Character Summary – Jaime Lannister

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Day 9 is focused on the Kingslayer, Jaime Lannister.

He is the younger of the Lannister twins, his twin being Queen Cersei Lannister, and the first-born son of Tywin Lannister & Lady Joanna.

His nickname of Kingslayer came about during the Robert’s Rebellion, referring to when Robert Baratheon, Jon Arryn, and Eddard Stark rebelled against House Targaryen and the King Aerys Targaryen.  Jaime killed King Aerys, who had become insane during his reign.  Jaime had even sat on the Iron Throne with Aerys’ body still on the floor.  He patiently waited for who would be the next on the throne, not caring one way or the other.

As we come to A Game of Thrones, Jaime is in the Kingsguard, and soon it’s realized that Jaime’s relationship with his twin sister is more than just brotherly love.  They have been carrying on an incestuous relationship.   It is not found out, though, until the King and court make a trip to Winterfell.  During one of Bran Stark‘s wall-climbing adventures, he stumbles upon Jaime and Cersei having sex in an abandoned tower.  Jaime pushes Bran out window to kill the boy and prevent their secret from being revealed.

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Jaime and Eddard don’t see eye to eye on certain things, especially Jaime’s slaying of Mad King Aerys.  Unfortunately, their animosity doesn’t fare well for Eddard, when Jaime’s dwarf brother Tyrion is taken prisoner by Eddard’s wife Catelyn in the Vale.  A battle takes place and Eddard is severely injured by one of Jaime’s guards before they can fight each other.  Jaime is upset at this, but doesn’t go any further against Eddard, knowing this he has a great advantage, only demanding for his brother’s return before leaving.

Later, Eddard realizes upon some information that Queen Cersei’s three blond-haired children were fathered by none other than Jaime Lannister.  Jaime is the biological father of King Baratheon’s children!  However, Eddard cannot confront Jaime about this, as Jaime is making plans with his father to start a war due to Tyrion’s imprisonment and for the House Lannister to create a new dynasty over the Seven Kingdoms.

Things erupt in King’s Landing after King Baratheon dies.  Joffrey takes the throne as King, Eddard is taken prisoner for treason, and Jaime is made Lord Commander of the Kingsguard, with no one ever knowing about Jaime and Cersei’s incest and the children.  Although Bran survived his fall, he had lost all memory of what he had seen.

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The Stark battle back after Eddard’s execution and Jaime and his army are taken prisoner by the Stark army.  Jaime confesses that he pushed Bran out of the window, but he doesn’t say for what reason.

And that is where we end with Jaime, still being held prisoner by the Stark army.  Where will he go now that he’s separated from his family?

Jaime is played by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and has been in a few known films, including Black Hawk Down, Wimbledon, and Kingdom of Heaven.  This is probably his most popular role to date.  That may change, however, as he’s signed to be in a Tom Cruise film next year.  He does Jaime Lannister well, being that he’s quite a handsome figure.  It seems he does have a good insight as to what his character should be, and I hope that he continues with that as his character should develop and change during this second season.


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