'Game of Thrones' season 8: Jaime Lannister may drop his title as Kingslayer and may take up the fabled title of Azor Ahai
'Game of Thrones' has many wild theories circulating the darkest depths of the internet, but some theories seem to hit the nail right on the head.
Warning possible spoilers for season 8
The season finale of 'Game of Thrones' is almost here, and the amount of speculation and theories that are appearing on the internet could fill another new novel and make a saga of its own. But some theories hold more relevance over other, especially when it fulfills multiple prophecies.
Over the course of the 'Game of Thrones' series, we have seen a lot of character development with respect to Jaime Lannister (played by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), and we have slowly but surely seen him shedding his title as Kingslayer, along with his arrogance. The journey was a gradual one, where we see Jaime being broken down over the course of the series, where he loses a hand but gains his humanity. His gradual change of character from a pompous/arrogant member of the Kingsguard, to a diplomat with a heart (and literally a hand) of gold, saw Jaime Lannister becoming a fan favorite on 'Game of Thrones'.
Jaime is one of the characters who is rumored to be the Legendary Hero of Old, the Azor Ahai aka The Lord of Light. His story lines up pretty nicely with the legends surrounding Azor Ahai, and while Jon Snow and Jorah Mormont could also be likely candidates, George R. R. Martin has his way of throwing audiences off guard with the seemingly endless twists to his stories.
The first clue we're given are the words for "lord" and "light", which in Valyrian speak is "aeksio" and "onos". The two words are quite similar to "aeksion" and "ondos", which translates to "gold" and "hand" in English. Coincidence? In Martin's universe, I think not! With all of humans shortcomings, it is very likely that the words may have been lost in translation.
The Azor Ahai is the prophecized price to be, who is reborn in salt and smoke. Jaime is technically a prince already and in order to save himself from being a Jaime shish kabob due to Drogon's fiery exhalations, he plunged himself into a body of salt water which was surrounded by dragon smoke.
The final clue is the Valonqar Prophecy, which was told to Jaime's twin sister, Cersei Lannister (now Queen of the seven kingdoms) way before she got so tyrannical. The prophecy, which was foretold by Maggy the Frog, states “And when your tears have drowned you, the valonqar shall wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you.” While Cersei took this to mean her other brother, Tyrion Lannister (hence her intense hatred for him), Jaime is also Cersei's younger brother, having been born only moments after Cersei.
The Azor Ahai Prophecy also says that in order to forge the legendary sword, Lightbringer, the Azor Ahai must forge the sword for 100 days, and the final tempering of the sword should be done by plunging the sword into his beloved's heart. Like we said before, Jaime showed a remarkable character change over the course of the series, and you can even see his love for Cersei waning as she slowly becomes the monster we know in season 7. We also notice that Jaime has no lovers other than Cersei, and though he may hold contempt for her, he stills loves the wretched woman, and we may see the Kingslayer reprise his role for the greater good once again.
I'm sure everyone is waiting for that moment when Jaime plunges his sword into Cersei's stone-cold heart, let's hope season 8 finally see this long-awaited moment come true.
'Game of Thrones' Season 8 will air on HBO on April 14, and fans can get a glimpse of things to come from the following teaser.