Shae is a somewhat different character on the show than she is in the books. has always been that Shae viewed her relationship with Tyrion first and foremost as .. She betrayed Tyrion's trust because Cersei promised her a lot of luxuries in . My initial read through the books, I never thought Shae really loved Tyrion and about her just another illustration of his problems with women/trust in general?. My wife and I were discussing what happened with Tyrion and Shae, and we had some thoughts and questions. I didn't know where else to ask.
The brothers aren't reunited until season four, when Tyrion wryly comforts him about having a prosthetic metal hand, before setting him up with Bronna mercenary loyal to the Lannisters who will re-train the former Kingslayer with discretion. It's a tumultuous time for the Lannister family: Joffrey is poisoned, and Tyrion allows his family to think him responsible, resulting in a trial by combat that could end his life. But Jaime remains loyal to Tyrion, he is even forced to defend "The Imp" to his sister and lover, Cersei, who wants him to kill their younger brother.
Cersei pleads with Jaime to kill their brother Tyrion Jaime's defence of his brother extends to Tywin, the men's father, after the events of Tyrion's trial suggests he is likely to die.
The pair strike up a deal: Jaime will leave the Kingsguard, which he joined so he could continue his affair with his sister, allowing him to become Tywin's heir if Tyrion's life is spared. Tywin agrees, saying that when Tyrion is declared guilty, he will be given the option of joining the Night's Watch.
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It's a major sacrifice for Jaimeeven though the plan eventually fails after Tyrion is incensed by the testimony of his lover, Shae. He's one of the few people that gives him love back. And he'll do anything for his brother. There's no question about it.
I think it's beautiful. But Jaime continues to aid his brother, scorning his sister for her attempts to kill Tyrion before arranging for his escape at the last minute. Their touching final embrace speaks volumes of their fraternity: The pair don't know if they'll ever see each other again. Little do they know that when they do, some years later, they will both be at war. On the show, Tyrion has moved to the threshold of his escape, and pauses.
That he felt he was getting set to walk into some kind of trap. Did Show-Tyrion go to see Tywin to kill him, to taunt him before escaping, or to get some kind of closure?
Killing him seems the most straightforward explanation. For all we know, Tyrion was going just to retrieve a bag of gold and a book to read for his journey. In the book, when Tyrion finds Shae, he was not surprised. Tyrion finds Shae, she does nothing overtly to provoke him other than calling him her usual pet names — that unfortunately she had used to humiliate him at the trial.
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And he murders her. He then goes off to finish his business with Tywin, business that Shae had been a distraction for. On the show, Shae reacts in fear when she sees Tyrion, who appears startled to find her.
She and Tyrion struggle, in comparison to Book Shae, Shae is a threat to Tyrion, and he strangles her. Not terribly executed, terrible in that Tyrion must have felt awful, killing Shae while crying and then apologizing. To be fair, Shae probably felt awful the whole time too, for different reasons. Book-Shae and TV-Shae react differently, but neither version seems to clear up what was going on in her head, why had she betrayed Tyrion?
Was she being coerced, was she just trading up, or was she just trying to survive? The scene was engineered to removed the ambiguity of why Tyrion strangles her, the emphasis was on self-defense.
Farewell to Tywin The final dialog between Tyrion and Tywin on the show does not really shed light on why Tyrion had come to see Tywin, whereas the book made it pretty clear that Tyrion was looking to get revenge on Tywin for Tysha, but also to get any information about Tysha when Tywin sent her off after her punishment.
Where did she go? And now Tywin was going to pay. I know that might be a controversial thought. His legacy with Tysha made that clear. His wedding to Tysha had been incredibly important to Tyrion, and it was something that could echo in his mind on the page as much as it needed to.
The show could not possibly recreate that with any fidelity. So the final scene between Tywin and Tyrion was far better served with Shae being the focus. That although Tyrion was the one who killed her, he was willing to extend the blame to Tywin.
Because if I want to imagine Tyrion darker, I can. That she knew Tyrion would kill her unless she could successfully defend herself. I have more to say about Shae, but not in this blog post. Because the show could not support Tysha as the driving narrative element, I was fine with her being minimized. She still exists, she was talked about in Season One.
BUT… it made such a nice motivational hook for Tyrion. Without her, Tyrion should have just left. I respect if anyone was really wrankled by the show in this regards, and I encourage anyone to express their opinion. I hear you say. This post is entitled In Defense of Tyrion Lannister!
Start defending him, mister! I can defend him against those. Catelyn Stark accuses Tyrion of trying to kill Bran. After all, Petyr Baelish positively identifies the knife as a weapon he once owned, but lost to Tyrion on a bet. Tyrion spends a lot of time noodling over the attack on Bran, and he comes up with a likely suspect and motive. But in his angry parting scene with Jaime, Tyrion reveals to his brother who he thinks the employer of the assassin was. So the charges that Tyrion sent a hit-man for Bran?
But, I wonder if the show will ever get around to clearing up that mystery? Queen Cersei accuses Tyrion of poisoning Joffrey. Well, maybe no show-watcher, since the show has heavily implied who the actors were who were working in concert to bump off the beloved bogus Baratheon boy-king.