Thursday, April 18, 2024

“Game of Thrones”: Why Jaime Lannister is Dead and Not Coming Back Sunday Night for One More Battle


Last week on “Game of Thrones” we witnessed the poetic end of Cersei Lannister and her brother, Jaime, as their castle crashed in around them.

Since then, there’s been speculation that Jaime, who’d already been thoroughly stabbed before the collapse, would wake up, brush himself off and fight to sit on the Iron Throne.

I don’t think so. Jaime, I’m afraid, is most sincerely dead.

For one thing, Sunday’s final show is only 80 minutes. We’ve still got several main characters to deal with, a dragon, and a possible epilogue. Dany, Jon, Tyrion, Sansa, and Arya plus their minions need at least 80 minutes to sort out their ending.

Plus, I always trust the imdb. That’s the internet movie data base, which is administrative to a fault. For Sunday’s episode, they list the cast members, and Nikolaj Coster Waldau, who plays Jaime, and Lena Headey, aka Cersei, are absent from the list. Their last episodes were last week.

I don’t think it’s fake out either. Doesn’t the House of Lannister now fall to Tyrion, aka Peter Dinklage? He’s their last representative and as such a candidate to bring back King’s Landing and take the throne. (I think he wins, by the way. He’s won three Emmys and a Golden Globe. The others didn’t.)

So take heed: Jaime, despite conspiracy clues, is in whatever heaven or hell comes to those who live in fiction. And with all those residuals and back end payments, he’s not complaining.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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