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[Book Spoilers] Im starting to love Tywin Lannister


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#1 Thunderfist

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Posted 23 April 2012 - 04:18 PM

Tywin Lannister is a big douche, probably the biggest douche in the ASoIaF universe.

But damn, Charles Dance is rocking it as Tywin Lannister in every effing scene. His presence in each situation, his appearance in full armor and his stone-faced expressions. You can really feel the enormous amount of fear and respect that everyone has for Tywin. So hats off to Charles Dance, I am already 100% certain that I will miss him.

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 08:25 AM

The man seems to "radiate" orders by just walking...I loved his presence from his first scene in S1 and his premiere in this episode was astonishingly commanding. The directors and the cast do an incredible job of portraying the characters with every screen second, even when they don't speak.

Is Dance so much tall IRL?

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 08:31 AM

I think he's perfect and Tywin is a badass.

I always read his chapters and every conversation he has more than once because he's so on point and ruthless.

this dude playing Tywin kicked ass last season and same story until that overrated little Imp that should have been long dead shoots him in the gut.

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 08:58 AM

I think he needs to be more of an elitist. I think the guy playing him is perfect though. He is too likable, when I always thought he was a smart, elitist, overly proud prick.

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 09:19 AM

I think he needs to be more of an elitist. I think the guy playing him is perfect though. He is too likable, when I always thought he was a smart, elitist, overly proud prick.


This is what's beautiful about bringing these characters to life. The actors dig deep and bring truths about the character to the surface. These are traits that the written word cannot convey. Tywin may seem like an elitist to readers, but Dance gives him a dimension of dignity and respect.

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 09:33 AM

I agree. I mentioned this in the episode 4 thread how I don't approve of this newly discovered liking I might have for Tywin. /biggrin.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':D' /> I feel wrong just typing it. Tywin is one of the characters I truly disliked in the books and I cheered when he died. Literally. Damn it all though, because Dance is just downright magnificent as Tywin Lannister. The way he rode into Harrenhal on his horse... /cool4.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':cool4:' /> Then he starts showing peeps how shit gets done. I think Tywin is a character who really benefited from the show adaptation, imo.

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 09:40 AM

I agree.

We'll see what happens when he interacts with Tyrion later on in the story. It will be hard to make him seem that likable at that point.

#8 Jamie Lannister

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 10:03 AM

Was great to see him verbally tear down the Mountain's men.

Dance is a brilliant Tywin; I genuinely like the character, despite knowing what we know. I wonder how he took his book fate...

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 10:10 AM

I have a fondness for Tywin too. Wouldn't want him as an enemy but damn he's the epitome of a "patriarch".

Dance is playing him to perfection.

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 10:36 AM

He was a bit normal in the last episode, IMO. I've imagined him even more scary, he should have scared Arya, not congratulated her for having traveled like a boy.

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 10:42 AM

Nah, Tywin isn't a monster. He's ruthless, harsh and a hypocrite, but he isn't a monster. Even the things he does to Tyrion come from his longing to restore the Lannisters to greatness. He understands that lesser men (and girls) have their place in the grand scheme of things and uses them all in his game.

Funny you should mention last season; my favourite single scene in terms of defining a character was Jaime and Tywin's first scene. Charles Dance absolutely NAILED that character in that scene, one that wasn't from the book no less.

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 10:43 AM

Tywin seems way to nice in season 2. Those are his dogs, he lets them off his leash, I don't see Lord Tywin Lannister coming to the aid of a peasant, nor do I see him taking a peasant girl for cupbearer. He is Tywin Lannister, he is accompanied by an entourage of servants wherever he goes, he does not need scum to serve him!

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 12:08 PM

Tywin seems way to nice in season 2. Those are his dogs, he lets them off his leash, I don't see Lord Tywin Lannister coming to the aid of a peasant, nor do I see him taking a peasant girl for cupbearer. He is Tywin Lannister, he is accompanied by an entourage of servants wherever he goes, he does not need scum to serve him!


