Jamie Lannister

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About Jamie Lannister

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    The Lion of Lannister
  • Birthday 11/19/1990

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  • Location Bristol, England
  1. Domeric Bolton. I get that his death is important the current state of the Bolton family, but Roose having a legitimately good-hearted son he actually cares about in the picture would have made the great treachery of the North arc even more interesting IMO.
  2. Tywin, Stannis, Roose, and Randyl

    Pretty harsh to lump Stannis in with those three. I've always considered him a flawed, but well-intentioned and morally complex anti-hero who hates the things he pushes himself to do for the greater good. In contrast to the guy who wiped out two dynasties for getting uppity, and that other guy who doesn't mind rape, abduction, murder and mayhem so long as you're discreet about it.
  3. Winds update (not a blog)

    That's depressing. I get that being propelled to his sort of stardom would devour anyone's time, but still... I was holding out some vain hope that the show wouldn't overtake him. Even if I don't bother watching it, short of swearing off the internet completely for months and swearing everyone I know into silence, I'm sure a ton of visceral things will be spoiled. Whatever.
  4. I think I'd ice about half the Brienne chapters. I never felt that what we take away from her travelogue is insight any more or less valuable than Jaime's own little trip around the Riverlands. It bloated the book a bit and we as readers knew from the start that her quest was doomed to fail.
  5. Why do you like this character: Jaime

    His entire story is about conflicting loyalties though. No matter whose side he takes or the cause he champions, he's always betraying someone or something else. He saves the people of King's Landing and refuses to kill his father; he betrays Aerys. He stays faithful to his sister and acts as her lover/personal guard dog for about 20 years; he betrays Robert. He saves Tyrion from an execution; he betrays Cersei and Tywin. He tries to protect the remaining Stark kids; he betrays the entire Lannister regime. In some of these cases he's clearly the least moral party; in others, not so much. I just think he's a very well written character. It's interesting to me that George took the classic evil prince bent (apparently, he was originally going to be the main antagonist and murder his way up to king) and made him an introspective, conflicted anti-villain with a warped, perhaps doomed desire to redeem a few decades of bad decisions and do some good. That speaks to me as a reader. I find him compelling.
  6. Who is the hooded man in Winterfell

    I always liked the theory that it's the unseen Miller; Theon fucked his wife and returned years later to murder her along with her children. If anyone in the North has a reason to hold a grudge and despise the guy on a personal level, it'd be him.
  7. Game of Dues Ex Machina

    I never really saw the shadow baby as DEM. It was established before this point that Stannis only keeps Melisandre around because she has real power and commands a mystical force. There's also the rather foreboding end to the Stannis/Renly parley, Stannis' certainty of victory despite rather impossible odds, etc. It upped the stakes, but it adds up in hindsight.
  8. Do you consider these characters villains?

    Jaime - No. He started out as a pretty straight villain, but his character has been muddied gloriously. Even if you consider the Lannister regime the villainous faction, Jaime has damaged and subverted it more than anyone else I can think of. He's responsible for a lot of good and also a lot of evil; he's torn between a ton of contradictions and obligations; he's in an odd point in the story where he's trying to bloodlessly end a war that he's partially responsible for starting, and defend the children of his enemy. I don't think "hero" or "villain" quite sums his character up. Tywin - Yes. His actions are sometimes understandable (his reasoning behind the RW was solid, fight me) and he's a very pragmatic person, but he's never anything but an antagonistic force in the story. Tyrion - No. I get that this is a big one for some people but even at his worst I wouldn't call him a villain, even if I've lost a lot of sympathy for the character. Cersei - Yes. She's a thoroughly callous and detestable person driven entirely by ambition and envy and a very warped concept of maternal love, but incredibly entertaining to read about. Save for the Walk, I've never once found her the more sympathetic party in a conflict, almost all of which she herself instigated. A lot of the time, it doesn't really feel like there's a method to her cruelty.   Littlefinger - Yes. He's... probably the best and most successful villain in the series; he's schemed and murdered his way to greater power and prestige in every novel so far, and the only threat to his power right now is a fourteen-year-old whose family he destroyed (and also wants to fuck). Varys - Kinda sorta. Hard to say given we don't know how sincere his agenda is.  Theon - No. As with Jaime, he's gone through far too much for me to box him in like that. At the current point in the story, even if one considers him irredeemable, he's absolutely not a villain or a malicious force. Victarion - Yes. Sorta. He's ultimately rather directionless and is only really following orders, and his personal ambitions (get revenge on Euron, marry Dany?) aren't exactly evil, but what he does and how he does it put him in pretty firm villain territory for me. Aeron - Not really. He's a zealous practitioner of a pretty evil religion, but he's too ineffectual for me to write him off as a villain just yet. Bran - Bran being a villain is some sort of ironic meme that's taken off, yes?  Arya - No. Her motives have narrowed to vengeance, and she's done a few unsavoury things over in Assassinland, but the subjects of her retribution are all far worse than she is.  Stannis - No. People have defended him in far more verbose and knowledgeable ways than I can, but he measures up to my concept of an anti-hero pretty well; that is, an ultimately well-intentioned or righteous character who deviates from the path of heroism in order to reach the end of it.  Dany - No. I'd like her to be, but she isn't. 
  9. How can Jaime justify his kingslaying?

    I mean, he was 17. He's impulsive and capricious in his thirties so I doubt he was cool-headed enough to rationalize the full political fallout of killing Aerys as a teenager. It's not until 20 years later that we see him think back on this, and he was almost literally caught red-handed anyway.   I think Jaime seeing red in this instance was pretty justifiable. The guy had ordered Jaime to murder his father and was going to blow the entire city up, that's a lot for one person to take in. For someone who lives and breathes swordplay I don't think "find a pile of rope and tie him to a chair" was pretty high on his list of solutions to flesh-shaped problems.
  10. Biggest criticism of the series ?

    Probably the disconnect between Dany and the rest of the cast. This wasn't an issue in the first couple of books, since her situation was intriguing and her primary motivation was to get back home, but we're five books into a planned 7-book-series and she's made zero progress. She's off doing her own thing, dealing with her own issues, having a practice run at ruling with an assortment of quirky natives (most of whom I don't find particularly compelling), and I can't shake the feeling that most of the intrigue in Essos -- Dany's politicking in her own little private slice of Martinland -- will be ultimately irrelevant. We'll see where it goes I suppose.
  11. POLL: Who wrote the 'Pink Letter'?

    Ramsay. I'm sure he's lying out of his ass on more than one point, but it has to be from Ramsay.
  12. [Poll] How would you rate episode 508?

    Solid 8/10. Really good episode. The Dany/Tyrion fanfiction was awful but pretty much everything was great, especially Jon's stuff.
  13. [Spoilers] EP505 Discussion

    Maybe they'll bring back that cute Asian priestess from episode 4. That whole scene was pretty ominous.
  14. [Poll] How would you rate episode 505

    6/10. The Bolton OC is enjoyable, Roose & Ramsay are still fascinating, Sansa's still hot, Jon's scenes continue to impress, and the looming fight with Stannis is intriguing, but not a lot else had me enraptured. The effects were decent. The dragons looked great.
  15. How would you rate episode 501?

    5/10. I don't usually enjoy the catch-up premiers and this didn't break tradition, but it was still peppered with a few cool scenes. The ending was pretty great even with its implications.