Part 6 is up at The Cloak Soiled Him, everyone! In this chapter, Jaime gets a clear chance to retire from the Kingsguard, and he foolishly turns it down.
I’ve been sort-of half-way following the filming leaks for Game of Thrones this year. I’m trying not to buy into any particular news too heavily, but we’ve heard enough to know that Jaime Lannister will not stay in King’s Landing for all of S7. He won’t.
I’m reading through racefortheironthrone’s archives at the moment, and he took this ask earlier this month:
Anonymous asked: While Jaime seems to genuinely regret not being able to save Elia & her children (“I never thought he would hurt them!”), why is it that he never seems to feel any real regret to pushing Bran off the tower? He barely even thinks about it in his monologues.
Because direct personal culpability is worse than accidental neglect.
PoorQuentyn fielded this question on his blog a couple days ago:
Do you think Varys set up Tyrion to kill his father? If so was Varys planning on releasing Tyrion on his own even if Jaime hadn’t made him do it?
To which PQ answers:
Yes and yes.
I was unfamiliar with the idea of Varys having set Tyrion up to kill Tywin, but a little Google search reveals there’s plenty of support for it.
Well, everyone, my depression has finally reached that “there’s no way I can just brain-hack my way out of this” stage, and I am seriously doing the cost-benefit analysis of finding a new doctor to do something about my poor fucked-up brain. Like, is it worth the stress to take time off work to see a medical professional who may or may not have the answers, or should I try some crunchy OTC shit and see if that helps first? And why is my HR manager never available? I need to talk with someone who acts like they care about me.
The work day was…bad, but I somehow managed to conduct myself better than my workplace deserves. I’m feeling a little better since I was able to end the workday and check Twitter on the way home. I have a partly-empty bottle of cheap-ass Argentinian Malbec, and I’m still doing my first re-watch of GoT Season 6, and tonight just happens to be the night for Episode 8. Which is fabulous timing, because NCW has a birthday today, and Gwen rose to the occasion. This is the sort of thing that lifts my mood:
In related news, we have a fan report of Gwen having recently flown to Belfast, along with Iain Glen (Jorah Mormont, silly) several weeks ahead of the expected start of filming. We’re fairly sure she and Iain don’t have any scenes together, but the point is Gwen is in Belfast already at the same time as another GoT actor and while it could be coincidence, they’re probably there because HBO summoned them for some GoT-related business. For Iain Glen, it’s probably a prosthetics fitting; Jorah’s greyscale is getting worse and Iain needs to have the right sort of crap fitted to his arm. For Gwen, I’d like to think she’s getting a new costume, but realistically? She’s probably not getting a new costume. The most likely thing is rehearsing for a fight scene or two.
Last year, Gwen mentioned having spent 3 days shooting a scene of “vicious, up-close, thuggish fighting,” and I guessed two scenarios: Early season against Boltons to rescue Sansa and Theon, or mid-season against BWB in Riverlands. The first guess turned out to be correct. Now there’s still the BWB in the Riverlands. We don’t know for sure that Brienne will have a fight scene, and we don’t know for sure that the BWB will be antagonistic to her, but we do know that Brienne has had at least one fight scene in every season since she appeared on the show. We know she’s in Belfast now, and this would be a good time to have her rehearse for a big fight.
Anyway, the particular GoT-related activity she’s conducting at the moment isn’t the point; the point is that she happens to be in the process of some GoT-related biz when she makes her Happy Birthday Tweet to Nikolaj. I have been rewarded for examining Gwen’s choices of Tweet emojis before. (I’m telling you, it’s about to get worse.) And with her b-day greetings to Nik, she uses: noisemaker, cake, theater masks, trophy, noisemaker, star, balloon, bells, gift box, bow, noisemakers.
Look, I won’t go so far as to try to make sense of the sequence, or figure out some secret message in what all these emojis have in common. I told you it can always get worse.
I’m just sayin’, the masks, trophy and star are not birthday-related.
It’s like…she has a script in front of her, and she wants Nik to know he can expect some great acting material in S7. Which means they’ll have some more scenes together.
I am the biggest Dorknerd that ever Geeked.
Since I made a few thousand words happen for my novel today, I think it’s okay to write this now.
Of all the places Jaime Lannister has gone and things he’s done so far on Game of Thrones, Season 4 is the only season he’s spent entirely in King’s Landing.
Have seen Season 6, I think 4 will be the last season he spends entirely in King’s Landing.
Hi there fellow Throners, I just rewatched some parts of the Season 6 finale. In the exchange between Jaime and Bronn at the Twins, they just happen to make time for yet another conversation about Jaime’s appeal to the ladies, as if there wasn’t enough happening in the episode already and as if we hadn’t already seen Bronn tell Podrick how exhausted he was from seeing the girls coo over Jaime.
So, I think last night was the first time I watched a new episode of Game of Thrones while sober and healthy, and the result was that I could not sleep last night. Really could not sleep. May have lost consciousness for an hour and a half, but that’s a generous estimate. I’m now working, still in the middle of my first cup of coffee, and I may not be entirely coherent.
First off: everything that happened at Winterfell was fabulous.
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.