Tower of the Hand

Book 3, Chapter 78.
Jaime and Varys break Tyrion out of his cell. Tyrion kills Shae and Tywin on his way out of the castle.
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Tyrion hears noises outside his cell and believes his time has come. The door opens, and it is Jaime there to rescue him. As they leave the cell, Jaime tells him Varys drugged the guards and is waiting to take him out of the city through the sewers and to a rendezvous with a galley. Jaime says he is rescuing him because of a debt he owes. Tyrion presses him, and he admits that Tysha was not a whore; Tywin made Jaime tell the lie because Tyrion needed a sharp lesson. Jaime swears he did not know Tywin would give her to the guards, but Tyrion is too furious to believe him. He swears revenge on Jaime, Cersei, and Tywin and says he will find Varys himself. Jaime asks if Tyrion killed Joffrey, and he reveals that Cersei was sleeping with Lancel and Osmund and also claims to have killed Joffrey. Jaime walks away. Tyrion thinks to call after him and take back what he said, but he thinks of Tysha once more and keeps quiet. Tyrion finds Varys, who leads him down pitch black passages until they are in a dimly lit hallway with a dragon mosaic on the floor. Tyrion recognizes it as the place Shae described to him once,1 and Varys confirms they are beneath the Tower of the Hand. Tyrion asks how to get to the bedchamber, and Varys tells him while protesting there is no time. Tyrion begins to climb the ladder up the tower. At the top, he can hear two of his father's guards, Lester and Lum, talking about Tyrion's impending execution. He enters the bedchamber through a secret door in the fireplace and hears Shae's voice. He finds her in his father's bed with the chain of office around her neck. Tyrion strangles her and then takes a crossbow off the wall. He goes to the privy tower, where he finds Tywin. Tywin appears unconcerned and tells Tyrion he still means to sends him to the Wall. Tyrion has just one question: what did Tywin do with Tysha. Tywin says he did not kill her and that the steward probably sent her on her way. Tyrion shoots him with the crossbow. Tywin's bowels loosen as he dies, and the stench proves that Tywin Lannister did not, in fact, shit gold.



  1. The Red Keep - Four levels of dungeon were built below the Red Keep at the order of Maegor the Cruel. The first level is full of large cells for common criminals to be housed together. The second level has smaller cells for highborn prisoners. The third level contains the black cells. The lowest level is for prisoners that are to be tortured and never see light again.


Warning: Footnotes may contain spoilers from later chapters or books.


1.  Prologue 29.  Sansa III 57.  Bran IV
2.  Jaime I 30.  Arya V 58.  Daenerys V
3.  Catelyn I 31.  Jon IV 59.  Tyrion VII
4.  Arya I 32.  Jaime IV 60.  Sansa IV
5.  Tyrion I 33.  Tyrion IV 61.  Tyrion VIII
6.  Davos I 34.  Samwell II 62.  Sansa V
7.  Sansa I 35.  Arya VI 63.  Jaime VII
8.  Jon I 36.  Catelyn IV 64.  Davos VI
9.  Daenerys I 37.  Davos IV 65.  Jon VIII
10.  Bran I 38.  Jaime V 66.  Arya XII
11.  Davos II 39.  Tyrion V 67.  Tyrion IX
12.  Jaime II 40.  Arya VII 68.  Jaime VIII
13.  Tyrion II 41.  Bran III 69.  Sansa VI
14.  Arya II 42.  Jon V 70.  Jon IX
15.  Catelyn II 43.  Daenerys IV 71.  Tyrion X
16.  Jon II 44.  Arya VIII 72.  Daenerys VI
17.  Sansa II 45.  Jaime VI 73.  Jaime IX
18.  Arya III 46.  Catelyn V 74.  Jon X
19.  Samwell I 47.  Samwell III 75.  Arya XIII
20.  Tyrion III 48.  Arya IX 76.  Samwell IV
21.  Catelyn III 49.  Jon VI 77.  Jon XI
22.  Jaime III 50.  Catelyn VI 78.  Tyrion XI
23.  Arya IV 51.  Arya X 79.  Samwell V
24.  Daenerys II 52.  Catelyn VII 80.  Jon XII
25.  Bran II 53.  Arya XI 81.  Sansa VII
26.  Davos III 54.  Tyrion VI 82.  Epilogue
27.  Jon III 55.  Davos V
28.  Daenerys III 56.  Jon VII