A Song of Ice and Hot Takes
Scene by Scene Analysis of GoT Season 7.04 “The Spoils of War”
“Stranger Things Have Happened.”
Bronn is back, and our story continues where it left off last week. Jaime is making his way out of the Reach (the Tyrell controlled part of Westeros known for its wealth and food production), with his “Spoils of War” in hand: gold and wheat. He has plundered the Tyrells and their bannermen for everything they have of value and is making his way to King’s Landing to repay the Iron Bank and feed their army.
Jaime hands Bronn a bag of gold as a reward which gets Bronn talking about his promised castle and lordship. Jaime tells the Lannister sellsword that when the war is won he can have his pick of any castle and live in it in peace. Bronn, naturally doubts the fact that they’ll ever have any semblance of peace to which Jaime says “stranger things have happened.”
Bronn replies, asking: “Like what?” This back and forth is a nice foreshadowing of things to come later in the episode, but also on a larger scale of the fact that things people never believed in before are suddenly becoming realities: Dragons, White Walkers, Faceless Men, Resurrections, Greenseers, Dothraki in Westeros, these things of legend are no different than the legend that is “peace.” No one alive today has ever lived through a period of true, pronounced peace, so the idea of believing it can exist is no different than believing in mythical beasts.
You Can Count On Us… As Soon As the Gold Arrives
In the Red Keep, everyone’s favorite bank teller, Tycho Nestoris is still chillin’ with Cersei. The Queen promises him payment in full of the crown’s debts as soon as Jaime returns from Highgarden with all that gold — which is a pretty clear reminder that something is probably going to happen to prevent that gold from safely and seamlessly being delivered to Cersei.
For the second time in the past two episodes we get Tycho complimenting and comparing Cersei to her late father Tywin. In the books there’s a recurring theme regarding Tywin’s children: who is his true son? Is it Jaime because he has an undying loyalty to House Lannister? Is it Tyrion, who seems to take after his father with regards to his cunning and wit? All this time Cersei is frustrated that no one can see that she is actually the true “son” of Tywin. Everyone has always underestimated her because she’s a woman, everyone including her father, so to finally get this type of reassurance from Tycho that she not only reminds him of old Tywin, but is actually better than him probably goes a long way.
As they walk to the “Carmen San Diego” floor map in the next room, Cersei tells Tycho: “My Hand, Qyburn, has made overtures to the Golden Company in Essos… I would like them to recover some things that belong to me.”
You may have been wondering who or what the “Golden Company” is, so I’ll take a minute to explain them to you. The short of it, is that they’re a group of a sellswords, similar to Daario Naharis and his “Second Sons” who we saw fighting with Daenerys in Meereen. The major difference is the Golden Company has a ton of history with Westeros, and specifically with fighting Targaryens.
The Golden Company came to exist about 90 years ago, when the King of the Iron Throne, Aegon IV Targaryen decided on his deathbed to legitimize all of his bastard children. He was a total man-whore and had something like 50 of them. On his deathbed he also gave his most beloved bastard son the ancient Targaryen valyrian steel sword Blackfyre, which led to all his bastards banding together to form House Blackfyre and take on the surname Blackfyre. This led to four wars throughout the years, known as the Blackfyre Rebellions, in which House Blackfyre tried to overthrow House Targaryen for control of the Seven Kingdoms. After the first of these wars, the surviving Blackfyres fled to Essos and started the “Golden Company.” So all in all, the Golden Company has a lot of pent up hatred for the Targaryens because they were founded by Targaryen bastards trying to overthrow their true born brethren. So what could it be that Cersei needs recovered that belong to her?
My guess is that it is either Dragonstone, Winterfell, or more likely both (she says “things” plural). These are two ancient castles within her Seven Kingdoms that are in open rebellion. In the first episode of this season she says “I’m the Queen of the Seven Kingdoms” to which Jaime responds with: “You’re Queen of maybe three.” She has since regained Dorne and the Reach. Could it be she’s now planning to take back the final two?
“Chaos is a Ladder You Fuck”
Littlefinger decides to try to get in the good graces of Bran, who he probably sees as a valuable pawn in overthrowing Jon Snow’s claim of King in the North. You’ll remember that Littlefinger already tried buddying up to Jon in the crypts, which didn’t work, so now he’s off to find a new Stark to try and put his force behind.
He gives Bran the valyrian steel dagger that was used by a paid assassin to try to and kill Bran in season one while he was lying in a coma. This is the same dagger that we saw in one of the books that Sam stole from the restricted section of the Citadel library, so it can be assumed that there is some history or significance to this blade.
