Jaime Lannister could finish what Draco Malfoy started
For us, the journey of Harry Potter started with him getting the letter for Hogwarts and Hagrid coming to that little unknown island. It was finally time for Harry to change his life. But the story grasped momentum only after he boarded the Hogwarts Express at Platform 9¾ and met Ron and Hermione.
But, c’mon guys, the spells & adventures of Harry Potter and his friends would remain incomplete without the ignorant wicked persona of Draco Malfoy and his evil friends. Yes, I did not like Draco Malfoy. I loved to see their asses getting kicked in every other scene that it did. But eventually as the story went further from Philosopher’s Stone to finally Half Blood Prince, I noticed a transition on Little Malfoy’s attitude. The evil boy was shouldered with a responsibility of being malevolent and demonic.
Son to Lucius Malfoy and Narcissa Black, Draco became a Deatheater at the age of sixteen. Although he did try his best to fulfill his duties being a deatheater, we could clearly see the reluctance in his eyes and the struggle he had had to go through while killing Dumbledore.
Draco was unable to complete his task — murdering Albus Dumbledore, which was taken over by Severus Snape — and only performed his other duties fearfully and reluctantly.
Jaime Lannister of Game of Thrones resonates Draco Malfoy in many ways. For starters, they both were ushered into being rigid about their Family and its tradition by their fathers. And even after Tywin Lannister died of the crossbow shot by Tyrion, Jaime was ruled and dictated and at times, threatened by his sister, Cersei Lannister.
Now; Malfoy was only a kid when he became deatheater. He had only started to develop conscience of his own. It is very hard to differentiate between what is right and what’s not when your parents are the ones forcing you towards evil. So Draco did what any normal 16 year old boy, (magician or not) would do- He gave in. He submitted to the expectations of his parents even when he knew they were wrong (Sounds familiar?).
But even though his mind admitted to it, his heart couldn’t. The struggle and chaos that went inside of him was visible in the Battle of Astronomy Tower. And as Dumbledore fell through the tower, the submission of Draco Malfoy to the dark forces was complete and he was at a place where he would never return from, even though he wanted to.
Similar to Draco Malfoy, we see in Game of Thrones as it approached towards an exciting turn, Cersei Lannister agrees to join allegiance with Khaleesi and Jon Snow against the White Walkers led by Night King and has made a point for everyone to realize that she stood with her enemies when they needed her, and she could expect the same from them. However, when Jaime shares his battle plan with her, she reveals that she said what she needed to, and would infact attack the rest of Khaleesi people back at Dragonstone while they are away.
The disgust on the Jaime’s face was clearly visible. Something that we expected in Draco’s too but never had the chance to see it. And on the mark of Cersei, when Mountain drew his sword as Jaime walked out on her, we also see what could be the repercussions and consequences if Draco ever tried to betray The Dark Lord. And in the closing scene, when we see Jaime riding north of King’s Landing, there is a bit of joy in us. There’s this one little space in our heart that feels complete which always though Jaime as a nice guy. The one which became hollow with Draco Malfoy’s submission.
But the big question still remains, after the betrayal of Cersei, if it gets executed, will Jaime be ever accepted by the rest of the North? I know the comparison is too subjective to consider and there are lot of other factors that count. But remember the moment, when Potter’s, Weasley’s and Malfoy’s came to drop their kids at London Station years after the Second Wizarding War, and how Malfoy and his family was looked down upon by Ron. That is what happens to people with chaos, they have to fight two wars at the same time. One with the world, and one within. I sometimes think, Jaime and Draco would get along just fine if they could ever meet and might even be good friends.