Pallas May 12, 2014 Share May 12, 2014 The master of masterful, the father of demons, the doer of "Done!", the lion, rampant. On another thread here I just wondered, "What doesn't play to Tywin's strengths?" Since I see him as a tragic antagonist rather than a stock villain, I have to think his downfall will arise from some trait inherent in his character. Something that makes Tywin, Tywin. Some end he has unwittingly wrought with his two hands and all his force, all his will. Something he has "Done!" I think it has to lie within his family; this is a saga about Houses who carry within them their own plagues. Where, as in most drama, the characters are posed crucial tests on which depend whether they live or die -- and more, even, than that. Chorus from Peter Yarrow's antiwar song "The Great Mandala," with the final change rung after the last verse: "Take your place on the great mandala as it moves through your brief moment of time. Win or lose now, you must choose now, and if you lose, you're only losing your life. "Take your place on the great mandala as it moves through your brief moment of time. Win or lose now, you must choose now, and if you lose, you've only wasted your life." I believe the defeat of Tywin will stand for something. It would really, really thrill me if his defeat were accomplished without his death, so that he had to live with it, embittered and enfeebled. But I doubt that. The reason I want Tywin not to believe the truth about the incest is that even the most pragmatic, cynical, world-weary man of power has something to which he holds fast -- or put another way, something in which he does not want to believe. Tywin may think it's the gods, or justice, or mercy. I think it's something closer to home. Of course one could ask, Just how much more can any one or all of his children disappoint him? He lives to be disappointed in his children! That's what gets him out of bed in the morning: to face a new disappointment in his children! They are about the only disappointment that still surprises him, just a little. The world is safely ground under his heel but his children are the burr under his saddle. So if Tywin is to be tested, what is or was the test? If his children, is it Jaime and Cersei, or is it Tyrion? I suppose I can see how ultimately, Tyrion was always the test. The gods withheld their judgment when Tywin spared him, at birth -- the last time he spared Tyrion anything, except his allowance. But what seems clear is that Tywin has altogether failed to see that it is Tyrion who is his heir, Tyrion the son who inherited the quality Tywin claims to value most in rulers: wisdom. And wasn't it, the wisdom to judge character, and specifically, the wisdom to know who you can trust? If Jaime and Cersei had wanted to please their father more than anything, they wouldn't have....(insert Linked-In and facebook pages for Jaime, Cersei and Jaime & Cersei). But whenever Tyrion was at least given a task to fulfill, he seems always to have sought to do his utmost. He saved King's Landing, his family and the Throne for Tywin to receive the credit, and rule. Yet it seems what Tywin saw was (1) Dwarf, (2) Dwarf, (3) Dwarf, (4) Dwarf who killed his wife, (5) Dwarf who sleeps with whores and not his sister: dwarf who sullied the chambers of the once-and-future Hand of the King, with whores. All right. Tyrion was the test. This trial is where all the streams of fate will run together, for Tywin. Tyrion was the test; it is Tywin who is on trial for his life. 4 Link to comment
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