Kevan Lannister

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Kevan Lannister
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Title Ser
Master of Laws
Lord Regent
Protector of the Realm
Allegiance House Lannister
Born In 245 AL
Died In 300 AL, at King's Landing
Spouse Dorna Swyft
Book(s) A Game of Thrones
A Clash of Kings
A Storm of Swords
A Feast for Crows
A Dance with Dragons

Played by Ian Gelder

Ser Kevan Lannister is Tywin Lannister's younger brother. In the TV series he is played by Ian Gelder.[1]


Ser Kevan is portly and balding. He has a close-cropped, yellow beard that follows his massive jawline.[2] He is fat, with rounded shoulders and fair-skinned. He is fifty-five years old.[3]


He served for years as Tywin's most trusted captain. He is known for his reliability and loyalty. Kevan recognized the superiority of his brother at an early age and was comfortable doing his duty to realize his brother's wishes, though this meant perpetually living in his shadow. It is said that Kevan never had a thought that Tywin hadn't had first.

He was described as his nephew Jaime as being a stout man with a sword in his youth. He rode in a melee once at King's Landing but was thrown from his horse by Thoros of Myr due to the fact his horse was terrifed of Thoros's flaming sword.

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Ian Gelder as Kevan Lannister

Ser Kevan is with the army under Tywin Lannister's command in the Riverlands.[4] At the Battle of the Green Fork, he commands the center, which is to wheel to support the left flank, should it break. However, Lord Roose Bolton fails to fall for the trap.[5]

When word reaches the Lannsiter camp of the defeat of Jaimes army near Riverrun, Tywin orders Kevan to command Gregor Clegane, Amory Lorch and Vargo Hoat to led there reavers and set the Riverlands afire from the Gods Eye to the red fork while the rest of there host re-delpoys at Harrenhal.

A Clash of Kings

He accompanies his brother's army in the attack on Tully forces when the Lannister host tries to return to the Westerlands to destroy the army of Robb Stark.[6] He also takes part in the attack on Stannis's flank during the Battle of the Blackwater.

A Storm of Swords

Ser Kevan attends the wedding of Sansa Stark and Tyrion Lannister. He dances with several ladies at the feast, including Sansa. He is made Master of Laws in King Joffrey's small council.[7]

A Feast for Crows

After Tywin's death, Cersei Lannister offers him 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 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 bad 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 was made Warden of the West and Damion was named Castellan of Casterly Rock.

Kevan rides at the head of the escort that is to return his brothers 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 receives 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.

He refuses to add his forces to his cousin's at Riverrun, and returns to the west to see his younger son Martyn.[8] After Cersei's imprisonment, the small council led by Grandmaester Pycelle and Harys Swyft the Master of Coin 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, and sets about trying to fix the mess that Cersei made. To placate 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. He visits the imprisoned Cersei and confronts her about her affair with his son Lancel. He tells her that regardless of the outcome of her trial, her rule is now at an end. Ser Kevan is told by a servant that Grand Maester Pycelle is seeking him.[9] He finds Pycelle dead in the maestars chambers. 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, but that he was "...a good man 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 two of his "little birds" to finish Kevan off.

Tyrion once says of Kevan that "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.


Kevan Lannister is married to Dorna of House Swyft, with whom he has three sons, Lancel, Willem and Martyn, and a daughter, Janei.


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