Note: This article contains spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 7.
George R.R. Martin has quite the reputation for killing off central characters, and that has been aptly reflected in HBO's Game of Thrones. However, Martin has always managed to keep Tyrion Lannister alive throughout his series, and with good reason. Apart from Martin's love for the Imp of Casterly Rock, Tyrion has survived due to his superior intellect, rising from his state of ridicule to becoming the Hand of Queen Daenerys Targaryen.
It looked like a bright prospect for Tyrion when he sailed to Westeros beside the Mother of Dragons, but Tyrion constantly failed to provide satisfactory advice throughout Season 7, hatching one ludicrous plan after another. So, lets take a look at how the wise Lannister failed to serve Dany, and how this could create further conflict throughout Season 8.
Tyrion's Battle Plan Depleted Daenerys's Resources
After arriving at Dragonstone, Tyrion took the responsibility of laying out the most effective battle plan to take down Cersei by utilizing the the soldiers of Dorne and Highgarden, the Greyjoy fleet, the Dothraki and the Unsullied.
In an attempt to avoid making Dany 'Queen of Ashes', Tyrion decided to simultaneously capture King's Landing and Casterly Rock by dividing their forces accordingly.
"Cersei will try to rally the Lords of Westeros by appealing to their loyalty, their love for their country. If we besiege the city with foreigners, we prove her point. Our army should be Westerosi.
Lady Greyjoy will escort you [Ellaria Sand] to Sunspear. And her Iron Fleet will ferry the Dornish army back up to King's Landing. The Dornish will lay siege to the capital alongside the Tyrell army. Two great kingdoms united against Cersei.
The Unsullied will have another objective. For decades, House Lannister has been the true power in Westeros. And the seat of that power is Casterly Rock. Grey Worm and the Unsullied will sail for the Rock and take it."
Although this approach looked fool-proof on the beautiful carved map of Westeros, Tyrion's strategy didn't work out as planned. Daenerys was robbed of her Westerosi army as Euron Greyjoy sunk the Iron Fleet and kidnapped Yara Greyjoy and Ellaria Sand. Most notably, she then lost her strategic stronghold at Highgarden when Jaime sacrificed Casterly Rock to invade the Reach and use their resources to replenish the capital of the Seven Kingdoms.
However, this wasn't Tyrion's only failure throughout Season 7. In fact, he was also the man to suggest that they capture a wight from beyond the Wall.
Daenerys Lost Viserion Due To Tyrion's "Wight Hunt"
As Tyrion's non-violent method cost Daenerys a significant portion of her force, she soon took to the skies and rained hell on the Lannister-Tarly regiment at the Reach. Although that move momentarily gave Daenerys the upper hand, Jon's urgency to defend the North against the Night King's incoming troops forced Tyrion to come up with yet another plan that turned out to be a bane for Daenerys.
Tyrion: "Cersei thinks that the Army of the Dead is nothing but a story made up by wet nurses to frighten children. What if we prove her wrong?"
Jon: "I don't think she'll come see the dead at my invitation."
Tyrion: "So bring the dead to her. We don't have to bring the whole army. Only one soldier. Bring one of these things to King's Landing and show her the truth."
Somehow convinced that they can pull it off, Jon Snow marched north to capture a Wight and, as expected, found himself entrapped by White Walkers. Fearing the loss of yet another ally, Daenerys flew her dragons to fulfill Tyrion's plan and save Jon. This ultimately resulted in the loss of Viserion and the empowerment of the Night King, who was then able to bring down the Wall at Eastwatch.
Will Tyrion's Latest Failure Be The Last Straw For Daenerys?
Even though Daenerys's camp suffered a slew of losses, all of it would've been worth the effort if the combined effect of the undead wight and Tyrion's democratic approach had resulted in an armistice. But seeing how even that didn't come to fruition, Tyrion might face immediate demotion as Hand of the Queen if Cersei decides to take over Westeros with the help of the Golden Company.
Considering Cersei Lannister's reputation as a ruthless liar, it was naive of Tyrion to consider that his sister could be persuaded so easily. However, as we never got to see how his conversation with Cersei ended, it's uncertain as to whether he genuinely took Cersei's bait. So, whatever the case may be, either outcome will be a testament to Tyrion's failure as the Hand of Queen Daenerys.
The season finale of Game of Thrones has already shown the extent of death and destruction that is about to hit Westeros. As the chances of beating that threat relied on Tyrion's ability to combine the forces of Daenerys and Cersei, his failure to do so will have serious repercussions in Season 8. With Jaime presumably riding north to inform Daenerys about Cersei's betrayal, it remains to be seen whether she'll hold Tyrion accountable for his actions, or pardons his ignorance as she's done before.
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