‘Game of Thrones’: Will Brienne of Tarth Get the Happy Ending She Deserves?

Game of Throne‘s Brienne of Tarth, played by Gwendoline Christie, is having an extra special moment. Not only is Brienne gaining rapid momentum as a fan-favorite character, but the show is devoting more attention to her story arch. In season 8 episode 2, fans saw Brienne finally get the recognition she deserves when she was knighted by Jaime Lannister. The scene had fans really excited, as it was refreshing to see something wonderful happen to a truly good character. However, knowing how the world of Game of Thrones works, it also has viewers wondering if this means Brienne is headed for disaster.

Last week, Brienne and Jamie — along with a slew of other characters — banded together in the Battle of Winterfell, in where they defeated the Army of the Dead. Now, with the Night King defeated, the remaining humans are left to fight over the Iron Throne. What will happen to our beloved Brienne of Tarth? The past few episodes have fans worried about her fate.

Who is Brienne of Tarth in ‘Game of Thrones’?

Gwendoline Christie
Actress Gwendoline Christie plays Brienne of Tarth on ‘Game of Thrones.’ | Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images

Brienne is first introduced in season two of Game of Thrones. Out of nowhere, a tall, blonde female fighter defeats Sir Loras Tyrell in a tournament and is given the honor of becoming Renly Baratheon’s Kingsguard. Brienne had been in love with Renly for ages because he is the only man she’s known to accept her, instead of mocking her for her un-feminine ways.

When Renly is killed, Brienne befriends and swears allegiance to Catelyn Stark, vowing to protect her. Because of Brienne’s allegiance to Catelyn, she tries her best to protect Catelyn’s daughters, Sansa and Arya Stark. This is not an easy task, as neither daughter really wants her help, but Brienne ultimately proves her value when she saves their life.

Is Brienne of Tarth in love with Jamie Lannister?

While on one of Brienne’s several missions, she meets Jaime Lannister. Her relationship with Jaime is complicated, as they start off disliking each other. At various points, they save each other and ultimately grow to respect one another. In the most recent season, Jamie risks his life to pledge to fight against the Army of the Dead. Daenerys and Sansa are skeptic, but Brienne stands up for Jaimie to vouch for him. He, in turn, pledges to fight under her lead. She is eventually knighted by Jaime, and during the Battle of Winterfell, Brienne holds off the Army of Dead long enough for Arya to save the day.

The nature of Brienne and Jaime’s relationship is unclear. Is it romantic? Is it platonic friendship? Is it pure respect? Fans are speculating that Jaime is falling for Brienne, as his character has grown ethically under her influence.

What will happen next to Brienne of Tarth?

After Brienne was knighted, fans were quick to jump to the conclusion that both her and Jaime would die in the Battle of Winterfell. However, that didn’t happen. Both characters made it through, a little scraped, but unharmed. That said, Christie herself has hinted that Brienne may die this season.

A search of Twitter for #GOT theories about Brienne turns up some plausible ideas and some crazy ideas. Our personal favorite was posted by @gameofinsane and says, “…will Cersei kill Jamie making Brienne kill her? Or will Cersei kill Brienne making Jamie kill both of them?” We’re thinking maybe Brienne will kill Cersei, or at least we’d like to think that could happen.

Over on Reddit, user zipzaptipytap had an interesting theory. To summarize, they thought that Brienne’s storyline is written to tell us that it’s okay to be a knight and a woman too. The reason Brienne is so significant is that she’s not just a brave honorable footsoldier. She’s also deeply emotional and still maintains elements that are typically female. She needs to be recognized in her own right, not just through Jaime. Her growth is not complete yet and so her character arc isn’t finished. With all this, she’ll probably live for awhile still, so her growth can continue.

Even though many fans have predicted Brienne’s death, that doesn’t mean they’re happy about it. Fans generally love Brienne and are concerned for her fate. Stars of the show are well trained at staying hush-hush about upcoming plotlines, so we’re not likely to get much info from them. That leaves us left to ponder on our own, what could be next for Brienne of Tarth? There’s only one way to find out: keep watching.