Bran holds the blade in his hand, and it’s almost like in touching it he’s able to see the entire history of this blade.
He says to Littlefinger “Do you know who this belonged to?” I think this was an incredibly important and loaded line. On the surface, Bran is asking a totally innocuous question, one Littlefinger in fact answers immediately almost without even thinking about it, “No. That very question started the War of the Five Kings” he says back to Bran.
What Littlefinger doesn’t realize is that Bran knows that’s the question that started the War. He also knows that Littlefinger was the puppet master behind all this chaos. In saying “Do you know who this belonged to?” Bran isn’t asking a question, he’s repeating a line from this blades history. A line from its history with Littlefinger, Catelyn Stark, and Ned Stark. This is the moment that Littlefinger truly betrayed Ned and Cat by telling them the dagger belonged to Tyrion (which was a complete and blatant lie). Bran in this moment is saying to Littlefinger, “I know what you did to my family,” but Littlefinger doesn’t even know it. As I mentioned above, this dagger is clearly of some significance, otherwise why would it be in a restricted ancient textbook? It’s a historic, ancient dagger that had to belong to someone noteworthy, and Bran likely knows who that person was. Littlefinger, a man who trades in information, doesn’t. If information is power, then Bran is far more powerful than Littlefinger, and he’s showing us that he can wield that power whenever he wants.
The ultimate “fuck you” moment, however comes a little later in the scene when Littlefinger is kissing Bran’s ass further, telling him he can’t imagine what it must be like for Bran to come home to such chaos. Chaos is a theme that Littlefinger has brought up before. In a private conversation with Varys in the throne room of King’s Landing, Littlefinger had his most iconic scene in which he explained that “chaos is a ladder.” His plan is to create chaos and climb the social ladder throughout.
So as soon as Littlefinger mentions the word “chaos,” Bran chimes in and says: “Chaos is a ladder.”
You can see the look of panic on Littlefinger’s face. Bran knows. Bran sees everything and knows what’s behind Littlefinger’s facade. Littlefinger came to Bran to try and secure an ally in the political war of Winterfell. He left realizing he had just met perhaps his most dangerous foe yet.
Meera interrupts this moment of “holy fuck” and Littlefinger excuses himself, calling Bran “Lord Stark” as he leaves, to which Bran says: “I’m not Lord Stark.” Bran continues this explanation in a way with Meera after Littlefinger has left with his tail between his legs. He isn’t Bran Stark anymore, not just metaphorically, literally. His brain has been overtaken by all the information of all the world. He has lost all semblance of Bran Stark, he says to her that he can remember him, but he can’t be him ever again. No matter what Littlefinger or Sansa or anyone try to do, they won’t be able to use Bran as a political pawn. He is in this moment relinquishing his title and rightful inheritance of the North as the oldest true born son of Ned Stark.
Meera tells Bran that she’s going home, to which Bran is quite cold. He already knows. He already knows everything. This moment was really the first we’ve seen of the extent to which Bran has changed. Sure, he was cold with Sansa, but he hasn’t seen her in years and even before that the two of them were never particularly close. But here, standing before him is a girl no older than him, who risked her life, watched her brother die, and dragged his ass on a sled for hundreds of miles in the frigid cold. This is the person Bran literally owes everything to and he can barely speak three words to her anymore.
There’s no doubt that she’ll return home to Greywater Watch, the castle and home of House Reed and tell her father Howland Reed everything that she saw. Everything that happened to her and her brother Jojen North of the Wall. Perhaps this will be enough to get Howland, Ned Stark’s most loyal friend and the only primary witness from the Tower of Joy who knows the truth about Jon Snow’s parentage, to come North and help fight, alongside the very babe he helped rescue from that tower 20 years earlier.
Sister, Sister. Never Knew How Much I Missed You.
Arya returns to Winterfell and is reunited with her sister Sansa in the crypts as she looks at a statue of their dead daddy. Sansa tells Arya: “I remember how happy [Jon] was to see me. When he sees you, his heart will probably stop.” It’s important to remember that Jon and Arya had a special bond. It’s been said that the two of them were the only Stark children to look truly Stark. Arya is also said to look a lot like her Aunt Lyanna, who we now know is Jon’s mother. Sansa’s casual mention of Jon’s heart stopping is also a reminder that Jon’s heart has literally stopped once already.
