Game of Throne Season 8 Jaime Plan to Kill Cersei in Episode 5: In the fourth episode of\u00a0Game of Thrones\u2019 eighth season, one of the most startling moments in an episode\u00a0full of them\u00a0came when Jaime Lannister left Brienne to travel to King\u2019s Landing, shortly after the two finally consummated their slow-burning romance.\r\n\r\n\u201cThe Last of the Starks\u201d saw Jaime initially plan to stay with Brienne in Winterfell \u2014 a pretty huge decision for him, considering his\u00a0not-so-harmonious past relationship\u00a0with some of Winterfell\u2019s residents. But then Jaime and Tyrion received a visit from their old frenemy Bronn, who showed up to threaten them with a crossbow because Cersei has put a price on both their heads. Bronn negotiated with the pair, agreeing to accept two swank castles in exchange for their lives. And then next thing we knew, Jaime was cruelly leaving Brienne in the dead of night, offering up his own spin on that old breakup classic, \u201cIt\u2019s not you, it\u2019s me.\u201d\r\n\r\nIn their\u00a0goodbye scene, Jaime explains to Brienne that for most of his life, his primary motivation has been to return to Cersei\u2019s side \u2014 and that\u2019s why he\u2019s chosen to leave Brienne now. Even more heartbreakingly,\u00a0per the episode\u2019s director, David Nutter,\u00a0Jaime coldly informs Brienne, \u201cI don\u2019t love you anymore,\u201d as the camera focuses on her face, though we don\u2019t hear him say this. Her tearful reaction upon hearing it is what we see onscreen as Jaime rides away.\r\n\r\nhttps:\/\/youtu.be\/38IxUwMSEtg\r\n\r\nSetting aside\u00a0what sounds like a pretty sadistic approach from Nutter in terms of how the scene was filmed, Jaime and Brienne\u2019s exchange contains a lot of implications for Jaime Lannister himself. He tells Brienne raggedly that he has to return to Cersei because \u201cshe\u2019s hateful \u2014 and so am I.\u201d But what does that mean? Is he going back to join her because he misses her, or because they\u2019re two of a kind? Is he going to try to reason with her before she does anything to hurt his new comrades from the North, who are already traveling south to kill her? Is he going to try to defend Cersei by fighting against them?\r\n\r\nWhen I first viewed this scene, Jaime\u2019s motivation seemed obvious to me: He\u2019s going back to King\u2019s Landing not to reunite with Cersei, but to kill her. However, after talking to other Game of Thrones\u00a0viewers in the days since the episode aired, I\u2019ve realized there is by no means a general public consensus on what Jaime\u2019s plans are.\r\n\r\nWith that said, there are plenty of clues we can pick up from\u00a0Game of Thrones\u00a0itself about what\u2019s to come. I stan a conflicted, redeemed, self-loathing hero, not an incestuous fuckboi, so for anyone in doubt, here are all the reasons I\u2019m confident that Jaime will try to kill Cersei.\r\n1) Jaime initially left Cersei because he\u2019s seen how sociopathic she\u2019s become\r\nWhen Jaime left Cersei to ride north in the season seven finale, he did so for a number of legitimate reasons. Not only did Cersei fail to tell him in advance that she was planning to lie about sending support to the north, she also failed to tell him that Euron Greyjoy was in on the plot \u2014 and that Euron was still looking to marry her. She also accused Jaime of conspiring against her with Tyrion, and told him he\u2019d be committing treason if he joined the fight against the White Walkers. All of this underlines just how much the couple\u2019s once-solid relationship has deteriorated.\r\n\r\nCrucially, right before Jaime left, he pleaded with Cersei to recognize that she\u2019s lost all her allies except for him \u2014 but she rejected that idea too. \u201cI\u2019m the only one you have left,\u201d he told her.\r\n\r\n\u201cThere\u2019s one more yet to come,\u201d she replied, referencing either Euron\u2019s return from Essos or their unborn child, who may or may not exist. Both options would be bad news for Jaime, and it\u2019s clear that Cersei thinks \u2014 or is least is acting as if \u2014 she no longer needs or wants Jaime in her life.\r\n\r\nhttps:\/\/youtu.be\/jOMa0LeWArE\r\n\r\nIt\u2019s important to remember just how frustrating that conversation was for Jaime. As it unfolded, we saw him realize just how despotic Cersei had become, and how willing she was to betray or throw over anyone and everyone who might challenge her quest for power. None of his appeals to her humanity caused her to even flinch \u2014 not even his reminder that their unborn child could be vulnerable to the then-impending threat of the army of the dead.\r\n\r\nWhile he was trying to get her to care about saving all of civilization, she was thinking about how to take out one of Dany\u2019s dragons. Jaime had hoped that now that Cersei had the throne, they might finally build a happy life together. Instead, she showed him just how thoroughly her entire focus had shifted staying in power.\r\n\r\nAnd delusional, single-minded power grabs? Well, that\u2019s just not something Jaime \u2014 the man who killed a king because the king was planning to destroy the whole city \u2014 is here for.\r\n2) Hello, he just learned that she hired Bronn to kill him\r\nThe scene before Jaime leaves Winterfell involves him finding out that Cersei has sent Bronn to kill both him and Tyrion. Not only does she send Bronn, but she sends him \u2014 hilariously \u2014 with the same giant crossbow that Tyrion used to kill their father, Tywin, at the end of season four. The message Cersei is sending is that she views both brothers as having betrayed her and the Lannister name.