Kingslayer. Oathbreaker. Man without honor. Jaime Lannister has been called a great many things, all of which are more than fair assessments. Yet he is also an oath keeper, (he has kept his vows to Lady Catelyn thus far) and a man WITH honor (he saved Brienne from both rapists and the bear pit when he didn’t have to do either), which makes him one of George R.R. Martin’s most complex—and popular—characters. It’s this complexity that makes Ser Jaime the perfect anti-hero. His resume is stacked with horrible misdeeds (crippling and almost killing Bran, and that whole twincest thing, for starters) but he also freed Tyrion, saving him from execution, and we see him constantly struggle to do what’s right not just for his house, but for the realm.
With the conclusion of Game of Thrones getting closer by the second (it returns for its second-to-last season July 16) we thought we’d take a closer look at one of the series’ most interesting characters. We’re not yet sure what his role will be in the show’s endgame, but we know he and his golden hand will very likely play a pivotal part.
Here are (5) Things You Didn’t Know About Jaime Lannister.
5. He Both Envies and Respects House Targaryen
Sure, he envies the Targaryens largely because they have a storied tradition of marrying their siblings, but it’s much more complicated than that. There are several moments in the books where Jaime does reference how he wishes he could openly marry Cersei, because “the dragons always married their sisters,” and at one point, in A Storm of Swords, Jaime wishes House Lannister were above the laws of the realm, “like gods and Targaryens.”
But Ser Jaime also had a deep respect for Rhaegar Targaryen, despite the fact that he killed Rhaegar’s father, the Mad King. Jaime wanted to fight alongside Rhaegar in the Battle of the Trident, but the Mad King wouldn’t have it. They weren’t exactly best friends, but Rhaegar knew his dad was a lunatic, and he and Jaime were definitely on the same side and held each other in high regard.
4. There’s a Missing Valyrian Steel Sword Out There Named Brightroar That’s His Birthright
Book readers and fans of the show alike know how important Valyrian steel is—it’s one of the few known weapons proven to be capable of killing White Walkers. Swords made of it are extremely rare and coveted, and we know that Brienne, Jon Snow, and Samwell Tarly all have them (and there’s the smaller one that was Joffrey’s). But the Lannisters are one major house that doesn’t have one, which is odd, considering that they’re known as the wealthiest family in the realm. Turns out they DID have one—it just got lost.
The sword, Brightroar, is never mentioned in the show, and is only touched on very briefly in the books. Turns out, Tommen II, a Lannister patriarch of yore, took the sword with him when he and his great fleet sailed to post-doom Valyria. Shortly after they landed there, Tommen II, his ships, and Brightroar all disappeared. Tywin was always bothered by this lack of Valyrian steel, which would be Jaime’s if the family had managed to hang on to it.
3. Some Feel Jaime, Not Jon Snow, is The Prince That Was Promised
This theory is more of a reach than the one that postulates Jon Snow is the savior of the realm, but the elements for Jaime to be the prince that was promised (TPTWP) and/or Azor Ahai may be all there. First, the mythos surrounding TPTWP suggests (s)he is a Targaryen. The books drop a few hints that some in the realm thought Aerys the Mad King had raped Tywin’s wife Joanna, and the result was Tyrion, partly explaining why Tywin hated him so much. But Jaime and Cersei could also be the result of the rape—if it even happened.
Targaryens have interbred for centuries, which is also a thing Jaime and Cersei are into. Targs also tend to be either good or mad, and Cersei has definitely established herself as a mad woman who digs wildfire. The prophecy of TPTWP also tells how the prince has a sword that was forged when he killed the woman he loved (more about this later), and according to new fan theories, Jaime might take Cersei out to save King’s Landing again, “forging” the sword with her blood, as Azor Ahai once did. It’s a stretch, but it’s definitely possible.
2. His Hand was Actually Cut off By a Dothraki
On the show, Jaime’s hand was removed by Noah Taylor’s Locke, a sadistic soldier in Roose Bolton’s army. In the books, his hand is chopped off by the arakh of a “fat Dothraki” named Zollo who was a member of the sellsword company the Brave Companions. Zollo the Dothraki and his fellow sellswords were also in the employ of Lord Bolton, but Locke didn’t exist in the books, so the scene went down a bit differently.
Jaime’s hand was removed early on in A Storm of Swords, and it wasn’t his own arrogance that made someone mad enough to cut him down a notch—the leader of the Brave Companions, Vargo Hoat ordered Zollo to remove Jaime’s hand so that he could send it to Tywin as a bargaining chip, with threats to send more parts of Jaime until Tywin paid his ransom, a la Ramsay Bolton. Jaime’s maiming was very similar on the show and in the books, save for those details.
1. He’s Way Over Cersei
There will likely be a part of Jaime that is never over his twin, but the truly hideous nature of their relationship is seeping out in the series’ last two books. In A Feast for Crows, Cersei sent ravens to Jaime at Riverrun, begging for his help, asking that he return to King’s Landing to save her from the faith militant at once. What Jaime does with her letters and pleas for help is very telling: “Jaime rolled the parchment up again, as tight as one hand would allow, and handed it to Peck. “Put this in the fire,” he said.
“How could I ever have loved that wretched creature?” he wonders throughout, as Cersei starts getting more and more Aerys-like. In the books, as it stands currently, Jaime has never returned to King’s Landing to help Cersei like he has in the show. Instead, book Jaime is currently off with his real soulmate Brienne (that’s right, we said it!), who has a lead on where Sansa might be. There is also a popular fan theory that posits it might be Jaime who puts an end to Cersei’s reign himself, so it’s safe to say he’s just not that into her anymore.
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