As we all saw at the end of Game of Thrones Season 4 Episode 2, Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) is in major trouble right now. What else can we expect from the Imp's story this season? Here are our predictions about what's coming up for everyone’s favorite 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 Tyrion's story. These are spoilers based on the books only.
Tyrion Is Arrested. As we saw, as soon as Joffrey drew his last breath, Cersei declared that he was poisoned (he was) and accuses Tyrion of poisoning him (he didn’t). Sansa flees the wedding during the commotion, and Tyrion is arrested for the murder of King Joffrey.
Tyrion Loses All His Friends. Tyrion mulls having a trial by combat, and is soured by the fact that Cersei has named the The Mountain as her champion in case he does. He asks Bronn to represent him anyway, but Bronn has been bought off by Cersei and doesn’t really want to fight the Mountain anyway. One friend down. Then at Tyrion’s trial, basically everyone who was at the wedding says that Tyrion is guilty. There are character witnesses who tell of past events where Tyrion has threatened Joffrey, and even Varys gives detailed accounts of Tyrion’s treachery. Two friends down. Finally, most damning of all, Shae, apparently also bought off by Cersei, testifies against Tyrion, and she gives a very unflattering account of their relationship. Ouch. Three friends down. We're guessing that if this happens in the show, Shae will be motivated more by real pain after their fight tonight.
The Mountain vs. The Red Viper. Just when all seems lost at Tyrion’s trial, The Red Viper meets privately with Tyrion and tells him he will be his champion in a trial by combat, mainly because he wants to kill The Mountain. The two have their battle, which is one of the most thrilling scenes in the entire book series, and The Red Viper basically kicks The Mountain’s ass. However, Viper desperately wants Mountain to admit to his crimes before he dies. While he's standing over the fallen Mountain trying to get this confession, Mountain is able to grab Viper off guard and disarm him. He admits to his crimes, right before smashing Viper’s head in. It won’t be a Red Wedding-level reaction, but people are gonna be pissed. Looks like death for Tyrion. Sad face.
Tyrion Escapes! While in his cell awaiting his execution, Tyrion is rescued by his brother Jaime, with the help of Varys. When asked why he rescued him, Jaime says he owed him because of what happened with Tyrion’s first wife, Tysha. In case you forgot, Tysha was a whore whom Jaime had hired to pose as a damsel in distress so Tyrion could lose his virginity... Except she wasn’t. Jaime tells Tyrion that she was exactly as she seemed, she was not a whore, and she really did, possibly, love Tyrion. It was Tywin who forced Jaime to tell Tyrion the lie, just as it was Tywin who had Tysha raped by 20 of his men and forced Tyrion to watch. Tyrion gets really mad at Jaime, and says he’ll kill him if they ever meet again. He also falsely admits to killing Joffrey, just to stick it to Jaime.
Tyrion Gets His Hands Bloody. While Varys is leading Tyrion out of the castle through a series of tunnels, Tyrion realizes he’s right under his father’s chambers. He’s really mad about the whole Tysha thing, so he tells Varys he wants to say goodbye to his father before he leaves. He sneaks into the chamber where he finds a naked Shae in Tywin’s bed. Despite her protests, he strangles her. He then grabs a crossbow and finds his father on the toilet. He asks his father why he did what he did with Tysha, and Tywin continually refers to her as a whore. Tyrion warns him not to use the word again and asks him one more time where Tysha went after their marriage ended. Tywin replies, “Wherever whores go,” and Tyrion kills him with the crossbow. On the toilet. It’s going to be epic. He then joins Varys and is whisked away across the Narrow Sea.
That’s what happens in the book, but as we know, the show sometimes makes changes. One thing that will certainly have to be tweaked is Jaime's role in the trial. In the books, he didn't show up until after the Purple Wedding, which gave him a good excuse to be confused about what happened and not come to his brother's defense (they do seem to like each other, after all). We're not sure how that will play out on the show.