Game of Thrones broke the record for most people set on fire in a spectacular way last Sunday, with Daenerys Targaryen commanding a dragon to burn the Lannister army (including Ed Sheeran and Noah Syndergaard, presumably). To the confusion and humor of many, Jaime Lannister charged at Daenerys, pitting his pointy stick against her actual damn dragon. It didn’t end well for him.
As foolhardy as Jaime’s actions may seem, they make more sense when you see things from his perspective, thanks to Shahan Khilj, who edited Game of Thrones footage from The Spoils of War and earlier episodes to give more context to Jaime’s past experiences with fire and Targaryens. It hearkens back to Jaime’s monologue from season 3 episode 5, “Kissed By Fire,” when he explains why he killed Aerys Targaryen:
He told me to bring him my father’s head. Then he turned to his Pyromancer. “Burn them all,” he said. “Burn them in their homes, burn them in their beds.” Tell me, if your precious Renly commanded you to kill your own father and stand by while thousands of men, women, and children burned alive, would you have done it? Would you have kept your oath then? First, I killed the pyromancer. And then, when the king turned to flee, I drove my sword into his back. “Burn them all,” he kept saying “Burn them all.” I don’t think he expected to die. He… he meant to burn with the rest of us and rise again, reborn as a dragon to turn his enemies to ash. I slit his throat to make sure that didn’t happen. That’s where Ned Stark found me.
No wonder he was willing to charge at a dragon to stop a pyromaniacal Targaryen.