It really pains me to admit this, but I’ll confess it anyway: I like Jaime Lannister.

Yes, he pushed innocent 7-year-old Bran Stark from a window, paralyzing him. And, yes, he very-grossly has sex with his own sister. And, yes, he’s deceitful, traitorous and completely untrustworthy.

But Season Three of “Game of Thrones” has taken Jaime Lannister from a villain and changed him, undoubtedly, into a hero.

In the books, George R.R. Martin accomplishes this feat by choosing to make Jaime a point-of-view character in the third book. As with any point-of-view character, the audience can’t help but empathize with someone once we’re placed into his or her head.

On the show, Jaime’s actions will have to speak louder than his inner-monologue.

And they did Sunday night.

Set free from Harrenhal, and on the road to King’s Landing, Jaime got some startling news: Brienne of Tarth (who he has a love-hate relationship with) was going to be tortured and possibly killed.

The old Jaime would have laughed and rode on, concerned only about himself. But he’s not the old Jaime, anymore.

The older Lannister brother rushed back to Harrenhal in time to see Brienne pitted in a Roman Gladiator-style, fight-to-the-death against a brown bear. Yes, a brown bear, not one of those little black bears. And, anyone who knows anything about grizzlies knows brown bears are natural born killers.

Jaime -- who only has one hand, mind you -- risked his own life, jumped into the bear pit and rescued Brienne. Pretty damn selfless and heroic.

Earlier in the episode, Jaime even promised to find Sansa and Arya Stark and return them to Catelyn.

"I will return the Stark girls to their mother, I swear it," he pledged. 

What has gotten into him? Not sure, but if he keeps this up, Jaime might soon become a fan favorite.

North of the Wall

Meanwhile, Jon Snow and the wildlings have successfully scaled the 700-foot ice wall separating the north from the south, and they're plotting an attack on Castle Black.

A bit of jealousy emerges, as Orell reveals his crush on Ygritte, who has totally fallen for Jon. (Incidentally, I'm really beginning to like Ygirtte. She's funny, sarcastic and a helluva good archer.)   

Jon warns her that if the wildlings attack the Night's Watch, they'll lose. 

"Six times you’ve invaded and six times you’ve failed," he says. "If you attack the wall you’ll die, all of you."

Robb Stark’s camp

Robb and his crew are traveling to The Twins, controlled by House Frey, for the wedding of Edmure Tully to one of Lord Walder Frey's daughters.