A Game of Thrones Character a Day: Day 1- Ser Jaime Lannister, Kingslayer, Lord Commander of the Kingsguard, Warden of the East

Jaime Lannister is one of the most despicable characters in George R.R. Martin’s phenomenal fantasy adventure series A Song of Ice ad Fire. However, he is also one of the most pitiable, redemptive, and interestingly conflicted characters, as we learn later on. The first-born child of Lord Tywin Lannister of Casterly Rock, and the Lady Joanna of House Lannister, Jaime’s first major call to fame came in the form of his indoctrination into the Kingsguard of King Aerys II Targaryen, the Mad King. Not only was Jaime the youngest member ever to be inducted into the Kingsguard, but he also broke his oath to Aerys by slaying the Mad King at the end of Robert Baratheon’s rebellion, thus earning himself the lifelong name ‘Kingslayer’ and Ser Barristan Selmy’s distrust and dislike. Another dishonorable thing that Jaime did, and has since hidden from the world, would be the perpetuation of his icnestuous relations with his sister, Cersei Lannister, and the three “royal” offspring that came of it: Myrcella, Joffrey, and Tommen. The youth are believed to have been the offspring of the late King Robert I, however, few people know the truth of the matter… To talk a little more about his personality and fashionable looks, Jaime Lannister sports the white clothing of the Kingsguard, as well as a suit of armor completely embossed in gold, with a lionheaded helm. Personality wise, the Kingslayer starts the series as a man of ill-repute, with a striking arrogance, sense of dishonor, and amorality. Due later to a large time of incarceration and the loss of his sword hand, Jaime slowly begins to recant and reconcile with others, although he is still thought to be a very bad man by many, tragically. One of the kindest things that Jaime has ever done throughout his life has been to act justly towards Tyrion, his malformed dwarf brother, whereas others have always treated him poorly. Another of the few times that Jaime Lannister has shown his inherent nature to be actually quite good-willed was when King Aerys had brutally ravaged his wife, the Queen Rhaella, and Jaime and Ser Jon Darry considered stopping him, because they had to “protect the Queen” as well. He felt the same after Brandon Stark’s execution. If you think about it, while the realm despises Jaime for his betrayal of his Kingsguard vows, though he did it a service by ending Aerys’ reign of terror, Jaime’s main reason for doing so was actually to protect King’s Landing- by saving it from being burned to the ground. In a turn of events that are ironically realized, Jaime showed more respect and loyalty to the King by killing him than he did by standing by obliviously. Throughout the events of the first book, Jaime shows an intense desire to halt Ned Stark’s discoveries about his and Cersei’s affair, mostly on Cersei’s behest and behalf. Later, he breaks the Kingsguard’s neutrality in order to chase down Stark’s men, and also battles many of the river lords before being captured by Robb Stark. In the third book, after the second book’s lack of detail other than to talk about his imprisonment, Jaime and Breanne of Tarth, along with Lady Catelyn Tully/Stark, head out for an impromptu trade for Sansa and Arya Stark, which inevitably changes as many things go wrong. Later, Jaime and Tyrion have a falling out after Joffrey’s death, which leads to many words on both party’s sides said that were better left unspoken, and a thickening of the plot as well. In the fourth book, near the end, Cersei is being charged for many crimes by the High Septon, and sends for Jaime’s help, but he burns her letter due to the love lost between the two across many books worth of time. And that is a synopsis of the many things Jaime Lannister has done thus far, both for good or ill.

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