chrisdaw Posted November 4, 2022 Share Posted November 4, 2022 I made this topic 8 years ago but I can improve upon it. Bran's and Jaime's arc are on a collision course which will see Bran judge and basically forgive Jaime for pushing him off a tower ledge and crippling him. Jaime Part of Jaime's arc is concerned with judgement and particularly comes at it from the angle of don't judge someone from the outside looking in, that is without all the information. Jaime is set on a course in which he will be judged for his past actions. He intends to come clean about being Tommen's and Myrcella's father, perhaps to the whole world but at least to particularly interested parties. Quote He thought of Myrcella. I would need to tell her too. The Dornishman might not like that. Doran Martell had betrothed her to his son in the belief that she was Robert's blood. With regards to his murder of Aerys Jaime asks this of Brienne. Quote By what right does the wolf judge the lion? By what right? As he saw Ned's eyes full of judgement and it's clearly a painful memory for him. On this score however there are two characters on the way, dragons, who very much do deserve an explanation for why he murdered their father/grandfather and perhaps have the right to judge him - Aegon (well not really if he's fake) and Dany. Quote "I dreamed about the queen," he said. "I was on my knees before her, swearing my allegiance, but she mistook me for my brother, Jaime, and fed me to her dragons." "Let us hope this dream was not prophetic. but the detail of that is for another topic, the point here is that Jaime is headed for judgements. What Jaime did to Bran was not without reason. Jaime says himself why he did it, Quote I'm not ashamed of loving you, only of the things I've done to hide it. and in this case the wolf has every right to judge the lion. Bran Bran begins with an immature view of love. Quote "Some books. I like the fighting stories. My sister Sansa likes the kissing stories, but those are stupid." but he's met Meera and feelings have blossomed, on his side. Quote he wondered what Meera would think if he should suddenly tell her that he loved her. Bran's feelings for Meera will deepen and he will develop an understanding of romantic love. He is already using Hodor's body to spend time with Meera, and his (mis)use of magic to stay close to Meera will continue and worsen. Bran's magical abilities will allow him to learn more of love from other characters and times, and in particular things people did for love. Bran will look through the past and learn about; How his aunt and crown prince Rhaegar ran off and started a war that ended a dynasty. How his mentor Bloodraven and his brother became bitter enemies and fought a war because they both loved their sister. Bran's love of knights will likely see him follow Ser Duncan, his pashing with a Winterfell woman (Old Nan) and his other exploits will likely teach Bran much of life. As Bran develops great power he will have to come to terms with great . . . responsibility. He'll have to take responsibility for helping order the defence of the real of men, lest everyone die. A natural leader and military commander Jaime is going to be a vital potential asset to the realm of which there will be few come the Long Night few. Quote If Cersei can be put aside, Ser Kevan may agree to serve as Tommen's Hand. And if not, well, the Seven Kingdoms did not lack for able men. Forley Prester would make a good choice, or Roland Crakehall. If someone other than a westerman was needed to appease the Tyrells, there was always Mathis Rowan . . . or even Petyr Baelish. Littlefinger was as amiable as he was clever, but too lowborn to threaten any of the great lords, with no swords of his own. The perfect Hand. Even if these people were Jaime's measure, which by the end basically no-one will be, they're all going to die in the Dance or by Greyscale and all the other catastrophes that will befall the realm before even the Long Night. The point is Jaime is going to have to pick up responsibility no the ground because there'll be no-one else. Judgement Bran is destined to sit in judgement of Jaime. When he does he will recall his father's words. Quote "He does," his father admitted. "As did the Targaryen kings before him. Yet our way is the older way. The blood of the First Men still flows in the veins of the Starks, and we hold to the belief that the man who passes the sentence should swing the sword. If you would take a man's life, you owe to him to look into his eyes and hear his final words. And if you cannot bear to do that, then perhaps the man does not deserve to die. "One day, Bran, you will be Robb's bannerman, holding a keep of your own for your brother and your king, and justice will fall to you. When that day comes, you must take no pleasure in the task, but neither must you look away. A ruler who hides behind paid executioners soon forgets what death is." Bran will look through Jaime's eyes and recall his words, words suppressed in deep in Bran's consciousness but he continually recalls. Quote The man looked over at the woman. "The things I do for love," he said with loathing. He gave Bran a shove. Quote A face swam up at him out of the grey mist, shining with light, golden. "The things I do for love," it said. Quote "Help me!" he cried. A golden man appeared in the sky above him and pulled him up. "The things I do for love," he murmured softly, as he tossed him out kicking into empty air. Bran will understand what Jaime meant, he will understand what he saw, the implications and stakes, and understand why Jaime did it. Bran will recall Lyanna, Rhaegar, Brynden and Shiera. He will consider what others have done for love, and most of all he'll think of Meera, what Bran himself has done for love or might have done. Bran will consider the state of the realm, the need for its defence and Jaime's abilities. When the ice zombie apocalypse is at hand the man who keeps showing up in visions armoured like the sun is not one to do away with lightly. Bran will look into Jaime's eyes, consider all that, and find he can not bear to put him to death. Bran will forgive Jaime, and free him to continue to serve the realm. Quote "I was eight when my father sent me to foster at the Eyrie," Ned said. "Ser Rodrik tells me there is bad feeling between Robb and Prince Joffrey. That is not healthy. Bran can bridge that distance. He is a sweet boy, quick to laugh, easy to love. Let him grow up with the young princes, let him become their friend as Robert became mine. Our House will be the safer for it." He was right; Catelyn knew it. It did not make the pain any easier to bear. She would lose all four of them, then: Ned, and both girls, and her sweet, loving Bran. It is through Bran's sweet loving nature that he will bridge the distances between houses. He is to forgive the worst of trespasses against him in service of a greater good. Theorising Specifics Spoiler chapter stuff included here. Spoiler Stannis will have Theon dragged before the Weirwood Tree. Bran will (probably unintentionally) magically intervene through Ravens, the tree, or some other way. People, particularly the Northerners will take Brans intervention as the will of the Old Gods to spare Theon. It will begin a tradition of bringing the accused before Weirwoods, and of Bran judging them. This is probably what was done historically in the North, as who better to judge an accused than all seeing Greenseers, they would be able to find the truth in many matters by which regular means couldn't. Probably this is what's happening in Bran's time traveling visions of the prisoner being brought before the tree. Jon will war on the south, and win. Jaime will be on the other side defending the south. The North will take Jaime prisoner and he'll be dragged before a weirwood for judgement, and Bran will forgive him, the northmen will be incredulous. Jaime will then go on to perform epic vital realm saving feat(s), most likely necessary evil deeds as is his specialty. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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