Disclaimer: This is a long one. Around the 13K words mark I had to take a break because it was taking a toll on me. Around 17k I started asking myself what was the point of it at all. Eventually I stopped making questions and just wrote. If you manage reaching the end, you are a champion and I salute you.
I have honestly lost count of all the messages I receive on the matter of Jaime and Cersei’s arc following Jaime’s return mid-ASOS. Truth be told, it’s tricky, because to fully appreciate the depth of what happens from now on one must take a more psychological detour of the senses, a less superficial read, a further dive into the already fucked up mentality that is the Lannister pride. But it’s important for both characters, and I’ll go as far as to say it’s important for the reader as well. A first, superficial read might give a certain impression, surely, especially if the reader reaches that point with an already strengthened convinction that Jaime Lannister’s happiness is directly proportional to his separation from Cersei. In short, if you want to believe Jaime stops loving Cersei at some point, or if you want to believe Cersei never loved Jaime as much as he love her, it will not require great mental exercise. All you have to do is close your eyes and only read the bits and pieces you want, and it will be easy enough. After all, Jaime is angry and does not go to Cersei when summoned. After all, Cersei does say “How could I ever have loved that wretched creature”.
haha i just remembered how the lannisters stopped having sex in the books. you guys remember? how they fucked the moment they saw each other—of course, we all remember that, cersei’s two seconds of propriety (jaime, we can’t fuck in public, my child’s dead!) giving way (your child’s awful, cersei, and my dick is right here) and leading them up mutually on the bier, we all remember that, you’re here you’re home etc. but remember how they stopped? how cersei came to sleep with jaime in the hand’s tower and he said “no not now honour" and then she never slept with him again because he’d betrayed her, and they walk around a feast for crows equally horny and angry (remember that bit where she climbs out of the bath and literally says “you want this” and he really really does) and refusing to fuck each other and murdering a whole bunch of people because they’re so pissed off and sexually frustrated and noncommunicative
all a domino effect from that one time jaime refused cersei and she was goddamn righteously furious until the end of her days. (because she had him, and it was never good with anyone but him, and that wasn’t supposed to compromise her. she was supposed to have that, if nothing else—fucking jaime was sweet, and was not supposed to debase her or disempower her or make her into less than she was. like, oh, the rest of the men in her sexual history.)
it was not loving to make her beg, you guys.
#REAL #she fucking humbles herself for him #she only does that twice #once is when she convinces him to join the kingsguard for love #she wears servant’s clothing and it’s their wedding of sorts #their consummation #and the second is when she begs him to be her hand #to be the man she thought he was #the man who would protect her #who would fight for her #(fight alongside her) #he turns her down because he feels insecure #and they spend the rest of time FREAKING THE FUCK OUT #AND KILLING PEOPLE #AND BURNING SHIT #AND MAKING TERRIBLE FUCKING DECISIONS (via whoistorule)
Whether the Beach Scene in Walk of Punishment worked for you or not, it did serve to highlight one thing about Stannis that is very true to the books — he is an incredibly lonely person, and he believes everyone in his life will dismiss, reject, or abandon him at some point.
In the Prologue of A Clash of Kings, we meet Maester Cressen, who was the maester of Storm’s End when Stannis was a child. Interestingly, he followed Stannis when Stannis moved his household to Dragonstone after Robert’s Rebellion. During the occupation of Winterfell, Maester Luwin told Theon he served “the realm, and Winterfell,” and he also said “so long as you hold Winterfell, I am bound by oath to give you counsel.” Since maesters are sworn to a keep rather than a family, Cressen’s relocation was unusual, and was likely prompted by the fact that he considered Stannis a son.Stannis, my lord, my sad sullen boy, son I never had, you must not do this, don’t you know how I have cared for you, lived for you, loved you despite it all? Yes, loved you, better than Robert even, or Renly, for you were the one unloved, the one who needed me most.
Shortly before that passage, he quotes a letter Stannis’ father wrote from Volantis.We have found the most splendid fool. Only a boy, yet nimble as a monkey and witty as a dozen courtiers. He juggles and riddles and does magic, and he can sing prettily in four tongues. We have bought his freedom and hope to bring him home with us. Robert will be delighted, and perhaps in time he will even teach Stannis how to laugh.
He goes on to say that Patchface never did teach Stannis how to laugh, because he lost his wits in the shipwreck that killed Stannis’ parents.
George R.R. Martin - A Dance With Dragons
Lord Tywin rose as well. “A duty to House Lannister. You are the heir to Casterly Rock. That is where you should be. Tommen should accompany you, as your ward and squire. The Rock is where he’ll learn to be a Lannister, and I want him away from his mother. I mean to find a new husband for Cersei. Oberyn Martell perhaps, once I convince Lord Tyrell that the match does not threaten Highgarden. And it is past time you were wed. The Tyrells are now insisting that Margaery be wed to Tommen, but if I were to offer you instead -”
“NO!” Jaime had heard all that he could stand. No, more than he could stand. He was sick of it, sick of lords and lies, sick of his father, his sister, sick of the whole bloody business. “No. No. No. No. No. How many times must I say no before you’ll hear it? Oberyn Martell? The man’s infamous, and not just for poisoning his sword. He has more bastards than Robert, and beds with boys as well. And if you think for one misbegotten moment that I would wed Joffrey’s widow…”
“Lord Tyrell swears the girl’s still maiden.”
“She can die a maiden as far as I’m concerned. I don’t want her, and I don’t want your Rock!”
(A Storm of Swords)
something i’ve always wondered about asoiaf: the starks are all “we’re wolves!” and the greyjoys are “we’re krakens!” and the lannisters refer to themselves as lions alarmingly frequently and then you have dany who i’m 98% sure believes she is a winged, fire-breaking dragon
but what about some of these other houses right like what about house redwyne are they like “aw yeah we’re grapes” or house selmy “we’re fuckin’ wheat y’all, watch the fuck out” like
We will die together as we were born together.