This scene draws another connection between Jon and Arya in that when Arya tells Sansa about her “list of people she’s going to kill,” Sansa’s initial reaction is to laugh. Nobody believes Arya, just like nobody believes Jon. The two of them are probably two of the only people in the world that truly understand one another and don’t underestimate one another.
Sansa then brings Arya to the Godwood to see Bran. She explains to Arya that Bran has “visions” and in that moment it’s clear that Sansa is a bit skeptical of Bran’s powers in the same way she’s skeptical of Arya’s ability to kill and Jon’s adventures beyond the wall. But Arya immediately believes in Bran. We can see it on her face.
He mentions her “list of names” and it’s clear in that moment that even Sansa is shocked and at least for a moment, starts believing in both of her siblings.
Bran goes on to pull out the dagger Littlefinger gave him earlier in the episode. Sansa explains that Littlefinger “is not a generous man. He wouldn’t give [Bran] anything unless he thought he was getting something back.” This is true, and as we discussed earlier, we know what Littlefinger wanted in return. He wanted an ally at Winterfell he could use to unseat Jon Snow as King in the North. Unfortunately for him, Bran Stark, son of Ned Stark, is for all intents and purposes dead. He tells Sansa and Arya that the dagger is wasted on a cripple, and proceeds to hand it to Arya.
I believe that Bran knows about the history of this blade. He knows who the Targaryen was that once wielded it hundreds or thousands of years ago, and in my opinion it is because of this provenance that he is choosing to give it to his sister. It could be that it was once wielded by one of the Targaryen warrior princesses: Visenya or Rhaenys. Or maybe it was the blade of the original Faceless Man in Old Valyria. Or maybe this blade belonged to Rhaegar Targaryen and it was taken off his dead body by Robert Baratheon after he killed him at the Trident. Whoever this blade belonged to, it had to be someone important and historically noteworthy because it’s in Sam’s book. And there also has to be a reason Bran is choosing to bestow it upon Arya as opposed to giving it to Jon. He knows who Arya is, he knows that she trained with the Faceless Men, and therefore he knows that she’ll have a certain use for it in the days and wars to come.
Perhaps in a bit of ironic justice, Arya will use this very dagger to cut the throat of Littlefinger. After handing Arya the dagger we see the three Stark children walking through the yard as Littlefinger watches them.
Seeing them together clearly is starting to frighten him. One wolf was easy enough for him to tame, but a pack of wolves will prove much harder. He never anticipated Bran and Arya were alive, let alone that they’d return to Winterfell with crazy super powers. The look on his face suggests that he knows it’ll be impossible to gain the trust of all the Starks. And it looks to me like he’s already starting to think up another plan.
Girl Talk, Jon Snow, Girl Talk
In a bit of heavy handed alluding to Jon and Dany eventually hooking up, this scene opens with Missandei talking to Queen D about how Grey Worm went down on her. Then Jon Snow shouts, “Your Grace” and girl talk is stalled.
Jon has something to show Daenerys deep within the caves of Dragonglass they’ve started mining.
Inside the caves, Jon has found hieroglyphics of sorts, drawn by the Children of the Forrest and the First Men. “They were here, standing where we’re standing. Before there were Targaryens or Starks or Lannisters.” Dany says.
But Jon goes on to show her why they were here:
They were here for the same reason Jon is: to mine dragonglass to fight their “common enemy,” the White Walkers.
SIDENOTE: Why is it that all the hieroglyphics are so crude, but then we get these hyper realistic portraits of the White Walkers in full blown color?… Also, why are Jon’s hands covered in chalk? (Just kidding, but wouldn’t she at least think for a minute that he’s trying to trick her by drawing them himself?)
Dany tells Jon that she will fight for the North as soon as Jon bends the knee, to which Jon explains that his people will not trust a southern ruler after all that has happened. This scene reminded me of many of the meetings between Jon Snow and Mance Rayder. In case you’ve forgotten, Mance was the King Beyond the Wall, and he refused to bend the knee for King Stannis. He wanted something from Jon and Stannis in the same way Jon wants something from Dany, but he simply couldn’t kneel for another King. He wouldn’t pledge to obey and serve anyone but the people that made him a King.
Dany, then asks Jon if his people’s “survival” is more important to him than his pride as we see one of those long brooding stares from Jon before we cut away to the two of them leaving the cave. Did Jon kneel off camera? Did he succumb to Dany’s argument? We don’t know, but I’m sure we’ll find out soon enough. It’s also worth noting that for the first time since his arrival at Dragonstone, Dany calls Jon a “King.” He never asks her to call him a King, but his actions nonetheless lead Dany to finally start to see him in the same regal manner that his people do.
