This post contains spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 7, episode 4, titled “The Spoils of War.”
Season 7 has not been kind to Jaime Lannister.
Over the course of four episodes, our favorite Kingslayer has been disrespected by no less than his sister, punk rock pirate Euron Greyjoy, and Olenna Tyrell, who actually managed to use her own death scene to destroy him with the most epic display of shade in the show’s history.
To add insult to injury, Cersei is apparently feeling confident (read: arrogant) enough that she’s now ignoring Jaime’s desire to keep their effed up incestuous relationship on the DL by openly flaunting it in front of the hired help, all while promising Euron that she’ll probably marry him someday maybe if he’s good just ask again later okay?
In episode 4, Jaime had to deal with something even scarier (or at least equally as scary) as Cersei on a power trip a gigantic dragon, which would’ve made Olenna’s sick burns look like a tickle, if Bronn hadn’t knocked him into the river right before Daenerys ordered a dish of deep-fried and crispy Lannister.
This came after Jaime had to suffer the indignity of watching his men being incinerated, all while little bro Tyrion armchair quarterbacked from afar, quietly urging Jaime to flee instead of being the Big Damn Hero he’s always been.
Jaime’s killer instinct backfired spectacularly, because the episode ended on an odd note with Westeros’ golden boy floating towards the deceptively deep bed of the Blackwater Rush river, seemingly drowning, with no sign of Bronn anywhere near him as he sank.
Is this the end of Westeros’ most handsome antihero?!
We’re guessing no despite how heavy that armor is (and we all know that a golden hand adds ten pounds), there’s no way the show would dispatch one of its main characters in such an inauspicious fashion, which makes the decision to end “The Spoils of War” that way kind of baffling. (Especially when the episode is Game of Thrones‘ shortest ever, clocking in at a mere 50 minutes, according to HBO’s schedule.)
After saving his ass once, Bronn will probably appear out of nowhere and haul Jaime’s ass back to shore in episode 5 unless Dany and Tyrion rescue him so that they’ll have a high-value hostage to trade back to Cersei, if she’ll have him.
If nothing else, this episode proves that Bronn really deserves that castle he’s been angling for not only did he save Jaime from certain doom, he also struck a serious blow to Drogon, which might keep the dragon out of commission for Dany’s next attack. In fact, considering how many times Bronn has saved both Jaime and Tyrion at this point, one of the Lannisters really ought to repay that debt, before someone else makes Bronn an offer he can’t refuse.
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