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Re: This or That
Tywin. Despite THINKING that Jaime's children were his, Robert neglected and never showed any interest in the royal children. He abandoned his bastard children, and he took horrible care of himself, which aside from Cersei ordering his wine to be double strengthed and causing him to get drunk fast and killed by a boar, would have contributed to his early death, and he mistreated his wife and even called her by a different name on their wedding night. On the other hand, Tywin is a strict father, and if you were a child like Tyrion that had imperfections or were responsible for your mother dying during childbirth, which is something that you had absolutely no control over, you would be hated for it forever. If you were a skilled child, though, like Jaime, he would be proud of you and you'd be a welcome addition to the family line, whereas with Robert you're left out of the picture either way.
They're both HORRIBLE parents, and either way (at least in the case of a legitimate or presumed legitimate son of Robert's) you'd live comfortably, but you'd probably either be ignored or hated. At least Tywin takes an interest and pride in the children that he feels are serving the House proudly, Robert doesn't care, not to mention he's reckless.
I really had to think about that one. Your natural inclination is to say Robert because he was a more likable, less rigid, fun loving character but he also has so many negatives, I think I'd rather take Tywin as he's probably a SLIGHTLY better parent, at least he doesn't abandon his children, whether he treats them APPALINGLY or not.
Balon Greyjoy or Asha (Yara) Greyjoy?
Last edited by Tyrion Lannister; 04-03-2013 at 08:48 PM.