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  1. Jaime and Cersei not only seem to represent a Macbeth splitted in two parts - one returning, the other going on with wading through blood - but a Westerosi twin study. As children they switched roles easily. Cersei took fighting lessons, but as a grown-up her martial power is pretty much reduced to having ships named after her. Brienne's story proves how hard it is for women to live the life of the opposite gender. She grew more into a twin to Jaime than Cersei. Vary's fAegon speech at the end of DWD was shocking on so many levels. Amongst them the realisation of how poor the education for Westerosi queens really is compared to that little boy with sheer ambition to sit the throne. Cersei knows very well by now that her tears and sexual parts arn't true waepons, since they won her no fight. Let's wait and see.
  2. Let's discuss crackpottery

    Bran. Not thrown outside the window, but warging Jaime to say "the things I do for love" before his self-sacrifice. Ü
  3. Dear Lord Wraith, you really want me to do it? ;-) I feel the common rejection of Cersei has a lot to do with the fact that no other POV ever thinks kindly of her. Sansa is another charakter you could call architect of her own destruction, but many of us do relate to her, even when she turns a blind eye on her own faults. She is loved by many other characters which makes it easier to believe she does not deserve a bad fate and can become better. Methinks Cersei deserves the same and I can easily see this coming from an uninspected POV. Her self-destruction just holds too much healthy Macbeth potential, she could serve the realm in her own way. And she sees all that, like Ned did when he was hand. Her schemes deal with her isolation in an imperfect political system. "I am in blood Stepped in so far that should I wade no more. Returning were as tedious as go o'er."
  4. Since no character thinks of Cersei in a positive way, I feel forced to side with her, as if she were a real-life person. I've even started to count deaths she is directly responsible for and mildly overlook those cases which went a bit out of control. Just to compare her case with more liked characters. I hate having to do this for her and hope another character will do this in future.
  5. Tyrion's death

    As I believe his other siblings being Targs, I'd love to see Tyrion become Lord of Casterly Rock. Him finally acting as the fool his father was so afraid of, might earn him back true Lannister honour such as Lann the Clever. Tywin is likely to turn out as one big (cruel) joke, supressing his one true heir.
  6. Sansas ending

    I doubt that something resembling total control will ever again enter that series. As I read it, we now have to deal with variations of the rest of total power accumulation.
  7. Sansas ending

    I doubt that losing romantic ideas is progress. Sansa's ability to fall in love even with those resented by her whole family or the court is progressive. You need to have phantasy to cross borders and overcome an order providing no peace. Dispite all bad she suffered Sansa is still able to take new roads, to turn enemies into friends. So I dont't see why she would have to lose that important quality of hers. As I see it, Westeros lacks romance, it's still just in the songs. To stop singing won't solve the problem. Hearing Sansa sing did something with people like Sandor that had lost their trust in life.
  8. Let's talk about Tysha and Lannister soldiers

    I still have the feeling, Tywin created a system of shame here. It works in both ways. His soldiers knowing they rape no common whore and Tyrion unable to resist treating his wife like a whore. The whole Brotherhood without Banners thing directly resulted in Tywins dogs getting out of control with Gregor Clegane. Sandor is amongst those in need to recover from that treatment. They were Tywins whores in a way and no loyal bannermen at all. Tywin's system of shame is likely to boomerang, his children paying that notorious Lannister debt.
  9. Let's talk about Tysha and Lannister soldiers

    In my opinion the Lannister soldiers arn't out of the picture considering guilt, since it is noted in the books that silver is a too high price for a common whore. Since rape is no common form of punishment either, even in Westeros, every raping soldier is more likely to be gelded or send to the wall, would law come into play. So Tywin took a pretty high risk to make his point, should the tale come around. I wonder why? Had he put too much trust into the shame of those being involved? In any case, Jaime overcame his shame and told Tyrion about his part in that crime. Leaves Tyrion dealing with his own part in that, being no help for his young wife despite the vows he swore. I have the feeling there is still something left to discover in that chain of guilt. Tysha might have been a Lannister from the start with her "Ty" but became Lannister without any doubt when she wed Tyrion. I think she might be hidden like every shame. Around Castely Rock, I'd bet.
  10. Sansas ending

    That's why I see her unmarried and sitting no throne at the end. In my mind she would be something close to a Patrician, representing a new order of citizens acting on their new-won responsibility.
  11. Sansas ending

    That's what I meant to write. The marriage might be annulled by Tyrion himself. Being kind towards each other is not exactly love, which both characters still have to explore.
  12. Sansas ending

