3x08 // 3x10
Sitting around a hotel room talking doesn’t sound so hard, but it can be grueling. Especially when they all ask the same damn questions.
(Tyrion is my favorite character. Okay? OKAY? Can we PLEASE put that one to rest?? I love all my viewpoint characters, Arya and Sansa and Bran, Jon Snow and Brienne, Arianne and Cersei and Jaime, Theon, even Victarion and the Damphair, ALL of them, but I love Tyrion the bestest. Tyrion son of Tywin, the Imp, second son of Casterly Rock. How many bloody times do I need to say it?? I swear, from now on, whenever anybody asks me, “who is your favorite character,” I am going to start naming characters from other people’s books. Cugel the Clever. Flashman. Gatsby. Hotspur. Solomon Kane. A different one each time… )"
I don’t think Tyrion is that into power, at least relative to everyone of similar linage in Westeros. There are many characters who openly thrive on the bloody politics of Westeros and happily play the game despite the high probability that someone will try to the murder them about every week or so. They play the game to win and for the heady thrill of power and authority and glory. They are happy to risk their lives for power, because that’s what they live for.Death is an acceptable risk if something gives you life. And so they play.
I don’t think that’s Tyrion. He’s certainly smart enough and cunning enough to play the game—even with a literal physical handicap, he does quite well, as shown by the fact that he is, well, not dead—but he wouldn’t seek it out. Tyrion is made happy by knowledge and love. To this end, he enjoys knowing things, seeking things out, traveling the world, but I also think Tyrion is someone who would happily settle down in middle age with a loving wife and read old books into the night and honestly be happier than if he sat on the Iron Throne.
So, why then does Tyrion play the game if he doesn’t really care about the prize? Well, in Westeros, power breeds legitimacy, something that has always been denied to Tyrion despite his good name and gold. He notes that he is “always a bastard” despite being a legitimate son of his father, and he is called by his disability more often then his name. His own family members openly remark that they tried to kill him, that they wish he had never been born, that they should have bashed his head against the rocks when he was an infant—even in his own family, Tyrion’s legitimacy as person is often denied. But when he has power, when he’s developing schemes and playing games, people listen. They may still call him the imp, they may still degrade him, but they do listen. You see, when Tyrion plays the game of thrones, he isn’t playing for more power or more respect—he’s playing for any at all.
"Look how hip I because I don’t like the popular character unlike the unwashed masses." Is literally all I can think with some fans.
I mean I can understand the impulse because I used to be that way, but then I grew up.
that’s the most brutally accurate asoiaf takedown i’ve ever read. have a cookie.
I used to be a nice person.
they’re just jelly because their fave COULD NEVER
I have an aversion to people who think they’re special snowflakes because they dislike popular characters in any case, but in this case it’s especially annoying.
"Everyone says he will die soon. I hope they are right. He should not have lived this long."
I mean even the less complex TV Tyrion is groundbreaking as far as disability representation in popular media (particularly for people with dwarfism), so you have to be all kinds of ignorant to think shitting on Tyrion fans makes you some kind of enlightened fan.