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|Title = [[File:Lannister.JPG|40px|left|link=House Lannister]] Kevan Lannister [[File:Lannister.JPG|40px|right|link=House Lannister]]
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|Mentioned = "[[Lord Snow]]"<br>"[[Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken]]"<br>"[[Hardhome (episode)|Hardhome]]"
 
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|Family = {[[Tytos Lannister]]} - father<br>[[Dorna Lannister]] - wife<br>Ser [[Lancel Lannister]] - son<br>{[[Martyn Lannister]]} - son<br>{[[Willem Lannister]]} - son<br>[[Tywin Lannister]] - brother<br>[[Cersei Lannister]] - niece<br>Ser [[Jaime Lannister]] - nephew<br>[[Tyrion Lannister]] - nephew<br>[[Sansa Stark]] - niece
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|Family = {[[Tytos Lannister]]} - father<br>[[Dorna Lannister]] - wife<br>Ser [[Lancel Lannister]] - son<br>{[[Martyn Lannister]]} - son<br>{[[Willem Lannister]]} - son<br>{[[Tywin Lannister]]} - brother<br>{[[Joanna Lannister]]} - sister-in-law and first cousin<br>[[Cersei Lannister]] - niece/first cousin once removed<br>Ser [[Jaime Lannister]] - nephew/first cousin once removed<br>[[Tyrion Lannister]] - nephew/first cousin once removed<br>[[Sansa Stark]] - niece by marriage<br>{[[Joffrey Baratheon]]} - great-nephew/first cousin twice removed<br>[[Tommen Baratheon]] - great-nephew/first cousin twice removed<br>{[[Myrcella Baratheon]]} - great-niece/first cousin twice removed
 
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{{Quote|I do not recognize your authority to dictate what is and is not my concern.|Kevan to his niece, [[Cersei Lannister|Cersei]]|The House of Black and White}}
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'''Kevan Lannister''' is a recurring character in the [[Season 1|first]], [[Season 2|second]], [[Season 5|fifth]] and [[Season 6|sixth]]<ref>[http://watchersonthewall.com/game-of-thrones-returning-to-croatia-for-a-limited-time-only-filming-this-week-in-glenarm// Watchers on the Wall — Game of Thrones returning to Croatia for a limited time only; Filming this week in Glenarm]</ref> seasons. He is played by guest star [[Ian Gelder]] and debuts in "[[The Pointy End]]". Kevan is the younger brother of Lord [[Tywin Lannister]] and one of his most loyal and trusted officers in the [[House Lannister|Lannister]] armies during the [[War of the Five Kings]].
   
'''Ser Kevan Lannister''' is a recurring character in the [[Season 1|first]] and [[Season 2|second]] seasons. He is played by guest star [[Ian Gelder]] and debuts in "[[The Pointy End]]." Ser Kevan Lannister 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]].
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After his brother's death at the hands of his nephew [[Tyrion]], Kevan opposes his niece [[Cersei]]'s seizure of power as leader of her son King [[Tommen]]'s [[Small Council]]. Refusing his appointment by Cersei as [[Master of War]], he departs the court in protest and returns to [[Casterly Rock]].
   
"Kevan" is pronounced like the common real-life name "Kevin", as opposed to "Kee-van", etc.<ref>"[[Lord Snow]]"</ref>
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When Cersei is arrested on various charges by the [[Faith Militant]], Kevan returns to [[King's Landing]] and is appointed [[Hand of the King]].
   
 
==Biography==
 
==Biography==
 
===Background===
 
===Background===
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 Lannister|Lancel]], who is a squire to King [[Robert Baratheon]]. He is a noted knight who serves his elder brother loyally as an adviser. He is respected for his wise and candid counsel.<ref name="Kevan Lannister viewers guide">[http://viewers-guide.hbo.com/game-of-thrones/season2/#!/guide/houses/lannister/kevan-lannister/ HBO viewers guide, season 2 guide to houses, Kevan Lannister entry]</ref>
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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 Lannister|Lancel]], who is a squire to King [[Robert Baratheon]]. He is a noted knight who served his elder brother loyally as an adviser, and is respected for his wise and candid counsel.<ref name="Kevan Lannister viewers guide">[http://viewers-guide.hbo.com/game-of-thrones/season2/#!/guide/houses/lannister/kevan-lannister/ HBO viewers guide, season 2 guide to houses, Kevan Lannister entry]</ref>
   
