Be warned, fair reader, for beyond this final pass there be SPOILERS for the Game of Thrones season 4 finale. Turn back now or be SPOILED like…a spoiled thing…that is spoiled.
Anyway. Now that the readers of this post consist solely of people who have already watched the finale (last warning to any lingerers: GO), I think we can all pretty safely agree that the events of “The Children” ended up being a pretty big game-changer for…well, for Tyrion’s entire life. His girlfriend was sleeping with his dad! After totally throwing him under the bus during his trial! I realize that the Lannisters have far more egregious inter-family relationships going on, but still, Tywin, ewwww. Upon making this heartwrenching discovery, Tyrion strangles Shae and shoots his dad with a crossbow. So you might say things got somewhat intense, if you were perhaps gunning for Understatement of the Year.
But George R.R. Martin chatted with Entertainment Weekly about Tyrion’s actions in A Storm of Swords (i.e. the book that seasons 3 and 4 of Game of Thrones was based on) and he had some most illuminating insights. You know. Being the author and all.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So when Tyrion goes up to confront his father, what is he thinking he’s going to do? Just have a conversation with him?
George R.R. Martin: I don’t think he’s thinking about it at that point. He’s at the nadir here. He’s lost everything. He’s going to be smuggled somewhere to safety, but what the hell is he gonna do there? He’s lost his position in House Lannister, he’s lost his position in court, he’s lost all of his gold — which is the one thing that’s kind of sustained him throughout his life. Whatever disadvantages he’s had in terms being a dwarf, he didn’t have the sort of physical abilities to be a knight, but he had the great advantage of an ancient and powerful name and all the gold that he could want to buy things — including followers like Bronn and other people to defend him. Now he’s lost all of that and he’s also found out that Jamie — the one blood relation that he loved unreservedly and has his back, and was always on his side — played a part in this traumatic event of his life, the ultimate betrayal. He’s so hurt that he wants to hurt other people, and it’s a moment of whim when he recognizes where he is from the account that Shae has told him and he knows that just up this ladder is a chamber that was once his that now his father has usurped from him. So he goes up to see his father. And I don’t think he knows what he’s gonna say or do when he gets up there but he — some part of him feels compelled to do it. And of course then we find Shae there, that’s an additional shock to him, an additional knife in his belly.
You can read the rest of the interview here.
Aaaand now it’s time to start the ten-month countdown to the next season! Don’t worry – when we know more information, you’ll know more information. Until that time, remember: Valar Morghulis!*
*yeah, Game of Thrones doesn’t quite yield the same cheery signoffs as Saturday morning cartoons…