February 23, 2009

Tywin Lannister

The Official Tywin Lannister in the tv series Game of Thrones is Charles Dance.


Updated June 2011: Charles Dance has been in a lot of tv shows, tv movies and films. So far, he has been excellent as Tywin Lannister. One of the most memorable scenes in the tv series Game of Thrones is when Tywin was skinning that deer while having a conversation with his son Jaime.

I thought back then when it was announced that the books will be made into a tv series that Gerald McRaney from Deadwood would have made a good Tywin.


Twyin Lannister was Lord of Casterly Rock, Shield of Lannisport and Warden of the West. He was known for being a calculating, ruthless, and controlling man who didn't smile. He was happily married to Joanna Lannister, a cousin, but she died in childbirth while delivering his son Tyrion, and he took no other wife. He loved his children Jaime and Cersei, but despised Tyrion for being deformed and causing his beloved Joanna's death, as well as shaming the family name with his frequent whoring.

During his youth, Tywin managed to single-handedly restore his family's honor and fortunes from near ruin, and from then on dedicated all his efforts to maintaining Lannister prestige. Though ruthless, Tywin Lannister was also an able and shrewd ruler who brought great prosperity during his dual tenures as Hand of the King. He was especially talented at the raising of funds, leading to persistent rumors of a "Midas touch" and even the whispered jest that he must "shit gold".
I visualized Tywin Lannister to be Gerald McRaney - George Hearst in Deadwood. I mentioned this to my husband and he said that he imagined Tywin to be of slim built. But either way, I thought Gerald McRaney would be a good Tywin Lannister in this novel series of A Song of Ice and Fire.

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