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Tyrion Lannister
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Hand of the King (acting) (former)
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Tywin Lannister - father
Joanna Lannister - mother (deceased)
Cersei Lannister - sister
Jaime Lannister - brother
Kevan Lannister - uncle
Lancel Lannister - cousin
Joffrey Baratheon - nephew
Myrcella Baratheon - niece
Tommen Baratheon - nephew
Tysha - wife (annulled)
Robert Baratheon - brother-in-law (deceased)
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"My brother has his sword, and I have my mind..."
―Tyrion Lannister[src]

Tyrion Lannister is a major character in the first and second season. He is played by starring cast member Peter Dinklage and debuts in the series premiere. Tyrion Lannister is the youngest son of Lord Tywin Lannister, and uses his wit and intellect to overcome the prejudice he faces as a dwarf. He is falsely accused of the attempted assassination of Bran Stark and taken captive. His imprisonment by Catelyn Stark ( formerly Tully), even though he is eventually released after a trail by combat, causes the Lannister forces to attack the Riverlands of the Tully's, and triggers the War of the Five Kings, which is then escalated by the death of Robert Baratheon and arrest of Eddard Stark. Tyrion rejoins the army of Tywin Lannister, and as the army was essentially surrounded by Stark forces, Tywin send Tyrion, who has shown examples of clear judgement of situations, to the court at King's landing in his place as acting Hand of the King to his newly crowned nephew Joffrey Baratheon, hoping he will prevent future bad descisions, such as Ned Starks execution. With him he takes a prostitute named Shae who he makes his mistress and comes to love. Under difficult conditions, Tyrion Lannister holds the city together, strengthens and organizes the city's defenses, and makes vital alliances with the Houses of Tyrell and Martell. He manages to hold on until the combined armies of Lannister and Tyrell arrive to defeat their enemies. Tyrion was grievously injured during the Battle of Blackwater and afterwards lost his position as the Hand when Tywin Lannister arrived to claim it.

Biography

Background

Tyrion Lannister is the youngest son of Joanna Lannister and Lord Tywin Lannister. Tywin is the head of House Lannister, the richest man in the Seven Kingdoms and Lord Paramount of the Westerlands. The Westerlands are one of the constituent regions of the Seven Kingdoms and House Lannister of Casterly Rock is one of the Great Houses of the realm He is the younger brother of Jaime and Cersei Lannister. His mother Joanna Lannister died giving birth to him. His father and sister blame him for the death.[1]

He is a dwarf, causing him problems and persecution. His size has lead to him being refered to derisively by various names, like Imp and half man. This is mitigated by his intellect and his family's wealth and power. Had an infant with dwarfism like Tyrion been born a commoner, he'd have simply been left out in the woods to die. However, Tyrion was born into a powerful noble House, and was therefore spared. Even though his father doesn't think much of him, he has had the benefits of being raised with wealth and education, and is expected to lead his life as a credit to the Lannister name. [2] He is committed to the good of both his house and, since Cersei married King Robert Baratheon, the continuation of this branch on the throne. [1]

When Tyrion was very young, he met a wheelwright's daughter named Tysha on the road, apparently the victim of an attempted rape. Whilst his brother Jaime ran off the attackers, Tyrion helped Tysha recover from the ordeal, and they became lovers. They found a drunken, wandering septon wiling to marry them and briefly, they lived as husband and wife. That is, until Lord Tywin learned what had happened. Jaime confessed that he organized the incident to make his brother happy, and Tysha was actually a prostitute. As a lesson, Tywin had his guards rape Tysha while forcing Tyrion to watch, paying her for each man with a silver coin. By the end, there were so many silver coins that they were running out of her hands onto the ground. Tyrion has reciprocated Tywin's hatred ever since.[3]

His two siblings have had positions of respect and responsibility since their teens. When he was 18, Tywin Lannister named Tyrion master of the drains and cisterns at Casterly Rock. Tyrion brags that the sewage never flowed smoother to the sea.

