ok, since this question is getting asked every week now and the last time i tried to give you a serious answer was when i had only just started reading a feast for crows, i thought it was time for a new jaime lannister appreciation post! because people always ask me politely ‘why’ i like jaime,…
I read though the whole essay, and I just wanted to say I kind of missed that you haven’t wrote about his relationship with Brienne. I don’t like Cersei and I used to ignore her when it came to Jaime, but someone said to me I can’t understand Jaime’s character without her. And I realized that this is true. She is a great part of who Jaime is, and I just can’t ignore her. But I think it’s the same with Brienne. You may not believe in Jaime’s redemption, but you can’t deny his character developement. Brienne is great part of who he became in ASoS/AFFC. Brienne with her innocence reminded him what he loved in a woman (why he loved Cersei in the first place until finding out who she really was and finally letting her go) and she was the best example what kind of knight he wanted to become/should be (this is why he chooses the kingsguard over Cersei and Casterly Rock aka. his father, the most important things in his life until then). Your essay is about ‘why YOU like Jaime’, so I don’t want to convince you, I just thought you should think about it, because you might be able to understand him more in AFFC. Nice essay anyway.
oh my. YOU READ THROUGH THE WHOLE THING. i can’t believe this. you deserve cookies and a proper reply. Brienne! Yesss Brienne! I wouldn’t say i didn’t talk about her at all? Cause I did mention Jaime’s close interaction with Brienne is an important part of his character development. And I also mentioned he admires her for being a knight and i included her in the list of white and pure things that became really important to him? Plus I linked to another essay in which is practically stated Brienne is becoming another mirror for him, just as Cersei is/was and how he’s using bits and pieces of her to build and try out new identities for himself. So I’m definitely not ignoring her importance. Hmm but now i’m browsing through my post i do realize i am mentioning these topics all briefly but never took the time to elaborate them and it is all very fragmented, so yea.. i agree i coud have worked this out a bit better and i should and i probably will… because Brienne is utterly important! But that being said, i don’t believe we hold the same opinions.
I do not think Brienne is the reason why Jaime remembered what he loved in a woman. I do not think he had to be reminded of this in the first place? He always knew this, but to him everything he wanted was always present in Cersei, until he finds out she’s actually not that innocent as he wanted her to be. But the main reason for that is the whole lancel, moonboy kettleblack situation. And partially because they disagreed on a lot of things because they’re both dealing with very different problems and they both can’t be the person the other wants them to be at that moment (and this can, in Jaime’s case, be linked to the time he was away from her and all that happened, including the loss of his hand and the way this changed him) so indirectly it’s linked back to Brienne but Brienne was never a main reason!! He never linked any feelings for Brienne to his relationship with Cersei. They were two entirely different things. Brienne was certainly not a reason for Jaime to let Cersei go. Instead, he NEVER let go of Cersei. He was angry at her… but at the same time everything was still about Cersei. She was still the only thing he thought about and what mattered to him and to what all things in life should be compared. And his anger actually cools down at the end. He starts missing Cersei again and he longs to be on her side again. He can’t wait til he will get back to King’s Landing…So Cersei is most certainly still the most important woman in his life. It’s just that they aren’t perfectly fitting two halves of a whole anymore because Jaime is trying to be his own person and he’s is not only reflecting Cersei anymore, but also parts of Brienne and whatever else he finds on his way. And that Brienne is an important part of him as well shows in how defensive he starts to become of her. But he’s not really aware of that. in fact, he is not thinking about her that much at all. Because everything is still about Cersei in his mind. and to be honest i do not think this will ever change. I don’t think he will ever be able to let go of her.. Does he even truly want to? I don’t believe that to be honest. And I also don’t believe that he chooses the Kingsguard over Tywin and Cersei because Brienne inspired him to become the knight he always wanted to be. But that part is actually somewhere in the post, so i will not bore you with that here.
(damn, when you write 7000 words and it’s still not enough to cover everything you want to say HELP)