I-M-P P-O-P-P-A! No info for the …okay, I’ll stop. But if you think about it, it’s an amazingly accurate moniker for Tyrion Lannister. For those who aren’t fans of Game of Thones, I’ll help you out. Game of Thrones is a series of novels by George. R.R. Martin, spanning 6 books. (I’m only on book 3 so I don’t know if the series ends with 6 or goes on.) The wildly popular series of books, based on a fictional world of Westeros and surrounding cities that contains the principle capital King’s Landing, The Wall, and Vaes Dothrak (the city across the Dothraki Sea), is a medieval tale about lineage and family connections. It was adapted into a television show April, 2011 and had taken the world by storm. And as a woman of fandom-lore, you can tell how popular or ingenious a show is by the amount of activity in it’s fandom, and boy is it busy.
The most peculiar thing about this show is the cast. With a legendary cast including Lena Headly and Sean Bean, it has managed to use it’s talent to lure audiences in and keep them there. The Starks, The Lannisters, The Tyrells, The Tullys, The Baratheon, all of these famililes populate the world of Game of Thrones and from each of these familes we get to see how they interact and create drama amongst one another. With that we are subject to polar emotions of love then hate, as each of the characters in the show take you through the epic battle for the Iron Throne.
In this array of intriguing characters, many stand out. There is Sansa Stark, held captive in the Red Keep as the bethrothed of the new inheritor of the Iron Throne, the vapidly annoying, I’m Here to Fuck Shit Up, King Joffery. Or Jon Snow, a bastard of the now deceased but forever loyal Hand of The King, who is fighting a different type of battle on The Wall; a 300 mile wide, 700 feet tall barrier of solid Ice that protects everything South of the Wall from whatever it is that is North of the Wall. Then there is Daenerys Targaryen, the last of the blood of the dragon and now the Mother of Dragons, the last line of Royalty before Robert Baratheon seized the thone.
When you play a game of thrones you win or you die.
But of all these characters the one that impresses and captivates the most would be the one you would least expect. Tyrion Lannister, House of Lannister of Casterly Rock, brother to the Queen Regent of the Realm, Uncle to the King of King’s Landing, Brother of Jamie Lannister, the King Slayer and son of Tywin Lannister, head of the House Lannister. And despite the impressive record of titles and connections that Tyrion Lannister holds, the most noteable and noticable attribute that Tyrion posses is that out of a family of tall, fair and beautiful people, Tyrion was born an imp. Disfigured and of stunted growth, Tyrion is the youngest of all the Lannister children, and the black sheep of the family, despite his remarkable wit and intelligence.
And that’s the amazing thing about Tyrion Lannister. Just like any other character in the show, he has had his trails. His mother died during his birth. His father and brother played an incredibly cruel trick on him after he’d fallen in love with a whore and married her. His father is hard-pressed to ackowledge him, and his sister treats him with thinly veild disgust and his brother overlooks him. But that doesn’t stop him. He has a rapidly sharp sense of self-depreciating humor and in situtions where the constant reminder of physical limitations would chop any other down, Tyrion manages to stand taller.
Every word he says is calculated and two steps ahead of his advisaries; he is likable and relatable, able to see situations through the eyes of those he is speaking with. When his phsyical appearance drives people away, his humor and down to earth nature sucks them in. He is able to talk himself out of any situation, his intelligence his strongest weapon; stronger than his sister’s cunningness, his brother’s prowess, his father’s power. Tyrion Lannister is his own man, free of the shroud of disullusioned farce that runs rampant in Westeros and the noble world.
Tyrion, the newly appointed Hand of the King understands the world and sees it as such; a gigantic battlefield of words and tactics, lies and whispers and eagarly knows how to spin it on it’s axis to play into his hands. This is why he is the capturing figure in this show. While other’s find ways to decieve, he finds ways to outsmart, and is always on his toes.
You’re quite good at being Hand. Jon Arryn and Ned Stark were good men. Honorable men. But they disdained the game and those who played it. You enjoy the game.
– Varys to Tyrion Lannister
Don’t believe me. Just watch the show. If you don’t have HBO…well looky here. Watch Game of Thrones Online
watch and tell me what you think of Tyrion Lannister.
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