Even Lannister gold apparently isn’t enough to keep everything about Season 8 of Game of Thrones a royal secret. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, everyone’s favorite sister-infatuated knight, Jaime Lannister, was recently faced with a lawsuit by former manager Jill Littman for a reported breach of contract, but there’s now an intriguing twist to all those dry legal parchments.
Potential spoilers ahead for the final season of Game of Thrones!
The Emmy-nominated actor had to provide earning records that revealed his earnings for Season 8. That means every episode he stars in, and that means all six episodes.
So will the much-anticipated new season see Jaime living to the end? Hard to say, because appearing in every episode of the final season could also mean he meets his demise at the very end. It must mean that he manages to stay alive at least five out of six episodes, though it is possible something fatal could happen to him at the end of Episode 5 and Episode 6 starts out with him gasping his last breath — or something like that.
Then you have the really far-fetched possibility of Faceless (Wo)Man Arya Stark assuming the dead Lion’s identity for some undisclosed scheme after dark.
There is also the possibility that the Kingslayer is killed off in an earlier Season 8 episode but returns in flashbacks until the end of the series. Since there is no novel to go off of, and there wouldn’t be anyway, since not even The Winds of Winter (which was supposed to be Season 6) has emerged from wherever George R.R. Martin’s study is hidden in the Citadel.
The possibility of reemerging as the mask of a Faceless Man or a flashback could back up the rumor that Coster-Waldau was not supposed to be in every episode of the final season. His survival shouldn’t be that much of a surprise, either, since he had previously bragged about the Lannisters making it to the end despite rumors that he was only supposed to appear in four of the six episodes. Even if that was true, skipping two episodes in the middle doesn’t necessarily bury him.
Jaime does confront a different kind of finality in Season 8. He stands up to ex-lover Cersei, something that she deserved seasons ago, and will also be heading north, though what exactly he encounters up there is anybody’s guess. As for everyone who has shipped him and Brienne of Tarth and is dying to know whether they end up together for real, there was no comment on that one.