Tyrion spends a lot of time at court in King's Landing to avoid his father. He gets on well with Jaime and his neice Myrcella and nephew Tommem, but has a colder relationship with Cersei and his sadistic nephew Joffrey. [4] He has a fondness for prostitutes and drink, but is also intelligent, cunning and educated.

Season 1

Tyrion accompanies King Robert Baratheon's party to Winterfell, but after weeks on the road he leaves the party and rides ahead to seek the pleasures of the winter town's brothels, where he makes the acquaintance of Ros.[5] He gives the prostitute a Lannister lion necklace to thank her for their time together.[6] Jaime convinces him to join the family for dinner. Tyrion dawdles outside the feast hall, reluctant to make nice with the Starks and his own family, and as a result meets Jon Snow, Lord Eddard Stark's bastard son. He realises that Jon is something of a kindred spirit: "All dwarfs are bastards in their father's eyes."[5]

When Tyrion's nephew, Prince Joffrey Baratheon, refuses to pay his respects to Lord and Lady Stark after Bran's fall, Tyrion slaps him three times until he acquiesces. He then breakfasts with his family, where he reveals that he wants to go and visit the Wall, to see it and piss off of it he says to the laughter of Tommen and Myrcella, before returning to King's Landing. He takes an interest in Bran's fall and how it happened, noting carefully his brother and sister's reactions to the news that Bran is likely to live.[7]

On the road to Castle Black, Tyrion tells Jon that he likes to read as it keeps his wits sharp, just as his brother's whetstone keeps his sword sharp. Reaching the Wall, even Tyrion is temporarily rendered speechless by the size and scale of the structure.[7] During his stay, Tyrion watches the new recruits train. He realizes that Jon Snow, due to his advantages of being trained by a castle weapon master at Winterfell, is acting superior to his fellow recruits and thus is earning their enmity by taking out his frustrations that the Night's Watch is not all he hopes by embarrassingly beating them in training. After Tyrion points this out Jon begins helping the others train, earning their respect and friendship. Maester Aemon and Lord Commander Jeor Mormont ask him to use his influence at court to get more men and resources sent to the Night's Watch. Tyrion is sympathetic but doesn't believe that there is anything more dangerous than wildlings beyond the Wall. However, Benjen Stark's account of life beyond the Wall gives him pause. Tyrion befriends Yoren, a recruiter for the Watch, and they agree to travel back to the capital together.[8]

Tyrion and Bran 1x04

Tyrion speaks with Bran.

Pausing at Winterfell on the return trip home, Tyrion gives Bran plans for a special saddle so that he can ride even in his crippled state. He taunts Theon Greyjoy about his family's defeat during their uprising before leaving. Stopping at the Crossroads Inn on the way home, he is surprised to meet Catelyn Stark, and even more so when she denounces him as an attempted murderer and has him arrested by her father's bannermen to face the King's justice. She was told by Petyr Baelish that the knife used in the assassination attempt of Bran was one Tyrion won from Petyr at a jousting tournament [9] Catelyn takes Tyrion, protesting his innocence, to the Eyrie. A sellsword from the inn, Bronn, accompanies them and notes Tyrion's wealth and a promise he will handsomely reward any man who aids him. Along the way they are attacked by some of the hill tribes and Tyrion kills his first man, bashing in the skull of an attacking tribesman with a shield. Tyrion warns Catelyn that her sister, Lysa, has become irrational with grief and will try to kill him. She is skeptical, but at the Eyrie Tyrion's warning proves accurate. Lysa hysterically accuses him of trying to kill not just Bran, but also her husband Jon Arryn, former Hand of the king who died suddenly which Lysa tells Catelyn was one of the Lannisters doing. Tyrion is thrown into one of the Eyrie's 'sky-cells', dungeons which simply open on their fourth side to the open air with a drop of many thousands of feet to the valley below.[6]

Tyrion and Mord

Tyrion in the sky cells of the Eyrie.

