"Tywin Lannister is a different sort of character. No one would ever find him or his cause sympathetic. He is a model character for another deep misunderstanding that is widespread and does not stop with A Song of Ice and Fire, but extends to similar characters in other franchises and, most disturbingly, to reality as well. Let’s call this kind of character the “asshole who gets the job done.”"
Stefan Sasse of The Tower of the Hand takes Tywin Lannister and his fans to the woodshed. As I’ve said time and time again, I’m hard pressed to come up with a more baffling phenomenon than readers who take Martin’s depiction of a Hobbesian world that rewards amoral ruthlessness as an endorsement of amoral ruthlessness. (via asoiafuniversity)