The Bard of Banefort Posted September 23, 2021 Share Posted September 23, 2021 In Jaime's first AFFC chapter, we learn that Jaime forced Varys to help him free Tyrion after he lost his trial by combat: Quote He had waited in the eunuch's chambers that night, when at last he had decided not to let his little brother die. As he waited, he had sharpened his dagger with one hand, taking a queer comfort from the scrape-scrape-scrape of steel on stone. At the sound of footsteps he stood beside the door. Varys entered in a wash of powder and lavender. Jaime stepped out behind him, kicked him in the back of the knee, knelt on his chest, and shoved the knife up under his soft white chin, forcing his head up. "Why, Lord Varys," he'd said pleasantly, "fancy meeting you here." "Ser Jaime?" Varys panted. "You frightened me." "I meant to." When he twisted the dagger, a trickle of blood ran down the blade. "I was thinking you might help me pluck my brother from his cell before Ser Ilyn lops his head off. It is an ugly head, I grant you, but he only has the one." "Yes . . . well . . . if you would . . . remove the blade . . . yes, gently, as it please my lord, gently, oh, I'm pricked . . ." The eunuch touched his neck and gaped at the blood on his fingers. "I have always abhorred the sight of my own blood." "You'll have more to abhor shortly, unless you help me." Varys struggled to a sitting position. "Your brother . . . if the Imp should vanish unaccountably from his cell, q-questions would be asked. I would f-fear for my life . . ." "Your life is mine. I do not care what secrets you know. If Tyrion dies, you will not long outlive him, I promise you." "Ah." The eunuch sucked the blood off his fingers. "You ask a dreadful thing . . . to loose the Imp who slew our lovely king. Or is it that you believe him innocent?" "Innocent or guilty," Jaime had said, like the fool he was, "a Lannister pays his debts." The words had come so easy. Judging by his protestations, Varys originally had no intention of saving Tyrion's life. Jaime's intervention forced him to change his plans and rope Tyrion into the fAegon conspiracy. Do you think Varys wanted Tyrion dead (rather than it just being a matter of happenstance)? How would Tyrion's death have furthered Varys' goals? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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