Game of Thrones star Charles Dance has weighed in on his character Tywin Lannister's complex relationship with his children.
The HBO series' season finale 'Mhysa' featured a highly-anticipated scene, where Tywin clashed with his grandson King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) and even appeared to intimidate the arrogant monarch.
Dance discussed the events of season three's closing episode with TV Guide, and suggested that Tywin is a far more formidable leader for Westeros than his young grandson.
"Joffrey is kind of like an annoying mosquito to Tywin Lannister," the actor joked. "But at the moment, he has to stop short of chopping Joffrey's head off, which he would normally do and has done to a great many people or strung them up before now."
He continued: "I think Tywin views Joffrey as one of his puppets. It's pretty apparent that Joffrey is frightened of Tywin Lannister. He knows what he's capable of."
'Mhysa' also featured a scene of Tywin consulting with son Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) about the ethics of 'The Red Wedding', a rare moment where the Lannister monarch discussed strategy seriously with his son.
"[Tywin] probably privately would reluctantly admit that Tyrion is a force to be reckoned with because he is sharper, brighter, more astute than his sister or brother," Dance admitted.
"The fact that [Tyrion] is physically not perfect prevents him from publicly saying what he thinks about Tyrion. That's the way that people in a feudal society behaved. Although we're in a kind of mythical, mystical land, it is essentially medieval."
He continued: "As far as his daughter Cersei (Lena Headey) is concerned, well, she's a woman, so that makes her a second-rate person really because it's also a very chauvinistic society, and Tywin Lannister is archetypically male chauvinist. But nevertheless, she is a Lannister and the Lannisters do kind of stick together basically.
"If anything threatened his daughter, Tywin would probably leap to her defence. His other son Jaime (Nicolaj Coster-Waldau), of course, he worships, but wishes in the past that he had behaved a little better than he does and took his position and the name of Lannister more seriously. He's his blue-eyed boy."
Game of Thrones airs on HBO in the US and Sky Atlantic in the UK.