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Game of Thrones Season 4 Spoilers: What Happens to Tywin?

With Game of Thrones Season 3 a distant memory, it’s now time to turn our attention to what may lie ahead in Season 4. Since GoT is based on the book series A Song of Ice and Fire (ASOIAF), we can make some good guesses about how the story will play out next season, at least in broad strokes. Here are our predictions about what's coming up for the most powerful man in Westeros, Tywin Lannister, based on the latter half of A Storm of Swords.

Warning: This article contains MAJOR spoilers from the A Song of Ice and Fire book series. Click away now if you don't want to know!

Disclaimer: Of course, the show may cut plot elements or even completely alter Tywin's story. These are spoilers based on the books only.

Tywin Has No Son. Technically he has two, but he disowns them both. We’ve already seen him disown Tyrion more times than we can count, but when he disowns his most-prized possession Jaime, that comes as a bit of a shock. Tywin makes Jaime a very nice Valyrian steel sword out of Ned Stark’s old sword, and tells him he wants him to resign from the Kingsguard so he can inherit Casterly Rock, the seat of House Lannister. Jaime refuses, stating that he made a vow (my, how he’s changed!) and members of the Kingsguard serve for life and hold no lands. Tywin then declares that Jaime’s no son of his, and is faced with the prospect of having no one to carry on his legacy, because there’s no way in Seven Hells he’s going to entrust Tyrion with it.

Tywin Judges His Son. After Joffrey is killed at his wedding feast, Tyrion is accused of the crime. Tywin serves as one of the three judges to the trial, along with new characters Mace Tyrell and Oberyn Martell. Each witness proves more damning than the last, and Tyrion’s guilt is all but assured. So Tyrion does the unexpected and demands a trial by combat, with Oberyn surprisingly volunteering to represent him. Oberyn loses his battle though, against the Hound’s enormous brother the Mountain, so Tyrion is found guilty and awaits his sentence. Tywin, even though he’s never been fond of Tyrion, doesn’t wish to have him executed, but instead plans on sending him to the Wall to join the Night’s Watch.

Oh, Tyrion would fit in great up there.

Tywin Dies! Since Season 3 was the season where the Starks suffered heavy losses, look for Season 4 to be filled with retribution for Lannister-haters. First, Joffrey dies at his own wedding, and then Tywin is assassinated by his own son. See, while Tyrion is sitting in his cell awaiting punishment following his trial, he is busted out in the wee hours of the morning by Jaime and Varys. Jaime confesses to Tyrion that the latter’s original wife, Tysha, was not really a whore, and she possibly did love him. It was Tywin who came up with the lie, and Jaime went along with it. This makes Tyrion very upset, so he sneaks into Tywin’s room while making his escape. While there, he finds a naked Shae, who apparently was getting to know Tywin better, and kills her for her testimony during his trial. Then he finds Tywin on the toilet and kills him with a crossbow. We expect this scene, if done as it’s presented in the books, to go down as one of the most shocking and iconic death scenes in the history of television. We. Can’t. WAIT.

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