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Kevan Lannister
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Date of birth
{Tytos Lannister} - father
Dorna Lannister - wife
Ser Lancel Lannister - son
{Martyn Lannister} - son
{Willem Lannister} - son
Tywin Lannister - brother
Cersei Lannister - niece
Ser Jaime Lannister - nephew
Tyrion Lannister - nephew
Sansa Stark - niece by marriage
{Joffrey Baratheon} - great-nephew
Tommen Baratheon - great-nephew
Myrcella Baratheon - great-niece
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"Perhaps we should sue for peace?"
―Kevan Lannister to his brother, Twyin[src]

Kevan Lannister is a recurring character in the first and second seasons. He is played by guest star Ian Gelder and debuts in "The Pointy End." Ser Kevan is a loyal adviser to his brother Lord Tywin Lannister. He is fighting for his great nephew King Joffrey Baratheon in the War of the Five Kings.

"Kevan" is pronounced like the common real-life name "Kevin", as opposed to "Kee-van", etc.[1]



Kevan is the second son of the late Lord Tytos Lannister. He is the brother of Lord Tywin Lannister the head of House Lannister and Lord of Casterly Rock. Kevan is married to Dorna Lannister and they have a son Lancel, who is a squire to King Robert Baratheon. He is a noted knight who serves his elder brother loyally as an adviser, and is respected for his wise and candid counsel.[2]

Season 1

Whilst talking with his mother on how to handle the North should it come to conflict with the Starks, Prince Joffrey muses on crushing the Northerners with a new 'Royal Army' and giving Winterfell to his Uncle Kevan (actually his grand-uncle) to rule over. Cersei dismisses the plan as impractical. Kevan is also indirectly (and inaccurately) accused of being a "half-wit with a stutter" by King Robert when he taunts Lancel about his alliterative name.[3]

Ser Kevan is part of his brother's strategy meeting as they debate how to meet the threat posed by the Stark army, which is rushing south to meet them in battle. He appraises Tyrion of the tactical situation. He is amused when the sellsword Bronn makes a quip, unlike his stone-faced brother.[4] He is later part of Tywin's pre-battle strategy meeting, where Tywin places Tyrion in the vanguard of his army to the latter's disquiet.[5]

Following the Lannister defeat at the Battle of the Whispering Wood and the capture of Kevan's nephew, Jaime Lannister, Kevan joins Tywin's council as they discuss their next move. Kevan indicates that their position is in danger of being outflanked. Tywin agrees and orders the Lannister army to fall back on Harrenhal.[6]

Season 2

Ser Kevan is present at a war council held at Tywin's chambers at Harrenhal; he predicts that King’s Landing will fall an hour after King Stannis Baratheon's forces arrive. Kevan counsels Tywin to order the Queen Regent and her family to flee to the safety of Casterly Rock. Tywin balks at surrendering the Iron Throne. Kevan argues that giving up the throne is better than seeing the heads of their relatives mounted on the city gates, fearing that Stannis will execute any Lannister he finds in the city. Tywin rejects the suggestion, believing that a king who runs cannot remain king for long.[7]

Tywin complains that Stannis is just two days from King's Landing while Robb Stark is on their doorstep in the Westerlands. Kevan reports word from their scouts that Robb remains north of Ashemark. Tywin laughs derisively and says that the last time their scouts assured them of Robb's movements they were lured into a trap. Tywin blames their poor intelligence for the capture of Jaime. Tywin asserts that Robb has gotten too close to Casterly Rock. Kevan relays news that Robb has sent a splinter force to recapture Winterfell and theorizes that the Greyjoys' seizure of the castle is a boon to them because Robb will not march against Casterly Rock until he is at full strength. Tywin dismisses the suggestion and opts to march on the Westerlands, leaving the defense of the capital to his allies.[8]


Season One appearances
Winter is Coming The Kingsroad Lord Snow Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things The Wolf and the Lion
A Golden Crown You Win or You Die The Pointy End Baelor Fire and Blood
Season Two appearances
The North Remembers The Night Lands What is Dead May Never Die Garden of Bones The Ghost of Harrenhal
The Old Gods and the New A Man Without Honor The Prince of Winterfell Blackwater Valar Morghulis