    CAUTION, SPOILERS FOR TWOW BELOW ...the northern mountains seemed so close that Catelyn could almost reach out and touch them. Looming over them all was the jagged peak called the Giant’s Lance, a mountain that even mountains looked up to, its head lost in icy mists three and a half miles above the valley floor. Over its massive western shoulder flowed the ghost torrent of Alyssa’s Tears. Even from this distance, Catelyn could make out the shining silver thread, bright against the dark stone. When her uncle saw that she had stopped, he moved his horse closer and pointed. “It’s there, beside Alyssa’s Tears. All you can see from here is a flash of white every now and then, if you look hard and the sun hits the walls just right.” Seven towers, Ned had told her, like white daggers thrust into the belly of the sky, so high you can stand on the parapets and look down on the clouds. (Cat, A Game of Thrones) The landscape of House Arryn translates itself into the sigil of the Kingsguard: a white shield surrounded by seven swords. And now the Alyane chapter in TWOW even shows us Sansa coming up with the idea of a Kingsguard on her own. For Sweet Robin officially, but as her Bastard name Alayne sounds like the German term for "alone", I trust her to finally understand about the nature of this "somewhere safe" Brienne would always miss to find for her in these tense times. Sansa might be the first damsel in distress building her own tower. Something the other queen, Cersei, is so tracically failing at in her attempt to gain freedom to rule, burning down the tower that could have protected her, the Tower of the Hand. I am with those that think that Sansa is now exactly were she is needed, surrounded by food and knights hungry for honour. Her Winged Knights have the ring of an air bridge providing allies with supplies. Might be, Sansa rescues Brienne and the Brotherhood through the winter at the end, another Kingsguard without king. So Riverlands and Vale can keep their bounds even with the Tully sisters gone. War all around, this would provide the reader with an interesting view at the logistics of war and after-war orders in the waiting. The Kingsguard needs to divide itself into law and order to be effective. Ned's was the old way, swinging the sword after spoken word. But a man can err. Brienne the sword and Jaime Goldenhand the Just might foreshadow a due balance of power. Sansa here represents a fair use of institutional power, no marriage needed which in Westeros has become only another form of prostitution. At this stage I don't see her sitting thrones and getting pregnant. And her dwarf husband Tyrion might return without any need to force himself unto others, since he is slowly learning from Penny to embrace his outer nature. The Giant's Lance is just a too cool place to show up per dragon...
  13. Who will kill Jaime Lannister

    He won't live or die either, but recieve the Kiss of Life by UN!Brienne when it's needed. She would have kept it a secret of course, that she already and literally died in attempt to hold up on all her vows. Now that she really fights like she has nothing to lose, she is likely to become a living legend. But her POV will give the reader an idea what Beric once suffered, having to fight with nothing to gain for the own life and only consuming it in the process. When Brienne passes that dooming power to Jaime, the consequence is already known through Brienne's eyes. For Brienne that un-life is meant to actually see what life she had left behind to become knight (Renly was a poor compromise as she was merely his lady-in-waiting). For Jaime it means to truely give up the life he once had. He might become aware of his love for Brienne, but their equal choices led them to that mobile concept of kingdom and knighthood represented by the BwB, where a simple kiss endangeres the order. The Maiden of Tarth knows about the chivalrous kind of love only that J'aime-Jaime has to learn. To tell his monster of a battle it is usefull for GRRM to have two fighters that are capable beyond believe and truely independent. Since nobody is born that way, the undeath-device is a good way to write them nonetheless. Brienne already undeath finally dying for a dying Jaime to pass over her un-life, I can see that. And the humour in that, too.
  14. Do You Like The Audio Books By Roy Dotrice?

    Since there is no official alternative to Roy Dotrice, I'm very interested in fan-made audiobook-projects. Do you know of any? Once I even considered starting a podcast myself, featuring different narrators for each character (native speakers of course, easy to find in Berlin). Only that would be awfully much work with limited chances ever to be uploaded somewhere for copyright matters. Although I don't love the show, an audiobook featuring the actors chapterwise would be amazing and just what I'm looking for.
  15. Matches that Never Were

    The chemistry between Ned and Cersei, Jaime and Cat - I enjoy thinking what might have become of that, if it wouldn't have been too late. Ned and Cat are always so dutiful, but with Cersei and Jaime you have them like leaning back for a moment in admiration - and Cersei and Jaime knowing just that. Part of Cersei and Jaime becoming bitter people is about them being unsure whether being loved back. Ned and Cat are obviously not good in hiding their affections and could have turned those Lannister-ambitions into something useful. In their special way the twins are family people and so are Ned and Cat.