 
===[[Season 1]]===
 
===[[Season 1]]===
Whilst talking with [[Cersei Lannister|his mother]] on how to handle [[the North]] should it come to conflict with the [[House Stark|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.<ref>"[[Lord Snow]]"</ref>
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While talking with [[Cersei Lannister|his mother]] on how to handle [[the North]] should the Iron Throne come into conflict with the [[House Stark|Starks]], Prince [[Joffrey]] muses on crushing the Northerners with a new "Royal Army" and giving [[Winterfell]] to his great-uncle Kevan to rule over but Cersei dismisses the plan as impractical. Kevan is also indirectly (and erroneously) accused of being a "half-wit with a stutter" by King Robert when he taunts Lancel about his alliterative name.<ref name="Lord Snow">"[[Lord Snow]]"</ref>
   
Ser Kevan is part of his brother's strategy meeting as they debate how to meet the threat posed by the [[House Stark|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.<ref>"[[The Pointy End]]"</ref> 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.<ref>"[[Baelor]]"</ref>
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Kevan is going over troop movements with his brother Tywin in their army's command tent when Tyrion enters, having escaped from his capture by Catelyn Stark, and with a makeshift army of [[hill tribes]]men in tow. Kevan is pleasantly surprised to see Tyrion safe and free, though Tyrion's own father seems mildly disappointed at both prospects. Kevan explains that [[Jaime Lannister|Jaime]] crushed the Tully army at the [[Battle of the Golden Tooth]] and is laying siege to [[Riverrun]]. Tyrion wonders how King Robert would allow this, but Tywin explains that Robert is dead and Eddard Stark imprisoned. A messenger then arrives saying that [[Robb Stark]]'s army has passed south of [[the Neck]]. Tywin orders Kevan to have the drummers signal the army to assemble to march, and to send word to Jaime that their army will be moving against Robb.<ref>"[[The Pointy End]]"</ref>
   
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]].<ref>"[[Fire and Blood]]"</ref>
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Kevan is later part of Tywin's pre-battle strategy meeting, in which Tywin declares that Tyrion and his hill tribe allies will be in the vanguard. Tyrion balks at this, not only because it will put him in the greatest danger, but because the hill tribes are inexperienced at pitched battle. Kevan tries to console his nephew that the hill tribes do seem to be rather ferocious, and should be up for it. Kevan takes part in the following [[Battle of the Green Fork]], and Tywin's army is victorious. Even Tyrion and his hill tribes did fairly well. It turns out, however, that this was simply a diversionary force so Robb could use the bulk of his army to ambush the western half of the Lannister army under Jaime at Riverrun.<ref>"[[Baelor]]"</ref>
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Following the Lannister defeat at the [[Battle of the Whispering Wood]] and the capture of Jaime, Kevan joins Tywin's council as they discuss their next move. Kevan points out that with the Starks attacking from the north and both of Robert Baratheon's brothers attacking in southern Westeros, they are facing a war on two fronts. With half of their armies destroyed, Kevan asks if they should consider negotiating with Robb Stark for peace. Tyrion bluntly points out that all chance for a negotiated peace died with Robb's father Eddard, whom Joffrey petulantly had executed. Tywin angrily orders everyone out, except for Tyrion. He agrees that they could have negotiated if Eddard was still alive, but now they cannot hold their position, so he and Kevan will lead their remaining army-group south to regroup at [[Harrenhal]].<ref>"[[Fire and Blood]]"</ref>
   
