atonement for guilt.
Jaime Lannister does not feel guilty for any of the things he has done, as he deemed them (and still does) necessary for the safety of his family and himself. He does not regret killing Aerys because he did it to save King’s Landing. He does not regret his relationship with Cersei because “I am not ashamed of loving you, only of the things I’ve done to hide it”. He does not regret attacking Ned in the streets of King’s Landing because he did it for Tyrion. He does not regret pushing Bran and crippling him because he did it to protect his secret. He does not regret anything.
Jaime Lannister’s arc is not a redemption arc. It’s an identity arc. It’s a matter of semantics, truly, and the confusion comes from the fact that people misread many of Jaime’s statements as symptom of regret, which is not the point. An identity arc is different from a redemption arc. An identity arc means that Jaime Lannister, after losing everything (his hand, which he identified with, Cersei, his father, his brother, all the things he cred about) throw himself into the role of Lord Commander to balance the void of sense that follows the absence of all these things. Without these components, Jaime Lannister does not know who he is, because all he was hinged on those factors. Hence, the reason behind Jaime Lannister’s action is the desperate search for identity, not redemption.
One would think Jaime threatening to fling Edmure’s newborn baby against the walls of Riverrun with a trebuchet would… kinda give that away.
If people need to descend their newfound love for Jaime on a redemption pulled out of their asses, then I’m sorry, but LMAO at them and their poor reading abilities to be honest.