SIDENOTE: Jon is 1/1 when taking chicks to caves. This may be his go-to first date move. I think the fact that Jon and Dany were in a cave together is a pretty direct callback to Ygritte. That’s where their romance began north of the Wall, perhaps the cave will be where Jon and Dany’s romance begins on Dragonstone.
We’ve Got Good News and Bad News…
Dany finds out from Tyrion that the Unsullied did in fact successfully take Casterly Rock, but he then has to deliver the bad news that the reason they were so easily able to take Casterly Rock is that the Lannisters essentially abandoned it to go take Highgarden, plunder all the gold, steal all the food and kill Lady Olenna.
Dany is naturally pretty pissed about this oversight by her Hand and for the first time ever starts to really attack Tyrion’s judgement.
“Your strategy has lost us Dorne, the Iron Islands, and the Reach.” She says to Tyrion, before continuing to accuse him of being a traitor who doesn’t actually want to hurt his family. The two of them argue about strategy, with Dany wanting to simply fly her dragons to Westeros and lay waste to everyone and Tyrion wanting to blockade King’s Landing, essentially starving out the people within the castle until they surrender.
Dany turns to Jon and asks him for his advice.
In my favorite speech of Jon’s up until this point, Jon apprehensively responds to the Queen of Dragons:
“I never thought that dragons would exist again. No one did. The people who follow you know that you made something impossible happen. Maybe that helps them believe that you can make other impossible things happen. Build a world that’s different from the shit one they’ve always known.”
What Jon is describing here is a demigod. That’s what Jorah and Daario think Daenerys is after they see her standing in the burning temple of Vaes Dothrak, that’s what the Wildlings think Jon is when they see him resurrected from the dead. Both Jon and Dany defy the rules and laws of reality that we think we know, and Jon knows that there’s no greater symbol of that than Dany’s dragons.
He’s also very cleverly using an analogy with regards to Dany and her dragons to help her and all those around them think about the White Walkers a little differently. If you replace the word “dragons” with “White Walkers” in that first sentence you’d be explaining Dany and everyone else’s initial reaction to Jon’s plea. What Jon is saying is what he’s learned: you can’t tell people the world has changed, you have to show them that the world has changed.
He goes on to say: “But if you use [the dragons] to melt castles and burn cities, you’re not different, you’re just more of the same.”
Jon knows that deep inside Dany there lies the same desires that caused Jaime to kill the Mad King. His job now is to try and keep those at bay and fan the flames of the noble Queen that lives within her. Unlike Dany or Cersei or Robert, ruling does seem to come quite naturally to Jon, and it looks to me as if everyone in attendance on that beach is starting to notice that as well: even Daenerys.
“Who Taught You How To Do That?”
Arya stumbles upon Brienne and Pod training in the yard and asks Brienne to help train her. This is a callback to the first episode of the entire series when we see Arya being forced to watch as her brothers train in the yard. What we’re seeing her take part in right now is literally the first thing we ever see her want. And now, she’s not only training openly in the yard of her castle, she’s doing so with another great female warrior.
As she and Brienne spar, we see Littlefinger and Sansa watching from above.
It is worth mentioning that when Arya pulls out Needle, Brienne’s first reaction is to say she can’t fight with it because it’s “too small.” This is both an analogy to Arya as a warrior, a person who all her life was told she was too small and fragile to fight, but also a reference to Arya’s sword being a classic Braavosi sword as opposed to a big Westerosi sword. Arya is bringing an element of foreign culture to Westeros in the “Water Dancing” of Braavos, just like Daenerys is bringing elements of foreign culture to Westeros in the Dothraki and Unsullied, and Jon is bringing in the form of the Wildlings.
All around us we’re seeing xenophobia in Westeros, a reluctance to accept what is foreign and different.
After going toe-to-toe with Brienne, the impressed Lady of Tarth asks Arya who taught her to fight like that, to which Arya responds with “no one,” a clear reference to her time training with the Faceless Men, and perhaps a nod to a long thought theory that her original sword fighting instructor in King’s Landing, Syrio Forel, may have been a Faceless Man himself.
Sansa has a look on her face as she sees that Arya probably wasn’t joking around about killing all the people on her list. In the same way Sansa barely recognized Bran last episode, Sansa can now barely recognize her sister Arya. Everyone around her has changed so drastically, even Jon who is probably the most similar to his old self literally died and came back to life a new man. It must be hard for Sansa to have all these remnants of her past and her family around her for the first time in years, only to still feel just as alone as she did before. It’s like she’s realizing now that something has broken that can’t be mended.