 
===[[Season 2]]===
 
===[[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.<ref>"[[The Prince of Winterfell]]"</ref>
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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 Cersei 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.<ref name="The Prince of Winterfell">"[[The Prince of Winterfell]]"</ref>
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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 [[House Greyjoy|Greyjoys]]' [[Fall of Winterfell|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.<ref name="The Prince of Winterfell" />
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===[[Season 3]]===
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Kevan's youngest sons, [[Willem Lannister|Willem]] and [[Martyn Lannister]], are taken hostage at the [[Battle of Stone Mill]] and held temporarily by[[ House Tully]] in [[Riverrun]]. Soon after their capture, they are murdered by Lord [[Rickard Karstark]], who plotted to avenge the death of his son [[Torrhen Karstark]], who was murdered by Jaime Lannister.
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Kevan was out in the Riverlands for some time commanding Lannister armies in Tywin's absence, but following [[Assassination at the Tower of the Hand|Tywin's murder]] Kevan returns to King's Landing for his brother's [[Funeral|funeral]]. His son [[Lancel]] also appears at the funeral, having finally recovered from the wounds he took at the Battle of the Blackwater. Kevan apologizes to [[Cersei Lannister|Cersei]] for the appearance of his son, who has joined a fanatical religious group known as the [[Sparrows]]. Kevan believes that religion has its place, but he dismisses them as "bloody fanatics" and states that they never would have set foot in the capital while Tywin was alive.<ref>"[[The Wars to Come]]"</ref>
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Kevan sits on the [[Small Council]] when Cersei announces that she is taking over control of the body until the King chooses a new [[Hand of the King]]. After appointing Lord [[Mace Tyrell]] as the new [[Master of Coin]], Qyburn as the new [[Master of Whisperers]] and dismissing [[Grand Maester]] [[Pycelle]]'s and Mace Tyrell's request to be appointed acting Hand, Cersei offers Kevan the new position of [[Master of War]], in his capacity as leader of the Lannister armies in the wake of Tywin's death. Kevan demands to hear the news of his appointment from King Tommen himself but Cersei says that she is speaking in his name for the time being and that he is learning what it means to be a ruler from Cersei.
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Angered by her blatant seizure of power to her son's detriment and by her addition of sycophants such as [[Qyburn]] to the Small Council, Kevan refuses to recognize her authority and informs her that, in his eyes, she is the Queen Mother, nothing more. As he stands to leave, Cersei angrily berates him for abandoning the King in his time of need. Kevan tells her that, should the King ask for him, he would be waiting for him at [[Casterly Rock]] before leaving the Small Council chamber.<ref>"[[The House of Black and White]]"</ref>
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Following Cersei's arrest by the [[High Sparrow]], Grand Maester Pycelle sends a raven to Casterly Rock to summon Kevan back to King's Landing to serve as the Hand of the King. Kevan now presides over the small council. When Cersei asks Qyburn to ask Kevan to come to see her in her cell, Qyburn says he already asked and Kevan refused.<ref>"[[Hardhome (episode)]]"</ref>
   
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' [[Fall of Winterfell|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.<ref>"[[The Prince of Winterfell]]"</ref>
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Kevan is present alongside Pycelle when Cersei returns to the [[Red Keep]] after her walk of atonement. Kevan remains stern and silent as Qyburn fawns over Cersei, presumably having not yet forgiven her for disgracing his son Lancel.<ref>"[[Mother's Mercy]]"</ref>
   
 
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==Quotes==
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{{Quote|The Greyjoys have done us a great [[Fall of Winterfell|favor]].|Kevan on the [[ironborn]] invading the North.|A Man Without Honor}}
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{{Quote|They call themselves "[[Sparrows]]". Bloody fanatics! Religion has its place, of course, but to a certain point. They never would have come to the [[King's Landing|capital]] when [[Tywin Lannister|Tywin]] was alive.|Ser Kevan Lannister to [[Cersei Lannister]]|The Wars to Come}}
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{{Dialogue a-b-a-b|Cersei Lannister|Uncle Kevan! In light of your position as commander of the Lannister armies, it would please the [[Tommen Baratheon|king]] if you would serve as his [[Master of War]]. No man living better deserves the title.|Kevan Lannister|That is kind if you to say. I would like to hear it from the king himself.|The king is very busy at this moment.|He should be <u>here</u>, learning what it means to rule.|Kevan on his great-nephew King [[Tommen Baratheon]]|The House of Black and White}}
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{{Dialogue a-b-a-b-a|Kevan Lannister|I returned to the capital to pay my respects to my brother, and to you, and to serve the king. I did not return to the capital to serve as your puppet, to watch you stack the Small Council with [[Qyburn|sycophants]]. Sending your own [[Jaime Lannister|brother]] away so he won't...|Cersei Lannister|My brother has left the capital to lead a sensitive diplomatic mission.|What mission?|That is not your concern as Master of War.|do not recognize your authority to dictate what is and is not my concern. You are the Queen Mother. Nothing more!|Kevan to Cersei|House of Black and White}}
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{{Dialogue a-b|Cersei Lannister|You would abandon your King in his time of need?|Kevan Lannister|If he wants to send for me, I will be waiting for him. At Casterly Rock.|Kevan to Cersei.|House of Black and White}}
   
 
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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.
 
