Winterfell: The Fall of The IceBrandon.
GRRM may have actually told us how it ended between Jaime and Bran, at least in the context of Bran’s skinchanged ice dragon named Winter. Here are two quotes on this below (HT: Drogonthedread).
Aemon Targaryen had seen nine kings upon the Iron Throne. He had been a king’s son, a king’s brother, a king’s uncle. “I looked at that book Maester Aemon left me. The Jade Compendium. The pages that told of Azor Ahai. Lightbringer was his sword. Tempered with his wife’s blood if Votar can be believed. Thereafter Lightbringer was never cold to the touch, but warm as Nissa Nissa had been warm. In battle the blade burned fiery hot. Once Azor Ahai fought a monster. When he thrust the sword through the belly of the beast, its blood began to boil. Smoke and steam poured from its mouth, its eyes melted and dribbled down its cheeks, and its body burst into flame.”
-A Dance with Dragons – Jon III
In an earlier book GRRM gave us more hints that the monster Azor Ahannister killed, whose eyes melted would indeed be a dragon:
The black dragon spread his wings and roared.
A lance of swirling dark flame took Kraznys full in the face. His eyes melted and ran down his cheeks, and the oil in his hair and beard burst so fiercely into fire that for an instant the slaver wore a burning crown twice as tall as his head. The sudden stench of charred meat overwhelmed even his perfume, and his wail seemed to drown all other sound.
-A Storm of Swords – Daenerys III
He mentions “dark flame” and then a manner of dying similar to what Jon mentioned Azor Ahai doing to the monster. Now look back at my The Stone Dragon is Made of Ice post where GRRM very very subtly described the IceBrandon:
From a smoking tower, a great stone beast took wing, breathing shadow fire..
Jaime did it. Winter, the ice dragon has fallen. And where it originally fell was named… Winterfell.
They built a fortress to try to prevent the calamities that ensued in the Long Night. That is why there must always be a Stark in Winterfell.
Because Winter is Coming.
At this point in the story, there may not be a Winterfell left. Rickon, would become The Stark in Winterfell, by building a new Winterfell upon the place the IceBrandon has fallen.
With the IceBrandon now defeated, what is next for just Brandon minus the ice?
He once breathed shadow fire. Shadow is a type of darkness… but is it also as Melissandre said, a servant of the light?
What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object? What happens when Azor Ahai’s magic sword of pure flame is plunged inside an ice dragon of unfathomable cold? The ice dragon will melt into water. But what of Jamie?
“The flames will burn so long as you live,” he heard Cersei call. “When they die, so must you.”
-A Storm of Swords – Jaime VI
This whole series began and came into motion with the conflict of Jamie and Bran when Bran was flung from the tower. It is fitting that their conflict will close it as well.
He was the blood of the dragon, but now his fire has gone out. He was Jaime Waters and now his watch is ended. We will one day see his likes again.
Note: All of this may also be opposite because Jamie’s sword burns blue and his ice blade may extinguish a fire dragon or a living beast of wildfire.
The dawn is but an opening to the dusk. History is a wheel that repeats itself.
“Archmaester Rigney once wrote that history is a wheel, for the nature of man is fundamentally unchanging. What has happened before will perforce happen again, he said.
-A Feast for Crows – The Kraken’s Daughter
Jamie Waters was blood of the dragon but now his fire has gone out. Jamie is dead but Azor Ahai will rise again, harder and stronger.