Kingslayer parallel, Cersei as Aerys


Most of this information can be found in an older post, Book/Show Comparison 13, but I think it’s still relevant. Now that we’re far enough into Season 6 to see Lady Stoneheart is a non-presence in the show version, I think it’s worth taking a second look at the Kingslayer Parallel and what it suggests for the books.

First, Brienne dragging Jaime through the Riverlands:

“And what you did.” She loomed above him, six feet of freckled, frowning, horse-toothed disapproval.

“Yes, and what you did as well. We’re both kingslayers here, if what I’ve heard is true.”

“I never harmed Renly. I’ll kill the man who says I did.”

“Best start with Cleos, then. And you’ll have a deal of killing to do after that, the way he tells the tale.”

“Lies. Lady Catelyn was there when His Grace was murdered, she saw. There was a shadow. The candles guttered and the air grew cold, and there was blood—”

“Oh, very good.” Jaime laughed. “Your wits are quicker than mine, I confess it. When they found me standing over my dead king, I never thought to say, ‘No, no, it wasn’t me, it was a shadow, a terrible cold shadow.'” He laughed again. “Tell me true, one kingslayer to another— did the Starks pay you to slit his throat, or was it Stannis? Had Renly spurned you, was that the way of it? Or perhaps your moon’s blood was on you. Never give a wench a sword when she’s bleeding.”

Second, Jaime giving a sword to Brienne:

“You say Sansa killed him. Why protect her?”

Because Joff was no more to me than a squirt of seed in Cersei’s cunt. And because he deserved to die. “I have made kings and unmade them. Sansa Stark is my last chance for honor.” Jaime smiled thinly. “Besides, kingslayers should band together. Are you ever going to go?”

Her big hand wrapped tight around Oathkeeper. “I will. And I will find the girl and keep her safe. For her lady mother’s sake. And for yours.” She bowed stiffly, whirled, and went.

Later, Brienne facing off with Lady Stoneheart and the Brotherhood Without Banners:

“With your sword. Oathkeeper, you call it? Then keep your oath to her, milady says.”
“What does she want of me?”

“She wants her son alive, or the men who killed him dead,” said the big man. “She wants to feed the crows, like they did at the Red Wedding. Freys and Boltons, aye. We’ll give her those, as many as she likes. All she asks from you is Jaime Lannister.”

Jaime. The name was a knife, twisting in her belly. “Lady Catelyn, I … you do not understand, Jaime … he saved me from being raped when the Bloody Mummers took us, and later he came back for me, he leapt into the bear pit empty-handed … I swear to you, he is not the man he was. He sent me after Sansa to keep her safe, he could not have had a part in the Red Wedding.”

Lady Catelyn’s fingers dug deep into her throat, and the words came rattling out, choked and broken, a stream as cold as ice. The northman said, “She says that you must choose. Take the sword and slay the Kingslayer, or be hanged for a betrayer. The sword or the noose, she says. Choose, she says. Choose.”

Brienne remembered her dream, waiting in her father’s hall for the boy she was to marry. In the dream she had bitten off her tongue. My mouth was full of blood. She took a ragged breath and said, “I will not make that choice.” There was a long silence.

Then Lady Stoneheart spoke again. This time Brienne understood her words. There were only two. “Hang them,” she croaked.

What was Jaime’s predicament with King Aerys?

Bring me your father’s head, if you are no traitor, said King Aerys to Jaime.

Slay the Kingslayer, or be hanged for a betrayer, says Lady Stoneheart to Brienne.

Within the last two books, and probably just within The Winds of Winter, we’ll be looking at two replays of the Mad King situation.

There’s one in the Riverlands with Lady Stoneheart, in which Jaime is with Brienne and they show us what happens when Kingslayers band together.

The other is in King’s Landing with Cersei deciding to burn them all. We may be seeing the show version of that situation later this month, in the Season 6 finale.

There’s no reason why Jaime should be involved in both of these situations. His part will be in the Riverlands version, working with Brienne to deal with Lady Stoneheart.

This is why I no longer think Jaime is the valonqar: once the LSH ordeal is resolved, that’ll be more than enough “burn them all” for one man’s character arc. Someone else will have to deal with Cersei. I’m open to other candidates, but until further notice, my man is Loras Tyrell.

When Jaime burned Cersei’s letter, that was his answer: he wants nothing to do with her anymore. He doesn’t even care enough to go back and kill her.