The fifth episode of Game of Thrones (“Eastwatch”) is set to premiere today. That’s cool and all, but I need to talk about episode three because I have a theory. That’s right, I have a theory about Game of Thrones and it’s not on the Internet anywhere else. I mean, it might be somewhere else on the Internet, but I couldn’t find it in my Google searches so whatever.
Anyway, let’s go back to the third episode of this season’s Game of Thrones (“The Queen’s Justice”). In the final scene, we bid farewell to one of the sharpest, wittiest, strongest characters on the show: Olenna Tyrell. There’s no amount of words that could express my love for Olenna Tyrell – the one-liners! the killing off Joffrey! the manipulation! She’s pretty much everything I aspire to be in old age. But ol’ Olenna Tyrell is gone. Forever.
There’s much to say about Olenna Tyrell’s final drop-the-mic moment. (She didn’t get the nickname “Queen of Thorns” for nothing, ladies and gents.) However, I’m questioning how much of the dialogue in this scene we should all take at its face value. Specifically, everything Jaime Lannister said.
What I’m saying is that Jaime Lannister totally lied to Olenna Tyrell in a MAJOR way.
First of all, Olenna Tyrell’s final scene alerted me to the insanely wonderful chemistry between Olenna and Jaime. I’ll be forever bummed that there weren’t more Jaime/Olenna scenes. But back to the theory, because that’s what you’re here for. In the scene, Olenna asks how Jaime will do it, meaning kill her. At this point, she asks if he’ll use his sword. To which, Jaime says no. The conversation then shifts to Cersei and how evil she is. Particularly, this:
I especially love this scene because it proves that Olenna’s presence will be felt throughout this season and maybe even the next season, even though she’s dead. In Olenna’s scene with Daenerys Targaryen, she tells Daenerys to be a dragon. And boom, Daenerys decides to be dragon AF. In Olenna’s scene with Jaime Lannister, she plants the seeds for Jaime to possibly (probably, almost 100%) become the Queenslayer of his sister/girlfriend. Trust me, Olenna Tyrell’s presence will be felt forever.
After Olenna is done manipulating puppy dog Jaime against Cersei, Jaime recounts the ways in which Cersei had planned to off Olenna. They aren’t pretty: whipping, beheading, and flaying. You know, all the typical stuff you’d expect from Cersei Lannister at this point. (God, I love her.) In the end, Jaime claims Cersei agreed to poison Olenna, which is exceptionally kind for Cersei Lannister. In fact, it’s almost too kind for Cersei Lannister.
Admittedly, Cersei may have been feeling kinder than usual, as she finally avenged Myrcella’s death. There’s also the fact that Cersei understands – if nothing else – a mother’s love. That said, Cersei is very aware that she literally blew up Olenna’s granddaughter. For those reasons, Cersei may have shown a gentler side to Olenna. But what if this poison idea wasn’t Cersei’s idea?
What if Jaime finally went rogue?
Here’s what I propose: Knowing what cruel punishment Cersei inflicted upon Ellaria and Tyene Sand, Jaime may have spared Olenna Tyrell from a similarly gruesome fate. Perhaps Cersei instructed Jaime to bring her Olenna Tyrell for some Cersei-style revenge. Instead, Jaime offed Olenna is a merciful, gentle way out. It certainly wouldn’t be the first time Jaime protected someone from Cersei’s wrath, as he helped baby bro Tyrion escape when Cersei wanted his head for Joffrey’s death.
I’m assuming Jaime’s plan was to poison Olenna. He would then report back to Cersei that Olenna had poisoned herself before he ever got the chance to capture her. This story of Olenna poisoning herself would be believable to Cersei, since it was literally what Cersei planned to do to herself during Battle of Blackwater Bay. Perfect plan, right? WRONG-O.
After downing the poison, Olenna tells Jaime she was the one who poisoned Joffrey. Because even while dying, Olenna Tyrell gets the last word of every scene ever. Olenna’s divulging of this information is cruel, because she knows Joffrey was, in fact, Jaime’s child. But it is made even crueler in this theory because Jaime showed Olenna compassion by sparing her from Cersei’s torturous plans, only to have Olenna meet that with the brutality of that revelation.
Oh, it gets better. Olenna then tells a much defeated Jaime (Nikolaj Coster Waldau’s performance has never been better, by the way) that she’d like him to tell Cersei. So, will Jaime tell Cersei? UM, HE CAN’T. If Jaime did go rogue and decide to poison Olenna himself, he’d have to stick to his cover-up story, in which Olenna poisoned herself before he could take her prisoner. In telling this cover story, Jaime wouldn’t even be able to tell Cersei that Olenna was the one responsible for Joffrey’s death. This would only further the divide between Cersei and Jaime, as Jaime would know the true perpetrator of Joffrey’s death but he’d have to allow Cersei to continue believing it was Tyrion who poisoned their son. What a twisted web Jaime may have to weave!
This theory would explain why we never saw a scene in which Cersei actually told Jaime to poison Olenna. It would also explain why Jaime specifically found Olenna on his own. Remember, the camera specifically follows Jaime as he marches through long hallway after long hallway – alone – to find Olenna. It’s likely he’d want to find Olenna alone, so no one could report his betrayal to Cersei. There’s also the notable moment when Olenna asks if the poison will hurt and Jaime responses, “No, I made sure of that.”
You guys, Jaime made sure of that. Not Cersei.
“Eastwatch” will premiere today and most likely ruin my sweet, sweet theory, which is the first theory I’ve ever come up with all on my own. Jaime will return to King’s Landing and Cersei will be like, “Hi brother lover, did you poison Olenna Tyrell just like I told you to?” [UPDATE: This is exactly what happened, because LOL.]
So I’m totally aware that this theory could be blown up, but I just had to put it out there in the universe. Plus, it makes sense, right? RIGHT?
Whether this was Jaime going rogue or not, I think everyone can agree that Olenna Tyrell went out with one of the most epic Game of Thrones deaths as of yet. Is it weird to say I can’t wait for the next great death scene? Because I can’t. Unless it’s Sansa. Then, I’ll die too.
On that note, I’ll leave you with my new favorite thing on the Internet this week: