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Brienne writing Jaime’s history is the best meme from the ‘Game of Thrones’ finale
Was she too kind?
This article contains spoilers for the Game of Thrones series finale.
Game of Thrones’ eighth and final season may not be everyone’s favorite, but if there’s one thing fans enjoyed the most, it’s the wealth of memes it produced: from the creepy stare of Bran The Broken—who now sits on the non-Iron Throne of the Six Kingdoms, by the way—to a horny Tormund, the “safety” provided by the Winterfell crypts, and Daenerys ignoring the bells in the penultimate episode.
So if anything else was expected of the final episode Sunday night—besides Dany getting killed—it was another round of great memes. At least in that regard, the finale did not disappoint. Game of Thrones left us with one scene that was made to be memed: Ser Brienne of Tarth, now Lord Commander of Bran’s Kingsguard, writing Jaime Lannister’s entry in the Book of Brothers.
This is actually a callback to an unforgettable moment between the two in a season 4 episode, in which Jaime tells Brienne that it’s the “duty of the Lord Commander” to record the deeds of everyone who served in the Kingsguard in the Book of Brothers, also known as the White Book.
Thus, Brienne did her duty, even managing to put a positive spin on Jaime’s decision to leave her to go back to Cersei, writing in conclusion to Jaime’s entry, “Died protecting his Queen.”
Instead of celebrating how Brienne ended the series as the highest ranking officer of the Knights of the Kingsguard, viewers couldn’t handle her writing about Jaime’s heroic deeds, especially that last line. They reacted with memes, of course.
Some fans were emotional about Brienne remembering only Jaime’s good deeds.
BRIENNE WROTE ALL OF JAIME’S GOOD DEEDS BC SHE KNEW HIM SHE KNEW THE REAL JAIME SHE KNEW SHE COULD DO HIM JUSTICE AND SHE KNEW ANYONE ELSE WOULD PAINT HIM IN A NEGATIVE LIGHT AND DESPITE ALL OF HER PAIN SHE REALLY DID THAT I’M- pic.twitter.com/qeM2ctVRq3
— jaime lannister’s hype girl (@und0milk) May 20, 2019
— Kels. (@KelseyStauffer) May 20, 2019
Some think it’s the “same energy” as an ex-girlfriend only having good things to say:
This is the same energy to me pic.twitter.com/8giVxP2zdF
— Ella Torres (@Ella_RTorres) May 20, 2019
Overall, people were disappointed that Brienne took the high road after what Jaime did to her.
Brienne went from being my favorite bitch to ending the show updating a bitch ass nigga’s Wikipedia page pic.twitter.com/fbmdaj9566
— Talie (@Miss_Talie) May 20, 2019
— Paperbag Princiss (@paperbagprnsiss) May 20, 2019
Twitter had a lot of suggestions for what Brienne should have written instead.
For starters, why couldn’t she have mentioned that Jaime was actually the one who knighted her?
All Brienne should have written in that book was "he knighted the first woman knight, Ser Brienne of Tarth." & then started her own fucking chapter.
Fuck D&D for wrapping up her storyline defending a dude who left her crying in the dark (wearing and amazing cape).#GameofThrones
— Nerdista (@Nerdista) May 20, 2019
Some kept it short and sweet:
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) May 20, 2019
While others think Brienne should have deemed Jaime a “fuccboi”:
— Jenny Yang stands w the WGA (@jennyyangtv) May 20, 2019
— Kristy Puchko (@KristyPuchko) May 20, 2019
Some think Brienne was writing in the Mean Girls’ Burn Book:
Yeah, I thought Brienne was writing in this thing. pic.twitter.com/Vj22gMs04L
— Alex Serrato (@maniosointexas) May 20, 2019
Maybe Brienne should have written that Jaime “had a good bepis,” which @vqnerdballs thinks is “how he’d want to be remembered.”
— wary sue (@vqnerdballs) May 20, 2019
Fans also had theories about what Brienne was really writing or wanted to write, like “Brienne was so good in bed that he went crazy and went to die with his sister. Yeah, that’s what happened,” @_Zeets tweeted.
"Brienne was so good in bed that he went crazy and went to die with his sister. Yeah. that's what happened." pic.twitter.com/WvKRUItxgv
— Zito (@_Zeets) May 20, 2019
“And also Ser Jaime died while telling Cersei that he was in love with Brienne who was super hot the end” pic.twitter.com/9yr5i3lvHK
— Dylan Goforth (@DGoforth918) May 20, 2019
'i couldn't help but wonder… by writing him even further into the historical record, was i accidentally writing *myself* OUT?' pic.twitter.com/foZqllfSEt
— Bim Adewunmi (@bimadew) May 20, 2019
Or maybe she’s doodling Ser Jaime’s name—with a heart on the “i.”
— Jules (@Julian_Epp) May 20, 2019
Some think she was really saying nasty things about Cersei (in a “deleted scene”):
— Fuzzy Barbarian (@FuzzyBarbarian) May 20, 2019
— صِيَام (@seyaam_) May 20, 2019
Basically anything else but what she wrote:
— Angus McChicken (@Mobute) May 20, 2019
— cory (@coryiams) May 20, 2019
Brienne writing about her ex-lover’s good deeds has also become a mood. As @nadiamy tweeted, “Brienne is all of us single ladies who are making it fine in our career but got screwed in our relationship #wegotthepen.”
— Nadia Yazid (@nadiamy) May 20, 2019
— Fearless/Lessfear (@Quotemeorelse) May 20, 2019
oh man Brienne, I wish I had the power to write the history of the last man who ghosted me
"Had a littleth dick"
"Couldn't even hittith it right"
"Slept with his sister like SO MUCH"
— HOT GIRL ASH (@arayyay) May 20, 2019
I guess it makes sense that, after choosing Bran The Broken to be the new king just for knowing all the stories, the Lord Commander of the Kingsguard would now be into “blogging” or “scrapbooking.”
Brienne of Tarth, more like Brienne of Marth…a Stewart, my good bitch is up here SCRAP BOOKING
— Jasmine Sha-Ree Sanders (@JasMoneyRecords) May 20, 2019
ser brienne of tarth writin’ history without an editor or fact checker in workout clothes she is a blogger i dig it pic.twitter.com/mEEQYvuY0Y
— ryan sutton (@qualityrye) May 20, 2019
can’t believe brienne of tarth became…..a blogger
— Aaron Edwards (@aaronmedwards) May 20, 2019
Game of Thrones is the epic story of the creation of Jaime Lannister's Wikipedia entry
— 'Weird Alex' Pareene (@pareene) May 20, 2019
Trixie Reyna-Benedicto is a lifestyle editor and writer based in the Philippines. Previously, she helmed Cosmopolitan Philippines’ website, Cosmo.ph, as its founding editor. She later served as editor-in-chief of lifestyle and entertainment portals for Manila-based media company TV5. Her work has appeared in several print and online publications in her country, and she contributes to Speed Magazine, DG Traveler, and Connected Women, among others. Visit her website, trixiereyna.com.