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Master of Laws
Protector of the Realm
|Died||In 300AL, at King's Landing|
|Book(s)|| A Game of Thrones (Appears)|
A Clash of Kings (Appears)
A Storm of Swords (Appears)
A Feast for Crows (Appears)
A Dance with Dragons (POV)
|Played by||Ian Gelder|
|TV series||Season 1 | Season 2|
Appearance and Character
Ser Kevan is described as being a thick-waisted man of fifty five years, with rounded shoulders and fair skin. He is portly, balding, with short blond hair. He has a close-cropped, yellow beard that follows the line of his massive jaw. (See also this collection of images.)
While it is said that Kevan never has a thought that Tywin did not have first, he is by no means stupid; he simply recognized the superiority of his brother at an early age. Kevan is comfortable doing his duty to realize his brother's wishes, though this means perpetually living in his shadow. He is known for his reliability and loyalty.
For years Kevan served as Tywin's most trusted captain. Kevan fought in a melee once at King's Landing but was thrown from his horse by Thoros of Myr; his horse was terrified of the red priest's flaming sword.
In 274AL, Kevan attended to the entertainment of the Princess of Dorne and her children, Oberyn Martell and Elia Martell during their visit to Casterly Rock to see Lady Joanna Lannister. Unfortunately, their visit came shortly after Lady Joanna's death and Tyrion Lannister's birth. Tywin, in his grief, placed Kevan in charge of attending to their Dornish guests.
In 276AL, Kevan may have been one of Cersei Lannister's two uncles unhorsed by Rhaegar Targaryen in the tourney for King Aerys II. He was described by his nephew Jaime as being a stout man with a sword in his youth.
A Game of Thrones
Ser Kevan accompanies Lord Tywin Lannister during his campaign in the Riverlands. At the Battle of the Green Fork, he commands the center, a large mixed force. Tywin intends the left flank to break and for Kevan to wheel around to crush the advancing northmen against the river, however, the cautious northern commander Lord Roose Bolton withdraws rather than fall into this trap. Following their victory, the Lannisters discover that Robb Stark was not present in the battle, and they move toward Riverrun.
However, when word reaches Tywin's host of the defeat at the Battle of the Whispering Wood and of the capture of his nephew, Ser Jaime Lannister, Kevan continues with the rest of the army to Harrenhal. Tywin orders Kevan to command Gregor Clegane, Amory Lorch and Vargo Hoat to lead their reavers in setting the Riverlands afire from the Gods Eye to the Red Fork while the rest of their host re-deploys at Harrenhal.
A Clash of Kings
Kevan accompanies his brother's attempt to force his way into the Westerlands and takes part in the Battle of the Fords. He retreats with the army after the defeat at Stone Mill. Later he takes part in the attack on Stannis Baratheon's flank during the Battle of the Blackwater.
A Storm of Swords
After the siege on King's Landing is lifted, King Joffrey Baratheon appoints Ser Kevan to his small council as Master of Laws. After receiving news of the death of his son Willem at Riverrun, and with his other sons' lives in danger (Lancel's wound refuses to heal, and Martyn remains in Stark captivity), Kevan becomes consumed by worry and grief for a time; as a result Tywin must rely on Tyrion more than he would prefer.
Kevan attends the wedding of Sansa Stark and Tyrion Lannister, where he dances with several ladies at the feast, including Sansa. He is present when news of the Red Wedding is received and is appalled by King Joffrey Baratheon's statement that he wants the head of Robb Stark so he can serve it to Sansa at his own wedding, a request that Tywin refuses to grant.
A Feast for Crows
Following the death of his brother, Tywin, Queen Regent Cersei offers Kevan the position of Hand of the King. Kevan has serious doubts about Cersei's leadership, and states that he will only accept the position if Cersei names him Regent as well as Hand and she return to Casterly Rock. She refuses, however, and Kevan then refuses the office of Hand. He tells Cersei that, from what he saw of Joffrey, she is as unfit a mother as she is a ruler, causing an enraged Cersei to throw her wine in his face. Later, Cersei, out of spite, appoints two Lannister cousins in positions that Kevan was better suited for; Daven is made Warden of the West and Damion is named Castellan of Casterly Rock.
Kevan rides at the head of the escort that is to return his brother's body to the west to be buried in Casterly Rock. Kevan quickly becomes alienated from his immediate family and comes to believe Tyrion to be Joffrey's murderer. He also comes to believe the rumors of incest between Cersei and Jaime. His eldest son, Lancel, becomes a religious fanatic and abandons Castle Darry, the estate Kevan had won for him. Kevan is also angered that Daven Lannister received the title of Warden of the West over him, though he bears Daven no ill will as he knows Daven never asked for the position.
Kevan refuses to add his forces to his cousin's at the Siege of Riverrun, and returns to the west to see his younger son Martyn. After Cersei's imprisonment, the small council led by Grand Maester Pycelle and Harys Swyft name Kevan Regent of the King and send a raven to Casterly Rock offering him the position.
A Dance with Dragons
Kevan accepts the role of Regent to King Tommen Baratheon, and sets about trying to fix the mess that Cersei made. As a concession to House Tyrell, Kevan makes Mace Tyrell Hand of the King and raises two of Tyrell's bannerman to the small council: Paxter Redwyne is made the Master of Ships, and Lord Randyll Tarly the Master of Laws.
Kevan discusses with the small council how to deal with the crown's crisis of Jon Connington and his feigned dragon and the crown's financial problems. He later has supper with Cersei and King Tommen.
Kevan is told by a servant that Pycelle is seeking him. He finds a White raven announcing winter's arrival. Varys appears suddenly and shoots Kevan in the chest with a crossbow. Varys apologizes to Kevan as he lays dying, stating that he bears Kevan no ill will:
|“||...This pains me, my lord. You do not deserve to die alone on such a cold dark night. There are many like you, good men in service to bad causes...'||”|
Varys tells him he cannot allow Kevan to undo Cersei's work; with his death by crossbow, Cersei will believe Kevan murdered by Tyrion or House Tyrell, who in turn will suspect her, undermining the alliances shoring up Tommen's hold on the Iron Throne, opening the way for King Aegon VI. Varys then commands his "little birds" to finish Kevan off. As he dies, he sees Pycelle dead at his desk, his head smashed in.
|“||...the gods shaped him to be a follower not a leader, well the gods and my lord father.||”|
However, in his few appearances after Tywin's death, Kevan proved himself an able and competent leader in his own right. Despite not being a Lord, his strategic thinking, significant retinue and personal wealth made him a man of significant standing. His leadership and diplomatic skills allowed him to placate House Tyrell after the damage Cersei did to the alliance with the House. Kevan also was in the process of binding the Faith of the Seven behind Tommen I. Varys knew Kevan could have succeeded in repairing the Iron Thrones Tyrell/Lannister alliance and making it a severe threat to Aegon's claim, thus the reason Varys had Kevan killed.
Quotes by Kevan
|“||A man who fights for coin is loyal only to his purse. ||”|
References and Notes
- ↑ Game of Thrones cast so far on Liftingfaces
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 7, Cersei.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 56, Tyrion.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 54, Cersei.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 38, Tyrion.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 62, Tyrion.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 38, Arya.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Appendix.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 59, Sansa.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 33, Jaime.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 43, Cersei.
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 12.2 A Dance with Dragons, Epilogue.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 69, Tyrion.
- See also the Kevan Lannister article on the Game of Thrones wiki.