Game of Thrones fans may be clinging to certain theories about the Night King’s inextricable link to Bran Stark, but there is still no clear indicator as to who will ultimately defeat the leader of the White Walkers. Will Jon Snow finally succeed in the mission he’s been pursuing for multiple seasons? Or will Daenerys and her dragons swoop in to save the day?
In one Redditor’s opinion, neither of these characters will ultimately slay the Night King. That duty will apparently fall to none other than Jaime Lannister.
According to Redditor Adjace-esque, Jaime is the most likely candidate to slay the Night King, and there are a few instances of apparent foreshadowing which would seemingly support this theory.
First off, there’s the fact that Jaime has the “ultimate redemption arc”: he is initially disgraced for killing Aerys but ultimately rides north to serve a cause that is bigger than both himself and Cersei.
Adjace-esque also points out that Jaime clearly has a history of foolhardy and headstrong assassination attempts – which is exactly what an attack on the Night King would need to be. After all, taking down such a powerful force would essentially be a suicide mission:
Key piece of evidence #1 – Jaime tries to run Daenerys throughWhat an interesting scene that was. Interesting because it didn’t really accomplish anything. It didn’t forward the plot anymore than showing Bronn & Jaime escaping the fray. You could argue its purpose was a shock moment, to make people think Jaime would drown, but it wasn’t very convincing.I think it was intentionally planted. The scene established a character trait – Jaime is willing to ride into harm’s way (literally into the dragon’s maw) if he thinks he has a shot at taking out the enemy leader and ending the war in one stroke. Killing the Night King is the literal adaptation of that.There’s no way he thought he was getting out of that situation alive. Even if he ran Daenerys through with his spear, the dragon was right there and would have killed him. Yet he was willing to do it, because he thought killing Dany and ending the insurrection was worth his life. He was seeking a noble, heroic death.EDIT: As pointed out by u/NameThatHasDerpInIt, at the Battle of the Whispering Wood, Jaime is said to have cut down a dozen men in an attempt to get directly at Robb, to try to end the war right there on the spot. So this whole sacrifice yourself to try to take out the enemy leader thing is an established Jaime trait. And conveniently our story now has an enemy leader whose death would quite literally end the war…
The Redditor also points out that George R.R. Martin certainly wouldn’t balk at using Jaime’s “Kingslayer” moniker in such a poetic, full-circle fashion:
Key piece of evidence #2 – KingslayerMartin loves clever wordplay and unexpected foreshadowing. Imagine if Jaime slays the Night King. He is, again, the Kingslayer-but this time he’s the hero. Martin could joke “I told you he was the Kingslayer in Book One, and you’re shocked he killed the King at the end?!” (I mean, he’s technically a hero for stopping Aerys from blowing up King’s Landing, but no one acknowledges that as such.)Wouldn’t killing another evil king, except this time everyone thinks it’s heroic, be the ultimate end to his story? His honor was destroyed and then redeemed by killing kings.He can still get mortally wounded and die in the arms of the woman he loves, as he foretold in the show.And as for the valonqar – maybe it’s not a literal death, but the fact that Jaime’s noble sacrifice ends the White Walker threat and catapults the Dany/Jon alliance to power, overthrowing Cersei and taking away the last things she held dear (Jaimie who is now dead, and her political power in one move). I do admit though that the valonqar is the weakest aspect of this theory.I dunno, I think it kind of makes sense.
Welp. The theory certainly has merit. Unfortunately, if this theory turns out to be true, that would likely mean that Jaime will die in the process of destroying the Night King.
On the one hand, killing the Night King would almost assuredly secure a victory for the citizens of Westeros in the White Walker battle. On the other hand (or no hand, ha!), nobody actually wants to see Jaime die.
Either way, we may be getting a pretty emotionally messy ending.