And then there’s Littlefinger who stares down Arya, realizing that he might have gotten himself in over his head dealing with these X-Men kids at Winterfell. He probably also notices that the dagger he gave Bran is now on Arya’s belt. Probably not a good sign or a good omen if you’re Littlefinger. Bran literally gave the dagger to a ruthless assassin, in the exact same way that someone did in the first season when they wanted Bran killed.
“King Snow? King Jon?… It Doesn’t Matter”
When Jon and Davos come upon Missandei as they’re walking around Dragonstone, Davos struggles to figure out how exactly Missandei should refer to Jon. “King Snow isn’t it? No that doesn’t sound right. King Jon?”
Jon Snow looks at him and responds: “It doesn’t matter.”
This is yet again a bit of heavy handed hinting at Jon Snow’s parentage, but specifically at Jon Snow’s name. In the finale of season 6, during the Tower of Joy scene there was a moment that we lingered on and was shown to be important. Lyanna Stark is lying in bed having just given birth to Jon, and she leans in to tell Ned something. We can hear her say “his name is…” and then all we hear are whispers.
She presumably told Ned in that moment Jon’s trueborn name, which for many reasons that I’ll go into later this week because it’s part of my MEGATAKE that I’m still working on, I believe Jon’s real name is Aemon Targaryen.
Jon Snow has never really had a name. His name is literally the Westeros equivalent of John Doe. He has no true identity. But his name will become important, and that’s what this scene is doing, reminding us not to forget about the fact that Jon doesn’t really have a name yet.
Missandei goes on to explain to Jon why it is that the Unsullied, Dothraki and Missandei herself choose to serve Daenerys. She says: “She is not our queen because she’s the daughter of some King we never knew. She’s the queen we chose.” This jibes with Jon’s experience almost to a T, exactly as Davos explained it in the Dragonstone throne room when they first arrived at Dragonstone. Jon was chosen to lead by his people in the same way Dany was by hers. People believe in the both of them, and now it seems both Jon and Dany are starting to believe in one another.
Hey Jon, It’s Me, Theon. Remember Me?
Theon arrives at Dragonstone along with the other five or so Greyjoy men that survived the attack by Euron and his fleet, and Jon immediately grabs him by the throat and tells him that the only reason he isn’t killing him right now is because of how he helped Sansa escape Ramsay Bolton.
Theon betrayed Jon’s “brother” Robb when he took Winterfell for the Ironborn. Had it not been for Theon there’s a good chance Robb wouldn’t be dead so Jon is definitely not wrong for being a bit upset. Also Theon was always a total dick to Jon, so fuck him. But besides just being a total cheerful reunion between these two, we also get word from Jon that Dany isn’t on Dragonstone right now. The scene ends with a million dollar question from Theon: “Where did she go?”
Meanwhile in the Reach
It took me two viewings to pick up on what it was Randyll Tarly said to Jaime as he rode up to him at the start of this scene: “All the gold is safely through the gates of King’s Landing.” So despite what you may have thought while watching this scene, the wagons that we see with Jaime and Bronn aren’t the same one’s we saw earlier in the episode filled with gold. These are the wagons filled with wheat and food provisions. The gold has already made its way to Cersei and the Iron Bank.
But then, while talking to Dickon Tarly (Sam’s brother) about the Battle of Highgarden, Bronn and Jaime hear something…
A rumbling or sorts…
What could it be?…
It’s our very own Cowboys and Indians fight. The Dothraki have finally sailed to Westeros. And they brought someone the Cherokee and Navajo probably would have liked to have on their side:
Bronn advises Jaime to head back to King’s Landing because they’re clearly gonna get killed here, but noble Jaime refuses to leave his men behind to die, or more aptly to burn.
The Dothraki ride in and start just demolishing the Lannister army, as Drogon and Dany fly above blasting dragonfire at all the wagons filled with food and grain.
So much for all the supplies. Dany probably didn’t realize that all the gold would have already made its way to King’s Landing. My guess is that this plan came from Jon Snow, fly to Westeros with your dragon and Dothraki hoard and burn all the supplies and fortune the Lannisters seized from Highgarden. Then destroy their infantry to that the Unsullied can march from Casterly Rock without incident. That seemed to be the plan here.
There are naturally a few logistical questions I have, like how did 10,000 men and horses sail to Westeros without being seen by anyone? But whatever, there are dragons fighting. Who cares about logistics?! But wait, another quick logistics question: why only bring one dragon? Why not bring all three? What are Rhaegal and Viserion doing?
