WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Game of ThronesSeason 8 episode “The Bells,” which premiered on HBO,Sunday.
The Lannisters have always been an influential house in Westeros for centuries. As a family, they were known for their enormous wealth, power and golden hair. The Lannister house is a proud house, like the lion that stands on their coat of arms. On the whole, their reputation and the proximity to power was important to them. Tywin Lannister, who served as the Mad King’s hand, was so concerned with his family’s legacy that he failed to see his children committing sins right under his roof.
Jaime and Cersei Lannister: The unseparable Twins
Jaime Lannister was on his own in Winterfell
Killing his sister wouldn’t have been a great redemption plot either — Jaime had already walked away from Cersei and that could have been it if he had only stayed away. Jaime’s only reason for returning to King’s Landing has been because he felt the pull towards her. He needed to be there for the end.
In Season 5, Jaime told Bronn that he wishes to die in the arms of the woman he loves, and Jaime’s wish is fulfilled in the end. He has always been tied to Cersei regardless of how far away he travels. As the castle falls down around them, he comforts her loving Cersei in their last moments with “nothing else matters.” This is a callback to when Jaime comforts Cersei after Myrcella’s murder: It’s the us versus them mentality that they’ve always had in their head.
Jaime Lannister: The Kingslayer
Jaime Lannister struggled with being known as the Kingslayer. He killed the Mad King because Aerys was plotting to use wildfire to burn King’s Landing, dooming future of thousands of innocents. Unfortunately, what he worked to prevent back then comes to pass through another Targaryen, as Daenerys sets King’s Landing on fire. In the end, his efforts didn’t matter much.
“I want our baby to live.”
The fact that Cersei dies as the kingdom she tried to build for herself, and her unborn child, falls around her is very poetic. Cersei has been a complex character throughout the series, one that we’ve loved to hate yet couldn’t help but feel some sympathy for. She has lost all of her children, including the one that never got the chance to be born. Her final thoughts are about their unborn child, as she cries, “I want our baby to live.” Even though she did so much for her children — schemed to keep them in power, for example — it didn’t stop their deaths. Her efforts didn’t matter either.
Jaime and Cersei: Being together Forever
Though there could have been more exciting ways for them to have died, such as the popular theory that Arya would use Jaime’s face to kill the queen, what mattered to them is they died together. For Jaime and Cersei, nothing ever mattered more than being together forever.
House Lannister is nearly extinguished nowadays. Tyrion is the only surviving member of the once very great house. Tyrion felt a responsibility to free Jaime and let him go to Cersei because Jaime was the only one who made his childhood tolerable. In putting his family above his queen, Tyrion shows that he is a Lannister despite his father’s constant efforts to disown him and with Daenerys fully embracing being a tyrant, Tyrion could die once she finds out he has freed his brother.
Airing Sundays at 9 p.m. sharp ET on HBO, Game of Thrones stars Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister, Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister, Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen, Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark, Maisie Williams as Arya Stark and Kit Harington as Jon Snow.