Originally Posted by Graviton
In one of the episodes of season 2 Jamie said to the bigass woman that is transporting him that in the whole land there are only 1 or 2 people who could match or beat him in a swordfight, who was he talking about?
Can anyone who has read the books shed some light on this?
I don't remember from the books if that's in there or not. But Barristan is certainly one of them. He's one of the few characters in the books Jamie has genuine respect for, and frankly, other than the wretched Joffrey/Cersei, he's pretty much universally respected throughout the kindom.
There's little chance he's referring to either Clegane. Those guys are Brutes and Jamie is a technician. Those guys were promoted by his father, and butal guys to torment the small folk. They're beneath him in a few ways, he wouldn't choose either of them.
Maybe ... and that's a big maybe, he'd be talking about Loras, who he seems to have almost a begrudging respect for, and who is a technician himself.
His mentor was Ser Arthur Dayne, the Sword of Morning, and that's probably one of them, although my memory is not clear on weather he's still around.
And Jamie also holds Cat Stark's brother, the Blackfish, in incredibly high regard, and he could very well be another.
The vagueness in the TV show's statement may be because some the characters he's referring to have not been mentioned yet in the show (Oberon Martell would be another, but I doubt Jamie would have a ton of respect for a guy who deals in poison). It keeps it simple for the audience now, and if they care to expand on it, they can flash back to it.
Did not watch last night yet. Will do it when I get home from work.