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"Lord Tywin grew up fast, but unlike others who took on too much responsibility too soon, it made him stronger and more confident. Curiously, despite the fact his father was such a poor leader, Tywin took to the role naturally and was taken seriously even when he was young.

Family means the world to Lord Tywin. He wasn’t an overtly loving or expressive man except perhaps with his wife, but he placed a high value on his children and his relationships with them, especially as they brought more and more honor to the family name. Conversely, when they brought shame on the family or acted counter to how Tywin thought they should behave, he could be a monster. He was especially disappointed in Tyrion. His mere existence was a black mark on the family, and his actions throughout life only brought more embarrassment to House Lannister in Tywin’s eyes.

Tywin is as hard as he needs to be to get the job done, and he never does anything by halves. Coupled with his utter lack of sentimentality, he can be incredibly ruthless and cold but also highly effective. He is everything a feared leader needs to be: shrewd, cunning, courageous, and unforgiving. […]

[Joanna] died due to complications—complications Tywin blamed on his son, as if Tyrion had killed his mother on purpose. As well, Tyrion’s dwarfism was considered a disgrace, and Tywin never spoke in defense of his son."

A Song of Ice and Fire Campaign Guide

He wasn’t an overtly loving or expressive man except perhaps with his wife

That sound of distant screaming you heard right now was me.

Conversely, when they brought shame on the family or acted counter to how Tywin thought they should behave, he could be a monster.

I love you, ASOIAF Campaign Guide. Tywin treated Tyrion like shit.

(Note that the wiki describes the Campaign Guide as a “semi-canon source” so make of these quotes what you will.)

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"(Unlike what’s been said in the TV show) the mines haven’t emptied, and are considered the best in the world. Even in Asshai, they ask about Casterly Rock, which they believe to be a ‘palace of gold’."

George R.R. Martin, at ConCarolinas 2014  [source]

The show is not the books. The Lannister mines *in the books* are not empty. GRRM says the Lannister mines *in the books* are not empty.

The financial obligations of the Iron Throne and those of House Lannister are treated as entirely separate in the books. See this conversation between Tyrion and Tywin from A Storm of Swords:

"Extravagance has its uses. We must demonstrate the power and wealth of Casterly Rock for all the realm to see."

"Then perhaps Casterly Rock should pay."

"Why? I have seen Littlefinger’s accounts. Crown incomes are ten times higher than they were under Aerys."

"As are the crown’s expenses. Robert was as generous with his coin as he was with his cock. Littlefinger borrowed heavily. From you, amongst others. Yes, the incomes are considerable, but they are barely sufficient to cover the usury on Littlefinger’s loans. Will you forgive the throne’s debt to House Lannister?"

"Don’t be absurd."

The Iron Throne under Tommen is near bankruptcy; House Lannister is not. In The Princess and the Queen, when there was a national surplus, this is what was done with the royal treasury:

Ser Tyland Lannister was named master of coin in place of the late Lord Beesbury, and acted at once to seize the royal treasury. The crown’s gold was divided into four parts. One part was entrusted to the care of the Iron Bank of Braavos for safekeeping, another sent under strong guard to Casterly Rock, a third to Oldtown. The remaining wealth was to be used for bribes and gifts, and to hire sellswords if needed.

Casterly Rock and Oldtown served as the Fort Knox of Westeros. The problem at the end of ADWD is that the Crown doesn’t have the money to buy sellswords:

“Sellswords fight for coin,” declared Grand Maester Pycelle. “With enough gold, we might persuade the Golden Company to hand over Lord Connington and the pretender.” 

“Aye, if we had gold,” Ser Harys Swyft said. “Alas, my lords, our vaults contain only rats and roaches. I have written again to the Myrish bankers. If they will agree to make good the crown’s debt to the Braavosi and extend us a new loan, mayhaps we will not have to raise the taxes. Elsewise—”

“The magisters of Pentos have been known to lend money as well,” said Ser Kevan. “Try them.” The Pentoshi were even less like to be of help than the Myrish money changers, but the effort must be made. Unless a new source of coin could be found, or the Iron Bank persuaded to relent, he would have no choice but to pay the crown’s debts with Lannister gold. 

During his last small council session, Kevan worries that they will have to start using Lannister gold to pay the Crown’s debt. GRRM says the Lannisters still have money!!

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mullerreus:

Charles Dance is so fabulous

mullerreus:

Charles Dance is so fabulous

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obscurepairings:

YUMMY! Reminds me of Tywin from an AU what if me and friend are talking about.

Dat scruff. 

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Your idea of the perfect first date… A date that doesn’t feel like a date. And hopefully by the end, or throughout, very good kissing.

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A date that doesn’t feel like a date. And hopefully by the end, or throughout, very good kissing.

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annievh:

REGINA: We need something powerful and magical to defeat the Popsicle Queen.

BELLE: Oh! I know! How about the Holy Grail?

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