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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8, Episode 2

“Game of Thrones” essentially began with that quip, a romantic cliché given twisted new meaning by its context, as a cad shoved a child to his presumed death in order to protect his secret affair with his own twin sister.

Plenty has happened since then. The child is now a cryptic wizard and the cad has been broken down and rebuilt — at times literally, in the case of his behanding — partly because a giant warrior maiden brought out his better self and partly because he was never really all that bad. (Given what we’ve learned about Jaime over the years, the cavalier way he shoved Bran out the window way back then doesn’t really scan.)

But Jaime’s past still precedes him, which meant that before he would be allowed to fight for the living, as he pledged on Sunday (and in the trailer), he would have to face up to it. This was most fraught with Daenerys, the daughter of the madman Jaime killed to secure his kingslaying reputation. It was most hilarious with Bran, who threw Jaime’s words back at him.

“Everything I did, I did for my house and my family,” Jaime said at his mock trial.

“The things we do for love,” Bran said.


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