\r\n\r\nCersei couldn\u2019t bring herself to kill Jaime when he left her in King\u2019s Landing in season seven. So somewhere in his mind, up until now, he\u2019s probably been telling himself that she still has at least a smattering of love in her heart for him. But sending Bronn, a man who\u2019s saved both Tyrion and Jaime\u2019s lives repeatedly, with the giant traitor weapon is the kind of gleeful cruelty that Jaime knows Cersei tends to reserve for her worst enemies.\r\n\r\nSo when he decides directly after his encounter with Bronn to abandon Brienne and the happiness they\u2019ve just found together to ride back into Cersei\u2019s lair, he\u2019s probably not doing it with the expectation that Cersei will welcome him with open arms.\r\n3) Cersei may have nothing left to care about except power \u2014 and Jaime may have figured that out\r\nCersei\u2019s supposed pregnancy has been a source of confusion for many viewers. For starters, at the beginning of season five, we saw young Cersei receiving a prophecy from a witch, who told her she would have only three children, each of whom has already died. Though there\u2019s some indication that the pregnancy, which she learned about at the end of season seven, was a real thing \u2014 and that Jaime was the father \u2014 season eight has seen her tell Euron the baby is his, while also drinking wine, from which she\u2019d abstained when she appeared to believe she was pregnant.\r\n\r\nhttps:\/\/youtu.be\/u74ZVazUPqU\r\n\r\nhttps:\/\/youtu.be\/HByt2BrzFvw\r\n\r\nWhether or not Cersei\u2019s pregnancy is real, all of this spells bad news for Jaime. When he left Cersei to go fight the army of the dead at the end of season seven, Jaime clearly believed Cersei would never kill the father of her unborn son. So when Bronn showed up in \u201cThe Last of the Starks\u201d with marching orders (and the promise of cash) from Cersei to off both Tyrion and Jaime, it was probably a clear signal to Jaime that the status of Cersei\u2019s pregnancy has changed. (However, it\u2019s interesting, given the fact that the two brothers were together in this scene, that Tyrion clearly still believed Cersei was pregnant when he pleaded for Missandei\u2019s life.)\r\n\r\nFrom Jaime\u2019s point of view, Cersei hiring Bronn to kill him could mean that she lied about being pregnant to begin with, or that she\u2019s since had a miscarriage. Either way, Jaime understands better than anyone that with no future child in the picture, there really is nothing Cersei cares about at this point except holding on to the throne and striking down all her enemies, which makes her a threat to, well, everyone.\r\n4) There\u2019s a prophecy in the books \u2014 one the show has referenced \u2014 that says Cersei will die at the hands of her younger brother\r\nThe aforementioned prophecy was given to Cersei by a witch named Maggy the Frog. Maggy the Frog also appears in George R.R. Martin\u2019s A Song of Ice and Fire novels, on which the series is based \u2014 and in the books, the prophecy is more extensive than what we saw heard of it in season five\u2019s opening episode, \u201cThe Wars to Come.\u201d\r\n\r\nIn Martin\u2019s novel A Feast for Crows, Maggy delivers a prophecy about Cersei becoming queen; she also foretells that Cersei will have three children. That part is repeated practically word for word on the TV show:\r\n\r\nhttps:\/\/youtu.be\/FwHGNoMjHn8\r\n\r\nBut on the show, the scene ends before Maggy\u2019s last sentence in the book, which is, \u201cAnd when your tears have drowned you, the valonqar shall wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you.\u201d\r\n\r\n\u201cValonqar\u201d is a High Valyrian word meaning \u201clittle brother.\u201d Cersei has clearly always interpreted this prophecy to mean that Tyrion will kill her, and it definitely explains her longstanding hatred and mistrust of him. But Jaime is also her younger brother. Though they\u2019re twins, Cersei is the elder \u2014 and that means Jaime could also be a candidate for the job. Additionally, Cersei probably isn\u2019t thinking about Jaime as her potential killer, which makes her more likely to fall victim to him, as she would no one else.\r\n\r\nSo there you have it: a pretty strong case that Jaime riding off not to bask in Cersei\u2019s arms, but to attempt to do what no one else can: remove her from the throne once and for all.\r\n\r\nBut if you\u2019re anticipating a joyous reunion between Jaime and Brienne after he\u2019s killed Cersei, not so fast.\r\n\r\nThe fact that Nutter had Jaime tell Brienne he no longer loves her when directing \u201cThe Last of the Starks\u201d is a clear indication that Jaime believes he won\u2019t be seeing her again, which means he\u2019s probably anticipating a hell of a fight to get to his sister. (Remember, she\u2019s protected by the Zombie Mountain.) That means that by the time he makes his way to Cersei and is able to deliver the fatal wound, he could well be wounded himself.\r\n\r\nYou may remember that he once told Bronn (in season five\u2019s fourth episode, \u201cSons of the Harpy\u201d) that he wished to die \u201cin the arms of the woman I love.\u201d It seems he may, ironically, be getting that wish granted far sooner, and under different circumstances, than he\u2019d hoped.\r\n\r\nRead more about Game of Thrones here!