Jaime and Dorne in season 5 (spoilers, obviously)

According to Winteriscoming.net ( check out the post), and also as seen in one of the Sand Snakes auditions, it seems Jaime might be heading to Dorne in season 5.

If you are a reader of the books, you know this is a huge change in Jaime’s storyline. This, to me, is terribly annoying. Annoying to the point I might just postpone watching the series, and wait for Winds of Winter to come out. As I said in WiC’s post, to me, this is Martin’s story, and I would rather have the story from him first, and D&D’s version later (that is, if things are about to be changed in a drastic way).

There is a possibility though that the Dorne trip Jaime is apparently taking, is nothing but filler until he goes back to his proper place, Riverrun.

Jaime’s storyline, from King’s Landing to Riverrun, is full of unnecessary bits (series wise):

He stops at Harrenhal and releases Wylis Manderly, he also confronts a Connington for insulting Brienne.
He then goes off to Darry, to visit his now married and pious cousin, Lancel, and learns that Cersei had sex with him too, on several occasions.
He then goes to Riverrun, to try to sort out the whole Tully issue, which he partially does (Brynden escapes, because he’s that awesome), by threatening to catapult Edmure’s unborn child as soon as it is born (nice Jaime, real nice… doubt he’d do it lol).
He then goes to Raventree to sort out some feuds between Brackens ans Blackwoods, and is successful.
He goes back to Riverrun, camping at Pennytree. This is where he sees Brienne again.

The bits in bold are totally useless, at least so far, serie-wise, they seem totally dismissible. So we’d get him with Lancel, him with Tullys, and him with Brienne. Is this enough for one and most likely two seasons? I seriously doubt it. This is why I hope to bits that D&D have sent him off to Dorne: to bide time.

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By biding time, I don’t just mean to keep us entertained with him for two seasons, but also because in contrast to Jaime’s storyline, Brienne’s path is full of goodies and interesting adventures:

At Maidenpool, we get to know more about Brienne’s past, she has to suffer the company of idiots like Hyle Hunt and Nimble Dick, and the very very shitty Randyll Tarly.
At Cracklaw Point, we get her versus the Brave Companions, and Pod gets his second savior  moment.
At the Quiet Isle, we get the delicious scene where she looks for the Hound, and speaks to the Elder Brother.
At the crossroads, she has her darkest moments, having to fight Rorge and Biter, only to be saved by Gendry, and be taken to the Brotherhood without Banners, to see Stoneheart, who nearly kills her and Pod.
She is the spared upon screaming out a single word: “sword!” (later confirmed by Martin), and is seen by Jaime at Pennytree, and tells him she has found Sansa, but needs his help, as the Hound has her.

This is all awesome shit, none of it should be cut out.

So, what can good old Jaime do in Dorne while Brienne is being her awesome self and being the knight he always wished he was? He is Arys Oakheart. He’ll bring Doran his brother’s corpse, he might even bring him Gregor’s head. He’ll meet the Sand Snakes, and might get to know one intimately well, who knows (but I doubt it). He’ll see his daughter again, and maybe get some paternal feelings upon seeing her being attacked.  Plenty to do.

Hopefully, for me, this is what will happen. I wish I knew beforehand, so I would know if I have to postpone watching the series or not. Oh, as if having to wait and see if Jaime and Brienne will be ok wasn’t enough!!!

Damn you for giving me more doubts D&D, damn you…

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Catelyn swore it (Spoilers for non readers)

Hi guys,

This entry has a bit of spoilers for those that do not read the Game of Thrones books, so if you don’t read ’em, stay away!

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Recently I have been thinking about Brienne and Jaime’s storyline. As the readers know, it is unfortunately linked to Lady Stonehearts’ storyline.

Recent and not so recent interviews have made me remember a part of the book and of the series that always stuck in my memory: Catelyn’s promise to Brienne.

And I vow that you shall always have a place by my hearth and meat and mead at my table, and pledge to ask no service of you that might bring you into dishonor. I swear it by the old gods and the new.

The series version is here:

Catelyn’s oath at 2:40

It is identical to the book version.

Now, pay attention to Michelle Fairley here:

more specifically at 1:35

So all we know is that Brienne was almost killed by SH, along with Podrick. Brienne somehow managed to get away from this ‘perdicament’ by uttering a single word. This word has been confirmed by Martin himself to be “sword”.

Brienne then set off to fetch Jaime. She lured him with a lie about the Hound and that was the last we heard of them.

All things point to Brienne taking Jaime to Stoneheart, in order to save Podrick. Since the word “sword” saved her, we can presume she will give Jaime a trial by sword. Brienne would undoubtedly beat the one-handed Jaime in combat, she beat him with his hands tied, so I’d presume this would be a similar feat.

