In Two Towers, the following exchange takes place between Gandalf and Saruman: enter image description here

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What does Gandalf want to imply ? Is there any reason for Saruman to not kill Theoden?

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    You will not kill him.... because I [Gandalf] will prevent you from doing so. – Valorum Apr 27 '16 at 17:15
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    What do you mean? Imply what? When? To whom? I don't understand this question at all… – Janus Bahs Jacquet Apr 27 '16 at 17:17

Think of it this way:

"You failed to kill me, and you will fail to kill him because I will stop you"

This is what Gandalf is implying, not that Saruman has some sort of character flaw that prevents him from killing, it just means that he will be stopped before he can succeed.

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