Thursday, 22 March 2018

Game of Thrones Gossip #60 Tywin Lannister

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Tywin has been far from impressed with what has been happening at King's Landing while he has been fighting Robb Stark. Joffrey's decision to execute Ned Stark prevented him from a prisoner swap to get Jaime back from Robb, and he also blames Cersei for failing to control her son. Despite putting Tyrion in his place as acting Hand and having him hold the city until Tywin arrived with the Tyrell army, he has no praise for his younger son and has not bothered to visit him as he recovers from his battle wounds. When he finally sees Tyrion, Tywin reacts with fury at the request for Tyrion to take command at Casterly Rock, which Jaime cannot inherit. He berates his son for killing his mother and being the family embarrassment and hints that he tolerates him only because it can't be proven that he is not a Lannister. It is a cruel speech and devastating blow for Tyrion. Tyrion is warned that the next whore in his bed will be hanged, putting Tyrion in a state of fear for the safety of Shae.

Tywin takes control of the Small Council and is not pleased to discover that Jaime has not yet been found. Varys informs of the death of Hoster Tully, and that Robb's army are headed to Riverrun for the funeral, while Roose Bolton is still at Harrenhal. The plan is for Littlefinger to go north to court Lysa Arryn and get her back into the fold as a potential ally. Tyrion points out that with a Royal Wedding coming up, the Master of Coin cannot just leave so Tywin appoints Tyrion to the job. He refuses to listen to Cersei complain about never being taken seriously, reminding her that she can't even control Joffrey.

When the plot to marry Sansa to Loras is uncovered, Tywin takes the opportunity to deal with the rival Tyrell clan and his own children. He is angry that the Tyrells have plotted to use Sansa to win control of Winterfell should Robb fall in battle, especially after he allowed the betrothal of Margaery into his Royal Family. Tywin informs the horrified Tyrion that he is to wed Sansa, which gives his children full claim on Winterfell in the North for the Lannisters. Cersei is amused until she is told that she will be marrying Loras to stop the ugly rumours about incest with Jaime. Tywin shows his children that he has contempt for their feelings as well as what he sees as their failings.

Olenna Tyrell is equally unhappy at her plans being ruined. She objects to her son and heir marrying a woman whose childbearing years may be over. Tywin brings up his homosexuality which Olenna is well aware of and she mentions that incest is much more a crime. Tywin then offers to make him Kingsguard, which will prevent him from ever inheriting Highgarden or marrying anyone else, and Olenna has to accept defeat.

Tywin is unhappy to see the farce that Tyrion's wedding becomes, watching his son get drunk and do little to support the upset Sansa. He reminds Tyrion of how important it is to get her pregnant straight away and ensure the Lannister line buy Tyrion has little interest in even sharing Sansa's bed. Tywin does however side with Tyrion about there being no bedding ceremony which Joffrey wanted to do to humiliate the frightened Sansa. Any chance of Tyrion and Sansa making a success of their union is shattered when news arrives at King's Landing that Catelyn and Robb Stark are head at the hands of the Freys and Boltons. 

Joffrey's suggestion of presenting Robb's head to Sansa at Joffrey's wedding causes a heated exchange with Tyrion. Cersei indicates that it was a joke but Joffrey is adamant and Tywin is not impressed with his King. Joffrey accuses Tywin of being a coward and hiding during the rebellion while Robert found glory on the battlefield. A furious Tywin asserts his authority and orders Joffrey to his bed like a child. Once alone, Tyrion offers a theory that Walder Frey would not have acted alone or had the brains to plan the Red Wedding without Tywin's help, and that it would be the Freys to take the anger of the North for it. Tyrion is not impressed by this dishonourable action but Tywin says a man must protect his family. He tells Tyrion that when he was born, he planned to drown him in the sea but decided to let him live because he was still a Lannister. It is another cruel blow to Tyrion.


  1. Is it weird that I kind of like this dude? He’s an evil schemer, but he doesn’t put up with crap from Joffrey. I respect that.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

    1. He is a great character isn't he? He would have made a more capable King than Robert as he has a smarter mind. I loved that scene where he sends Joffrey to bed with a glare! Still my heart breaks for the way he treats Tyrion!

  2. Tywin reminds me SO MUCH of Trump! So... you can imagine HOW MUCH I like him!