You know the drill. Game of Thrones spoilers below.
Guys, we all saw the Red Keep crumble on top of Cersei and Jaime Lannister at the end of Game of Thrones‘s penultimate episode, right? I’m only asking because it appears some fans are convinced Jaime didn’t die from the weight of crashing pillars and falling stones, and instead survived the ruin to appear in the series finale. Some might call this denying the cold hard facts, but let’s dig into this latest theory that assumes Jaime is, in fact, very much alive.
Tumblr user Weeds Are Flowers Too went full Charlie Day freak-out over the real-life details surrounding Jaime’s death and came to the conclusion that Jaime (and by default, actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) hasn’t been celebrated enough to be off the show completely. “Why isn’t ANYONE acknowledging that Jaime Lannister just died??? Why is nobody in the cast thanking Nik for his performance?,” the user wrote.
It’s true, cast members like Lena Headey and Pilou Asbæk wrote lengthy goodbye messages to their characters on Instagram, but failed to acknowledge Jaime, who plays a big part in each of their GOT arcs. The Tumblr user also notes Gwendoline Christie’s lack of response to Jaime’s death, which is a bit of a surprise, given her social media post the week before. Meanwhile, Nikolaj neglected to mention his own character’s death in what most people saw as his final GOT ‘gram. Instead, he focused on the relationship between him and Cersei, who is confirmed to be super dead . . . right?
The Tumblr user brought up further receipts in the form of a Twitter exchange between Entertainment Weekly editor James Hibberd and a fan. Hibberd did exit interviews with Headey and Rory McCann (the Hound) after episode five, but has yet to share his story with Nikolaj. Yeah, this is odd, and his cryptic response to the theory sure doesn’t help.
Hibberd also observed the cast’s final table read, and in a November 2018 article wrote, “There are characters in the finale that I did not expect.” Now, there’s no way to know for sure which characters he’s alluding to. It could easily be any of the (few) survivors we know definitely make it out of King’s Landing alive, but you can bet there are fans convinced that it’s Jaime.