- Warning: Spoilers ahead for “Game of Thrones” season eight, episode two, “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms.”
- Brienne vouched for Jaime upon his arrival at Winterfell and under the scrutiny of Sansa, Jon Snow, and Daenerys.
- Gwendoline Christie (who plays Brienne) said in a new HBO video that the action is “almost like a declaration of love.”
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The emotional climax of Sunday’s “Game of Thrones” episode, aptly titled “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms,” came when Brienne of Tarth knelt before Ser Jaime Lannister. She arose a knight, and many fans saw it as an intensely romantic gesture from Jaime.
Earlier on the episode, Brienne came to Jaime’s defence at his trial in front of Queen Daenerys. This can be interpreted as another signal of romance between them.
“Brienne’s a very naturally shy person, and she stands in front of that room and she puts herself on the line,” actress Gwendoline Christie (who plays Brienne) said in a new HBO video. “It’s almost like a declaration of love.”
Brienne’s romantic affections for Jaime have been mentioned on the show before, most notably when Cersei flat out asked if Brienne loved her twin brother.
Brienne dodged the question, but the clear bond between herself and Jaime has hung heavy in the air every time they have shared a scene. And now that trust and respect was deepened on Sunday’s episode of “Game of Thrones.”
The testimony offered by Brienne was the turning point in Jaime’s trial. She convinced Sansa that Jaime should be allowed to stay and fight, which then snowballed into Daenerys and Jon acquiescing. Jaime later told Brienne he would be honored to serve under her command during the coming battle against the Army of the Dead, and then he knighted her in the pre-dawn hours of the evening.
Jaime and Brienne are a pair made in “Game of Thrones” fans’ heaven. Jaime has a long, complicated history of horrendous and dishonorable deeds (shoving Bran out of a window, having incestuous sex with his sister) paired with heroic gestures and risks (like killing the Mad King or saving Brienne from the bear pit on season three).
Brienne, unlike Ser Jaime of House Lannister, was only ever trying to do right by the people of her world. She acted with valor and chivalry in a way more consistent with knighthood than any of the “real” knights we were introduced to on the series. It was Brienne’s stubborn moral compass that began slowly turning Jaime’s perspective on his actions around.
Brienne standing before a room of leaders and proclaiming Jaime as a “man of honour” might be the closest we get to seeing her admit her love for him, just as Jaime’s gesture of knighting Brienne was likely his way of saying “I love you, too.”
For more on the unique bond between Jaime and Brienne, read our explainer on how their twin swords have an added importance in Winterfell.
“Game of Thrones” airs Sundays on HBO at 9 p.m. ET.
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