Hi! Thank you so much <3
Jaime is one of my favourite characters in the books as well, and what the show has done with him is such a crime. The characterization up to season 3 (included) is great, and Nikolaj makes an awesome job portraying all the nuances and contradictions in Jaime’s characterization.
And then season 4 came. I’m not sure what’s the problem, I’m starting to think they didn’t read AFfC and ADwD. Some people claim that the problems comes from having Jaime and Brienne early in King’s Landing. And maybe that’s right. The thing is, they lost control of the character. Jaime raping Cersei (and then no one ever mentioning again) is the lowest point. It also adds to the awful simplification of Jaime/Cersei relationship (which is completely changed –they take different roles at the end of season 4, and again in season 5) and also Jaime/Brienne. The relaionship with Tyrion is explored, at least, but it’s also simplified, and suffers from it.
Both in season 4 and 5, Jaime lacks of character. Lacks of backbone. I have a huge problem trying to understand what’s his motivation over his travel to Dorne. He aparrently feels guilty? He wants to make it up for… being captured and expending time as a captive? For not being a father to Myrcella, which is maybe the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard –and that’s even mentioned in the conversation, if I’m correct? He feels guilty about Tyrion killing Tywin, that much is clear (and in character), but I’m not sure about the rest. I’m not sure he knows either. Maybe he needed a change of scenery. (Truth is D&D don’t care, as long as Jaime is not in King’s Landing during Cersei’s downfall –but the could have worked a little harder on this). I have said many times that when the news of Jaime travelling to Dorne was known, I wasn’t happy (the Riverlands have a thematic importance in Jaime’s story line, not to mention that the overview of the realm after the war), but I didn’t think it was catastrophic because Jaime’s arc in AFfC is a journey of self-discovery, that could be adapted to take place in another setting. However, this is completely lost. And, what’s worse, the alternative is ridiculous, boring and aimless. Yes, I’m assuming Myrcella will be hurt, and maybe then Jaime will play a role. But this will happen after a whole season of nonesense and boredom. And absolute zero character development. (What they did with Dorne is yet another crime, let me tell you).
It’s sad, but they don’t care about characterization and themes. Theme’s are for eigth-grade books reports, didn’t you hear? And they are pretty useless writign original plotlines (Talisa, where are my dragons, Bran meets Craster’s, Asha meets Ramsay’s dogs, I’m the gift, etc.) So here we are.