Game of Thrones: Why I Love Tyrion Lannister

(The fabulous Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister)

He’s a dwarf. Some call him ‘The Imp.’

(Tyrion with his father, Tywin Lannister)

One of his greatest accomplishments, in his own opinion, was to be born a Lannister. [1] Son of Tywin Lannister, brother to Lord Jaime Lannister and to Cersei Baratheon (née Lannister), the Queen Regent, uncle to young King Joffrey Baratheon. In addition to being powerful, the Lannisters are rich beyond the dreams of avarice. A common simile in the fictional, fantasy world of Game of Thrones is, “Rich as a Lannister!” Another, more common phrase is, “A Lannister always pays his debts.”

(Lannister sigil: gold lion en passant upon a crimson shield. Motto: Hear Me Roar!)

Drunkard. Whoremonger. Snide. Devious. Condescending. By his own admission, dishonourable. And yet, he is one of the most honourable dishonourable men you will ever meet. Despite his open debauchery (he is most often seen drinking wine and cavorting with prostitutes – often at the same time), he is one of the most moral ‘bad’ people in Game of Thrones.

(Tyrion Lannister and his small army of tribesmen just before the Battle of the Green Fork)

He uses sex and alcohol as a kind of armour or shield. And perhaps it is more like a disguise, as well. It not only hides the ‘real’ person inside but also protects him. He is a complex, multi-layered character. And the last thing he is – is boring. Never a dull moment when The Imp is around, I can promise you that.

Most of all, Tyrion Lannister is just plain fun. He is a joy to watch. Peter Dinklage turns in one brilliant performance after another. If for no other reason, seeing him portray Tyrion is, in and of itself, reason enough to watch Game of Thrones.

Game of Thrones can be seen Sunday evenings on HBO.


[1] House Lannister of Casterly Rock is the principal house of the Westerlands. Their principal seat is Casterly Rock.


3 comments on “Game of Thrones: Why I Love Tyrion Lannister

  1. Steve Vernon says:

    Definitely my favorite GOT character. I’m waiting impatiently for Season 2 to hit DVD.

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