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Going into Game of Thrones Season 4, we expected the writers to alter Shae's (Sibel Kekilli) plotline. After all, the show had built her up as someone who had a genuine connection with Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage), not the shallow, money-driven girl she was in the books. But in the end things played out more or less as they did in the books: Shae turned on Tyrion during his trial, ended up in Tywin's (Charles Dance) bed, and died at the hands of her former love.
If anything, Tyrion's murder of Shae was even more intense and dramatic on the show, precisely because their love was so real. Plenty of book fans soured on the otherwise beloved character after this killing, so now we're wondering how fans of the TV show feel.
While we suspect very few people will blame Tyrion for offing Tywin — yeah, Tywin is his dad, but he's also an awful person who has been nothing but horrible to his youngest son — the murder of Shae is much murkier moral territory.
Yes, Tyrion was shocked and hurt to find Shae in Tywin's bed, and he would obviously still be smarting from the things she said during his trial. But even the pain of a broken heart doesn't really justify murder — especially when you keep in mind that Shae is pretty powerless, and we seriously doubt she could have refused Tywin if she wanted to.
On the other hand, Tyrion clearly felt terrible about it immediately, and his murder of Tywin was at least in part prompted by Tywin's dismissive attitude about what he had done.
So, what do you think of Tyrion killing Shae? Understandable, or too far? Do you still like him, or has this made you look at the character different?
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