Tywin Lannister
Tywin Lannister - GoT
General Information

Gender Male
Birthday Unknown
Race Human
TV Show Game of Thrones
Credit Charles Dance


Capable, calculating, and ruthless to the extreme; Tywin Lannister is the scheming and ambitious Lord of Casterly Rock and Warden of the West. The manipulative Head of House Lannister, he is also the father to father of Cersei, Jaime and Tyrion Lannister, and grandfather to Joffrey, Myrcella and Tommen Baratheon.

He aided Robert Baratheon in his war to attain the Iron Throne by betraying his former friend Aerys II Targayren by pretending to have come to assist him, allowing him and his forces entry into the fortified King's Landing. He cemented his ties to the Baratheons by convincing Robert to marry his daughter, Cersei and make her his Queen and thus ensuring that House Lannister will become one of the predominant political players in Westeros.

He first appeared on May 29, 2011 in Game of Thrones episode, "You Win or You Die" and was portrayed by Charles Dance who would go on to reprise his role through several seasons of the show.


The Lannisters always pay their debts and no one is more of a Lannister than Tywin. Their family was established centuries ago when the fabled founder of their House was said to have gambled and won Casterly Rock, an impressive demesne that controls the Kingdom of the Westerlands from its original owners. Since then, Casterly Rock has been the seat of their house and the Lannisters have reigned from even after they submitted to the Targaryens and the Iron Throne.

He is a widower; his wife died during childbirth with Tyrion, which together with his son's deformed body is the source of his anger towards his youngest son. Tywin helped make his House the wealthiest in all of Westeros, thanks largely to the many gold mines the Lannister's control. Their extensive wealth, together with Tywin's skills with money and the Lannisters' famous golden hair, have led to a popular joke that Tywin "shits gold." Before Robert Baratheon took the throne of the Seven Kingdoms, Tywin served as the "Mad King" Aerys Targaryen's hand. Tywin and House Lannister joined Robert's side in the war, though not until after Robert had gained the upper hand. After finally entering the conflict, Tywin was responsible for the sacking of King's Landing.

Major Plots

After Gregor Clegane began raiding the Riverlands, the King's Hand Ned Stark orders Tywin to come to King's Landing to answer for his bannerman's crimes. He does no such thing. Instead Tywin raises an army, half of which he entrusts to his son Jaime, and attacks House Tully. He explains to Jaime that even though Tyrion is the lowest of the low, he is still a Lannister, and his capture by Catelyn Stark was a great insult to their House. If they did not respond in kind, the Lannisters would no longer be feared. Tywin leads his forces against Robb Stark and the northeners, wanting to quell their little uprising. The Lannister forces, with some aid from a group of mountain men led by Tyrion, crush the northeners. However, this was but a small part of the force from the north, sent by Robb as a distraction while he moves to attack Jaime and his part of the army. After the battle, Tywin sends Tyrion to King's Landing, to act as Hand of the King in his stead.

Personality and Traits



"Before long I'll be dead, and you and your brother and your sister and all of her children, all of us dead, all of us rotting in the ground. It's the family name that lives on. It's all that lives on. Not your personal glory, not your honor... but family." ―Tywin Lannister to Jaime Lannister; Game of Thrones, "You Win or You Die"

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