Clues Hint That a Major Game of Thrones Character Is Still Alive


Warning: Spoilers for all aired episodes of Game of Thrones ahead!

The internet has just found something really fishy about a certain character we all assumed died in last week’s Game of Thrones episode, “The Bells.” Hold onto your fallen character tributes for now, because there might be proof that Jaime Lannister is still alive.

In the middle of all the chaos happening in King’s Landing during the most recent episode, Cersei Lannister was able to reunite with her brother in a strangely sentimental moment. When it looked like every way out was blocked, Jaime took a hysterical Cersei in his arms and they embraced as the Red Keep collapsed all around them. Is there any possible way one of them didn’t die?

Well, as reported by Cosmopolitan, Tumblr user WeedsAreFlowersToo has found possible evidence that might prove Jaime miraculously survived.

First, the fan pointed out how strange it was that there haven’t been any goodbye posts or tributes to Jaime, played by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, from the cast. So far this season, as each episode has brought more deaths, the show’s cast members have started to post about the fallen characters on social media. But this hasn’t happened for Coster-Waldau. The user wrote:

"Why isn’t ANYONE acknowledging that Jaime Lannister just died??? Why is nobody in the cast thanking Nik for his performance? Why did Pilou (Euron Greyjoy) and Lena’s (Cersei Lannister) Insta post not say anything about Jaime dying? Why isn’t Nik saying anything about what he thinks of the scene? Why did he make a post saying goodbye to Lena, and not to the character he played for 8 years? Why is there no talk of Jaime’s death in the game revealed?"

This definitely seems strange, especially considering in Coster-Waldau’s Instagram post after the episode, he didn’t explicitly say goodbye to his character. Instead, it seems just like a goodbye to Cersei.

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The best, sweetest most wonderful sister from another mother @iamlenaheadey . That was a fun decade 😘

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The user also brought up a response from Entertainment Weekly editor James Hibberd, who has been conducting exit interviews with the actors whose characters have died this season. After speaking with Lena Headey and Rory McCann following “The Bells,” one fan on Twitter asked Hibberd where Coster-Waldau’s interview was. His response was quite cryptic: “Holding that one for a bit…”

"Apparently James Hibberd also said there was a character he was surprised to see alive in episode 6," the fan continued. "I don’t think there is any other character at this point that we would be shocked to see alive except Jaime. Prove me wrong."

Although we’d have some trouble buying the possibility that Jaime survived getting stabbed by Euron Greyjoy and having a castle fall on him, there is some solid evidence here that something unexpected might happen in the finale. We’ll just have to wait these next few days to see.

Mifflin Madness: Who Is the Greatest Character on The Office? It's Time to Vote

Steve Carell, as Michael Scott, hands out a well-deserved Dundie Award on The Office.
Steve Carell, as Michael Scott, hands out a well-deserved Dundie Award on The Office.

Your years of watching (and re-watching) The Office, which just celebrated its 15th anniversary, have all led up to this moment. Welcome to Mifflin Madness—Mental Floss's cutthroat competition to determine The Office's greatest character. Is Michael Scott the boss you most love to hate? Or did Kevin Malone suck you in with his giant pot of chili?

You have 24 hours to cast your vote for each round on Twitter before the bracket is updated and half of the chosen characters are eliminated.

The full bracket is below, followed by the round one and round two winners. You can cast your round three vote(s) here. Be sure to check back on Monday at 4 p.m. ET to see if your favorite Dunder Mifflin employee has advanced to the next round. 

Round One

Round Two

Round Three

The Office Planned to Break Up Jim and Pam in the Final Season—Then (Smartly) Thought Better of It

Jenna Fischer and John Krasinski star in The Office.
Jenna Fischer and John Krasinski star in The Office.
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Jim Halpert and Pam Beesly's relationship in The Office was truly a romance for the ages. Fans were delighted when, in Season 3—after years of flirting—John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer’s characters finally got together. But an alternative plan for the show’s ninth and final season saw the couple going their separate ways.

Season 9 saw one of the most stressful storylines the show had to offer when Jim took a job in Philadelphia and Pam struggled to take care of their children on her own back in Scranton, putting intense strain on their otherwise seemingly perfect relationship. In one unforgettable scene, a particularly tense phone call between the couple ends with Pam in tears. Fischer’s character then turns to someone off camera named Brian for advice.

As Collider reports, Pam and Jim's relationship could have taken a turn for worse in the final season—and the writers had planned it that way. As recounted in Andy Greene's new book, The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s, series creator Greg Daniels sat down with each of the show's stars before starting the final season to discuss where their characters would go. John Krasinski, who played Jim, pitched the idea of putting Jim and Pam’s relationship on thin ice. According to Krasinski:

"My whole pitch to Greg was that we’ve done so much with Jim and Pam, and now, after marriage and kids, there was a bit of a lull there, I think, for them about what they wanted to do … And I said to Greg, ‘It would be really interesting to see how that split will affect two people that you know so well.'"

Several writers weighed in with ideas about how they might handle a split between Jim and Pam from a narrative standpoint—though not everyone was on the same page.

Warren Lieberstein, a writer on the series, remembered when the idea of bringing Brian—the documentary crew's boom operator—into the mix. “[This] was something that came up in Season 5, I think," Lieberstein said. "What if that character had been secretly there the entire time and predated the relationship with Jim and had been a shoulder that she cried on for years?’ It just seemed very intriguing." Apparently, the writers thought breaking the fourth wall would jeopardize the show, so they saved it for the last season.

Writer Owen Ellickson said there was even some talk of Pam and Brian “maybe hooking up a little bit," but the negative response to the storyline led the writers to "pull the ripcord on [Pam and Jim's separation] because it was so painful to fans of the show." Ellickson said that they backtracked so quickly, they even had to re-edit certain episodes that had already been shot to nix the idea of Jim and Pam splitting up. Which is something the show's millions of fans will be forever grateful for.