Ever since Daenerys Targaryen began her journey to rule Westeros, she has faced many odds, most of which had stemmed from political conflicts. But thanks to her wise group of councilors, she has been able to overcome such hurdles and unite the might of the Dothraki, the Unsullied, Dorne, the Greyjoys, the Tyrells and three full-grown dragons. So, when it was her turn to finally showcase her prowess in the art of physical warfare, it was surprising to see Daenerys suffer from constant losses at the hands of Cersei Lannister.
Note: This article contains major spoilers for Game of Thrones.
After learning about Euron's attack and the siege at Highgarden, Daenerys was on edge and the loss of the Unsullied finally pushed her to take control of the situation herself. However, this sudden change in plans left the Lannisters unprepared and at the mercy of Drogon's scorching flames. By recreating her ancestor's most brutal battle, Daenerys has not only depleted the Lannister army, but also put Jaime Lannister's fate in jeopardy.
What Happened To Jaime Lannister During 'The Loot Train Attack'?
In one of the most riveting sequences in Game of Thrones history, Daenerys Targaryen finally introduced the Known World to Drogon, leaving the entire Lannister army in a state of disarray. This two-pronged attack from the sky and on land had backed Jaime into a corner as he witnessed the massacre of his troops.
However, Bronn's immaculate aim wounded Drogon, causing Daenerys to land near Jaime - giving the Kingslayer a chance to strike her down. Fearless as he is, Jaime took the window of opportunity to grab the nearest spear, charging forward in an effort to impale Daenerys. As this was an impulsive assault, it ultimately led to Jaime facing the fiery breath of Drogon and being saved at the last moment by Bronn.
Although the nature of this event sparked quite the debate regarding Jaime's safety, it is highly unlikely that Daenerys or Tyrion will allow him to drown in Mander. Considering Tyrion's brotherly love for Jaime and the strategic advantage that he'll be providing for Daenerys, the Mother of Dragons should aim to imprison Jaime Lannister, giving the Targaryen a gift that would be invaluable to her war against Cersei.
How Would Jaime's Capture Change The War Between Cersei And Daenerys?
If we look back at the situation before 'Spoils of War', Cersei had narrowed Daenerys's chances to attack from the sea by destroying the Iron Fleet, and had cut off Dragonstone's resources by taking Highgarden. With the unavailability of the naval route and the risk of facing the Lannister army on the ground, it would've forced Dany to take the aerial route and face a barrage of land-to-air harpoons.
However, the 'Loot Train Attack' may have provided Daenerys with a hostage (Jaime Lannister) and knowledge of the weapon Qyburn has devised to take down her dragons. With Tyrion currently serving as Daenerys's Hand, she should use their familial affection to extract information from Jaime regarding Cersei's battle plans and resources.
Apart from the strategic advantage that Jaime might provide, his capture will also lead to a long-awaited reunion with his brother. After seeing Tyrion urging Jaime to flee the battlefield from afar, we can assume that he still loves his brother. The reunion would be particularly poignant, given that Jaime recently learned that Olenna was the true mastermind behind Joffrey's murder.
The Lannister's imprisonment might also spell trouble for Daenerys and her council. In their last encounter, Jaime allowed Tyrion to flee King's Landing when he was (wrongfully) found guilty of Joffrey's murder, so Daenerys's Hand might be obliged to return the favor if Jaime becomes imprisoned at Dragonstone. Needless to say, this wouldn't go down well with the Targaryen queen.
From the beginning of Season 7, Daenerys has been pulling her punches in order to portray herself as a ruler with intellect and compassion. By attacking the Lannisters at Highgarden, instead of the Red Keep, she has not only proved her wit, but has shown her ability to obliterate those that defy her. Although Jaime's fate remains to be seen, Daenerys will surely want to capture the Kingslayer and use his imprisonment to claim the Iron Throne.
Do you think Daenerys will let Jaime drown or use him against Cersei? Let me know in the comments.