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GAME OF THRONES

S08E02 - "THE TRUTH"

PART 2 of 4

July 15, 2018

Jaime Lannister arrives at Winterfell.

INT. WINTERFELL GREAT HALL - DAY
DAENERYS TARGARYEN and JON SNOW sit side-by-side at the high table of Winterfell's Great Hall.
TYRION LANNISTER enters the hall, with JAIME LANNISTER at his side. NORTHERN GUARDS stand at attention along the walls.
Tyrion and Jaime walk to the center of the room and stop. MISSANDEI steps forward and does the honors.
Missandei
(to Jaime)
You stand in the presence of Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen. Mother of Dragons and Protector of the Seven Kingdoms.
(beat)
And her bannerman, Jon Snow of House Stark. Former Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, and Warden of the North.

14.
TYRION
Your grace, my lord, I present my brother, Ser Jaime Lannister.
DANY
(to Jaime)
You made very good time, Ser Jaime. Thank you for coming north.
Jaime nods, but his expression is guilty, uneasy.
DANY
I believe Lord Tyrion has already informed you that the dead have breached the Wall. We expect they will be upon us in a few weeks. Lord Snow can advise you on the placement of your campground.
JAIME
That won't be necessary.
A flicker of confusion passes over Dany's face.
DANY
...how far ahead of your army did you ride?
JAIME
I don't have an army.
Tyrion looks up at Jaime in surprise and consternation. Dany and Jon both stare warily at Jaime.
DANY
(over-articulating)
That is not what I recall.
Tyrion glances at Dany and Jon, then speaks quietly and urgently to Jaime, sorely wishing that they could have had this conversation in private.
TYRION
(to Jaime)
Cersei pledged the Lannister forces to our cause. She said she would march your armies to fight alongside us.
JAIME
(to Tyrion)
Yes, she did say that.

15.
DANY
(cold)
You've betrayed us.
Jaime looks at Dany.
JAIME
Everything that was said in the Dragonpit... I meant it. I thought Cersei meant it too. I'm sorry.
Dany stands up, slowly, holding Jaime in an iron gaze. As she speaks, she walks slowly around the end of the high table to stand in front of it.
DANY
You killed my allies, Ser Jaime. From Dorne, the Reach, the Iron Islands. People who had named me queen, people I had sworn to protect. You tried to kill me, and I tried to kill you.
JAIME
I know.
DANY
I put that enmity aside so that together we might face our common enemy. I put my own people in danger to make peace with you. My Hand risked his life twice to speak with you. My bannerman risked everything he's fought for to be truthful with you.
JAIME
I know.
TYRION
(to Dany and Jon)
Your grace, my lord, perhaps we could speak together alone.
Jaime starts to step away.
JON
The Kingslayer will stay where I can see him.
Jaime stops and looks at Jon. The look Jon returns is hard, cold, and unyielding. He's not going to be Good Cop today.

16.
JON
(to Tyrion)
This is my family's castle. We have not extended him the guest right. He is not free to walk our halls alone until we say he is.
(beat)
But aye, let's talk.
Jon gestures. Tyrion gives Jaime a pained look over his shoulder, then steps up to the high table to huddle with Jon and Dany.
Jon and Dany both give Tyrion a hard stare, and it's clear he has some talking to do.
TYRION
I know this isn't what any of us were hoping for. We were hoping for an army. Jaime wanted to bring us an army, but he can't. So he's brought the only thing he can bring -- himself.
DANY
What do you expect us to do with him.
TYRION
Let him help us.
JON
"Help us." Thousands of Northerners fell fighting your family. All my people want him dead. I can't afford to protect him.
TYRION
He's valuable.
DANY
He's a one-handed man with no army. How is he valuable?
TYRION
The same way that I am valuable. For his mind.
DANY
I already have one smart Lannister. For all the good it's done me.

17.
TYRION
There are different kinds of smart. When it comes to war, Jaime is the genius and I am the fool. Our war with Cersei has taught us that much. He has more military experience than all of us combined.
Dany gives Jaime an appraising look.
DANY
How do we know he won't betray us as well?
TYRION
If he wanted to betray us, he would've stayed in the South with my sister. He wouldn't be risking his life to come here unless he had truly broken faith with her. I know him better than either of you.
DANY
You told me you knew your sister, and you were wrong about her promises.
JON
(agreeing with Dany)
Cersei could be sending him as a spy. Have him learn our weaknesses from the inside, and tell her how to defeat us. If there's anything left of us to defeat.
TYRION
(bemused)
Where did an honest man like yourself learn to think such suspicious thoughts?
JON
You do think I'm an idiot.
TYRION
No, I... I don't.
JON
(to Jaime)
Ser Jaime. Your brother says you're a man of strategy. What would you do in our position?
A beat.

