Lord Varys Posted April 24, 2012 Share Posted April 24, 2012 Book Tywin is a capable administrator (being a good Hand during peace time seems to me not like that big a deal/accomplishment), and a ruthless Lord/noble man. He never actually won a war if you look closely at the books (that is, if you do not count the Reyne Rebellion and the Sack of King's Landing a war). Tywin apparently did not participate as a commander during the Greyjoy Rebellion.And during the War of the Five Kings he sat at Harrenhal, and did nothing besides ravaging the surrounding lands and slaughtering the civilians. Instead of marching to King's Landing to save his daughter, son, and his royal grandson, King Joffrey, he actually tried to return to the Westerlands, and only ended up marching to save Joff's ass because Edmure prevented his return. All the while knowing that Renly and Stannis threatened/marched on King's Landing. Robb was a nuisance, nothing more. Yes, he captured Jaime and took his army to the Westerlands, but capturing/killing him would have changed nothing. His dynasty was at King's Landing. There the war would have been won. After Stannis and Renly were defeated, he would have all the time in the world to beat the North back into submission. Robb could not hope to stand against a united Westeros.And the way he ended 'winning his war' after the Battle on the Blackwater (which was won due to the Tyrells declaring for Joffrey, and the devastating effect 'Renly's ghost' had on Stannis's men) shows even less competence. Any man would have realized at once that the Red Wedding would backfire on House Lannister eventually. A competent man would not have entrusted Walder Frey with the whole operation but would have sent his own agent to oversee the whole thing. Realizing the devastating effect the break of the guest right had on Westerosi society, he would have punished House Frey severely for this atrocity.As I see Tywin, the man was always more appearance than substance. He had the reputation of being ruthless and stern, and that's why a bunch of people approached him during the War of the Five Kings (i.e. Sybelle and Rolph Spicer, Walder Frey, Roose Bolton, Littlefinger etc.) which in turn enabled him to make use of them.The War of the Five Kings ended on the Blackwater. Even Selyse Baratheon or Lysa Arryn could have 'won the war' after the deciding battle was fought and won. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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