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Family tree

Tytos tree
Tytos Lannister
Lady Lannister
Tywin tree
Tywin Lannister
Joanna Lannister
Kevan tree
Kevan Lannister
Dorna Lannister
née Swyft Swyft-small
Robert tree
Robert Baratheon Baratheon-small
Cersei tree
Cersei Lannister
100px-Jaime tree
Jaime Lannister
100px-Tyrion tree
Tyrion Lannister
100px-Sansa tree
Sansa Stark Stark-small
Lancel tree
Lancel Lannister
Martyn Lannister tree
Martyn Lannister
Willem Lannister tree
Willem Lannister
KL baratheon sigil
Unnamed son Joff icon
Died in infancy
Joffrey tree

Joffrey Baratheon Joff icon

Margaery Tree
Margaery Baratheon
née Tyrell Tyrell-small
Myrcella Baratheon Family Tree
Myrcella Baratheon Joff icon
Trystane Martell Martell-small
Tommen Baratheon family tree
Tommen Baratheon Joff icon

In the books

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, Ser Kevan is a solid, reliable, and serious man. His appearance in the books is different: Kevan being blonde, green-eyed, bearded and somewhat fat. He is content with living in his elder brother's shadow, serving as a follower and not trying to usurp Tywin's authority. This does not, however, mean that Kevan is an unintelligent man, simply that he recognizes Tywin's superior capabilities, and he occupies a position of power and responsibility in House Lannister as Tywin's most trusted lieutenant.

According to Tyrion, "the gods shaped him to be a follower, not a leader, well the gods and my lord father."

Kevan is loyal to his brother, loves his wife and children, and is proud of his family and heritage. He is married to the Lady Dorna of House Swyft. As well as Lancel he has two younger sons, Willem and Martyn, and an infant daughter, Janei. Tyrion always got along much better with his uncle Kevan than his tyrannical father Tywin, as well as having a good relationship with his younger two uncles (Kevan's younger brothers) Tygett and Gerion (who are both deceased by the time the books begin). Kevan always displays the basic courtesy and family respect to Tyrion that Tywin does not.

Kevan's son Willem and his cousin Tion Frey were taken captive by the Starks in the Battle of the Whispering Wood, imprisoned at Riverrun, and killed by Rickard Karstark. Kevan's son Martyn was captured in the Battle of Oxcross and later Robb exchanged him for Robett Glover, who was taken captive by the Lannisters in the Battle of Duskendale. The TV series, however, had Lord Karstark kill both Martyn and Willem. Tion Frey was actually the younger son of Genna Lannister, Tywin and Kevan's sister, but the TV series hadn't introduced her by Season 3. Moreover, Genna's oldest son Cleos Frey was changed in the TV adaptation to be "Alton Lannister", a more distant cousin. Apparently, the TV producers didn't want viewers to be confused - at the time - why someone named "Frey" would be fighting for the Lannisters (given that this was before the Freys betrayed the Starks at the Red Wedding). Thus, similar to how Cleos Frey was changed around, the TV series killed both of Kevan's younger sons instead of only one.

Kevan doesn't appear in Season 3 whereas in the third novel he participates in the Battle of the Blackwater and is later made Master of Laws. He becomes consumed by wory and grief due to the death of his son Willem, the sickness of Lancel, and Martyn's captivity. He's present at Tyrion and Sansa's wedding and during the small council meeting in which the Red Wedding is reported and it is Kevan, not Varys, the one who reminds Joffrey that Sansa is his aunt-by-marriage when the King shares his plan to have Robb Stark's head served to her.

See also


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Lord: Lord Tywin Lannister Heir: Tyrion Lannister (disputed)
Seat: Casterly Rock Lands: The Westerlands
Title(s): Lord Paramount of the Westerlands · Lord of Casterly Rock · Warden of the West · King of the Rock (pre-War of Conquest)
Ancestors:Lann the Clever · Loren Lannister
Current members:Kevan Lannister · Cersei Lannister · Jaime Lannister · Dorna Lannister · Lancel Lannister · Cynda Lannister · Sansa Stark
Deceased members:Tytos Lannister · Joanna Lannister · Stafford Lannister · Alton Lannister · Martyn Lannister · Willem Lannister
Household:Podrick Payne · Bronn · Gregor Clegane · Amory Lorch · Polliver · Rorge · Biter
Overlord:House Baratheon of King's Landing

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