Vincent Ralph explores the changes of one of Game of Thrones' most beloved characters.
This article contains spoilers for Game of Thrones.
For so long Tyrion Lannister was easily the most interesting character on Game of Thrones, clashing heads with the rest of his family, proving to be a canny negotiator and even cannier survivor, and ultimately becoming a reluctant hero.
So where did it all go wrong? Because let’s face it, Tyrion’s story arc took a turn for the worse the moment he left King’s Landing.
Of course there was his much anticipated meeting with Daenerys, presenting himself as the gift that would prove to be one of her best advisors. But soon after she flew off on a dragon that is presumably terrorising villagers somewhere while Tyrion is left to conduct awkward conversations with Grey Worm and Missandei and deal with the mess she left behind.
Even his previously superb exchanges with Varys have lost their punch and it will be interesting to see if Game of Thrones’ writers can get the former back on track before it is too late.
It is no surprise that Tyrion has lost his sparkle since leaving King’s Landing. It was, for better and worse, the place that defined him and all the time he was the underdog we rooted for him more than most characters in this or any show.
The problem is, with no Joffrey to put in his place and no Tywin to lock horns with, Tyrion has become rather boring.
Similarly Cersei’s and Jaime’s considerable distance means their brother does not feel like a Lannister anymore. He is just a bloke trying to make the best of a bad situation in arguably the least interesting sub-plot of the series to date (excluding Dorne of course).
Remember Tyrion’s role in the battle of the Blackwater, his speech when brought to trial, his back-and-forths with Cersei, his conversation with Jaime before his second trial by combat and his daddy issues?
Those were the moments that defined him. But they were lost somewhere back in season four and this Tyrion feels like a poor imitation of the one I once loved to watch in a show I still adore.