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  1. I definitely believe that there are both heroes and villains. Yes, sometimes heroes do some bad things and sometimes villains do something good but among the major characters you still can quite clearly see who is supposed to be on a good side and who on a bad side. Jaime, whom many give as an example of "no heroes, no villains, only POV" not only is only one of the very few examples of such characters, he isn't even a good example of this.
  2. I think so, at least in Joanna's case. In another instance the times when Joanna went to KL to serve Queen Rhaella are different in the Aerys II chapter of aWoIaF and in unedited version of Westerlands chapter posted on GRRM's website. In one version she went there for Jaehaerys' coronation (and rumored to have been Aerys' lover later), in another she went there together with Tywin when he was appointed as Hand. George writing two different backstories for Joanna in two different chapters indicates to me that he really didn't put much thought about her and doesn't have her backstory set in his mind at all. This is also for me one of the biggest arguments against any A+J= theories.
  3. Martin has claimed that the reason was probably love or maybe to reduce the number of heirs. He was also not sure if it was even Tywin who decided to marry Joanna or if it was his father's or grandfather's decision. : Seems to me Martin hasn't really thought about this topic.
  4. It shouldn't. If you would point at the least objective person about a certain work of art, it would probably be it's creator.
  5. My bad, I forgot she was one, given that she had virtually no real power during Joffrey's time. The thing with Unwin Peake is a rumor and not a fact. And if it was true, it still just shows that the Kingsguard has to protect the lives of the royal family and that's it. Other matters are not within their authority. And hence Jaime's order not to listen his sister was not lawful by any means given the reason why he gave it.
  6. Joffrey didn't have a regent and was at age to bed women. That's why Sansa was so scared when she flowered - because that meant that Joffrey could bed her and only the Lannister alliance with Tyrells saved her. All this means that Joffrey was officially a ruling king. In practice he wasn't because Tywin's authority was so much bigger. Even when he tried to influence things and do something, Tywin, his Hand, shut him down, even though technically he shouldn't have been able to. This has nothing to do with what I was talking about. Jaime was pissed at something else entirely when he undermined his Queen's authority over the Kingsguard. The Kingsguard's authority could only end at protecting the King life. Otherwise, if the Kingsguard can question any order of a Regent/Hand, than they are above them and the Lord Commander of the Kingsguard becomes and effective ruler of the 7 Kingdoms if a king cannot rule himself which is nonsense.
  7. She didn't seize anything because the power was hers by law after Robert's death. It was Ned who failed to seize power but he failed to do it because he trusted Littlefinger who was secretly on Cersei's side and who tricked him into thinking that Gold Cloaks were his. Cersei didn't really do anything vital for this. If you put Hodor in Cersei's place, Ned still fails.
  8. Technically, Tommen is a minor and not a ruling king yet, so Tommen's orders are superseded by the orders of a Regent, a Hand and likely even of a Small Council member which Jaime is as a Lord Commander of the Kingsguard. So Jaime's orders were most likely lawful and expected in Tommen's case but wouldn't had been for Joffrey's since he was ruling in full. That said, Jaime once told his subordinates to go to him before listening his sister's - Queen Regent's orders and that definitely was not lawful at all. It showcased one thing - Jaime is not fit to be a Kingsguard. His mentality is incompatible with the position.
  9. He sets up nothing. He decided to tell Tommen the truth and let him decide what he chooses. Breaking a vow of not taking arms against someone is taking arms against someone. Jaime didn't mean what he said in the threat to Edmure, the threat was a bluff from beginning to end. That said if Edmure hadn't yielded, Jaime would have indeed stormed the castle but he himself planned to be among the first to attack. He was right? Jaime flat out thought he would have been braking the vow if he stormed the castle. Everything here is wrong. I am again not sure from where you got all this. You just make stuff up about Jaime for some reason. Advice you to refresh your ASOIAF memory.
  10. Well, Cersei also doesn't (and can't, really) care about Jaime's problems, concerns, desires, feelings etc. She loves the loyal twin body, not really Jaime. That said, that's the only way Cersei can love someone. She loves her children in the exact same way. So it's really arguable if what Cersei can feel for another can be even called as love. Depends on one's definition, I guess.
  11. He desires, he hopes to be known as such one day, it's not the goal of his actions. He doesn't do anything to specifically achieve this or to manipulate the general public to think of him better. Him reinforcing his bad reputation in his campaign in Riverrun shows it. You are making it up. And he didn't? Did he take up arms against House Stark and House Tully there? He never thinks that this is an improvement over anything. I have no idea from where do you take all this. Jaime also doesn't think anywhere that the way he handled Riverrun improved his reputation, even for a bit. He doesn't think anywhere that it was a movement towards the "Goldenhand the Just" dream. The threat was a dick move and Jaime perfectly knows it and believes it only reinforced his Kingslayer image, which, again, was the whole point. His satisfaction over not breaking the vow was not because he deluded himself that his reputation was getting better, it was simply a personal content over not breaking a vow because Jaime simply doesn't like breaking vows.
  12. This is simply wrong. Jaime flat out thinks how disgusting his threat to Edmure was and it was so by design in order for Edmure to give in. Yes, Jaime does want to be looked at as a better person but that doesn't mean that if he does something that further ruins his reputation then Jaime is doing it without realizing it. In the situation with Edmure Jaime deliberately reinforces his bad image in order to capture Riverrun without bloodshed. Later in Raventree Hall he does the same and makes sure everyone remembers there that he is Kingslayer without honour. And this is not just my weird interpretation. It is plainly written in the text. Hence your conclusion that Jaime's current goal is to improve his image is wrong.
  13. Yeah, my bad, Arianne is not a teenager but a young adult who was in her teens not so long ago. Still, she had a sheltered life and never really had any responsibility for anything so she still has a teenage mindset and hence my description about her still stands. A mission to Aegon is likely the first time in her life she was tasked with such a serious matter. Now that I think about it, Doran keeping her in Sunspear with nothing to do till she is 24 is probably one of the main reasons for Arianne's rebellious behavior.
  14. Arienne seemed to me as a hothead teenager who wants everything to be her way and who always thinks she is right. A pretty typical case of youthful maximalism which obviously doesn't make her any smart but not inherently stupid either. This usually passes with age and experience.
  15. I love Ned, he is my second favourite character and I agree with him being naive but sometimes his naivety became a full on stupidity. Like, I will call it naivety and overconfidence when he decided to tell Cersei that he knew about her and Jaime. But I will call it stupidity when Ned couldn't figure out why Cersei didn't listen to him and not run away.