Ahead of April 14, many fans are catching up previous seasons of Game of Thrones to prepare for the epic season eight premiere. HBO finally released a trailer for the new season and it hints at some gripping and cinematic episodes in the near future. All of the key players featured in the promo, one of whom is Nikolaj Coster-Waldau’s Jaime Lannister.
WARNING: This article contains spoilers for all of Game of Thrones
Jaime Lannister has been a constant presence in Game of Thrones since the very first episode and has undergone one of the show’s most remarkable redemption arcs.
Having started out as one of the most heinous villains on the series – pushing the young Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) out of a tower window – to losing his sword hand and finally turning his back on Cersei’s (Lena Heady) tyrannical ruling, Jaime’s storyline has always been incredibly dramatic.
Season seven ended with him leaving King’s Landing and abandoning Cersei after she revealed her plan to march on the North as the Northern armies march on the Army of the Dead.
But Jaime’s story and his reputation as a fearsome fighter starts long before the action of the first series of Game of Thrones.
Why is Jaime Lannister called Kingslayer?
Jaime Lannister is known throughout the Seven Kingdoms and beyond as Kingslayer, simply because he slew a king.
As a long-standing member often Kingsguard, Jaime was one of the Mad King Aerys Targaryen’s guards.
He famously stabbed the king (Daenerys’ father) during the Sack of King’s Landing during a war called Robert’s Rebellion.
The Kingsguard swear a solemn oath to protect their King at all costs, but Jaime broke that vow which earned him his infamous nickname.
He continued to serve in the Kingsguard of Robert Baratheon (Mark Addy).
In season three, Jaime opens up to Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) about the day he killed the Mad King.
“You all despise me, Kingslayer, Oathbreaker, man without honour,” he calls himself.
He then confides to Brienne that the real reason he killed King Aerys was because he ordered him to kill his father, and to burn the entire city and its inhabitants with wildfire.
So Jaime killed him in order to prevent thousands from being burnt to death.
However, as soon as he killed the King he was discovered by Ned Stark (Sean Bean) and was known as the Kingslayer from then on.
Fans will =have to wait until April to see if Jaime’s redemption storyline comes full circle when he arrives in the North and possibly meets Bran…
Game of Thrones season 8 premieres on April 14 on HBO and Sky Atlantic and on NOW TV on April 15
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