Tyrion bargains with his jailor, Mord, to get an audience with Lady Arryn. He 'confesses' to being a whoremonger and dwarf, but truthfully insists that he is not guilty of the crime of murdering Jon Arryn or trying to murder Bran. He demands a trial by battle as is his right and his wish is granted when the sellsword Bronn agrees to stand as his champion. Bronn defeats and kills Lady Arryn's champion, Ser Vardis Egen. By the laws of Westeros this means that Tyrion has proven his innocence in the eyes of the gods, and he is released from the Eyrie to face the perilous journey back through the tribesman-infested hills. Bronn accompanies him.[10] Tyrion establishes some ground rules with Bronn, saying he will pay more money than anyone else who attempts to bribe him to betray Tyrion. They are then surrounded by men of the hill tribes, led by Shagga. Tyrion uses his quick wits and words to win the allegiance of the tribes, offering to equip them for battle and help them conquer the Vale of Arryn in return for their help. Shagga agrees, thought notes that if Tyrion tries to renege on his promise he will cut off his manhood and feed it to the goats.

Tywin Lannister's forces have beenattacking the Riverlands ever since Catelyn Tully arrested Tyrion. It's not that he cares so much about Tyrion, he explains to Jaime that even though Tyrion is the least of them he is still a Lannister, and if they put up with one of their own being taken forcefully, they risk losing the respect of the other houses. The hillmen deliver Tyrion to his father's army, where he learns that Robb Stark is leading an army to war. Tyrion warns his father that Robb should not be underestimated. Tywin agrees to honor Tyrion's alliance with the hill tribes. When Shagga says they will only fight if Tyrion is with them on the field, Tywin agrees, to Tyrion's dismay.[11]

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Tyrion drinks with Bronn before battle.

Tyrion is commanded by his father to lead the hill tribes into battle from the front. Feeling that his father means to kill him, Tyrion retires to his tent, where he finds that Bronn has found a prostitute for him, a girl named Shae. Tyrion attempts to learn more about Shae, but finds his questions deflected. Instead he tells her about his own past with Tysha, a wheelwright's daughter. They married and spent several happy weeks together until Tywin learned of the matter. Tywin had Jaime tell Tyrion the truth, that Tysha was a prostitute that Jaime had paid to make his brother happy for a while. Tywin then gave her a piece of silver for every one of his guards she had sex with whilst Tyrion was forced to watch. Since then Tyrion has never attempted to take a wife or lover, only whores he can pay and send on their way.[12]

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Tyrion discusses the future with his father.

Tyrion leads the tribes into battle, but is knocked out by one of his own warriors' mis-swung hammers just as the engagement begins. Recovering, Tyrion learns from his father that Robb deceived them, delaying their army with a feinting force so the main Stark host can fall on and defeat Jaime's army in battle.[12] With Robb's forces now allied to those of the Riverlands and both Stannis and Renly Baratheon claiming the Iron Throne, the odds have swung against the Lannisters. Tywin risks being caught between three armies, so he retreats to Harrenhal. Tyrion makes shrewd observations about the ominous turn the current situation has taken now that Joffrey has killed Eddard Stark. Grudgingly impressed, Tywin orders Tyrion to report to King's Landing and act as the Hand of the King to try to keep Joffrey in line. Tywin forbids him to take "that whore" with him, but Tyrion defies him and asks Shae to come to King's Landing with him.[13]

Season 2

Main: Tyrion Lannister Season 2
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Tyrion returns to Kings Landing with Shae.