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 [[Tywin Lannister|my lord father]]."
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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 Lannister|Willem]] and [[Martyn Lannister|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 (Tygett) or disappeared on a travel without a trace (Gerion) by the time the books begin). Kevan always displays the basic courtesy and family respect to Tyrion that Tywin does not.
   
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 Lannister|Willem]] and [[Martyn Lannister|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.
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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'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 Robb exchanged him for a northern prisoner.
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Kevan doesn't appear in [[Season 3]] and [[Season 4|4]] whereas in the third novel he is present at several important events: he participates in the [[Battle of the Blackwater]] and is later made [[Master of Laws]]. He becomes consumed by worry and grief due to the death of his son Willem, the sickness of Lancel, and Martyn's captivity. He is present at Tyrion and Sansa's wedding. During the [[small council]] meeting in which the [[Red Wedding]] is reported and it is Kevan, not [[Varys]], who reminds Joffrey that [[Sansa Stark|Sansa]] is his aunt-by-marriage when the King shares his plan to have [[Robb Stark]]'s head served to her. After Tyrion is arrested for being accused of murdering Joffrey, it is Kevan, not Jaime, who sees Tyrion in the cell for several times; he informs Tyrion about the judges, and offers to help Tyrion to find any witness that the latter requests; Tyrion asks his uncle to find [[Podrick Payne]], whom Kevan brings to him; Sansa, whom no one in King's Landing can find; and Varys, who is already summoned by Cersei as her witness. It is also Kevan who relays Tywin's offer to Tyrion to allow him to join the Night's Watch in exchange for a plea for mercy. Later Kevan is present at [[Second Trial by combat of Tyrion Lannister|the trial by combat of Tyrion]], in which [[Gregor Clegane]] brutally kills [[Oberyn Martell]].
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Following Tywin's death, Kevan is not offered the position of "[[Master of War]]" - which doesn't exist in the novels as the "supreme commander" of the realm's armies is whoever holds the title of "[[Protector of the Realm]]" - but that of Hand of the King, which he rejects as Cersei refuses to name him [[Regent]] - the title she holds. The "Master of War" title however, could be a reference to how Cersei starts basically ''making up'' titles on the Small Council.
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According to Tyrion, "the gods shaped him to be a follower, not a leader, well the gods and [[Tywin Lannister|my lord father]]", and thinks that Kevan never had a thought that Tywin had not had first. It turns out, however, that many underestimated him: in truth he always did as his older brother instructed because Tywin was a political and military genius, so Kevan happened to ''agree'' with his decisions most of the time. This loyalty and obedience only extended to Tywin, so when he realizes that Cersei is running House Lannister into the ground, he quickly turns against her.
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To spite him, Cersei names her cousin Daven Lannister, son of [[Stafford Lannister]], as the new [[Warden of the West]] while the title of [[Castellan]] of Casterly Rock is given to Ser Damion Lannister, another cousin from Stafford's branch of the family. Following Cersei's arrest, Kevan returns to King's Landing, but serves as Lord Regent and Protector of the Realm instead of Hand of the King. The title of Hand of the King is granted to Mace Tyrell (who did not go to Braavos in the books) in order to appease House Tyrell. Kevan takes steps to repair the damages Cersei caused with her plots, and to prevent her from ruining Tommen as she had Joffrey. Among of the steps he has taken are: deposing Cersei's henchmen (Osmund and Osfryd Kettleblack) and strip them of power; replacing all her guards by his own men; replacing her ladies-in-waiting with a septa and three novices selected by the High Septon; denying her of taking part in the governance of the realm, and in Tommen’s education; he intends to return her to Casterly Rock after the trial and see that she remains there.
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Kevan has doubts about the accusations against Margaery, perhaps suspecting that Cersei faked them. Yet he still insists on holding a trial instead of having Tommen declares her innocence, as her father demands - otherwise, he believes that the whispers will follow Margaery the rest of her life.
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Unlike in the show, Kevan visits the imprisoned Cersei and confronts her angrily for corrupting Lancel. He tells her that she must perform the walk of atonement, and informs her of the latest bad news, among them about Myrcella (injured severely by Ser Gerold "Darkstar" Dayne, survived but was horribly disfigured).
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Following the walk of atonement, Kevan does not gloat at Cersei but feels sorry for her. Recalling a similar event that he witnessed many years ago, he muses sadly that his elder brother never dreamed that his own daughter would have to go through the same humiliating punishment he imposed on his father's mistress.
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"Kevan" is pronounced like the common real-life name "Kevin", as opposed to "Kee-van", etc.<ref name="Lord Snow" />
   