I don't think they were scum... they looked like it because of the way they were being treated & the conditions they were living it at Harenhal, but they were villagers and potential Night's Watch people. People captured, some with skills as Tywin pointed out.

I want to hate him, bc I know how he is in the books... but he saved Gendry, so that makes it super hard now!

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 12:22 PM

Dance plays Tywin as a man you just know you shouldnt fu*k with. When he is on screen He is in charge of everything.

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 12:35 PM

he was just amazing. i laughed for a good 5 minutes when he told polliver, "this one is a girl...you idiot"

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 12:46 PM

If liking Tywin Lannister is wrong then I don't want to be right.

Rooting for Tywin Lannister is like rooting for Goliath to defeat David or for the House to win at Blackjack. Its shallow, its easy and its completely fucking awesome.

Tywin Lannister was the only thing that is holding this realm together right now

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Tywin is commanding, deeply effective; strong, smart (as Dan says in Deadwood about Al Swearengen, "No, Johnny, Al's really fucking smart."), calculating, cold and intollerant of incompetence. What does that sound like to you? Oh, that's right, it sounds like somebody capable of winning a war, keeping a peace and ruling a kingdom. In other words, Tywin Lannister is every enemies worst nightmare and every allies darkest wish. You hate him as an enemy and desire him as a friend. Ask all the winners what its like to treat with Tywin Lannister

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That's the key here- from Robert Baratheon all the way to the series with Arya Stark, ask all of them what its like to work and live with Tywin Lannister. He's mean (boo). He's cruel (Whaa! Whaa!...) and he says bad things about his kids (cry.me.a.river.). And he's possibly the most capable leader in the books/series.

Dance is terriffic because he bring sthat reality to life in words and actions. He's Tywin made flesh. And when you see all that come together, in the immortal words of Colonel Jessup, "And (his) existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives. You don't want the truth because deep down in places you don't talk about at parties, you want (him) on that wall, you need (him) on that wall."

And finally: "Because you need me, (Westeroes). Your guilty conscience may force you to vote (Stark), but deep down, you secretly long for a cold-hearted (Lannister) to lower taxes, brutalize criminals and rule you like a king. "

That's why you love Tywin Lannister. Because you know he's right.

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 12:53 PM

Tywin (book and show) is a selfish utilitarian. He plays his game making the optimal use of every piece presented before him, seeing right through to any potential use they might have and then taking advantage of it. The only exception to this is in the case of Tyrion, where Tywin is so blinded by his own emotions that he can't see the usefulness of his son.

As far as taking Arya as a cupbearer, that *might* be out of character for him. I feel that he wants to present an image of prestige and would thus not pick someone off the street to serve as his cupbearer. The rest, though, makes sense. He knows that his captives can be put to use around Harrenhal--they're stuck in a giant ruined castle with an army at war. There's more work to be done than everyone there combined could accomplish, and killing off those extra hands for little gain is foolish.

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 12:56 PM

I always liked Tywin. Then again I was a Darth Vader fan when I was little, so perhaps I'm just screwed up.

But some of the older actors on this show are epic. I think the guy who plays Roose is going to end up with a similar screen presence.

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 01:02 PM

He is teaching one his top management skills. "People have skills, find out what they are and put them to work." While doing this it occurs to him to show an example of this. You dolt's can't see that this is a girl and she has the skill of going unnoticed. "Hmm, girl, her age, good diction, goes unnoticed, could be a servant. That cupbearer of mine is ready to be promoted to squire. Bingo. Job done. Onto the next item on my agenda.

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 01:07 PM

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And finally: "Because you need me, (Westeroes). Your guilty conscience may force you to vote (Stark), but deep down, you secretly long for a cold-hearted (Lannister) to lower taxes, brutalize criminals and rule you like a king. "
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Excellent Simpsons reference.