The issues I have with this are the following:

Brienne does not have it in her to kill Jaime. Jaime saved her life, Jaime has told her why he became the kingslayer, Jaime has given her Oathkeeper, Jaime has given her a purpose in life, a knightly mission, Jaime is a changed man, or a changing man.

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Catelyn’s oath to Brienne should save her from having to save Podrick by killing Jaime. This oath must be extremely important for all the evidence I have posted above, why else keep it precisely the same? Michelle’s comment also points to this.

Jaime’s character is too rich and too complex to be killed now. Killing him would be the most wasteful death in all the books, to me at least.

Thoros of Myr is not too fond of the changes he has seen since Stoneheart started leading the BwB, he would most likely intervene at this point.

If R’hllor exists, or magic, or whatever, it saved the Hound because he felt the Hound had some important role to fulfill (bodyguard to Arya? I think he’ll be back though), and it might save Jaime for the very same reasons.

Jaime gave Brienne Oathkeeper. Ice, Ned’s ancestral sword, will be there, but it’s a changed sword, a strange sword. I have a feeling this also has its importance here.

This is pointing to Jaime being something you’d never expect in the story, I won’t even try to explain why, several people have done this, and done it so well I will just link what I feel is one of the best explanations:

Jaime as Azor Ahai

Of course it is only natural that my brain would try to invent ways to save Brienne. I bet Martin would laugh a maniacal laughter at my pathetic attempts to save her, but still:

The Hound has followed Brienne since the Quiet Isle. Why? He heard Brienne talking about Sansa. He will intervene. This is, by far, the most pathetic of all attempts I have invented, but it joins my three favourite characters in the same place, so deal with it.

Jaime kills Brienne in combat and breaks down in tears. Thoros sees the impact her death has had on such a ‘supposedly’ horrible man, and feels her death was very very wrong. He revives her.

Jaime kills Brienne in combat (Nissa Nissa), we get Lightbringer as a result. Jaime breaks down in tears. Thoros intervenes, not only because “OMFG IT’S AZOR AHAI!!!!” or “OMFG IT’S LIGHTBRINGER!!!” and brings back Brienne, because he can, and Stoneheart will lose her spark of life as a consequence. He’d actually not mind that last bit at all.

Jaime promises to kill Cersei instead (becoming the dreaded Valonqar in the process), and Brienne and Pod are hostages until there is confirmation of her death.

Jaime promises to kill Cersei (Nissa Nissa) instead (becoming the dreaded Valonqar and Azor Ahai in the process), and Brienne and Pod are hostages until there is confirmation of her death.

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Brienne does kill Jaime, she breaks down in tears, Thoros is preplexed as to how such a virtuous woman would ache so intensely with the death of such a bad man, and he revives Jaime, giving further strength to the Azor Ahai reborn theory. Stoneheart dying for a new Jaime would be the ultimate sacrifice, a hard to imagine sacrifice, but still doable.

Am I being too optimistic in finding ways to save both Jaime and Brienne? What do you think will be the outcome?

The Bear and the Maiden Fair (contains slight spoilers)

The Bear and the Maiden Fair was the episode I had been longing for, so much that I wasn’t even paying proper attention to the rest of the episode (but yes Theon, I did notice you, you did not suffer in vain). I am glad this was the episode G.R.R Martin chose to write, it contained one of the best moments in the books, the only alternative would be, in my opinion, The Rains of Castamere episode (did you notice the music at the end of this episode? Brace yourselves!).

Gwendoline did not disappoint, although I was expecting Jaime to give his “I dreamed of you” line. I guess they couldn’t bother with making him wake up from a dream, or thought it was too cheesy, but I think Jaime’s dream was important, or the feelings he felt in them were important (hard to put into play, I know I know, but he dreamt of her dammit!“. The only part I thought was a bit off was Brienne’s face once she was safe, she still looked so tough, I would have thought she’s look a bit more surprised at the outcome or, relieved. Still works for me though, looking tough is her shield.

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Brienne's coolest moment, besides slamming Ser Loras onto the ground, aaand owning three men on her own...

I am now dreading the second last episode, it will be a tough one and I should have accepted it by now. All that is left for me to hope is that the season ends as I’d like it to end, with a spooky Lady Stoneheart staring into the camera lense… WAHAHA!!!

    And who are you, the proud lord said,
    that I must bow so low?
    Only a cat of a different coat,
    that’s all the truth I know.
    In a coat of gold or a coat of red,
    a lion still has claws,
    And mine are long and sharp, my lord,
    as long and sharp as yours.
    And so he spoke, and so he spoke,
    that lord of Castamere,
    But now the rains weep o’er his hall,
    with no one there to hear.
    Yes now the rains weep o’er his hall,
    and not a soul to hear.

*sigh*