Bolton's kid is a sadistic one. Never thought I would say it but I feel bad for Theon...
Bolton's kid is a sadistic one. Never thought I would say it but I feel bad for Theon...
I sort of wonder what they're going to do with Theon by the time they get to those books, if they're doing all of this now. I guess it's mostly back-story, but still.
With respect to the Stark children, like how they all have developed and change in character from season 1, except for Rickon and Sansa. I understand Rickon is still extremely young so he gets a pass, Sansa however. In the show all she seems to care about is herself (how she looks, who is going to marry, etc.) and overall still acts the same from season 1. Hell she hasn't even asked where Arya has been this whole time! Personally, while my tune may change in the future, I find her pretty much worthless.
Who will end up being more important in the grand scheme of things? As a woman who holds a claim to Winterfell and the North she is in a very powerful position if poised correctly. She is beautiful, and will be a model wife who revels in the Court lifestyle. Very attractive to any Lord in the kingdoms. Arya while likeable(to the readers) and a good storyline does not have a speck of the influence of her sister if Sansa should choose to use it. Right now her priority is finding a Husband that can protect her and elevate her to a desirable position. She could make Tyrion more powerful than he ever imagined.
The Stark Children are somehow the key to this story, I am not sure which one is going to pull it all together. I believe they all have their part to play, and Sansa could very well end up being the most important one. Beauty and love are powerful tools. She could wield them powerfully when she matures.
One thing to keep in mind is that, in the books, the children were a bit younger than in the movies. Sansa is just 13 when she goes to King's Landing so its not all that surprising when she's starry eyed over that a-hole of a king, Joffrey, and overwhelmed by the idea of a court full of romantic figures. She's naive, selfish, and as someone mentioned above, mostly useless to those around her. But again, the girl is 13 years old. That said, she does clearly lack the innate toughness and grit of Arya...but I think there's two ways she can go as she approaches adulthood. She either will be broke by the things she's going to see and endure and end up like her Aunt...a little nuts and paranoid looking for some sort of refuge...or shed the illusions about knights and ladies and start seeing the world as it is, and become a strong matron who protects and guides the fortunes of her family. Only George RR Martin really knows her fate at this point, so I couldn't give a spoiler here if I wanted to, but my guess is that Sansa will eventually follow in her mother's footsteps though she may become even more embittered through her experiences than even her mother had become by this point.
Anyway, I don't really care much for Sansa or sympathesize with her. She IS horribly annoying and selfish, but I just thought it was worth pointing out that Martin wrote her character as a significantly younger child than she is portrayed in the TV series. Being 13 makes much of her behavior much more explicable than does her actions as a seeming 17 or so year old girl.
He was born the son of Tywin Lannister, the shining golden boy who would some day take his father's place as the lord of Casterly Rock. Tywin knew it, Jamie knew it, everyone knew it. He was the successor to one of the most formidable men in all of Westeros, and had splash-reputation from his father from the moment he was born.
He was squired to some of the most famous knights in all of Westeros (Crackehall and Merret Frey) and was knighted on the battlefield at the age of 15 (to put that into perspective, Lancel was knighted when he was 17 and the early nature of the knighting was commented on) by Arthur Dayne himself. To put a finer point on this, Loras Tyrell is following the same path that Jamie did, knighted young (but without the fanfare or pedigree) and adored by the realm, except that Jamie actually was everything they thought he was, not just a summer boy pretending.
In order to avoid marrying a woman he'd never met (Lysa Tully), Jamie Lannister joined the Kingsguard. Youngest to ever take the white in recorded history.
He was it: war hero, tournament champion, heart-throb, everything Jamie had ever wanted to be, he'd done it, and done it before he could even really grow a beard. His life was turning out like a story book, and people loved him for it. He would spend the rest of his life as a hero and idol, guarding the king of Westeros.
Unfortunately, that meant he had to actually meet the king of Westeros. Aerys was the first hitch in the story. Jamie hated it. He was told by older members of the Kingsguard that it was their job to protect the king, not judge him. It's said that he dealt with it by "going away inside."
That's when he started to put on the brave face, play the hero even though he wasn't the hero.
Then the sack of King's Landing came. I wont spoil what Jamie did, but what he did was a good thing in a very long line of trying to do very good things. He saved hundreds of thousands of lives with one sword stroke.
And how was he repayed?
He was named Kingslayer.
The line that separates love from hate is a very small step wide. And the people turned from loving him to hating him with one name. All of his effort to be who he was SUPPOSED to be, to be the golden knight, the Lion of Westeros, turned to bitter ash in his mouth.
Do not forget for one moment that Tywin is the father of both Tyrion and Jamie. Tyrion said to Jon Snow "but you are a bastard. Never forget that, because they never will. Wear it, bastard, like armor, so it can never hurt you again."
That isn't Tyrion wisdom, that's Tywin wisdom. Tywin, who took the stories of what happened with house Reyne and had a song written about it, because he knew they couldn't hurt him with the stories if he wore the stories like armor.
Jamie put on the armor of being the Kingslayer. He never forgot he was the Kingslayer, because no one else would ever forget. He put on the armor, and that armor protected him from the fact that everything he ever thought he was supposed to be was taken from him because he did the right thing.
So, when he pushed Bran out the window, he had thirteen years of having never taken the armor off. He was the Kingslayer. Jamie was burried in there somewhere, but Jamie wasn't driving.
A year in captivity didn't break the armor. Watch the scene where Jamie saves Brienne from being raped. He's so wrapped up in bravado that he tells her to just go with it and not fight, but still saves her with nothing but talking. And again, how was his good deed repaid? Not even being the Kingslayer saved him from losing that hand. He had nothing left, not even the armor that was supposed to keep it all from hurting.
Being the Kingslayer was supposed to keep the fact that his life was a bitter mummers play mocking the life he was supposed to be living. And even the Kingslayer failed to protect him.
And then, rather than deal with it again, minus the Kingslayer, Jamie broke. He almost died, because he almost let himself die. And then, for the first time, someone came to his rescue.
Tywin had never come to his rescue. Watch the scenes where Tywin confronts Jamie on the battlefield? There's no comfort there. There's no warmth.
Cersei never actually loved him, and Jamie knew it. He's said that she only loved him because it was the next best thing to loving herself. There's never been any warmth in that relationship, just passion and a very one-sided devotion.
Tyrion's shell was too hard to crack, and Jamie never let his little brother know when he could help anyway.
No one. Jamie had never had anyone. Ever.
And then Brienne shows up. And rather than coddle him like a mother would have. Rather than lay his head in her lap and stroke his hair and tell him everything was going to be all right, Brienne offered succor in the only way that Jamie could take it. She told him to suck it up, grow a pair, and stop defining himself by what other people thought he could or should do.
And this was a woman who hated him. Seriously, truly hated him. Because of the lie that the world told about what he'd done.
So, he cracked. The Kingslayer got left on the deck of the bath house with Jamie's clothes, and Jamie told the one person who's opinion mattered (despite him not knowing that it mattered consciously) that he wasn't the Kingslayer.
Jamie being a calloused jackhole was the armor he wore. And wore for a very long time. Of course he did those horrible things without blinking. The world says I'm honorless, a kingslayer, the lowest of the low: why should I be any different if trying to be different only makes things worse.
Gnomeborg with the best long post this site has had in a while.
And yes, I read the whole thing. Good stuff!
Gnomeborg wins Game of Thrones thread.