Mace Tyrell by Amok©
|Alias|| Lord Oaf|
The Fat Flower
Lord Puff Fish
|Title|| Lord of Highgarden|
Defender of the Marches
High Marshal of the Reach
Warden of the South
Hand of the King
Master of ships (formerly)
|Born||In ~256 AC|
|Book(s)|| A Game of Thrones (mentioned)|
A Clash of Kings (appears)
A Storm of Swords (appears)
A Feast for Crows (appears)
A Dance with Dragons (appears)
|Played by||Roger Ashton-Griffiths|
|TV series||Season 4 | Season 5 | Season 6|
Mace Tyrell is head of House Tyrell, Lord of Highgarden, Defender of the Marches, High Marshal of the Reach, and Warden of the South. In the television adaptation Game of Thrones he is portrayed by Roger Ashton-Griffiths.
Appearance and Character
- See also: Images of Mace Tyrell
Mace is a handsome and once-powerful-looking man who has since turned to fat. He has curly brown hair and cuts his beard, which has white and grey specks in it, into a triangular shape. He is often red-faced. Cersei Lannister thinks of Mace as the same age as her father, Lord Tywin Lannister, although Mace is closer in age to her than to Tywin.
Mace thinks himself a great warrior, although his reputation rests solely on the victory over Robert I Baratheon in the Battle of Ashford during Robert's Rebellion, which had largely been won by Mace's bannerman, Lord Randyll Tarly, before Mace even arrived at the battlefield, and the command Mace held during the Siege of Storm's End later that war, which ended when Mace dipped his banners to Lord Eddard Stark. Mace is ambitious, and wishes to see a grandchild of his on the Iron Throne. Despite that, his mother, Lady Olenna Tyrell, can easily hector him, and so influence his decisions. Mace is considered an oaf by his mother and by Cersei Lannister, and a fool by Prince Oberyn Martell and Cersei. His favorite son is Loras, the youngest, and his closest friend is Lord Paxter Redwyne, his brother-in-law. Mace has a great dislike for Dornishmen, especially Prince Oberyn Martell, who accidentally crippled Mace's heir, Willas.
During Robert's Rebellion, Mace was in command of troops from the Reach who marched against Lord Robert Baratheon of Storm's End. Mace is credited with defeating Robert in the Battle of Ashford, although the van under Lord Randyll Tarly achieved most of the victory before Mace's arrival at Ashford. He then led the siege of Storm's End, which was successfully held by Robert's brother, Stannis Baratheon. Mace and his closest bannerman, Lord Paxter Redwyne, surrendered to Robert's ally, Lord Eddard Stark, after the Sack of King's Landing.
According to Oberyn Martell, Mace encouraged his heir, Willas Tyrell, to participate in tourneys before he was ready, leading to the accidental crippling of Willas by Oberyn. Some of the Iron Throne's debts under the new king, Robert I Baratheon, are owed to Lord Mace.
A Clash of Kings
Mace has always dreamed of his daughter being a queen. He supports Renly Baratheon and Loras Tyrell when they present a plan to crown Renly and have him wed Margaery Tyrell, becoming Hand of the King to Renly. However, King Renly is slain at Storm's End before consummating the marriage. Mace responds by moving his army to Bitterbridge to plan his next move with his sons. They are joined by Petyr Baelish, who offers an alliance between him, King Joffrey I Baratheon and House Lannister, including a marriage to King Joffrey and Renly's widow, Margaery. He joins Tywin Lannister's army to march on and defeat Stannis Baratheon at the Battle of the Blackwater; there he commands the host's left. His reward is a seat on the small council as master of ships.
A Storm of Swords
Mace serves as one of the three judges at the trial of Tyrion Lannister for the murder of Joffrey. He wants Tyrion dead because his daughter was drinking from the chalice that contained the poison that killed Joffrey. Unbeknownst to Mace it was his mother Olenna Tyrell who poisoned Joffrey.
A Feast for Crows
Mace is charged by Queen Regent Cersei Lannister with the capture of Storm's End in order to remove him from King's Landing. He sets out with half the Tyrell strength. With Mace gone Cersei plots against his daughter, Margaery. Reciprocal accusations of immorality lead to the imprisonment of both Margaery and Cersei by the Faith of the Seven. When Mace receives news of this he leaves the siege and marches his army back to King's Landing, leaving Lord Mathis Rowan to continue the siege with fewer men.
A Dance with Dragons
Mace arrives at King's Landing to find that Margaery and her cousins have already been released. Given the weak evidence against them they were turned over to the custody of his bannerman Randyll Tarly, whose army reached the city first. Their release was conditional on Tarly's holy oath to return them for trial. Cersei Lannister is stripped of the regency. Ser Kevan Lannister arrives in the city and is made Regent to King Tommen Baratheon.
To placate House Tyrell following Cersei's accusations, Kevan makes multiple concessions to Mace. He names Mace the Hand of the King, a title Mace had desired since Tywin's death. Kevan also appoints two of Mace's bannermen, Randyll Tarly and Paxter Redwyne, to the small council. Despite numerous threats facing the Iron Throne, Mace refuses to march his army from the city before his daughter is acquitted. Kevan grows increasingly resentful of Mace's apparent insatiability. Mace adds a hundred men of the Reach to the City Watch and plans a new Tower of the Hand double the size of its predecessor.
Quotes by Mace
|“||There is no greater pleasure than to serve the King's Grace. If I was deemed worthy to join your royal council, you would find none more loyal or true.||”|
|“||Is there anything as pointless as a king without a kingdom? No, it’s plain, the boy must abandon the riverlands, join his forces to Roose Bolton’s once more, and throw all his strength against Moat Cailin. That is what I would do.||”|
|“||What victories has he ever won that we should fear him? He could have ended Robert's Rebellion at Stoney Sept. He failed. Just as the Golden Company has always failed. Some may rush to join them, aye. The realm is well rid of such fools.||”|
Quotes about Mace
|“||He has a prodigious appetite, this one.||”|
|“||Robb Stark had won more battles in a year than the Lord of Highgarden had in twenty.||”|
|“||His sigil ought to be a fat man sitting on his arse.||”|
|“||The more I give him, the more he wants.||”|
References and Notes
- ↑ See the Mace Tyrell calculation.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 65, Sansa VIII.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 19, Tyrion III.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 7, Cersei II.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 28, Sansa III.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 8, Jaime I.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 78, Samwell V.
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 6, Sansa I.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 32, Tyrion IV.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 32, Cersei VII.
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 38, Tyrion V.
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 36, Tyrion VIII.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 27, Eddard VI.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 39, Eddard X.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 20, Eddard IV.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 62, Sansa VII.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Appendix.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 59, Sansa IV.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 12, Cersei III.
- ↑ 20.0 20.1 A Dance with Dragons, Epilogue.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 24, Cersei V.