Tyrion arrives in King's Landing, accompanied by Bronn and members of the hill tribes. He assumes the role of acting Hand of the King to Joffrey Baratheon, who isn't happy to see him, unlike Myrcella and Tommen. After taking his seat at the small council, he clashes with his sister, Queen Regent Cersei Lannister, over her failure to stop the execution of his predecessor as hand, Eddard Stark. He criticizes her for allowing Arya Stark to escape. He installs Shae in the Tower of the Hand, in defiance of his father's orders.[14]

Tyrion warns Varys not to underestimate him after the Spider discovers Shae's presence and lets Tyrion know that he is aware of her. During a small council session, Tyrion finds himself the only sympathetic ear to a request by the Night's Watch for aid from the throne. He also criticizes Cersei's lack of talent for diplomacy when she rejects peace terms from Robb Stark brought by their cousin Ser Alton Lannister. Tyrion invites Lord Janos Slynt for dinner and gets him to confess his part in the recent massacre of King Robert's bastards as well as his part in the betrayal of Eddard. After openly noting Slynt's lack of honor, Tyrion has Lord Janos exiled to the Wall as punishment, and installs Bronn as commander of the City Watch in his place.[15]

Tyrion arranges for Shae to serve as a handmaiden to Sansa Stark when she demands more freedom. He tests the loyalty of the remaining small council members by feeding them varying plans to form marriage alliances involving Princess Myrcella Baratheon. He is confronted by Cersei about sending Myrcella to Dorne in a betrothal to the youngest son of House Martell. Tyrion has Pycelle thrown into the black cells for revealing the information given only to him. Varys congratulates him for the ploy to lure out the Queen's informant. Tyrion is also confronted by an angry Petyr Baelish for having been unwittingly involved in the ruse; nevertheless, Tyrion recruits Littlefinger in a plan to convince Catelyn Stark to release Jaime, offering him Harrenhal and the title of Lord Paramount of the Riverlands.[16]

Tyrion is shocked to find Joffrey orchestrating the public beating of Sansa for her brother Robb Stark's victory in the Battle of Oxcross. He orders a halt to the proceedings threatening to have Cersei informed, and warns Joffrey to consider his actions more carefully. He then escorts Sansa out of the throne room. Bronn suggests that Joffrey would benefit from sexual release. Tyrion arranges for two whores for his nephew but Joffrey forces one to beat the other as a message to Tyrion.[17]

Lancel Lannister visits Tyrion to demand the release of Pycelle on Cersei's behalf. Tyrion notes the lateness of the hour and traps Lancel into admitting his sexual relationship with Cersei. Tyrion uses the information to blackmail Lancel into acting as his informant.[17] Tyrion reports news of King Renly Baratheon's death to his Cersei. She is pleased but Tyrion predicts Stannis Baratheon's imminent attack having assumed control of Renly's men. He tries to discuss plans for their defense but she insists on keeping them secret. He learns that she is reliant of the Alchemists' Guild from Lancel. He visits Wisdom Hallyne and learns that the guild have stockpiled thousands of jars of Wildfire to use as catapult ammunition. Bronn sees this strategy as potentially disastrous because of the volatile nature of wildfire. Tyrion orders Hallyne to answer to him instead of Cersei. He passes a street protest that blames him for the ills of the city, as the people believe him to be manipulating Joffrey.[18]

Tyrion and the court assemble at the shore of the Blackwater Bay for the departure of Princess Myrcella. Cersei remains angry about Tyrion's arrangements for her daughter. She threatens to one day deprive him of someone he loves. As they return to the Red Keep through the city they are confronted by angry crowds of starving Smallfolk. Joffrey is hit by thrown excrement and triggers a riot by demanding that his guards kill everyone in the crowd. Tyrion is horrified when the High Septon is torn apart by the famished crowd. He marshals his guards to lead him to safety.[19]

Once he is safely separated from the riot Tyrion confronts Joffrey for triggering the riot and the war that preceded it, calling him a vicious idiot. He slaps Joffrey when his nephew refuses to listen to the criticism. Tyrion orders Meryn Trant to retrieve the missing Sansa but Meryn will not follow his orders. He is relieved when Sandor Clegane brings her to safety.[19]