 
==See also==
 
==See also==
* [http://awoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/Kevan_Lannister Kevan Lannister at A Wiki of Ice and Fire] (MAJOR spoilers from the books)
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"I do not recognize your authority to dictate what is and is not my concern."
―Kevan to his niece, Cersei[src]

Kevan Lannister is a recurring character in the first, second, fifth and sixth[1] seasons. He is played by guest star Ian Gelder and debuts in "The Pointy End". Kevan is the younger brother of Lord Tywin Lannister and one of his most loyal and trusted officers in the Lannister armies during the War of the Five Kings.

After his brother's death at the hands of his nephew Tyrion, Kevan opposes his niece Cersei's seizure of power as leader of her son King Tommen's Small Council. Refusing his appointment by Cersei as Master of War, he departs the court in protest and returns to Casterly Rock.

When Cersei is arrested on various charges by the Faith Militant, Kevan returns to King's Landing and is appointed Hand of the King.

BiographyEdit

BackgroundEdit

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 served his elder brother loyally as an adviser, and is respected for his wise and candid counsel.[2]

Season 1Edit

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

Kevan is going over troop movements with his brother Tywin in their army's command tent when Tyrion enters, having escaped from his capture by Catelyn Stark, and with a makeshift army of hill tribesmen in tow. Kevan is pleasantly surprised to see Tyrion safe and free, though Tyrion's own father seems mildly disappointed at both prospects. Kevan explains that Jaime crushed the Tully army at the Battle of the Golden Tooth and is laying siege to Riverrun. Tyrion wonders how King Robert would allow this, but Tywin explains that Robert is dead and Eddard Stark imprisoned. A messenger then arrives saying that Robb Stark's army has passed south of the Neck. Tywin orders Kevan to have the drummers signal the army to assemble to march, and to send word to Jaime that their army will be moving against Robb.[4]

Kevan is later part of Tywin's pre-battle strategy meeting, in which Tywin declares that Tyrion and his hill tribe allies will be in the vanguard. Tyrion balks at this, not only because it will put him in the greatest danger, but because the hill tribes are inexperienced at pitched battle. Kevan tries to console his nephew that the hill tribes do seem to be rather ferocious, and should be up for it. Kevan takes part in the following Battle of the Green Fork, and Tywin's army is victorious. Even Tyrion and his hill tribes did fairly well. It turns out, however, that this was simply a diversionary force so Robb could use the bulk of his army to ambush the western half of the Lannister army under Jaime at Riverrun.[5]

Following the Lannister defeat at the Battle of the Whispering Wood and the capture of Jaime, Kevan joins Tywin's council as they discuss their next move. Kevan points out that with the Starks attacking from the north and both of Robert Baratheon's brothers attacking in southern Westeros, they are facing a war on two fronts. With half of their armies destroyed, Kevan asks if they should consider negotiating with Robb Stark for peace. Tyrion bluntly points out that all chance for a negotiated peace died with Robb's father Eddard, whom Joffrey petulantly had executed. Tywin angrily orders everyone out, except for Tyrion. He agrees that they could have negotiated if Eddard was still alive, but now they cannot hold their position, so he and Kevan will lead their remaining army-group south to regroup at Harrenhal.[6]

Season 2Edit

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 Cersei 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.[7]

Season 3Edit

Kevan's youngest sons, Willem and Martyn Lannister, are taken hostage at the Battle of Stone Mill and held temporarily by House Tully in Riverrun. Soon after their capture, they are murdered by Lord Rickard Karstark, who plotted to avenge the death of his son Torrhen Karstark, who was murdered by Jaime Lannister.

