city wall gate

My Travels in 2013 - April 16, Xingcheng, Liaoning, CHINA

The Old City (Lǎo Chéng) of Xingchéng …

dates back to 1430 and sits in the centre of Xīngchéng, and is still home to around 3000 people. Old Xīngchéng is one of only four Ming-dynasty cities which retain their complete outer wall. There are four gates and here is one of them … all are constantly quite busy with cars, bikes, motorbikes and pedestrians passing all the time.

Chester city walls repair uncovers Roman gate tower remains

The previously undocumented remains of a Roman tower have been found by workers repairing Chester’s city walls.

The stone foundations at Northgate were found under a set of 19th Century steps, which had been declared unsafe.

Archaeologists believe the tower was one of a pair that once flanked the northern entrance to the Roman fort on which the city was founded.

Local councillor Louise Griffiths said the “vitally important” discovery would better understanding of the fort.

The team investigating the foundations had also found evidence of the wooden gateway that preceded the stone tower and of the later medieval gateway which replaced it. Read more.

Tyrion’s turn to Villainy

Well, I made my appearance on Sheep Island a few hours ago, cleverly disguised as Tyrion the Imp for a reading and Q&A session at Bantam’s virtual bookstore. Only this version of Tyrion could fly! Ah, if only the Tyrion in the books could fly, what mischief he will… ah… could… ah, never mind.

This is GRRM teasing in his live journal in 2007 when the show had not yet started and he was not so famous. Be prepared for Tyrion’s mischief my friends. And his mischief would begin once he gets the dragons

If anyone is under the impression that Tyrion will use his mischief only in Dany’s side

No. Hear me, Daenerys Targaryen. The glass candles are burning.
Soon comes the pale mare, and after her the others. Kraken and dark flame, lion and griffin, the sun’s son and the mummer’s dragon. Trust none of them. Remember the Undying. Beware the perfumed seneschal.“

This was in the books. But the initial version of this was which he revealed in the reading. The reason he changed it may have been to avoid spoiling it all.

Soon comes the pale mare, and after her the others. Kraken and crow, lion and griffin, the sun’s son and the mummer’s dragon. Trust none of them.

Could anyone explain why Quaithe tells Dany not to trust Tyrion if he is supposed to be the nice guy? The Kraken is Victarion. Crow is Euron. Griffin is Connington, Sun’s son is Quentyn. Mummers Dragon is FAegon. Lion is Tyrion. Quentyn has already tried to steal Dany’s dragons. The people Tyrion is grouped with-all of them lust for Dany’s dragons. So we can safely assume that at some point Tyrion will ride off with at least one of Dany’s dragons and maybe the dragon horn.

Though it is likely that this will only happen after the battle against the others. Come on! We need Tyrion’s wits for that. Do you have a favorite character?

Martin: I’ve got to admit I kind of like Tyrion Lannister. He’s the villain of course, but hey, there’s nothing like a good villain.

The is bolded.

There are worse ways to die than drowning. And if truth be told, he had perished long ago, back in King’s Landing. It was only his revenant who remained, the small vengeful ghost who throttled Shae and put a cross-bow bolt through the great Lord Tywin’s bowels. No man would mourn the thing that he’d become. I’ll haunt the Seven Kingdoms, he thought, sinking deeper. They would not love me living, so let them dread me dead. ADWD

When he opened his mouth to curse them all, black water filled his lungs, and the dark closed in around him.

So basically Tyrion admits that he died long ago when he became a kinslayer who are cursed btw. Even half-brother’s father or mother’s first cousin are kin. Plus he raised him as a father. And gave him hospitality. 

I am not saying its Tyrion’s fault. It is Tywin’s. The best of us can be driven to villainy by circumstances. Anyways the accusation of Kinslaying is not mine its GRRM’s in a interview.

It’s nothing to the world, but it’s again something that’s going to haunt him, while the act of killing his father is something of enormous consequence that would be forever beyond the pale, for no man is as cursed as a kinslayer.

Now listen to what Tyrion says next

"No man would mourn the thing that he’d become. I’ ll haunt the Seven Kingdoms, he thought, sinking deeper. They would not love me living, so let them dread me dead.”-Tyrion ADWD

So this is what would happen to him. He would commit some dreadful acts becoming the joker of batman fame of Westeros.

