Well mayhaps Tywin was thinking of what his sister said - but we don't know that. We do know that he disliked his sister for saying so. From memory, iirc he disagreed with her? That was a good passage btw.
Tywin did have a choice - he still could have chosen Kevan. He may have been Tywin's shadow but he was still a much competent leader than Cersei. I'm only halfway through reading ADWD - but from what I read so far -he did come up with good ideas of his own - and would have made a competent Hand if he was given the chance. The ideas that he gave to Cersei in AFOC was very sound. All Tywin had to do was give him the authority (to overrule Cersei). The fact that Jamie etc.. thought Kevan to make a good choice as the new Hand, after Tywin's death, shows that he was a competent leader.
But the fact remains that Tywin chose his dwarf son for the role instead of others Kevan or any of his other unknown commanders - he would not have given it to him if he did not believe Tyrion was up to the job. If Tyrion totally screwed it up- like the dim-witted freak that many suspected him to be - Tywin would have faced an unmitigated disaster.
Trust is the key word here - Tywin in effect trusted Tyrion for the job and acknowledged his intelligence and son for it - that was a huge honor, a major milestone. The book however makes Tyrion despise his father's offer - seeing it in a cynical light - well, to me that seemed an anti-climatic reaction.
IMHO Dinklage's reaction in that scene was priceless.
Thanks for your post. We seem to see eye to eye on this.
Edited by Lyvyathan, 27 October 2011 - 10:21 PM.