Cersei confesses that she feels that Joffrey's viciousness might be the price she pays for her sin of incest with Jaime. Tyrion does not know how to comfort his sister in this rare moment of vulnerability but reminds her that both Myrcella and Tommen are kind and gentle. Word that Stannis' fleet is days away reinforces the need to control Joffrey.[20] Tyrion turns to books for insight into siege defense tactics but Bronn warns that the grim realities of a siege cannot be understood from reading. Tyrion affirms the loyalty of Varys and is enigmatic about his plans for the battle but believes Stannis will attack at the Mud Gate.[21]

Joffrey is keen to fight in defense of the city. Cersei is furious and suspects Tyrion of trying to kill her son. She mistakenly identifies Ros as his lover because of the Lannister pendant Tyrion gave her and seizes the opportunity to deliver on the threat she made when Myrcella left. Cersei has the prostitute kidnapped as insurance against Tyrion placing Joffrey in harms way. She reveals her ploy over dinner. Tyrion is relieved that Shae is unhurt, vows to free Ros and when the prostitute is taken away, he promises Cersei that he will exact revenge on her. He rushes back to his lover's side and confesses the depth of his feeling for her while warning that they must be doubly careful.[21]

Tyrion at war

Tyrion at the Battle of the Blackwater.

Tyrion leads the defense of the city during the Battle of the Blackwater. He commands the defenders at the Mud Gate. He destroys a large portion of the attacking fleet by luring them into a trap; a ship filled with Wildfire and allowed to leak its cargo into the bay. He signals Bronn to detonate the Wildfire using a flaming arrow. Stannis continues with the assault, landing his troops further out in the bay to avoid the devastation of the explosion. Tyrion's initial attempts to repel the attackers are unsuccessful and Cersei has Joffrey withdrawn to the Red Keep, with the King leaving Ser Mandon Moore and Ser Boros Blount of the Kingsguard to fight in his name. Tyrion is faced with increasing dissent from his troops but rallies them with a rousing speech. He personally leads a sortie through the tunnels under the city, destroying Stannis' siege equipment. He is trapped outside the walls by a group of reinforcements and then betrayed by Ser Mandon. Mandon slashes Tyrion across the face but Podrick kills him before he can finish Tyrion off. As Tyrion collapses into unconsciousness a host of Lannister-Tyrell reinforcements led by a man wearing Renly's armor arrives to claim the victory.[22]

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Tyrion shows Shae his scarred face

Tyrion awakens to find Pycelle looming over him. The reinstated Grand Maester gloatingly informs Tyrion that he has been relieved as Acting Hand of the King and moved to new chambers. Tyrion rejects pain relief, fearing that his enemy will poison him. He calls for Podrick to summon his allies, Varys and Bronn. Varys visits Tyrion and regretfully tells him that although his leadership was key to saving the city he will not be recognized by King Joffrey. He also reports that Bronn has been relieved of his command. Varys offers a small consolation; he has brought Shae to see Tyrion. Varys leaves them alone and Shae removes Tyrion's bandages to reveal a scar marring his whole face. Tyrion is self pitying; she angrily asserts her love for him and begs him to flee to Pentos with her. He says that standing up to the bad people in his life, out-talking and out-thinking them, is something that he is good at and enjoys. He chooses to stay in King's Landing and she agrees to remain with him.[23]

Appearances

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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Quotes

"Let me give you some advice, bastard. Never forget what you are. The rest of the world will not. Wear it like armor, and it can never be used to hurt you."
Tyrion Lannister to Jon Snow[src]
"You might find it difficult to rule over millions who want you dead."
Tyrion Lannister to Cersei Lannister[src]
"I understand the way this game is played."
Tyrion Lannister[src]
"The King is a lost cause, its the rest of us I'm worried about"
Tyrion Lannister on his nephew Joffrey Baratheon[src]
"I will hurt you for this. A day will come when your joy will turn to ashes and you will know the debt is paid."
Tyrion Lannister[src]
"I would kill for you. I expect I’ll have to before this is over."
Tyrion Lannister to Shae[src]
"I chopped wood once. No, I watched my brother chopping wood."
Tyrion Lannister to Bronn[src]
"Everythings better with some wine in the belly."
Tyrion Lannister[src]

In the books

In the Song of Ice and Fire books, Tyrion is in his mid twenties when the events of the series begin. As well as being a dwarf, he is misshapen and often described as ugly and having eyes of two different colors, one green and one black. He is described as having a huge disproportional head and an pronounced ungainly waddle when he walks. His hair is lank and very pale, but when he lets his beard grow in it comes in as a mixture of blonde and black hairs.

