother Tyrion’s (Peter Dinklage) Season 4 trial. In this photo of Tyrion, he could be contemplating the twist of fate of their reversed positions.
What could Jaime Freakin’ Lannister be on trial for? The short answer: everything.To understand what’s happening in this next episode, look at Jaime’s journey. He’s had arguably the most dramatic arc on the series. He began Season 1 as a villain; a smug sister-f—er with no qualms about shoving children out of windows.
In Seasons 2 and 3, he was knocked down a peg and went on a journey of redemption with Brienne (Gwendoline Christie), during which both Brienne and the audience learned a tragic fact: everyone hates Jaime for being the “Kingslayer” (killing Daenerys’ dad before the events of the show) because it went against his vows to protect the king. He’s known as a man without honor.
But his most reviled act is actually his most heroic. Nobody knew that the Mad King was planning to roast all of his subjects for fun. (This was revealed in Season 3’s “Kissed By Fire,” as Jaime laid the story out to Brienne in a show-stopping monologue). In slaying the king, Jaime indeed broke his vows to protect him, but he, uh, saved the world. Kind of a sound reason.
The problem is, the only people who know this are Brienne and the audience. Now that he’s back at Winterfell for the first time since Season 1, everyone else just knows the smug guy he used to be and his incorrect reputation. Nobody knows the explosive story behind his “Kingslayer” nickname.
Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) knows him as the man who killed her dad, while the Starks know him as the man who crippled their brother Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) in Season 1.