18.
JAIME
If I'm lying, you should execute me. If I'm telling the truth, you need me.
TYRION
It really does come down to that.
JON
(snapping at Tyrion)
You told me in the Dragonpit that I should learn to lie. Now you're asking me to risk everything on your brother -- an oathbreaker -- telling us the truth.
TYRION
(pained)
You want me to eat my words. Consider them eaten. You were right, Jon Snow. The truth matters.
DANY
And how do you propose we learn the truth of this matter?
Tyrion finds himself uncharacteristically stumped. Dany's question hangs heavy in the air.
Then Jon stands up.
JON
(to Dany)
Your grace, may I leave the Kingslayer in your care?
DANY
...where are you going?
JON
Bran should be waking up soon.
They share a look, and a beat of comprehension passes over Dany's face as she realizes what Jon has in mind.
Jaime is confused. Tyrion is apprehensive. Dany pauses, then nods her assent.
INT. WINTERFELL DUNGEON - DAY
Jaime sits on a cot bed in a simply-furnished room. His good hand is manacled by a long chain to a ring in the wall.

19.
The scraping of a key in a lock makes Jaime look up.
A guardsman opens the door, revealing BRIENNE. The door is heavily reinforced with iron bars, making it apparent that this room is a cell, though a relatively comfortable one.
Brienne hesitates in the doorway, staring at Jaime. The two share a long gaze.
Finally, tentatively, she enters the room and sits down, facing Jaime. She doesn't know what to say. The silence grows awkward.
Jaime takes pity on her and breaks the silence.
JAIME
I was your prisoner the first time we met. It seems we've come full circle.
BRIENNE
You're not my prisoner.
JAIME
Bit of an unimportant technicality, when you serve the Starks.
BRIENNE
I don't serve the Starks. I serve Lady Sansa.
JAIME
Shall we review the meaning of "unimportant technicality"?
(beat)
What do you want, anyway?
She hesitates.
BRIENNE
(halting)
I wanted to see you. See if there was anything I could do for you.
Jaime smiles wryly.
JAIME
You could free me. You'd have to kill the guards, probably. Betray the lady you serve. I don't expect your honor would permit you to do any of those things.
Brienne looks tortured.

20.
JAIME
(musing)
I freed my brother when he was sentenced to death. That's a privilege one enjoys as a man without honor. You can kill anyone you like. You can save anyone you like.
BRIENNE
I'll vouch for you. I'll talk to Lady Sansa. I'll talk to Jon Snow.
JAIME
And tell them what? That I saved you from a bear once? That I was thinking of the children when I stabbed the Mad King in the back? Do you think that will sway them?
(beat)
They think I'm here to spy for Cersei. A highly plausible suspicion, to be honest. In retrospect, I didn't think this through very carefully. What a waste of a good defection.
Brienne looks sad, helpless.
JAIME
I hear that in the North, the condemned are granted the honor of being personally beheaded by the Lord of Winterfell. I suppose that ought to be Sansa Stark, as Lady of Winterfell. She doesn't really seem like the beheading type, though.
(beat)
Maybe she'll ask you to do it. You're her sworn sword. It would be the closest thing to doing it herself. Wouldn't that be deliciously poetic. I'll look up at you from the block with sad, stoic eyes. You'll do your duty.
(beat)
Then afterward, you'll wipe the blood from the sword I gave you, and shed a single tear for Ser Jaime Lannister -- Kingslayer, Oathbreaker, Man Without Honor.

21.
BRIENNE
(almost crying)
Jaime...
Jaime looks at her. He takes pity, in spite of himself.
JAIME
Oh, cheer up, I'm joking.
(wry)
It'll be her brother.
BRIENNE
I'll talk to him. I will.
JAIME
Good luck with that. By all accounts, he's just like his father. Ned Stark has wished me dead (since the day I--)
BRIENNE
(stubborn)
I'll talk to him. You're not losing your head, Jaime. Not today.
Jaime regards her sadly.
JAIME
That's very nice of you to say.
Brienne stares at him, her eyes bright with tears.
BRIENNE
(halting)
Is there anything else that you might want?
Jaime gives her a look. There's a loaded silence.
JAIME
Is there anything you want, Brienne of Tarth?
She stares at him. Then starts to move closer.
Jaime puts up his hand, and she stops.
JAIME
I want a great many things. That I cannot have.
BRIENNE
(whispering)
You can.

22.
JAIME
Not in this life.
They share a long gaze. Brienne is heartbroken. Jaime is sad and stoic.
Finally she gets up, awkward in her movements.
BRIENNE
I'll talk to them.
She walks to the door and knocks for the guardsman.
JAIME
Brienne.
She looks back at him, and they share another gaze.
JAIME
Thank you for trying.

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