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Season 7, episode 4 of Game of Thrones: The Spoils of War just happened and I am reeling.  I assumed, as you might have, that the spoils referred to Cersei’s winnings acquired from Highgarden and Dorne.  That turned out to be partly true, but it also turns out Daenerys spoiled the spoils in the most fantastic way.  So, we are all left at the end of the episode asking, ‘What will happen to Jaime?’  He will live.  Stay with me. 

There’s so much to unpack from this episode, but it all comes down to the big cliffhanger; Jaime Lannister sinking to his death having just been saved from dragon fire.  It looks like Bron was his last minute savior, having just survived in a close call himself.  Conveniently, Bron is not weighed down by the metal that Jaime is currently imprisoned in.  It is hard to think that one man is strong enough to pull Lannister out of that armor or pull him up covered in it.  I’m not sure how it will happen, but… 

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Jamie won’t die now.  He’s too important.  Here’s why.  

  1. He is Cersei’s weakness.  Jaime has great love and loyalty to Cersei, but he’s watching her disintegrate, promise to marry another (which she said she would never do), and turn into more of a monster than even he could have imagined.  Cersei has one person in the world left to love, Jaime Lannister.  Daenerys has Tyrion.  There’s just too much potential for interaction, game play, bargaining… so he can’t die yet.  
  2. He is a good Lannister.  Despite it all Jaime is ultimately pretty virtuous. He killed the Mad King to keep him from burning everyone down.  He saved Brienne.  He saved Tyrion.  He’s got a heart.  If Joffrey was Cersei… and he was.  Tommen was Jaime.  Good.  So, if Jaime is ultimately good, he has some chance of changing allegiances… because Cersei is very very bad.  And, because he represents that chance, he can’t die yet. 
  3. He’s Tyrion’s weakness.  If anybody can get Tyrion to betray Daenerys Targaryen, it’s Jaime Lannister.  And, because that’s true… he can’t die yet. 

So, my prediction is that he’ll survive and be taken prisoner by Daenerys.  She’ll gain an edge with all of Cersei’s loot destroyed (which means, although she has the gold, she may not pay her debts) and while Drogon recovers.  During that time, Jaime’s presence will test the loyalties of Tyrion and himself which could lead us down some very interesting paths.  Things are heating up.  Literally.

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