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Season 7 of HBO's fantasy drama Game of Thrones has been absolutely bonkers. With just a handful of episodes left before the story concludes forever, the pace has been ratcheted up to a ten as massive conflicts and new character pairings occur. There have also been plenty of satisfying reunions this season, and the most recent one was between Tyrion and Jaime Lannister. The two met underneath King's Landing in an attempt to unite the Kingdom against the army of the dead, and it certainly wasn't a comfortable interaction. While Jaime has always been close to his brother, actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau recently explained why Tyrion was met with such an icy reception. He said,
There's a lot of love --- he loves his brother --- but there's also a lot of betrayal from Jaime's point of view. Of course for us, as viewers, we say, 'Tyrion did the right thing. He killed Tywin because Tywin was terrible.' We kind of want to forget that he also killed Shae because we can't really justify that, so we won't talk about that --- which makes sense. That's how we get through life. Jaime is saying, 'He killed my father! I know he might not be the best father, but he's my dad!' You don't kill your dad. Even though you hate your country, you don't go and then become right hand to the next country that wants to take your country.
This actually makes perfect sense. While Game of Thrones fans were eager to see Tyrion reunite with the one relative that was ever kind to him, it does stand to reason that Jaime wasn't ready to hug it out with his little bro.
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau's recent comments to TV Line helped to fill in Jaime's perspective in his reunion with Tyrion. Because while he helped Tyrion escape King's Landing and flee to Essos, Jaime certainly wasn't expecting to lose his father in the process. While Tywin was a cruel patriarch of the Lannister family, he was the only parent that the Lannisters ever really knew-- their mother died giving birth to Tyrion. And to add insult to injury, Tyrion is now helping to lead the rebellion against Cersei and House Lannister, further betraying his brother Jaime.
Although Jaime and Tyrion's initial meeting was a bit tense, there is still hope for a better interaction in the future. If Jon Snow's motley crew succeeds in capturing a wright or White Walker and showing it to both Cersei and Dany, then perhaps the Kingdoms can unite in the war against the Night's King. Then again it's Cersei we're talking about, so things probably won't go as planned.
Game of Thrones has two more episodes left this season on HBO. In the meantime, be sure to check out our fall premiere list to plan your next binge watch.