In the fourth episode of the eighth season of Game of Thrones one of the most startling moments in a series came full blast when Jaime Lannister left Brienne to Landing shortly after the two finalized King to complete your slow-burning romance.
In "The Last of the Starks," Jaime initially planned to stay with Brienne in Winterfell – a rather big decision for him, considering his earlier relationship with some residents of Winterfell was not so harmonious. But then Jaime and Tyrion have received a visit from their old enemy Bronn, who has come up to threaten them with a crossbow, because Cersei has turned both of them upside down. Bronn negotiated with the couple and agreed to accept two ceremonial castles in return for their lives. And then, next, we knew that Jaime Brienne cruelly left in the middle of the night and offered his own twist on this old classic of separation: "It's not you, it's me."
In her farewell scene, Jaime Brienne explains that his The main motivation for most of his life was to return to Cersei's side ̵
Apart from what sounds like a rather sadistic approach to Nutter, Jaimes and Brienne's exchange has a lot of implications for Jaime Lannister himself. He tells Brienne furiously that he has to return to Cersei because "she is hateful – and me also." But what does that mean? Will he come back to her because he misses her or because they are two of a kind? Will he try to talk to her before she does anything to hurt his new comrades from the north who are already traveling south to kill them? Will he try to defend Cersei by fighting against her?
When I saw this scene for the first time, Jaime's motivation seemed obvious to me: He returns to King's Landing not to unite with Cersei, but to kill her. However, speaking with other Game of Thrones viewers in the days since the episode aired, I realized that there is no consensus in public about what Jaime's plans are.
There are many clues that we can pick up from Game of Thrones yourself, which is yet to come. I am a contradictory, redeemed, self-deprecating hero, not an incestuous fuckboi. For anyone with doubts, here are all the reasons I'm confident Jaime will try to kill Cersei.
1) Jaime left Cersei at first because he saw how sociopathic she became.
When Jaime Cersei left for the seventh season final to go north, he did so for several legitimate reasons. Not only did Cersei fail to tell him in advance that she intended to lie, send support to the North, she also failed to tell him that Euron Greyjoy was on the agenda – and that Euron was still trying to get her to marry. She also accused Jaime of plotting against her with Tyrion and told him he would commit treason by joining the fight against the White Walkers. All of this underscores how much the couple's once-solid relationship has deteriorated.
Just before Jaime left, he asked Cersei to realize that she had lost all her allies except him – but she also rejected this idea. "I'm the only one left," he told her.
"There is one more to come," she replied, referring either to Euron's return from Essos or to her unborn child, which may or may not exist. Both options would be bad news for Jaime, and it is clear that Cersei believes or at least behaves as if she no longer needs or wants Jaime in her life.
It is important to remember how frustrating this conversation was for Jaime. As it happened, we saw how despotic Cersei had become and how willing she was to betray or rob anyone or anyone who might question her search for power. None of his appeals to her humanity made her flinch – not even his reminder that her unborn child might be vulnerable to the threat of the dead army at that time.
While trying to get her to save all civilization, she wondered how to turn off one of Dany's Dragon. Jaime had hoped that Cersei would now have the throne and finally build a happy life together. Instead, she showed him how thoroughly her entire focus had shifted to remaining in power.
And delusional, purposeful takeovers? Jaime – the man who killed a king because the king intended to destroy the whole city – is here for.
2) Hello, he's just learned that she hired Bronn to kill him
Before Jaime leaves Winterfell, he has to find out that Cersei has sent Bronn to kill him and Tyrion. Not only does she send Bronn, she sends it – weird – with the same huge crossbow that Tyrion used to kill her father Tywin at the end of the fourth season. The message that Cersei sends is that she sees both brothers betrayed and the name Lannister.
Cersei could not bring himself to kill Jaime when he left her in the seventh season in King's Landing. Somewhere in his head, until now, he probably said to himself that she still has some love for him in her heart. But Bronn, a man who has repeatedly saved Tyrion and Jaime's life with the giant traitor weapon, is the kind of serene cruelty Jaime knows Cersei reserves her for her worst enemies.
So, if he decides to give up Brienne right after meeting Bronn, and the luck they've just found to ride back into Cerseis hiding place, he probably will not do it with the expectation that Cersei will join him open arms welcome.  3) Cersei may just have to worry about power – and Jaime may have found out that
Cersei's supposed pregnancy was a source of confusion for many viewers. First, at the beginning of season five, we saw the young Cersei receiving a prophecy from a witch telling her that she would have only three children, each of whom has already died. Although there is evidence that the pregnancy she was experiencing at the end of season seven was a real thing – and that Jaime was the father – the eighth season has seen her tell Euron that the baby is his, while she drinks wine from which she had abstained when she seemed to believe she was pregnant.
Whether or not Cersei's pregnancy is real, all this is bad news for Jaime. When he left Cersei at the end of season seven to fight the army of the dead, Jaime was convinced that Cersei would never kill the father of her unborn son. When Bronn appeared to Tyrion and Jaime in "The Last of the Starks" with a marching order (and the promise of cash) from Cersei, it was probably a clear signal to Jaime that the status of Cersei's pregnancy had changed. (Given the fact that the two brothers were together in this scene, however, it is interesting that Tyrion apparently still thought Cersei was pregnant when he asked for Missandei's life.)
From Jaimes point of view, Cersei Bronn stopped killing him could mean that she lied about being pregnant, or that she has had a miscarriage ever since. However, Jaime understands better than anyone else that Cersei has no choice but to hold on to the throne and crush all her enemies, making her a threat to all.
4) There is a prophecy in the books to which the series refers. It says that Cersei will die at the hands of her younger brother.
The above prophecy was given to Cersei by a witch named Maggy the Frog. Maggy the Frog also appears in George RR Martin's novels A Song of Ice and Fire on which the series is based – and in the books, the prophecy is more comprehensive than what we heard in the fifth season of it's opening episode " The Wars to Come ".
In Martin's novel A Feast for Crows Maggy delivers a prophecy that Cersei will become queen. She also predicts that Cersei will have three children. This part is repeated almost literally in the TV show:
However, in the show, the scene ends before Maggy's last sentence in the book: "And when your tears have drowned you, the Valonqar will wrap his hands over your pale white neck and choke the life of you. "
" Valonqar "is a High Valyan word meaning" little brother ". Clearly, Cersei has always interpreted this prophecy so that Tyrion will kill her, and that definitely explains her longtime hatred and mistrust of him. But Jaime is also her younger brother. Although they are twins, Cersei is the elder – and that means Jaime could be a candidate for the job. In addition, Cersei probably does not think of Jaime as her potential murderer, which makes her more likely to fall victim to him than anybody else would.
So there you have it: A pretty strong case, Jaime does not strut in Cerseis arms to sunbathe, but to try to do what no one else can: to remove them once and for all from the throne.
But if you expect a happy reunion between Jaime and Brienne after he has killed Cersei, not so fast.
The fact that Nutter let Jaime Brienne say that he no longer loves her when he stages "The Last of the Starks" is a clear indication that Jaime believes he will not see her again, which means that he is likely to fight a hell of a expected to get to his sister. (Remember, she's protected by the Zombie Mountain.) That means, if he comes to Cersei and can deliver the deadly wound, he may even get wounded himself.
You may recall that he once told Bronn (in the fourth episode of the fifth season, "Sons of the Harpy") that he wanted to die "in the arms of the woman I love". Ironically, it seems as if this desire fulfills him much earlier and less than he had hoped.