TV Review: “Game of Thrones” Season 7 Episode 3 – Jaime

Written by Sydney O'Keefe August 05, 2017

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Game of Thrones is best known for its in depth characters and amazing arcs. These become most evident in the last episode of Game of Thrones when, while we see the end of a fan (and personal) favourite, it also looks like the beginning of a story-line that will envelope the final seasons.

*WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD*

Olenna Tyrell (Diana Riggs) took her final bow in the most recent episodes of HBO’s Game of Thrones. And what a bow it was. The Tyrell matriarch and last of the noble house of the rose stole the show and managed to have the last word as the Lannister armies savaged her home. This is the only glimpse of hope for Daenarys; (Emilia Clarke) allies who seem to be dwindling by the second. Every step forward is really two steps back. As soon as she creates a plan Jaime (Nikolaj Coster- Waldau) and Cersei (Lena Headey) manage to thwart her. This is shocking considering the seemingly fool proof plan we witnessed Tyrion lay out. Despite the loss of Highgarden and Olenna Tyrell, the audience can rest easy knowing that Tyrion’s plan to capture the elusive Casterly Rock was successful because Tyrion was the underdog. Forced out of his home and given a demeaning job by his father proved his greatest strength. Similar to Danearys’ other trusted allies like Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson), Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel) and Varys (Conleth Hill), as well as herself, they all are the underdogs. They were counted out for being women or eunuchs or slaves. The trick to winning the game of thrones when you seemingly don’t have a chance in hell is to use your opponent’s underestimation of you to your advantage.

“I had never seen the poison work before. Tell Cersei. I want her to know it was me.”

The biggest reveal this episode was the confirmation that Olenna killed Joffery (Jack Gleeson). This opens the door to Jaime and Tyrion who had always been close despite Cersei’s hatred of him. The relationship between the two is more paramount than ever before as Jaime can more fully understand Tyrion and vice versa. Tyrion relies on his wits while Jaime his brawn. Tyrion is now forced to use brawn and ferocity to overcome greater foes. Jaime has lost his sword arm, the symbol of his prowess. They can see better through each other’s eyes then ever before. The question now is will this be the beginning of the end of the Jaime/Cersei alliance.

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Cersei has taken to the role of the Mad Queen like a fish to water. She no longer cares about keeping her sexual deviance a secret, a secret she had Jaime push Bran out of a tower to keep. And instead says she spends her nights, similar to Arya (Maisie Williams), planning revenge on who’ve wronged her. This culminates with the Cersei’s revenge on Ellaria’s (Indria Varma) own daughter. We knew as soon as Euron (Pilou Asbaek) spared the mother and daughter from death that Cersei had a fate much worse in mind for them, and she delivered. Jaime wasn’t there for the kiss of death so I wonder how he’ll react to the murder of a child.

“This same mob spat at my sister not long ago. And if you turn on us, they’ll cheer to see your head mounted on a spike.”

Ultimately, this Game of Thrones episode has created the perfect storm for the end of Cersei and Jaime’s relationship. It could also mark the beginning of Jaime’s under dog journey. Jaime has gone from a soulless man, a Kingslayer, to a cripple. Hopefully he’ll become an honourable man who can be known as “just Jaime”. Only time will tell what will unfold between the remaining Lannisters but my bet is that Jaime will have a hand in putting down the Mad Queen just like he did with the Mad King.

My Rating: 7/10

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