Tysha was reported to be the daughter of a crofter rather than a wheelwright and the marriage took place when he was only 13 years old. He bought them a little cottage where they lived as man and wife for their two week marriage, before his father had it annulled. Tywin not only had 50 guards rape her, but then ordered Tyrion to have sex with her as well, giving her a gold piece as a Lannister is worth more.

At the Battle of the Red Fork, Tyrion is not knocked out by his own men. In fact he leads with distinction, holding the line under great adversity. Later when he tells his father that the plan to kill him by putting him in the vanguard failed, Tyrion learns that his father had put him there hoping that an inexperienced Tyrion with indisciplined hill tribesmen would break and run to be pursued into a trap by the Stark forces. Tyrion holding the line had ruined the plan. It is a combination of this along with his reading of the situation they face in the war and the fact that Jaime Lannister may not be retrievable that makes Tywin decide to make use of Tyrion as acting Hand. (Tyrion realizes that Tywin is preparing for the worst, as Eddard was executed Jaime might be as well in revenge, so he is finally giving Tyrion real power).

It is when Tyrion joined Tywin Lannisters army that he was given the services of a squire, Podrick Payne. The lad is a relation of Ser Ilyn Payne and is so tongue tied that Tyrion thinks his father might be playing a joke on him. In the show, Podrick shows up in the second season. He later kills Ser Mondon Moore who is trying to kill Tyrion at the Battle of Blackwater, but not with a spear. The fight takes place on ships that have been lined up by the harbor chain which Stannis is using as a bridge, Podrick just pushes Ser Mandon in the water and the weight of his armor drags him down.

When Tyrion relieves Janos Slynt of command of the Gold cloaks it is a man named Ser Jacelyn Bywater or "Ironhand" who becomes their new commander, not Bronn. Bronn is called upon to hire and command a large company of sellswords as Tyrion's own army. Bronn does not suggest that prostitutes are sent to Joffrey to soften his temper, that is suggested by Varys ( it is not shown as to whether it happens or not). What Bronn suggests is that Tyrion's life would be much easier if Tommen inherits the throne which Tyrion considers true but unthinkable to act upon.

Tyrion does not send Petyr Baelish to Catelyn Stark at Renly's camp with Lord Eddard's bones and an offer for the release of Jaime Lannister, does send him to Dorne to arrange the neutrality agreement. The bones are sent with Cleos Frey ( replaced by Alton Lannister in the series) to Riverrun along with unacceptable peace terms and force of 100 Lannister soldiers that hide four men sent to break Ser Jaime out. An escape attempt that fails.

Shae is not brought to the Tower of the Hand, instead she is put in a manse that Tyrion can approach by using a tunnel from under a brothel. A prostitute named Alayaya is a decoy as Tyrion pretends to be visiting her when he ducks into the tunnel. Ros does not appear in the books, it is Alayaya that Cersei takes hostage as Tyrion's lover to insure Tyrion's protection of Joffrey in battle. Shae stays in the manse until fires, riots, and crimes make the city too dangerous, whereupon Tyrion moves her to the Red Keep, but not as hand maiden to Sansa Stark. Shae is handmaiden to Lollys Tandy (daughter of Lady Tandy). Lady Tandy and Lollys were with Cersei at the send off of Myrcella, and Lollys was subsequently caught in the riot. She was raped and is pregnant and Lady Tandy is trying arrange a marriage contract, one of her candidates is Tyrion. Varys arranges Shae's job opening by letting it be revealed that the former handmaiden is taking jewelry. It is only when Tyrion is trying to tell Shae how much danger she is in that he tells her about Tysha, much later than in the show.

