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 AC
Died In 300 AC, 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
TV series Season 1 | Season 2

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

Appearance and Character

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]

While it was said that Kevan never had a thought that Tywin didn’t have first, he isnt stupid, he just 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. He is known for his reliability and loyalty.


For years Kevan served as Tywin's most trusted captain. Kevan 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. He was described as his nephew Jaime as being a stout man with a sword in his youth.

Kevan married Dorna Swyft and they have four children: Lancel, twin boys Martyn and Willem, and a newborn daughter, Janei.

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Ian Gelder as Kevan Lannister (TV series)

Ser Kevan accompanies Tywin Lannister during his campaign in the Riverlands.[2] At the Battle of the Green Fork, he commands the center, which is to wheel to support the left flank, should it break. Following their victory and discovery of Robb Stark, they move to Riverrun.[4]

However, when word reaches of the defeat at the Battle of the Whispering Wood and the capture of his nephew, Jaime, he continued with the rest of the army to Harrenhal. Where Tywin orders Kevan to command Gregor Clegane, Amory Lorch and Vargo Hoat leading their reavers and set 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 took part in the Battle of the Fords, he retreated with the army after the defeat at Stone Mill ford.[5] Later he takes part in the attack on Stannis's flank during the Battle of the Blackwater.

A Storm of Swords

After the siege on King's Landing was lifted, King Joffrey Baratheon appointed Ser Kevan to his small council as Master of Laws.[6] He also attends the wedding of Sansa Stark and Tyrion Lannister, where he dances with several ladies at the feast, including Sansa.

A Feast for Crows

Following the death of his brother, Tywin, Queen Regent Cersei 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 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 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 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 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.[7] 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.[8]

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...

"...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..." [9]

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.


Ser Kevan Lannister spent most of his life in his older brother's shadow. After Joanna Lannister's death Kevan became Tywin's most trusted captain and confidant. 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. 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 VI claim, thus the reason Varys had Kevan killed.


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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