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Guesses Of ‘Thrones’: Hashing Out What Will Happen Next With Bran, Jaime, And Cersei’s Elephants

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The season premiere of Game Of Thrones came and went, giving us a mix of heartwarming and awkward reunions, amazing burns, and meme feed in the form of Jon Snow’s dragon ride. But mostly, it left us with even more questions heading into the next episode and the four that come after that. How will things resolve? We’ve all got our opinions, but are you ready to defend yours in a fiery trial by conversational combat? Uproxx’s Kimberly Ricci and Jason Tabrys are very ready to do exactly that, and this week, they’re going to discuss Jaime’s fate, Jon Snow’s next move, and more before turning the discussion over to you in the comments section.

Jason: There are so many big questions following the season premiere, but I guess we should dive into the most important and polarizing one first: will Cersei get her damn elephants, and what, exactly, is she going to do with them once she gets them? Because it’s gonna be bad, right? Like, we know she’ll do almost anything to get what she wants. When Qyburn showed up with all that money for Bron, I totally thought she was sending him on a quest to get them elephants. Kim, am I right to think that we haven’t seen the last of Cersei’s elephant fixation?

Kimberly: Well, I’d like to think that you’re right about Cersei’s damn elephants, and since she seemed to be truly obsessed, one would logically think that she’s bound and determined to keep those complaints going. However, she’s also supposedly pregnant with Jaime’s child, and we heard zilch about that matter during the premiere. Yet she’s back on the wine train with Euron Greyjoy talking about getting her pregnant. Consistency is not her strong point right now is what I’m saying, and the elephants might never come up again. Maybe they’re merely a literary Easter egg, since the Golden Company did possess them in the books? They’re a cool nod, but maybe HBO simply doesn’t want to plop them onscreen with all the other beasties running amuck. What can elephants do, really, besides make more chaos? So I’m going with no more elephants.

Jason: Dammit. Fine. I know that it’s a little odd to complain, as a viewer, over being deprived the sight of elephants when we still have two and a half dragons, but I’m very willing to be the person to do it. Speaking of the lil’ psychopath in Cersei’s oven, is the baby daddy, Jaime, ever going to see the kid? And by that, I mean, is Jaime making it out of the north alive? Bran’s presumably on the hunt for him now and all bets are off when it comes to how the Stark kids are going to receive him.

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Kimberly: That’s a tough one. I can’t even imagine how the other Stark kids will react to seeing Jaime, but we know that Bran’s got his number. That was a death stare, right? That’s how Jaime interpreted the pants-wetting moment. Obviously, being the Three-Eyed Raven, Bran now knows that Jaime’s the reason why he’s paralyzed. There was that ominous Bran line when he reunited with Jon Snow, who marveled, “You’re a man.” Bran replied, “Almost,” and I want to read into that perhaps too badly, as if Bran is now greatly disconnected from his humanity, and then I don’t have to feel bad about rooting for Jaime because his character growth has been significant. We’ve seen that largely through his waning allegiance to Cersei. He’s in Winterfell now, after all! Whereas Bran, although he was certainly wronged by Jaime and is justified in holding a grudge, has held a more singular purpose. With all the dark and dreary aspects of Thrones, wouldn’t it be odd to see Jaime come out as a hero and not die? I’m 50/50 here on whether he’ll make it.

Jason: I am here for bygones to be bygones and a Jaime/Bran team up where they right wrongs across the North. Lefty And The Warg. An amazing spin-off idea. HBO, you have my digits. But in all seriousness, this is where we are: major characters are going to start dying (more than the normal amount) and some of these redemption stories are going to end in ways that feel … not right or otherwise incomplete. And such is life, ya know? Is Jaime on that path? I think, with all he’s done, it’s weird if Jaime lives and also weird if he dies. That’s an interesting character, but he’s a tweener in a war between sorta good and super duper bad and then also ice zombies. I don’t think there’s space for him at the end of all of this, so I think the best and likeliest out is for him to sacrifice himself to advance the Stark’s cause. Him being in Winterfell with the dead getting closer… I’ll go out on a ledge (sorry!) and predict that Jaime’s song ends by this season’s third episode. And when it does happen, I guess I’ll be sort of sad? Which is sort of surprising.

Kimberly: Admittedly, I feel for Jaime at this stage, unlike Theon, whose form of suffering and redemption present a whole other ballgame, not to mention a further distraction to ending all the human infighting. I mean, the Night King is coming, and so many characters are still sniping at each other. Will they, at any point, stop fighting and rally to the cause?

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