A very small man can cast a very large shadow.
- Lord Varys
If you asked his father, Tywin Lannister, Tyrion was an abomination, a monstrous little thing that should have never been born.
But after 8 seasons of Game of Thrones, we are so glad that he was.
And unlike the other powerful characters of the show, Tyrion didn't reach a position of power through violence or by strategising long-term murders.
Sure he killed people on the way, but these murders were borne out of love, circumstance and betrayals.
Otherwise, Tyrion has always done the right thing.
But make no mistake. He was no Ned Stark. He wasn't going to lose his head at the whims of a royal manchild or otherwise.
Despite being one of the best players of the game, Tyrion made sure that the common man was looked out for. Also, he had a soft spot for the downtrodden, which could have stemmed from the fact that people had always seen him as one.
All of the major characters were at least loved or liked by the people of their own realms. But Tyrion is different. He has always been hated, even in Casterly Rock, even by the Lannisters.
His own sister had hated him since he was born. So much so, that when Joffrey died, Cersei dropped everything and wanted Tyrion dead for it.
And it is not the first time this has happened.
Littlefinger started the war of the 5 kings when he tried to assassinate Bran and blamed Tyrion for it. Mostly because he thought Tyrion was an easy target.
Despite all his achievements, he has always been seen as the underdog.
But he's always accepted that as a part of his life. And it has been something he also preaches to people.
This acceptance of who is was had always let him pursue his interests. While his brother Jaime had to be a brave knight and his sister had to be the queen, Tyrion was busy reading and drinking.
And it is this knowledge of the history of Westeros and its politics that allowed him to stop Stannis Baratheon during the Battle of the Blackwater Bay.
And it's not just knowledge of ruling and winning that Tyrion learn from the books.
He learnt to lead and inspire as all hopes were lost.
Which is why Lord Varys helped him escape. Because he knew that Tyrion was the right man to help Dany become the ruler the people needed.
But since it was after season 5, the showrunners had run out of original content that made Tyrion the character he was.
That being said, he did bring a lot to the table and any scene he was in simply became better by presence.
And much of that credit goes to Peter Dinklage for easily being the best damn actor on the show.
He made us laugh and he made us cry.
His relationship with Jaime was literally one of the best things about this season.
He made us root for a Lannister before Jaime's whole redemption arc.
And he went after Joffrey. That was just fun to watch. I mean, I could watch him slapping Joffrey all day long.
Here's one more for you.
Okay okay, I will stop. But after one more on repeat.
He even outwitted Cersei. I mean, how many people do you know who can make Cersei shut up and look scared?
Also, he's the greatest Lannister killer of all time. (Bricks excluded).
He's always had the interest of the people at heart and despite everything, he has tried to work towards it.
Even when he was at Dany's side and she wanted to burn Meereen and all its nobles for their betrayal, he stayed her hand from committing genocide.
But the one time he failed at his job, Daenerys burnt an entire city to the ground.
And it broke him.
So he convinced Jon to do whatever had to be done to save the people.
And in the end, even as a prisoner, he set the rules that were to be followed for the 7 kingdoms to live in peace and prosper.
What unites people? Armies? Gold? Flags? Stories. There’s nothing in the world more powerful than a good story. Nothing can stop it. No enemy can defeat it. And who has a better story than Bran the Broken? The boy who fell from a high tower and lived.
- Tyrion Lannister
And although he talks about Bran, he changes the narrative. In the last moments of the show, he rectifies the sin his siblings had committed when they had thrown Bran from that tower.
He spares their memory and in doing so gives the world a clean slate to start over.