Tommen is not in the city during the siege. Cersei arranged to smuggle him out of the city for safety, but also, after Myrcella's engagement without Cersei's involvement, she wants Tommen out of Tyrion's power. Tyrion learns of the plan and thinks it a good idea so he lets it happen, but then sends his own forces to take control of Tommen on the road to Rosby. Later, he tells Cersei that what ever she does to Alayaya will happen to Tommen (this is a bluff as Tyrion would never harm the child).

The most important of the defenses for the city that Tyrion builds is a huge chain that stretches across the whole of Blackwater Rush. The wildfire is loaded onto several small derelict water crafts not one big ship, and wildfire is being catapulted in as well, and most of Joffrey's fleet is in the Blackwater with them when it all goes up (Tyrion explains that the ships would have been lost anyway and, if they hadn't sailed out to meet Stannis' forces, it would have seen to be a trap). Once all of Stannis' fleet had entered, (except for Sallador Saan whose ships had been ordered to stay out in the bay as backup) the chain was raised, this prevented the ships from leaving and the burning ships, pushed up against the chain by the current as they tried to flee the fire, allowed the spread of the fire from one ship to another.

In the book's version of the Battle of Blackwater, Tyrion has almost his entire nose and part of his lips cut off by Ser Mandon Moore's sword swipe. It is not just a deep scar across the face as in the series. He has also taken a bad crossbow bolt wound to the shoulder. He nearly lost the arm, but it's now healing, though he can only move it with great pain and difficulty.

When Tyrion wakes after weeks of being in and out of consciousness, he learns that all his power is gone. His sellsword private army paid and disbanded, Bronn knighted and not dependent on Tyrion's patronage, the hill tribes rewarded and rich on loot left for the Vale ( those that didn't were denied access to the city and had things thrown at them until they left). Tywin Lannister has replaced him as Hand and, as Ser Jacelyn is dead, the Gold cloaks have been placed under leadership of one of his father's knights. Alayaya was stripped and publicly flogged then sent naked out the front gate to walk home. (Tywin, when Tyrion finally sees him, does offer him faint praise for his services in defense of the city, but only grudgingly. His uncle Ser Kevan is the only one to actually praise his accomplishments.)

Not until Tyrion is up and recovered does he finally get a chance to see Shae (he goes to see Varys in Varys' own chambers, and Tyrion has arranged that Shae be brought there to see him). There is no talk of fleeing to Pentos. Tryion has brought her there to say goodbye and send her away, but he finds he can't bring himself to do it.

According to the TV series official pronunciation guide developed for the cast and crew, "Tyrion Lannister" is pronounced "TEER-ee-un LAN-iss-ter".

See also

References


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Lord: Queen Regent Cersei Lannister/Tyrion Lannister (disputed) 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 · Loren Lannister · Damon Lannister
Current members:Kevan Lannister · Tyrion 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 · 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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Lord: King Tommen I Heir: Princess Myrcella Baratheon
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Seat: Red Keep, King's Landing Lands: The Crownlands
Title(s): King of the Andals and the First Men · Lord of the Seven Kingdoms · Protector of the Realm
Current members:Queen Regent Cersei Lannister
Deceased members:Robert Baratheon · King Joffrey I
Household:Lady Margaery Tyrell · Ser Loras Tyrell · Lord Tyrion Lannister · Grand Maester Pycelle · Lord Varys · Ser Jaime Lannister · Ser Meryn Trant · Ser Preston Greenfield · Ser Arys Oakheart · Ser Boros Blount · Ser Balon Swann · Ser Ilyn Payne · Lord Gyles Rosby · Ser Lancel Lannister · Ser Aron Santagar · Septa Eglantine

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