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  1. You're not the only one. I miss him too, along with Nimble Dick and Septon Meribald. I also wish Randyll Tarly got more screentime and is shown to be more than a cranky dad. I can see how the AFFC Brienne storyline wouldn't translate well into TV, but it was amazing to read.
  2. I just read that chapter today and can't agree more. The key Lannister trait is narcissism: the belief that Lannisters are somehow superior to all other great families just by virtue of their name. The Twincest and its offsprings were nothing but an extreme manifestation of this narcissism, the desire to keep the Lannister bloodline absolutely pure. Jaime's turning his back on Cersei signifies his (much more mature and less sociopathic) understanding that the Lannister superiority complex is completely false. It is his coming to terms with his father's war crimes that will lead the Riverlands to starvation in the winter and his sister's complete self-absorbness and lack of any aspiration in life other than power for herself. The scene was beautifully understated and yet positive. There's hope for you yet, Kingslayer!
  3. Not sure if anyone has pointed this out before: Arya is Ned's Lyanna-look-alike daughter and Gendry is Robert's Robert-look-alike son. Heck, Gendry even wields an hammer like Robert. A match would be a nice circle for the Robert Baratheon arc. Robert wants a Stark-Baratheon match and starts off the story with a Sansa-Joffrey match--except Sansa is a living image of Tully and Joffrey a Lannister through and through. Would be fun if Arya and Gendry gets together instead. Also, Robert only sees Lyanna's beauty but not the steel underneath. Gendry sees no beauty in Arya (at least initially), but only steel and brains. Even their stay in the orphan inn vs House of Black and White (a spiritual orphanage of sorts) echo each other somewhat. I really like the two and hope they work out =)
  4. Great insights, I never thought about it this way before. It is quite telling that Jaime's first memorable line for us is "The things I do for love." The funny thing is the other Lannister kids all harp much more about love. Despite all Cersei's claim to love her children, she is so blinded by her own ego and self-interest that she actively puts them in harm's way. Her love for them is toxic and might as well not be there--the kids would probably fare better. As for Tyrion, his supposed lypure love for Tysha only turns him twisted and dysfunctional (not his fault, for sure, but he certainly does not channelize his trauma into a good course). Despite his supposed love towards Jaime, he certainly hasn't really proven it in action.
  5. Beautifully stated, and makes sense. I've always wondered why Tywin hated Tyrion so much, as the explanations in the book never seemed quite right. This is a great interpretation.
  6. Reading the chapter. Here's a passage (right after Tyrion's demand for trial by combat) that I find illustrative of Tywin's true feelings: His sweet sister could not have been more pleased. “He has that right, my lords,” she reminded the judges. “Let the gods judge. Ser Gregor Clegane will stand for Joffrey. He returned to the city the night before last, to put his sword at my service.” Lord Tywin’s face was so dark that for half a heartbeat Tyrion wondered if he’d drunk some poisoned wine as well. He slammed his fist down on the table, too angry to speak. The contrast between Cersei and Tywin's reaction here is telling. Neither knows that Oberyn has signed up to be Tyrion's champion, so from all perspectives this looks to be a suicide move. The fact that Tywin is unable to contain his rage (while he is usually stone-faced), to me, belies his true emotions: He has intended for Tyrion to confess and take up the black, but Tyrion has burnt that bridge.
  7. Good points y'all, especially the fact that he didn't need to tell anyone but Steelshanks where he was sending Jaime. Possibly with their excursion back (to save Brienne) words of their direction (south rather than north) leaked, and some of the Northmen became suspicious. Also, since our source is none but Roose's own words, he may well could've done the finishing of the Northmen himself and blamed Clegane for everything. That bastard.
  8. I'm loving the build-up to the Red Wedding in ASOS (and that really extends from as far back as AGOT, to be honest). Clever, clever Lord Bolton! I am having a hard time understanding how he is able to keep his treachery so well hidden though, especially when it comes to his dealings with Jaime Lannister. Anything other than returning Jaime directly to Riverrun is pretty much tantamount to high treason to King Robb, so given this, one would expect Bolton to receive Jaime in Harrenhal with the utmost surreptitiousness. Instead, Jaime is pretty much paraded in: <i>Vargo Hoat had sent two of his Dothraki ahead to inform Lord Bolton of their coming, so the outer ward was full of the curious. They gave way as Jaime staggered past, the rope around his waist jerking and pulling at him whenever he slowed. “I give you the Kingthlayer,” Vargo Hoat proclaimed in that thick slobbery voice of his.</i> It would appear that everybody and their moms in Harrenhal are aware that Jaime has been captured. To be fair, only Lord Bolton and a few Freys (his co-conspirators) receive him officially. However, plenty of men faithful to King Robb, i.e. Wylie Manderly and the Locke, Norrey and Burley men, are still with Lord Bolton at this time, not to be dispersed until their ambush by Gregor Clegane later at Ruby Ford. So how is it that none of them caught wind of Bolton's release of Jaime, realized that it could signal nothing but treason, and rode off or sent a raven to warn King Robb?
  9. Theon Greyjoy. He is just such a nice Shakespearean character: ambitious and arrogant and yet insecure, sensitive and impressionable. His mental unravelling as the Prince of Winterfell is utterly spellbinding. I also like Arya's chapters. Her moral code is simple and relatable: anyone who tries to harm her, her friends, or innocent people are bad. Her terrible sense of priority (what a waste of the first two names promised by Jaqen on anyone other than Tywin Lannister and Gregor Clegane) is very realistic for a child as young as herself. The ravages of war on the country are also only taken in by her POV.
  10. I was just thinking earlier today how parts of Cersei fit very well with the trope of the evil stepmother, not only in the prophecy, but also in her relationship to Sansa (who essentially loses her real mother upon leaving Winterfell). Oddly enough Cersei may have a greater influence in Sansa's development than Catelyn has: for all I can tell textually, Catelyn is a busy mother and Sansa is mostly educated by Septa Morgane who teaches her to be a beautiful lady. It is Cersei who teaches her the ultimate purpose of being a beautiful lady: to use the best weapon between her legs.