This was the battle we’d all been waiting for: Dany on dragonback, laying seize to Lannisters in Westeros. We finally got what we’ve always dreamt about, and it was everything and more. This was the first battle we’ve had where the good and bad guys were really blurred. Naturally my guess is most of us were rooting for Dany to win, but over time most viewers I’ll venture to say have grown to like Jaime and have always liked Bronn, so how could we root for them to die?
But what made this battle different to me than any we’ve seen in the past is that I as a book reader, had no idea who was going to win or what was going to happen, and at no point did they tip their hand. I found myself on the edge of my seat watching every blow analyzing the damage done and trying to figure out how this whole thing would end. While the Battle of the Bastards was incredible, the entire time I never felt nervous for Jon. I never feared he’d actually die, because it just didn’t feel like it was his time. Why bring him back to life just to have him die a few episodes later?
But here, it really felt like Jaime could die. It felt like Drogon could die. It felt like Bronn was going to die.
All around them men are being burned alive, and it’s easy to see that Jaime is immediately having flashbacks of his time serving the Mad King, watching him burn people alive in the throne room. Jaime sends Bronn to go get one of Qyburn’s giant dragon crossbows to try and kill Drogon, but on his way Bronn is unseated from his horse and forced into an existential crisis.
Do I go fetch my gold or go kill a dragon? For a second it seemed like Bronn was gonna try and go scoop up his fortune and get killed in the process, but ultimately in this moment it seemed for the first time that it wasn’t all about money for Bronn. He and Jaime have grown to become friends and in turning and abandoning that bag of gold, Bronn was in fact abandoning his past as a sellsword driven by nothing but money.
But then he gets to the super weapon, and we begin to see the real battle ensue: Bronn the Badass vs. Drogon the Dragon.
Bronn hits Drogon in the shoulder and brings the dragon and Daenerys down to Earth after a scary free fall. My one issue with this scene was at how easy it was for this crossbow to do serious damage to a fucking dragon. As I mentioned a few weeks back, for a sorcerer who has literally brought people back from the dead and turned them into zombie warriors, the reveal of this crossbow being Qyburn’s “secret weapon” was a bit of a let down, and it seems a bit unrealistic how easy it was to first and foremost hit Drogon as he’s flying insanely fast through the sky, but also how easily it was to take him down once hit.
We then see Tyrion watching the battle from a hillside, looking almost saddened by the bloodshed he’s witnessing. He sees Jaime in the thick of it and Lannister men being burned alive everywhere he looks. It’s almost as if this is the first moment he realizes that he’s decided to butcher his family’s men. There’s a tinge of regret in his eyes. Especially when he sees Jaime. Remember that all throughout his life, despite how cruel Cersei and Tywin were to him, Jaime was always a true brother.
As what’s left of the Lannister army retreats, Dany lands with Drogon and tries to pull the arrow from him, which Jaime sees less than 100 yards away.
Now we have Jaime’s “Bronn Moment.” Will he go for the gold, or retreat?
“Flee you idiot.” Tyrion says to himself as he sees Jaime pondering what to do. But then, it happens. Jaime picks up a spear and starts charging at Daenerys, trying to end the war on his own. He sees the gold and unlike Bronn can’t resist the temptation. He ended one war 20 years ago by killing the Mad King with one swing of a sword, now it’s time for him to do the same by killing the Mad King’s daughter.
Tyrion sees Jaime go racing towards Dany and Drogon and says to himself: “You fucking idiot” he doesn’t want to see Jaime die, he still loves his brother. And right as Dany sees him coming for her, Drogon turns his head.
But right before Jaime gets roasted, Bronn leaps off his horse and knocks both himself and Jaime into the river, safe from the dragonfire, but suddenly trapped sinking to the bottom in heavy mail and armor.
The final shot we’re left with is one of Jaime slowly sinking to the bottom, drowning. He fades away into the darkness, but before you write him off as dead, remember that while he was wearing heavy armor, Bronn wasn’t.
Bronn never really wears armor, he prefers lighter weight leather, so my guess is that next week we’ll see Bronn save his friend’s life for the second time in a minute, when he tears Jaime’s armor off and drags him out of the water to safety. And wouldn’t it be fitting if Daenerys took Jaime as her prisoner, only to have Tyrion return Jaime’s favor and let his brother out against the Queen’s orders in the middle of the night? What’s that saying? “A Lannister always pays his debts?”