by Travis M. Andrews@ the Washington Post….
Because your thirst for “Game of Thrones” content is as unquenchable as the Night King’s thirst for murdering all of humanity, here is a piece in which I break down the teaser trailer and make wild predictions for the next episode.
As always, this post contains a multitude of spoilers. Otherwise, it would be very short.
The Jaime in the room
The first thing stressed in the teaser is how there’s one reunion that might not be as joyful as the others stuffed into last week’s rom-com-esque Season 8 premiere: That between Jaime Lannister and … like, everyone. Because you know the old saying: Secretly father several children with your twin sister, kill a whole bunch of people, betray some others, throw a child from a castle window, and karma just might come back to bite you!
The teaser opens with a shot of Jaime standing in the middle of Winterfell’s great hall, soundtracked by a voice-over from Daenerys Targaryen.
“When I was a child, my brother would tell me a bedtime story about the man who murdered our father. And all the things we would do to that man,” the queen of dragons says, as the camera cuts to reveal that she’s speaking directly to Jaime.
Amid all this, Bran Stark/the Three-Eyed Raven/guy who probably wore a trench coat to high school in the summer, stares on impassively at Jaime. It might seem as though Bran doesn’t really care about Jaime anymore, but he’s not Bran anymore (as he told everyone who would listen last episode).
Still, this is a pretty tense situation for Jaime. Remember, he’s called the Kingslayer because he killed King Aerys II Targaryen a.k.a the Mad King.
Jaime may have been right to slay the king, who had lost his mind. But it’s tricky, because Jaime was a member of the Kingsguard, meaning he was sworn to protect the very king he ended up killing. Plus, when Robert Baratheon took the throne, Daenerys was exiled to the male-dominated Essos. And, yeah, she got some dragons and an army and some nice memories (looking at you, Daario) out of it, but as Liz Phair has taught us, exile in guyville really isn’t that good of a time.
Plus, there’s the whole thing where Jaime paralyzed Bran simply for catching him, ah, carnally enjoying his twin sister and the mother of his (mostly dead) children.
Needless to say, things are a little awkward…..
I don’t watch the show…
But a LOT of people seem too…..
So this post for those who do….