Okay, let’s see now. I am trying to comprehend the many configurations of lineage, legitimacy and Lannister!
At the end of Season 2, we were left with Joffrey, Jaime Lannister’s bastard son, sitting on the Iron Throne. Cersei left with only Tommen, her youngest son, continues to try to exact her revenge on her brother, Tyrion for having arranged for her daughter, Myrcella, to be sent to Dorne. He is rotting away in an attic of sorts trying to nurse his wounds and, once again, finds himself in disfavor with his family. Their antics to one-up each other are exhausting (at least to me). Then there’s Jaime, prisoner of The Starks, caged up like an animal, but not for long. Catelyn Stark lets him “escape” in the hope that his return to the Lannisters will convince them to release Sansa and Arya. Are ya kiddin’ me? This is the Lannisters we’re talking about! What was Catelyn thinking? But, I do understand that mothers can do desperate and nonsensical things in the defense of their children.
At the beginning of Game of Thrones, Cersei and Jaime plotted to kill Jon Arryn and succeeded. Why did they kill him? Because he started asking questions. At first I thought it was ridiculous that no one had figured out that these children were not Robert’s, but then it was revealed that a good many people, including most on the small council, knew. The only one who apparently had no idea was Robert, probably because he was always too drunk to notice. The plot unfolded as Cersei and Jaime once more had to save their incestuous butts and Jaime pushes Bran out a window after he saw them having sex at Winterfell. Miraculously, Bran lives! Then there is an attempted stabbing of Bran; also bungled. Cersei is afraid that Bran may remember. As of now, he cannot remember a thing. Until he does, she and Jaime can exhale…but just a bit.
Robert Baratheon died with no true-born sons, but fathered a hell of a lot of bastards it would seem as it took all of the Gold Cloaks searching far and wide to find and slay them. When Robert names Ned Stark Hand of the King, things get tense. All know that Ned is a very honorable man and any hint of betrayal would not sit long with him. Ned has an epiphany when Sansa, refusing to go back to Winterfell, exclaims to her father that she wants to stay and marry Joffrey and have beautiful, blonde-haired children. Now Ned starts asking questions and the rest, well… you know.
Okay, so to recap – Cersei’s children, namely, Joffrey, Myrcella and Tommen, are Jaime’s – which makes them all bastards.
Robert Baratheon’s bastard son is Gendry. Eddard Stark’s bastard son is Jon Snow. Too many bastards!
The burning question in my mind is: “Who is Jon Snow’s mother?” I HAVE to know. From the get-go in GOT, Ned makes it very clear that he doesn’t want her identity revealed. Why? I have my suspicions, but I will hold my tongue. The fact that Jon is playing a significant part in the series leads me to believe he is no ordinary bastard. Also, because it has been attested to time and time again that Ned is a very honorable man, I wonder. Enough said!
To think, all this great warring started because of two people’s dirty little secret. Oh, what a tangled web…
So, George R.R. Martin could have actually named the series “A Song of Ice and Fire…and Bastards”…just sayin’