And where would he end up?

“Are you so eager to see the Imp perched on your father’s seat? I promise you that will not happen whilst I live, Lord Snow.” ADWD

What is Jon’s father’s seat? The only interpretations are Dragonstone, Winterfell or King’s landing. And obviously by the time the imp takes one of those Stannis will be long dead. Heck he is already dead in the show. I think in this case Martin is hinting towards kings landing and not Dragonstone.  Its kings landing which is destined to be destroyed (explained here) .So only logical he seats himself there. Its true Rhaegar went to Dragonstone but it was only after he quarreled with Aerys. He spent most of his life in Kings landing.

So how will Tyrion’s tyranny end.

“When he opened his mouth to curse them all, black water filled his lungs, and the dark closed in around him”

Tyrion has always remarked that his mouth will be the end of him. His tongue will be the end of him. And that kind of stuff.

And so it will be.

The greyscale will finish him from inside out and turn him into a gargoyle. Very few people swallow the river water this way. Most are only touched by the stone men or water from the outside.So most people don’t become gargoyles. But Tyrion will.

When will we be certain that I’m clean?“

"Truly?” said the Halfmaester. “Never. You swallowed half the river. You may be going grey even now, turning to stone from inside out, starting with your heart and lungs. ADWD

And that will be his fate. He may well be on the cusp of victory only for the curse of kinslaying /greyscale to strike him and knock him down.

Proof? Martin has been giving us proof right since the first book.

The gargoyles watched him ascend. Their eyes glowed red as hot coals in a brazier. Perhaps once they had been lions, but now they were twisted and grotesque. -GOT Bran

Tyrion Lannister was sitting on the ledge above the door to the Great Hall, looking for all the world like a gargoyle. -GOT Jon

“Bugger Joffrey, bugger the queen, and bugger that twisted little gargoyle she calls a brother.

Motionless as a gargoyle, Tyrion Lannister hunched on one knee atop a merlon.

"You are a lovely girl. It seems almost obscene to squander such sweet innocence on that gargoyle. Cersei to Sansa

"Speaking for the grotesques…” Tyrion to Jamie

“The falling snow had covered almost all of it, but part of one gargoyle still poked above the drift, its grotesque face snarling sightless at the sky.

Does the last one remind you of something?

"Dragons old and young, true and false, bright and dark. And you. A small man with a big shadow, snarling in the midst of all.”-Moquorro

Mind you Tyrion is snarling. So he is not really going to be a friendly guy to Jon Dany or even Aegon though he may pretend to be. More likely he would dupe them all.

Anyways lets continue to with the final nail in the coffin. Tyrion had this dream in his last chapter in the clash of kings

He would have asked one of the silent sisters, but when he tried to speak he found he had no mouth. Smooth seamless skin covered his teeth. The discovery terrified him. How could he live without a mouth? He began to run. The city was not far. He would be safe inside the city, away from all these dead. He did not belong with the dead. He had no mouth, but he was still a living man. No, a lion, a lion, and alive. But when he reached the city walls, the gates were shut against him.-Tyrion Dream COK

Why have this dream if it was not foreshadowing?  Most likely as indicated in the dream kings landing would be destroyed while he became a gargoyle due to the greyscale. As this greyscale is coming from inside it may cause him to turn mad and irritable. So apart from kinslaying one of the reasons he may commit these acts is that the greyscale is driving him mad. Tyrion is the perfect villain. Why? Because he was good once. It shows how the actions of others drive perfectly nice and lovable people to villainy. And thats how true villains are. They were never always bad. Another reason his story is powerful is because it shows that even someone like a dwarf can use his wits to outwit the world. GRRM wants to create a villain who we cheer even more than the heroes. And Tyrion is that person.

Even in the orignal outline of GRRM Tyrion was supposed to be initially friendly with the heroes before turning evil. Seems he hasnt changed his mind. My ideas on how GRRM’s story would end can be found here.

“Some major characters — yes, I always had plans, what Tyrion’s arc was gonna be through this, what Arya’s arc was gonna be through this, what Jon Snow’s arc is gonna be.