Season 5Edit

Kevan was out in the Riverlands for some time commanding Lannister armies in Tywin's absence, but following Tywin's murder Kevan returns to King's Landing for his brother's funeral. His son Lancel also appears at the funeral, having finally recovered from the wounds he took at the Battle of the Blackwater. Kevan apologizes to Cersei for the appearance of his son, who has joined a fanatical religious group known as the Sparrows. Kevan believes that religion has its place, but he dismisses them as "bloody fanatics" and states that they never would have set foot in the capital while Tywin was alive.[8]

Kevan sits on the Small Council when Cersei announces that she is taking over control of the body until the King chooses a new Hand of the King. After appointing Lord Mace Tyrell as the new Master of Coin, Qyburn as the new Master of Whisperers and dismissing Grand Maester Pycelle's and Mace Tyrell's request to be appointed acting Hand, Cersei offers Kevan the new position of Master of War, in his capacity as leader of the Lannister armies in the wake of Tywin's death. Kevan demands to hear the news of his appointment from King Tommen himself but Cersei says that she is speaking in his name for the time being and that he is learning what it means to be a ruler from Cersei.

Angered by her blatant seizure of power to her son's detriment and by her addition of sycophants such as Qyburn to the Small Council, Kevan refuses to recognize her authority and informs her that, in his eyes, she is the Queen Mother, nothing more. As he stands to leave, Cersei angrily berates him for abandoning the King in his time of need. Kevan tells her that, should the King ask for him, he would be waiting for him at Casterly Rock before leaving the Small Council chamber.[9]

Following Cersei's arrest by the High Sparrow, Grand Maester Pycelle sends a raven to Casterly Rock to summon Kevan back to King's Landing to serve as the Hand of the King. Kevan now presides over the small council. When Cersei asks Qyburn to ask Kevan to come to see her in her cell, Qyburn says he already asked and Kevan refused.[10]

Kevan is present alongside Pycelle when Cersei returns to the Red Keep after her walk of atonement. Kevan remains stern and silent as Qyburn fawns over Cersei, presumably having not yet forgiven her for disgracing his son Lancel.[11]

AppearancesEdit

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
Season Five appearances
The Wars to Come The House of Black and White High Sparrow Sons of the Harpy Kill the Boy
Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken The Gift Hardhome The Dance of Dragons Mother’s Mercy

QuotesEdit

"The Greyjoys have done us a great favor."
―Kevan on the ironborn invading the North.[src]
"They call themselves "Sparrows". Bloody fanatics! Religion has its place, of course, but to a certain point. They never would have come to the capital when Tywin was alive."
―Ser Kevan Lannister to Cersei Lannister[src]
Cersei Lannister: "Uncle Kevan! In light of your position as commander of the Lannister armies, it would please the king if you would serve as his Master of War. No man living better deserves the title."
Kevan Lannister: "That is kind if you to say. I would like to hear it from the king himself."
Cersei Lannister: "The king is very busy at this moment."
Kevan Lannister: "He should be here, learning what it means to rule."
— Kevan on his great-nephew King Tommen Baratheon[src]
Kevan Lannister: "I returned to the capital to pay my respects to my brother, and to you, and to serve the king. I did not return to the capital to serve as your puppet, to watch you stack the Small Council with sycophants. Sending your own brother away so he won't..."
Cersei Lannister: "My brother has left the capital to lead a sensitive diplomatic mission."
Kevan Lannister: "What mission?"
Cersei Lannister: "That is not your concern as Master of War."
Kevan Lannister: "do not recognize your authority to dictate what is and is not my concern. You are the Queen Mother. Nothing more!"
— Kevan to Cersei[src]
Cersei Lannister: "You would abandon your King in his time of need?"
Kevan Lannister: "If he wants to send for me, I will be waiting for him. At Casterly Rock."
— Kevan to Cersei.[src]

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In the booksEdit

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.

