Season Seven Episode Four Spoils of War left us with the eerie image of Jaime Lannister looking like he’s about to drown, weighed down by the Lions of his Lannister family armor. As we figure out whether he could really be dead or alive the cliff hanger leads us to look back Jaime’s character development over these seven seasons to see who he’s become and if the show could really be done with him just yet. Jaime Lannister is among the most popular characters in Game of Thrones and that’s a curious fact given his completely unsympathetic introduction, and the countless questionable deeds he goes on to commit. It is one of the names that appears in game of thrones bastard names.
Within two seasons he committed incest, attempted child murder, and cousin killing Yet from the third season on Jaime’s character takes a turn. He appears to be redeeming himself behaving like an honorable many questions remain has he truly changed? Is his goodness for good or just a flirtation with another version of himself that can’t really last? Your bed must be lonely. Is that why you came? I’m not at my best but I think I can be of service. Slip out of that gown and we’ll see if…] A crucial turning point for his character arrives with the sudden loss of his sword hand permanently stunting his ability to fight and challenging his identity as a warrior.
The wounded Jaime minus a key piece of himself gradually appears to become more of a man. The real birth of the new Jamie comes through his relationship with Brienne. We witness the first sign of human Jamie when he talks the Bolton men out of raping Brienne seemingly out of basic decency But basic decency is significant for Jaimes so far he’s been happy to commit egregious acts for even limit expediency or self-gain.
He then goes on to reveal begrudgingly that he’s had a sense of decency all along — that he stabbed the Mad King in the back to save King’s Landing from destruction out of noble concerns for innocent lives rather than as an act of dishonor. He starts showing redemption through action when he puts himself in harm’s way to save Brienne from the bear pit. After this point, the two sides of Jamie — the Lannister and the human — are embodied in his two most significant relationships: his love affair with Cersei, and his friendship with Brienne. Like Cersei the Lannisterin him is beautiful, self-serving superior, and ruthless, allowing no room for human weakness. Significantly, when Cersei first sees Jamie without his hands rejects him as less than the former Jaime she knew. Like Brienne, human Jaime is dedicated and chivalrous. Following the death of Joffrey, Jaime forces himself on Cersei in a disturbing scene.
It departs from the same scene in the book significantly and that many interpret it as rape. Jaime’s violent behavior complicates the picture of the developing humanity we’ve been seeing, although it’s clear at least that his uglier inhuman side comes out around her.Yet while the siblings resumed their affair after this, the other human Jaime continues to act against Cersei’s will. He personally arranges for Tyrion’sescape — an extreme betrayal of his sister in favor of humanity or doing the right thing.
Yet the human in Jaime with this reawakened emotional sensitivity also turns him even more into Cersei’s tool. Through their shared losses they forge a bond stronger than ever. He appears to love Cersei more than his own goodness; perhaps even more than life itself. in season seven Jaime’s loyalty to Cersei is all-consuming and unconditional as if her faults are irrelevant to him due to his addictive love of her. At the same time, his failure to argue back or bother contradicting the many criticisms thrown at Cersei is a tacit admission that deep down he’s not blind.He sees her accurately.
The first episode of season seven gave us a fascinating scene between the twins as Cersei speaks of a future dynasty and Jamie gives her an aggressively puzzled look as if to say, ‘with what children?’ He chooses to keep supporting her yet he’s aware of her growing madness. A key prophecy in the book predicts that Cersei will die at the hands of a little brother. The most obvious suspect would be Tyrion who hates his sister but some fans believe Jamie may ultimately fulfill that prophecy, possibly in an effort to save the world from Cersei which would be reminiscent of his murder of the making.
If there’s truth in this prophecy it sets up a dark climax to Jaime’s final choice between his two personalities. At the end of the Spoils of War, Jamie sees a defenseless Daenerys right in front of him, and he willingly sacrifices himself for the chance to win the war for Cersei. It’s a classic move for the chivalrous Knight which is a trope Jamie mostly subverts. But Tyrion’s brokenhearted words to his brother express that, to Tyrion, Jaime’s unbreakable Lannister loyalty is blind stupidity, embodied in the image of the knight charging into the mouth of a dragon for his love.Jaime’s behavior here even reminds us of Jon Snow’s reckless yet lovable heroics in the Battle of the Bastards.
The final moment of Jamie in the water is a callback to Bran falling from the tower in season 1, our most significant introduction to Jamie. And now we witness another stupid thing he does for the love of Cersei. Given how much Jamie still has left to do in the show, the shot in The Spoils of War is most likely not the literal death of Jamie, but a metaphorical one telling us he’s as good as dead eventually. And it foreshadows that the ultimate cause of his demise is the one predicted by Olenna — the heavy burden of his loyalty to family and Cersei, like the Lion Armor, will weigh him down to a sad isolated end.
Water can be a symbol of love or emotion, so to drown signifies that Jaime’s addiction to Cersei will destroy him in one way or another. Still, he’s got a lot left to do in this story. Jamie’s even become a recent favorite with fans to be the character who ultimately fulfills the Azor Ahai orPrince he was promised, and Light-Bringer Prophecy. The split in Jamie’s character must come to a head as he finally decides for good between his sister and his humanity