Game of Thrones
Kissed by Fire

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Fire and Water

Oops! Jaime's still talking. "Finally, the day of reckoning came. Robert Baratheon marched on the castle after his victory on the Trident. But my father went first, the whole Lannister army at his back, promising to defend the city against the rebels." Jaime says he knew Tywin wouldn't pick the losing side, so he told Aerys to surrender. But Aerys didn't listen to Jaime or to Varys, who also recommended surrender. Instead, he listened to Grand Maester Pycelle, who told him that the Lannisters had always been true friends of the crown. So Aerys had them open the gates and Tywin sacked the city. Jaime begged Aerys to surrender: "He told me to bring him my father's head. Then he turned to his pyromancer. 'Burn them all,' he said. 'Burn them in their homes. Burn them in their beds.'" He looks up at Brienne. "Tell me, if your precious Renly commanded you to kill your own father and stand by while thousands of men, women and children burned alive, would you have done it? Would you have kept your oath then?" So Jaime killed the pyromancer. Aerys turned to flee and Jaime drove his sword into his back. Aerys kept saying, "Burn them all!" over and over again. Well, it's a catchy saying. Jaime thinks Aerys thought he'd burn the city and then rise again as a dragon. I'd say that sounds crazy, but Daenerys survived a fire, so who knows? Jaime took steps to avoid it: "I slit his throat to make sure that didn't happen." And that's how Ned Stark found them. Brienne asks why Jaime hasn't told anyone this perfectly reasonable story. Jaime figured Ned was too honorable to understand. Yeah, Ned Stark does not believe in there being a sensible reason to forsake your vows. Jaime asks, "By what right does the wolf judge the lion?" Then he breaks down and Brienne holds him. She calls for help for the Kingslayer. He whispers, "Jaime. My name's Jaime."

Good scene! I may actually be a little sympathetic toward Jaime Lannister at this point. But that might be because he's still all bearded and miserable. Get him shined up like in the first season and we'll see.

Davos is wakened in his cell by Shireen. His cell is not as nice as hers. And he probably can't roam around the castle, the way she's doing. He tells her to go back to her room. She asks if he's a traitor and he says he did disobey her father. She's here because she was worried he might get bored in his cell. So she brought him a book about Aegon Targaryen, who used to live at Dragonstone. She likes Aegon because he had dragons! But there's a problem: Davos can't read. She offers to teach him to read, promising that it'll be fun. This kid is the most cheerfully optimistic character in the entire series. Davos doesn't think this is a good idea, but she has an excellent point: "What will they do? Lock us in cells?" Good question! So they begin with the letters that make up the word "Aegon." The book is called "An History of Aegon the Conqueror and his Conquest of Westeros." That sounds like heavy work for Davos's first book.

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