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Hands of the King: Tyrion Lannister

12/12/2012 9:00:00 AM ET
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Race for the Iron Throne's Steven Attewell will be sharing some of his work on Tower of the Hand, offering his historical and political insights on A Song of Ice and Fire. His first piece couldn't be more appropriate for this site: a history and analysis of the Hands of the King, past, present, and future. In the final part of this series, Steve takes a look at the Hand they deserved, but not the one they wanted: Tyrion Lannister.

In Part I of this series, I examined the early history of the Handship in Westeros; in Part II, I looked at how two different Hands dealt with the longest sustained period of political crisis in Westeros; in Part III, I examined the long career of Tywin Lannister, the Grover Cleveland of ASOIAF; and in Part IV, I compared the tenures of Jon Arryn and Eddard Stark.

Photo by Helen SloanTyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) is the Hand they deserved, but not the one they wanted.

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