Jaime Lannister’s been on a long arc towards redemption in Game of Thrones, but will he reach his final evolution in Season 8, Episode 3? There are a lot of different theories about who might become Azor Ahai, and the upcoming Great Battle of Winterfell is as good a time as any for the Prince Who Was Promised to show his (or her) face. Now, an incredible new theory explains how Jaime could become Azor Ahai through a cruel twist of fate.
There’s already plenty of evidence to suggest that Jaime is Azor Ahai, but for the prophecy to come to fruition he’ll have to plunge his sword into the heart of his beloved. Most fans assume that in Jaime’s case, this means Cersei, but considering that she’s over a thousand miles away in King’s Landing, there’s got to be a better option within stabbing range.
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Enter Ser Brienne of Tarth, a Knight of the Seven Kingdoms.
Jaime and Brienne made the long journey across Westeros together early on in Game of Thrones and it bonded them for life. We saw the strength of that bond in Season 8, Episode 2 when Jaime knighted Brienne ahead of the Great Battle of Winterfell (and earlier in the same episode when she defended him to Daenerys). There’s clearly some love between them. Whether it’s platonic or romantic is a debate for another day, but it’s love either way.
So what does that mean? Well, in theory, Jaime might have to stab Brienne through the heart to become Azor Ahai. This may sound unlikely, but as redditor u/TheJucyOne theorizes, there’s a pretty logical way this could all play out during Season 8, Episode 3 at the Great Battle of Winterfell:
- Jaime and Brienne are fighting together on the front lines of the battle.
- Brienne dies early in the battle (we’re all sort of expecting this anyway since she completed her series-long arc after being knighted in Episode 2).
- Brienne comes back to life as an undead wight.
- Jaime uses his Valyrian steel sword to kill zombie Brienne.
- As soon as he does this, Jaime’s sword becomes enveloped in flames, revealing him to be Azor Ahai.
- Jaime/Azor Ahai kills the Night King and defeats the White Walker army, forever.
When you put it like that, it’s east to imagine the Battle of Winterfell playing out exactly as u/TheJucyOne imagines. Of course, this would also mean Jon and Dany’s whole plan to lay a trap or the Night King basically amounts to nothing, but if the end result is an unlikely victory against the forces of death, well, I doubt anyone in Westeros will be complaining.
Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 3 airs Sunday at 9 p.m. Eastern on HBO.