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Point of Order: Jaime Lannister is No Longer a Member of the Kingsguard

By Genevieve Burgess | Game of Thrones | July 18, 2017 |


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Game of Thrones has now been on for seven seasons. That’s a lot of television. It’s pretty hard to keep up with the overall stories, never mind the episode to episode minutia that gets thrown in and ends up being extremely important later. After all, most of you probably aren’t watching the show three times within 24 hours to turn out a recap every week. So it’s not surprising when small little plot points slip through the cracks and by and large I’m content to let them slip. Except for this one. I’m seeing a lot of people continue to refer to Jaime Lannister as a member of the Kingsguard. Guys, Jaime isn’t in the Kingsguard anymore. But it probably isn’t because of why you might be thinking, now that I said that.

Way back in Season 4, Jaime did offer Tywin Lannister his resignation from the Kingsguard in exchange for allowing Tyrion to live. Tywin accepted, but Tyrion chose a trial by combat before the deal could be completed, and then Tyrion killed Tywin. So Jaime remained a member of the Kingsguard at that time.

HOWEVER, in the season 6 episode “Blood of My Blood” Jaime joins with Mace Tyrell to retrieve Margaery from the sept before she can be forced to make a walk of atonement like Cersei. He rides a horse up the steps of the sept, it’s pretty badass. See?
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Anyway, it turns out that Margaery had already made a deal to avoid taking the walk of atonement by getting Tommen to become a true believer. In the aftermath of that showdown, Tommen kicked Jaime off the Kingsguard and sent him out of King’s Landing to lead the Lannister army in the field, and then he heads to Dorne to retrieve Mrycella. A lot of things have happened! It’s easy to forget, but the fact is that Jaime is officially the heir to Casterly Rock again and can go find himself a nice maiden to settle down with and start popping out legitimate Lannister babies whenever he wants. Which is, of course, the central tragedy of Jaime’s arc. Nothing he does is about what he wants. It’s about what Cersei wants. It’s always been about what Cersei wants. He chooses her every time and eventually her wishes will get him killed. But probably not before they get her killed.


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