Game of Thrones Season 3 is over, and now it's time to face the long, dark, empty year ahead of us until Season 4 returns. Fortunately, we can at least fill the time speculating about what the next season will look like. Because GoT is based on the A Song of Ice and Fire, we can make some educated guesses about what will go down next year, based on the latter half of A Storm of Swords, which Season 4 will roughly follow. Today, we're turning attention to everyone's new favorite: Jaime Lannister.
Warning: This article contains MAJOR spoilers from the A Song of Ice and Fire book series. Click away now if you don't want to know!
Disclaimer: Of course, the show may cut plot elements or even completely alter Jaime's story. These are spoilers based on the books only.
Changes off the bat: We know Jaime's story in King's Landing won't track exactly onto the books, because in the books he doesn't arrive home until after the Purple Wedding, where Joffrey dies. That event colors his first interactions with his family members (especially Cersei), so it will be interesting to see how the writers handle his early arrival, and what role he'll play at the wedding (or if they'll find an excuse for him not to actually be there).
Relationship with Cersei: In the books, Jaime and Cersei rekindle their sexual relationship — again, after the Purple Wedding. In the same scene, Cersei tries to convince Jaime to kill Tyrion because she thinks Tyrion killed Joffrey, but Jaime wants to learn more about the situation.
While that exact scene might change because of the timing of Jaime's arrival, the general outline of Jaime and Cersei's relationship will probably stay the same. Over the course of the book they grow apart; Jaime, changed by what happened in Seasons 2 and 3, is less willing to do everything Cersei says without question.
Jaime's fallout with Tywin. Tywin is predictably not pleased about Jaime's hand, but decides to use it as an excuse for Jaime to be relieved of his Kingsguard vows, which would allow him to be the heir to Casterly Rock again. Jaime refuses, leading Tywin to declare, "You are not my son." More Lannister family dysfunction, hooray!
Defending Brienne: One storyline that weaves throughout Jaime's King's Landing A Storm of Sword chapters is his defense of Brienne against the accusation of killing Renly (remember, she was in the tent when Renly died, and Renly's old supporters, most notably Loras, still blame her for his death). Over the course of several chapters Jaime, via his role of Lord Commander of the Kingsguard, eventually forces everyone in the situation to come to terms with each other.
We'll be interested to see if the writers leave this in. It's a fairly unimportant side plot that could easily be cut, but it also provides most of Jaime's interactions with Brienne. Maybe they'll keep it and tie it in with...
Jaime acts as Lord Commander. Jaime ends up taking his position as head of the Kingsguard fairly seriously, convening the guard and whipping them all into shape (making one swear never to hurt an innocent again because of the time Joffrey had the Kingsguard beat Sansa, etc). This is pretty connected to his general character growth, so we suspect it will be left in, though the details might change.
Brienne's mission. Near the end of the book, Jaime sends Brienne off on a mission to find and protect Arya and Sansa (who runs off after the Purple Wedding). He gives her all sorts of supplies, and a letter from Tommen (who is now the king) declaring she is doing the King's business. He also symbolically gives her a sword that Twyin had given him, that is actually made from Ice, Ned Stark's greatsword. While that detail might be left out, we can be pretty confident Jaime will intrust Brienne with this mission.
Jaime helps Tyrion. You want proof that Jaime isn't under Cersei's thumb anymore? Look no further than his decision to go totally against her wishes. He concludes his brother did not murder Joffrey, and hatches a plot with Varys to help Tyrion escape after Tyrion has been sentenced to death for the murder. We expect Jaime in the show to do the same thing.
Jaime's confession. Jaime is the one to physically let his brother go, and, while doing so, he confesses another sin: Tyrion's first bride, Tysha, was not a whore Jaime bought to get Tyrion laid — she really did love Tyrion. Tywin had her gang raped in front of Tyrion, and forced Jaime to tell the lie about her being a whore. Tyrion, incensed by this revelation, falsely claims he did kill Joffrey (in an attempt to hurt Jaime, since Joff was his son), and then tells Jaime that Cersei had sex with Lancel (remember that?) and Osmund Kettleblack (a character we've yet to meet on the show, so who knows if his affair with Cersei will be relevant at this point).
As you may notice, there's not actually very much Jaime and Brienne story here, other than their very notable parting scene. We wouldn't be surprised if the writers found a way to work Brienne into more of Jaime's story, perhaps having her help him learn how to fight with his left hand, or just generally sticking by his side when possible.
Which part of Jaime's story are you looking forward to the most? Let us know in the comments below!