This post contains spoilers for the final season of Game of Thrones. Consider yourself warned.
Jaime Lannister is one of the most confounding and intriguing characters on Game of Thrones. He started out as a fantastic subversion of the Prince Charming archetype—a handsome Kingslayer, sure, but one who we learn in the pilot is having an affair with his sister, Cersei, and is perfectly comfortable pushing children (Bran Stark) out of windows. Over the course of eight seasons, Jaime became much more complex, as evidenced by his relationships with Tyrion and Brienne of Tarth, for example. But in the end he returned to his sister/lover.
Perhaps that’s why fans are having a hard time accepting the fact it would appear he died in last Sunday’s episode, when a building collapsed on him and Cersei. But a Tumblr user called WeedsAreFlowersToo lays out a fairly compelling case for Jaime’s somehow surviving the fall of King’s Landing and the Red Keep.
Her evidence is multitiered. She first writes about the lack of online goodbyes to Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who plays Jaime, when we’ve seen them for other actors whose characters have died: “Why isn’t ANYONE acknowledging that Jaime Lannister just died??? Why is nobody in the cast thanking Nik for his performance? Why did Pilou and Lena’s insta post not say anything about Jaime dying? Why isn’t Nik saying anything about what he thinks of the scene? Why did he make a post saying goodbye to Lena, and not to the character he played for 8 years? Why is there no talk of Jaime’s death in the game revealed?”
WeedsAreFlowersToo also notes there has not been a Coster-Waldau exit interview posted by Entertainment Weekly.
“He did an interview with Lena and one with Rory McCann about their deaths,” she writes. “Why not Nikolaj too when his character ‘died’ in the same episode in a very divisive way? Surely, it would be important to have the actor talk about it?”
“Apparently James Hibberd [the EW editor] also said there was a character he was surprised to see alive in episode 6,” she continued. “I don’t think there is any other character at this point that we would be shocked to see alive except Jaime. Prove me wrong.”
There was also a lack of commentary from Gwendoline Christie, who plays Brienne: “Why didn’t Gwen say anything about Jaime dying? Nikolaj is one of the person she loved working with the most. Jaime was an incredibly important character for Brienne. Why wouldn’t she say anything?”
There is also some “Jaime is alive” sentiment brewing on Twitter.
In all likelihood, this is just very wishful. Coster-Waldau’s and Lena Headey’s (Cersei) social media posts sure sounded like goodbyes, and showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss confirmed as much in the after show special.
But we can dream, right?