Jaime Lannister

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Jaime Lannister
A Song of Ice and Fire character
First appearance Novel:
A Game of Thrones (1996)
"Winter Is Coming" (2011)
Created by George R. R. Martin
Portrayed by Nikolaj Coster Waldau
(Game of Thrones)
Aliases The Kingslayer
The Lion of Lannister
The Young Lion
Gender Male
Title Ser
Lord Commander of the Kingsguard
Warden of the East (formerly)
Family House Lannister
Children Joffrey Baratheon
Myrcella Baratheon
Tommen Baratheon
(with Cersei)
Relatives Tywin Lannister (father)
Joanna Lannister (mother)
Cersei Lannister (twin sister/lover)
Tyrion Lannister (brother)
Kingdom The Westerlands
The Crownlands

Jaime Lannister is a fictional character in the A Song of Ice and Fire series of fantasy novels by American author George R. R. Martin, and its television adaptation Game of Thrones. He becomes a prominent point of view character in the novels beginning with the 2000 third installment A Storm of Swords.

Jaime is portrayed by Nikolaj Coster Waldau on the HBO series Game of Thrones.


A Clash of Kings[edit]

When Lord Tywin appoints Tyrion as Acting Hand of the King, Tyrion promises to help free Jaime to gain Cersei's support. Tyrion's plan to free Jaime with disguised soldiers is unsuccessful. For breaking his word not to try to escape, Edmure transfers him to the dungeons. He is kept chained and malnourished. During this period Cersei takes their cousin Lancel Lannister as her lover.

While the War of the Five Kings rages around him, Jaime continues to be imprisoned in Riverrun. Negotiations for his release lead to nothing. Tyrion swears in open court to trade Sansa and Arya Stark for the return of his brother. However, Robb Stark, now King in the North, declines this exchange. Distraught at the news of the alleged deaths of her sons Bran and Rickon Stark, Catelyn interrogates Jaime.

A Dance with Dragons[edit]

Jaime arrives at Raventree Hall, the last holdout of Robb Stark's supporters. The castle is under siege by Lord Jonos Bracken. Jaime finds the state of the siege to be dismal, and hopes to swiftly end it. His arrival is unexpected, and he strides into Bracken's tent while he is with a whore. Jonos fills Jaime in on the situation at hand, and Jaime finds the scene rooted in the age-old feud between Bracken and Blackwood.

Jaimes then treats with Lord Tytos Blackwood, who agrees to bend the knee to King Tommen and rescind his support of the Stark and Tully cause. In return, he must give up some of his lands to Jonos Bracken and send his son Hoster to the Red Keep as a hostage. Because of House Bracken's early support of Robb Stark, however, Jaime also requires Jonos to send one of his daughters to King's Landing as a hostage.

After settling matters at Raventree, Jaime and his men head back to Riverrun. They make camp at Pennytree, where the locals are still wary of travelers and "king's men," and will not allow Jaime's men to enter the holdfast. Jaime decides not to follow the advice of Ser Kennos of Kayce, who recommends that he storm the holdfast. While at Pennytree, Jaime receives an unexpected visit from Brienne of Tarth. She tells Jaime that she has found Sansa, who is a day's ride away. She claims, however, that Jaime must go with her alone or else the Hound will kill the girl. The scenario she describes, however, seems unlikely to be real, as Sansa was last seen by readers in the Vale, and Brienne knows that Jaime will likely take "The Hound" to refer to Sandor Clegane, whom Brienne has been told is dead (though Brienne herself now uses "The Hound" to refer to Lem, who has acquired Clegane's helmet).

Family tree of House Lannister[edit]