Jaime Lannister is a character on Game of Thrones that has developed so well that viewers went from hating him in the previous seasons to fearing for his life in the latest season. He’s done much to redeem himself despite having thrown a young boy down a tower not very long ago. Jaime’s actions in season 7 might not have yielded him many results with his sister/lover Cersei, but his most recent attempt which was an equivalent of committing suicing was alarming in many ways. In episode 4 of season 7, ‘The Spoils of War’, Jaime gave us the fright of our lives when he decided to attack Daenerys Targaryen in the middle of the battlefield that her massive dragon baby Drogon had set aflame. The Lannisters had already lost, but there Jaime was, charging headfirst with a spear in his hand towards Dany, who was protected by her son.
Many of us, including Tyrion Lannister thought that Jaime had made the most foolish move ever by wanting to attack someone who could easily be sheltered by the humungous dragon by her side. But Jaime might not have been all wrong, folks. This is a man who has witnessed the terror of Aerys Targaryen, the Mad King. Jaime killed the Mad King and released the world of a terrifying monarch who burned anyone that crossed him, so it was only fitting that he try to attack the daughter of an insane Targaryen. To Jaime, Dany is the offspring of a King who liked burning people alive, and she hadn’t exactly made anything better by setting the Lannister army on fire. When you think about it from Jaime’s perspective, as Youtuber Shahan Khiljpoints out, this might not have been completely foolhardy on his part.
This traces back to Jaime’s monologue before Brienne in season 3 when he tells her why he killed Aerys: “He told me to bring him my father’s head. Then he turned to his Pyromancer. “Burn them all,” he said. “Burn them in their homes, burn them in their beds.” Tell me, if your precious Renly commanded you to kill your own father and stand by while thousands of men, women, and children burned alive, would you have done it? Would you have kept your oath then? First, I killed the pyromancer. And then, when the king turned to flee, I drove my sword into his back. “Burn them all,” he kept saying “Burn them all.” I don’t think he expected to die. He… he meant to burn with the rest of us and rise again, reborn as a dragon to turn his enemies to ash. I slit his throat to make sure that didn’t happen. That’s where Ned Stark found me.”
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Now that we think about it, Jaime’s actions do make sense when we look at it from his perspective. Did you guys think Jaime’s actions were foolhardy or justified? Tell us in the comments below!