Warning: There are spoilers ahead for the Game of Thrones series finale!
While Jaime Lannister met his demise in the penultimate episode of Game of Thrones, the Kingslayer wasn’t forgotten in the series finale. After all was said and done, Jaime’s one-time lover, Brienne of Tarth, became the new Lord Commander of the Kingsguard. As such, it was her responsibility to update the Book of Brothers, a.k.a. the White Book, which chronicles the achievements of the knights of the Kingsguard. While flipping through its pages, Brienne found Jaime’s unflattering entry and decided to add the rest of his story in her own words.
On the first page, Brienne wrote that Jaime was “captured in the field at the Whispering Wood. Set free by Lady Catelyn Stark in return for an oath to find and [protect] her two daughters. Lost his hand…”
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On the second page, Brienne offered some embellishment to Jamie’s accomplishments.
“Took Riverrun from the Tully rebels, without loss of life. Lured the Unsullied into attacking Casterly Rock, sacrificing his childhood home in service to a greater strategy. Outwitted the Targaryen forces to seize Highgarden. Fought at the Battle of the Goldroad bravely, narrowly escaping death by dragonfire.”
Brienne conveniently left out the part about Brynden “the Blackfish” Tully’s death after Jaime seized Riverrun. The Blackfish was killed by Jaime’s soldiers when he refused to surrender. Brienne’s final words praised Jaime for living up to his oath and offered a charitable explanation for his death.
“Pledged himself to the forces of men and rode north to join them at Winterfell, alone. Faced the army of the dead, and defended the castle against impossible odds until the defeat of the Night King. Escaped imprisonment and rode south in an attempt to save the capital from destruction. Died protecting his queen.”
Brienne’s gesture strongly implies that she never stopped loving Jaime, despite the way he left her in Winterfell. Being the Kingslayer won’t be his only legacy, thanks to Brienne. However, we’re gonna have to pretend that she let the ink dry before closing the book.
What do you think about Brienne’s tribute to Jaime? Do you feel that she whitewashed his history and true motives? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!