Will Jaime Lannister be punished for his past on Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 2?

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The Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 2 preview shows Jaime Lannister standing before Winterfell for killing Daenerys’ father. Will they punish Jaime?

The preview of Game of Thrones Season 8, episode 2 starts with Daenerys Targaryen’s voiceover describing her childhood memory of her brother Viserys telling her the story about the man who killed their father. This story unfolds in front of the council and Northmen at Winterfell, while Jaime Lannister stands before them all as if on trial.

Jaime was the man that killed King Aerys II Targaryen, aka the Mad King, and now he faces his daughter who is claiming to be the rightful queen of the seven kingdoms of Westeros and is likely looking for justice. Will Jaime be punished for killing Daenerys’ father?

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The absurdity of it all is that it’s common knowledge that the Mad King was named because he had lost his mind and was killing people for no reason at all. Jaime just happened to be the one that took the Mad King’s life before he could kill any more innocents, but if it hadn’t been him, it was going to be another. The Mad King’s days were numbered ever since he started “burning them all.” While it’s understandable that Daenerys feels like someone stole her childhood, murdered and usurped her family, she must also consider that her father’s death was about protecting the realm.

Now, Jaime will surely defend himself by explaining his actions, but he’ll probably have to also speak on the life he has led since he earned the name “Kingslayer.” As a Lannister, he has taken part in the shadiest dealings for the sake of supporting his family. Jaime pushed Bran out of the window at Winterfell to hide his incestuous secret causing Bran to become paralyzed. It’s an act that Bran is aware of and Jaime will surely have noticed during their stare down in the premiere.

No one else knows this but with Three-Eyed Raven Bran spitting out random facts, they may all find out about Jaime’s fault in Bran losing his ability to walk. Jaime was also sent to fight against Robb Stark’s army, and I’m pretty sure the North will remember that for sure. There will be very few in the North that will see Jaime for nothing more than a wealthy scoundrel that has been sent by Cersei to initiate a trap.

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But the truth is that Jaime has changed. He shouldn’t be punished for killing a king that was out of control, and he should be given a second chance for all his other shenanigans. The first thing that they must think about in trusting Jaime is that he has taken the war against the dead seriously and has shown up to support them. Jaime abandoned his sister/lover to take part in a war that could potentially kill him. Meanwhile, Cersei sips wine in King’s Landing hoping that the dead will kill most of her competition.

It doesn’t look like Tyrion taking up for his brother is going to do any good in this meeting because of his failed judgment of Cersei. Tyrion thought Cersei’s pregnancy would give her something to live for, but she’s only out to protect her crown.

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Cersei figures she’ll deal with the dead after she’s removed her enemies as a threat. Cersei has prioritized killing her enemies and probably thinks she can cleanse Westeros of the White Walkers with the little bit of wildfire lying around.

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Brienne of Tarth is the one that knows most about Jaime’s transformation. Should anyone have to speak on his behalf it would be her. And if that isn’t enough to prove that Jaime should be counted on they should all turn to Jaime’s former victim, Bran. Bran as a victim of Jaime’s past cruelty could speak fondly on Jaime’s intentions as the Three-Eyed Raven. Bran has the sight and can see who Jaime has become and possibly his fate in this pending White Walker war.

And let’s be honest here, there is a war about to happen against the dead in which every person will count. They’re going to need everyone that can fight, and Jaime is experienced even if his sword hand is now gold. If Daenerys is still on her power trip requesting bended knees and punishments for a kingdom that she has yet to secure, Jon Snow is going to have to step in.

Snow has never lost sight of the war against the undead and how much of a threat the White Walkers pose to the human race. Snow may have to make it clear that adding on to the battalion is a priority above all others especially politics. And only then, will Jaime’s Kingslayer days be forgotten.

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