GOT bids bye to two of biggest characters



Game of Thrones season eight, episode five, The Bells, killed off two of the show’s most important and long-running characters: Jaime Lannister and Cersei Lannister. The siblings died in the same way they began the show in each others’ incestuous arms as the Red Keep collapsed onto their heads beneath the weight of Daenerys Targaryen’s dragon fire bombardments. And I’ll be frank with you: The scene felt wrong to me.

At the beginning of Game of Thrones, Jaime and Cersei were not only lovers, but moral equals. As the series progressed, Jaime embarked down a path of redemption, eventually becoming a reformed man and hero of sorts. Cersei, by contrast, swung even more into villainy playing the role of evil genius for most of this season. For the two to die together, still in love, and as equals with Cersei even sympathetically pleading for her life feels like the wrong end for them, narratively speaking. Jaime’s death is a tragedy; Cersei has become such a monster that her death is honestly worth celebrating. The scene felt wrong.

Think about the last time Jaime and Cersei were together prior to this episode at the end of season seven. Cersei had just seen irrefutable proof that the undead were real, and that the Army of the Dead was coming for all of humanity. She told Daenerys and Jon Snow that she would send her forces to support them, but later revealed to Jaime that she was lying in a bid to weaken her human enemies and cement her hold on the Iron throne. Jaime was so disgusted by this plan, by playing politics with the future of the entire human race, that he departed King’s Landing in disgust which is how he ended up joining up with Jon and Daenerys this season. — VoM

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