Game of Thrones theory says Jaime Lannister will be revealed as Azor Ahai, will kill his ‘beloved’ Brienne in episode 3

A new Game of Thrones theory says that Jaime Lannister will be revealed as Azor Ahai after he is forced to kill his ‘beloved’ Brienne of Tarth in the third episode of the final season.
Jaime Lannister and Brienne of Tarth in a still from Game of Thrones.
Jaime Lannister and Brienne of Tarth in a still from Game of Thrones.
Updated on Apr 28, 2019 05:19 PM IST
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Jaime Lannister has long been rumoured to be the Azor Ahai, a legendary figure in Game of Thrones canon, and on Monday’s episode of the hit HBO fantasy series, he might finally reveal his true nature. A fan theory on Reddit provides several compelling reasons why episode three will be the one in which Jaime is finally revealed to be the Azor Ahai.

According to Game of Thrones lore, the Azor Ahai ‘was a legendary hero who wielded a burning sword called Lightbringer’. A prophecy, however, says that ‘Azor Ahai come again’. This has been invoked by Melisandre as well. Here’s the prophecy, according to George RR Martin’s source novels, “There will come a day after a long summer when the stars bleed and the cold breath of darkness falls heavy on the world. In this dread hour a warrior shall draw from the fire a burning sword. And that sword shall be Lightbringer, the Red Sword of Heroes, and he who clasps it shall be Azor Ahai come again, and the darkness shall flee before him.”

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However, a cruel twist dictates that the Azor Ahai must slay his ‘beloved’ by plunging a sword through their heart for the prophecy to take effect. The most obvious candidate for who Jaime’s beloved is, is his sister Cersei. But since Cersei is thousands of miles away in King’s Landing (and also because Jaime seems to have finally come to his senses about his feelings for her), his ‘beloved’ must be someone else.

Everyone seems to think it’s the newly knighted Brienne of Tarth. Their bond was strengthened in episode two, when Jaime knighted Brienne in an emotional scene. In episode two, Brienne offered testimony in defence of Jaime, as Denaerys was contemplating what to do with him. “Ser Jaime is an honourable man,” she said, which was enough to convince Sansa Stark to believe that he was on their side. In addition to this build up, a newly released still from the third episode suggests that Jaime and Brienne will fight alongside each other in the Battle of Winterfell.

Jaime Lannister and Brienne of Tarth in a still from episode three of Game of Thrones’ final season.
Jaime Lannister and Brienne of Tarth in a still from episode three of Game of Thrones’ final season.

Redditor u/TheJucyOne theorises that during the battle, “Brienne will die, and will come back to life as a White Walker. Jaime will use his Valyrian steel sword to kill zombie Brienne. As soon as he does this, Jaime’s sword becomes enveloped in flames, revealing him to be Azor Ahai. Jaime/Azor Ahai kills the Night King and defeats the White Walker army, forever.”


The theory also says that Jaime will emerge as the true hero of the show, killing the Night King in battle. The theorist bases this idea on three points: A, “Way back in the early seasons, Joffery is looking through the book of accomplishments of the Kingsguard and mentions how Jaime’s page is empty. What better way to fill a page (or the whole book) than by saving humanity?”

B, “It will complete his redemption character arc, make him a hero, and give a totally new meaning to the name ‘Kingslayer’”.

C, “Bran is really interested in Jaime. He doesn’t show any emotion or care when he is reunited with his family members...but is willing to wait outside for hours upon hours for his ‘old friend’ Jaime to arrive. Think this is because he knows that Jaime is critical in winning the battle.”

The third episode of Game of Thrones’ final season will be aired in India on Monday morning on Hotstar, and will be telecast on Star World and Star World HD every Tuesday at 10 pm.

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