Jaime didn't get his hand cut off to punish him for a crime, he had it cut off for a completely unrelated reason. It's like if you kill someone and then instead of being killed back by a relation of the person you've killed, you're killed by Javier Bardem over a gambling debt. It cannot be called 'justice' or 'revenge', merely 'karma'. And it isn't even that, since instead of being unable to walk he's unable to use a sword to kill more innocent people.
Well, he did lost the hand he used to push Bran from the tower. And the ones who cut his hand were basically Tywin's own dogs he brought from the Narrow Sea in order to terrorize the Riverlands. Bran lost his dearest ability when he fell- to climb. Jaime lost the ability he prized above any other- to fight with a blade.To me this is poetic justice at it's finest.
How can you feel sorry for him? He hasn't actually changed his actions at all, just the way he thinks about himself. He thinks he is some noble warrior, but no, he's a prick who thinks he is less of a prick.
For me at least is not a matter of feeling sorry for Jaime. Is a matter of seeing past the villain image I had of him in AGOT when he pushed Bran or attacked Ned's men and appreciating that there is so much more to Jaime than meets the eye. He's a very complex individual and I very much appreciate the way his impulses, actions and past and present perceptions of the world are always conflicting with one another.
If you think he hasn't change at all I respectfully suggest a careful reread of his arch. Would AGOT Jaime had go back and jumped (defenselessness no less) into a bear pit to save any other person that wasn't Cersei? Is true, a lot of his change is due to the fact that he had to reevaluate himself after the loss of his hand, but by choosing to embark himself into this process of to change Jaime at least shows desire to become better.
He expresses no regret over Bran's predicament.
Wrong. Jaime mused to himself that he ought not to have pushed Bran off the tower. After his return to KG he expressly tells Cersei that he has never been ashamed of loving her, but of the things he has done because of it and immediately mentioned Bran. Just to be clear, am not condoning his action regarding Bran, am just trying to point out that he doesn't look at the situation the same way he did in AGOT.
He considers Tywin Lannister a good man.
Am not so sure about that. He has very conflicting feelings where Tywin is concerned just like the rest of the Lannister siblings. More than once he expressed disapproval to his father's actions and even outright defied him after his return to KG. And at Tywin's demise he expresses more guilt for the part he played in his death that any particular signs of grief.
He continues to defend a family with no claim to the Iron Throne.
The key here is that he continues to defend HIS family, with no claim to the Iron Throne. This is a case where loyalties play a great part and where many of Jaime's conflict (which I for once enjoy reading) arise. And the thing about loyalty is that is something very subjective. It can be bought to some extent or earned it others. There is no distinctive pattern that explains why some men follow the cause they do. To some people in Westeros Robb Stark was never a true king, others view Stannis as the rightful King of Westeros and others will might say that is Dany the one meant to sit that stupid chair.
Part of what's interesting about this point is that Jaime isn't interested at all in the IT. He is not acting for power alone to the point where he even foolishly thinks about telling Tommen and Myrcella the truth of their parentage, but why go through with it all them? Loyalty to the Lannister cause? Selfish knowledge that there is no other place for him except the wall? Lover for Cersei? Desire to live up to at least some of his vows? All of these things together?
Edited by Winterfellian, 11 March 2013 - 02:42 PM.