Game of Thrones is setting up a perfect final mission for one of the show's most beloved supporting characters: the sellsword Bronn. Played with scuzzy charm by Jerome Flynn, Bronn has quietly played an important role in the Lannisters' rise to power over the course of the series. He's rarely shown ambitions beyond the desire to be rich and surrounded by beautiful women, which has ironically made him one of the show's purest and most likeable characters. After his actions at the Battle of the Blackwater, his trial by combat in Tyrion's name, or his many excursions with Jaime, the Lannisters - even Cersei - rightly consider Bronn a valuable ally.
But the queen isn't going to make this final season easy for Bronn. In the season 8 premiere "Winterfell," Cersei interrupts Bronn's triumphant foursome to task him with a dark duty: hunting down and murdering both Jaime and Tyrion. It's no real surprise that Cersei wants Tyrion dead, as that's been true for essentially her entire life, but her order to have Bronn kill Jaime feels like a point of no return for Cersei. She's still deeply in love with Jaime and is indeed carrying his unborn child, but she takes his decision to leave for the north and fight the undead army with the Lannisters' ostensible enemies as an unforgivable betrayal. She trusts Bronn is the sort of immoral thug who won't have a problem murdering his friends if the pay is high enough. Is she right?
What Is Bronn's Mission In Season 8?
To say this is a complicated order for Bronn would be a massive understatement. Despite the fact he ended up an unlikely knight, Bronn considers himself a true mercenary, unburdened by things like friends and family. But along the way he formed real, unmistakable friendships with both Tyrion and Jaime. His admission to Tyrion that he missed his company during last season's massive meet up between all of the show's major players was perhaps Bronn's most honest, affecting moment. He may have grown even closer to Jaime as the two men killed some time in Dorne, overthrew the last of House Tyrell at Riverrun, and just barely survived an attack by Daenerys and her dragons on the road to King's Landing.
So, how will Bronn react to orders from the queen to kill possibly his two closest friends? The obvious answer is that he lives up to his reputation and follows the commands of the highest bidder, but that's starting to seem unlikely. Beyond his personal affection for Tyrion and Jaime, Bronn is likely the Game of Thrones character who has shown the most efficient talent for self preservation - with the possible exception of Sansa. Even if Bronn decides to obey Cersei's orders, that would likely mean a trip to Winterfell, where the largest army in Westeros is amassing to take on the Night King. It seems highly unlikely that Bronn would be able to penetrate Winterfell's defenses undetected and simply slit Tyrion and Jaime's throats in their sleep.
Also, for all his bluster and carnal passions, Bronn is no idiot. He is, in fact, one of the savviest characters on the show, and a trip to the north would likely be enough for him to realize that what's coming could easily wipe out all the prostitutes and alcohol in Westeros. Even now he seems to understand that Cersei's grip on power is tenuous at best, and the likelihood of even being able to collect his ultimate payment from her may factor into his ultimate decision.
Bronn has never wanted to be a hero; he largely stumbled into a pivotal role for a powerful house by accident. But either through his relationship with Tyrion or through a well hidden sense of right and wrong, Bronn has generally ended up doing the relatively noble thing. This is, in many ways, the ultimate test of his moral compass.