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 (Tygett) or disappeared on a travel without a trace (Gerion) 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 and 4 whereas in the third novel he is present at several important events: he participates in the Battle of the Blackwater and is later made Master of Laws. He becomes consumed by worry and grief due to the death of his son Willem, the sickness of Lancel, and Martyn's captivity. He is present at Tyrion and Sansa's wedding. During the small council meeting in which the Red Wedding is reported and it is Kevan, not Varys, 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. After Tyrion is arrested for being accused of murdering Joffrey, it is Kevan, not Jaime, who sees Tyrion in the cell for several times; he informs Tyrion about the judges, and offers to help Tyrion to find any witness that the latter requests; Tyrion asks his uncle to find Podrick Payne, whom Kevan brings to him; Sansa, whom no one in King's Landing can find; and Varys, who is already summoned by Cersei as her witness. It is also Kevan who relays Tywin's offer to Tyrion to allow him to join the Night's Watch in exchange for a plea for mercy. Later Kevan is present at the trial by combat of Tyrion, in which Gregor Clegane brutally kills Oberyn Martell.

Following Tywin's death, Kevan is not offered the position of "Master of War" - which doesn't exist in the novels as the "supreme commander" of the realm's armies is whoever holds the title of "Protector of the Realm" - but that of Hand of the King, which he rejects as Cersei refuses to name him Regent - the title she holds. The "Master of War" title however, could be a reference to how Cersei starts basically making up titles on the Small Council.

According to Tyrion, "the gods shaped him to be a follower, not a leader, well the gods and my lord father", and thinks that Kevan never had a thought that Tywin had not had first. It turns out, however, that many underestimated him: in truth he always did as his older brother instructed because Tywin was a political and military genius, so Kevan happened to agree with his decisions most of the time. This loyalty and obedience only extended to Tywin, so when he realizes that Cersei is running House Lannister into the ground, he quickly turns against her.

To spite him, Cersei names her cousin Daven Lannister, son of Stafford Lannister, as the new Warden of the West while the title of Castellan of Casterly Rock is given to Ser Damion Lannister, another cousin from Stafford's branch of the family. Following Cersei's arrest, Kevan returns to King's Landing, but serves as Lord Regent and Protector of the Realm instead of Hand of the King. The title of Hand of the King is granted to Mace Tyrell (who did not go to Braavos in the books) in order to appease House Tyrell. Kevan takes steps to repair the damages Cersei caused with her plots, and to prevent her from ruining Tommen as she had Joffrey. Among of the steps he has taken are: deposing Cersei's henchmen (Osmund and Osfryd Kettleblack) and strip them of power; replacing all her guards by his own men; replacing her ladies-in-waiting with a septa and three novices selected by the High Septon; denying her of taking part in the governance of the realm, and in Tommen’s education; he intends to return her to Casterly Rock after the trial and see that she remains there.

Kevan has doubts about the accusations against Margaery, perhaps suspecting that Cersei faked them. Yet he still insists on holding a trial instead of having Tommen declares her innocence, as her father demands - otherwise, he believes that the whispers will follow Margaery the rest of her life.

Unlike in the show, Kevan visits the imprisoned Cersei and confronts her angrily for corrupting Lancel. He tells her that she must perform the walk of atonement, and informs her of the latest bad news, among them about Myrcella (injured severely by Ser Gerold "Darkstar" Dayne, survived but was horribly disfigured).

Following the walk of atonement, Kevan does not gloat at Cersei but feels sorry for her. Recalling a similar event that he witnessed many years ago, he muses sadly that his elder brother never dreamed that his own daughter would have to go through the same humiliating punishment he imposed on his father's mistress.

"Kevan" is pronounced like the common real-life name "Kevin", as opposed to "Kee-van", etc.[3]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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Lord: Queen Regent Cersei Lannister Heir: (disputed)
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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 · Tommen II Lannister · Loren Lannister · Damon Lannister
Current members:Kevan Lannister · Tyrion Lannister · Jaime Lannister · Dorna Lannister · Lancel Lannister · Cynda Lannister · Lyman Lannister
Deceased members:Tytos Lannister · Joanna Lannister · Stafford Lannister · Alton Lannister · Martyn Lannister · Willem Lannister · Orson Lannister · Tywin Lannister
Household:Podrick Payne · Bronn · Gregor Clegane · {Amory Lorch} · {Polliver} · {Rorge} · {Biter}
Overlord:House Baratheon of King's Landing

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