Jamie Lannister

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About Jamie Lannister

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  • Birthday 11/19/1990

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  1. [Spoilers] Criticize Without Repercussion

    The Dorne stuff was awful. I felt bad for Doran but I felt worse that his great actor was wasted in such a doomed and underwhelming role. Ellaria is pretty good though, the furthest thing in the world from her book self, but I actually don't mind her going full villainess. I don't like how passively the Dornish royal guard took the murder of the sovereign, and how a dead prince's paramour and her bastard children are supposed to run a kingdom is beyond me, but whatever. And the fuck was up with Trystane? Wasn't he accompanying Jaime and Myrcella? Wasn't he at KL with Jaime and his betrothed's corpse? The Lannisters let him go? Eh?
  2. What the show got better than the books

    I think Thorne was a better character in the show until they tied him into the stabbing. Now he's just a slightly more villainous and inconsistent version of his book self.
  3. Will Tyrion forgive Jaime?

    I think whether Jaime can forgive Tyrion isthe real question. Tyrion was already beginning to doubt the level of hatred he has for Jaime in Dance; meanwhile, Jaime conceded that he'd probably have killed Tyrion if he knew what he had planned for Tywin.
  4. Ramsay in S6

    Nah, I think he's dead for sure in S6. There's nothing left for him to do but die against the more heroic Snow.Personally, I see him getting too big for his breeches, usurping his father, and leading House Bolton to ruin in rapid succession. But maybe I'm drawingtoo much fromhis book characterization, which has shown him to be successful and ambitious yetheavily flawed and a bit of a coward. In the show, he's just fucking invincible.
  5. 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 picturewould have made the great treachery of the North arc even more interesting IMO.
  6. Tywin, Stannis, Roose, and Randyl

    Pretty harsh to lump Stannis in with those three. I've always considered him aflawed, 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, murderand mayhem so long as you're discreet about it.
  7. 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 monthsand swearing everyone I know into silence, I'm sure a ton of visceral things will be spoiled. Whatever.
  8. 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.
  9. 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'sLanding and refuses to kill his father; he betrays Aerys. He stays faithful to his sister and acts as her lover/personal guard dog forabout 20 years; he betrays Robert.He saves Tyrionfrom 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 theclassic 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 witha warped, perhaps doomeddesire to redeema few decadesof bad decisionsand do some good. That speaks to me as a reader. I find him compelling.
  10. 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 murderher along with her children. Ifanyone in the North has a reason to hold a grudge and despise the guy on a personal level, it'd be him.
  11. Game of Dues Ex Machina

    I never really saw the shadow baby as DEM. It wasestablished 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/Renlyparley, Stannis' certainty of victory despite rather impossible odds, etc. It upped the stakes, but it adds up in hindsight.
  12. 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 bloodlesslyend a war that he's partially responsible for starting, and defendthe 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 detestableperson driven entirely by ambitionand envy and a very warped conceptof 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 alsowants 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 ratherdirectionless and isonly 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 practitionerof a pretty evil religion, but he's too ineffectual for me to write him off as a villain just yet. Bran - Bran being a villainis 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 subjectsof 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 righteouscharacter 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.