Ode to Tywin Lannister: Death of an Original Gangster

Tywin Lannister is the dictionary definition of a boss. If you didn’t know, now you know.

Those of you who have followed my work over the years are well aware of my infatuation with George R.R. Martin’s “Song of Fire and Ice” series, the books the hit HBO series Game of Thrones is based on.

The characters all have unique, interesting personalities, so much so that the story remains interesting even though major characters are killed off every season.

Watching Ned Stark’s head get chopped off after being fooled into believing he would be sent off to Castle Black numbed the senses, watching Robb Stark, his wife, and Catelyn Stark get killed was even worse, and the latest death on the show is just as shocking.

The Grim Reaper finally came for Tywin Lannister — the most powerful man in Westeros — to end the Game of Thrones season four finale. To make things worse, it was his son, Tyrion Lannister death used to snuff his life with a crossbow.

At a glance, Lord Tywin (played by Charles Dance) is clearly the most deserving major character to get murked. The Game of Thrones Don was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of peasants who committed the cardinal sin of choosing the wrong House, and he certainly didn’t treat the nobles any better. Just ask Rob Stark, Catelyn Stark, and Elia Martell.

However, Tywin Lannister was no evil man. No, he was a calculated man, who always made the most rational choice. It you want to rule the world, you must be willing to get your hands dirty. Simple as that.

However, Tywin let his emotions get the best of him when dealing with his son, Tyrion the Imp. Blinded by his quest to get rid of the family’s shame, the Lannister patriarch was all too willing to chop Tyrion’s head for a crime he knows he did not commit.

Unfortunately for him, he overlooked the fact his son is just as cold-blooded and calculated as he is, so it’s off to the darkness for him.

Still, Tywin Lannister deserves to be remembered for his better moments, not his worst day. In times, where characters like Homer Simpson have become the norm for male characters, it was nice watching a near-extinct old-school species of what a man should be: A man who constantly works towards his goals without any apologies to the world.

Farewell to one of my favorite TV characters in quite some time!

In remembrance, here are some of my favorite Tywin Lannister quotes:

  1. “There is a tool for every task, and a task for every tool.”
  2. “Some battles are won with swords and spears, others with quills and ravens.”
  3. “A lion doesn’t concern himself with the opinions of sheep.”
  4. “Any man who has to say ‘I am the king’ is no true king.”
  5. “Explain to me why it’s more noble to kill ten thousand men in battle than a dozen at dinner.”


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