This 'Game of Thrones' Fan Video Shows Why Jaime Went for Daenerys

It definitely wasn't just a random decision.

It's been quite a while since Game of Thrones' Jaime Lannister earned his reputation as the Kingslayerbut it seems Theon Greyjoy isn't the only Westerosi character who may be suffering some serious PTSD.

Jaime was given the now-ubiquitous nickname after stabbing his former ward Aerys II Targaryen (AKA, the Mad King, and Daenerys' father) in the back after he went slightly off the rails and started decapitating and burning the lords and ladies of the Seven Kingdoms.


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However, all this went down before Season 1 even started—so while we've all heard the stories, we've rarely seen how bad things with the Mad King actually got (bar a few early season flashbacks).

But you know who has? Jaime.

In the most recent Game of Thrones episode, "The Spoils of War," fans were shocked to see the Kingslayer charge towards Daenerys with a spear while she was helping her dragon Drogon who was grounded by Bronn's ballista attack.

However, if you listen to everything Jaime has ever said about the Mad King in previous seasons, it makes total sense that he would try to kill Aerys's last remaining child, especially after watching her dragon incinerate his men.

One person who has been listening intently is YouTuber Shahan Reviews, and he has made a now viral compilation video that explains perfectly why Jaime tried to take out Daenerys, the consequences of which may have even cost the character his life—and if not, certainly his freedom.

After watching the video, it's starting to make much more sense:

In a conversation with Robert Baratheon about the Mad King (Season 1):

Robert: "What did the Mad King say when you stabbed him in the back? Did he call you a traitor? Did he plead for a reprieve?"

Jaime: "He said the same thing he'd been saying for hours: Burn them all."

In a conversation with Brienne of Tarth about the Mad King (Season 3):

Jaime: "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.'"

In a conversation with Eddard Stark about—you guessed it—the Mad King (Season 1):

Jaime: "When I watched the Mad King die, I remember him laughing as your father burned. It felt like justice.

Eddard: "Is that what you tell yourself at night? You're a servant of justice?"

You see? By charging towards Daenerys, who was midway through "burning them all" herself, Jaime thought he might save Westeros from another mad monarch.

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