How much Cersei loved Tyrion

Why did Shae act as he did at the trial?

NOTE: For this answer is all about TV shows, not books. It looks very different in the books.

Did she love him?

On the show, Shae really loved Tyrion. She proved it when Tyrion suggested that she flee before Stannis takes over King's Landing. Shae, however, declined his proposal, risked her life and decided to stay with him until the bitter end. No amount of money can make a person do that.

Shae: Are you scared, my lion?

Tyrion: When the city falls, Stannis will burn every Lannister he can find. Of course I'm scared.

Shae: I won't let them hurt you.

Tyrion: I am a Lannister. I have no choice in any of this. But it isnot your war .

Shae: It is now .

Tyrion: You can't fuck yourself for anything.

Shae: I've got this far. Do you remember what you said when you met me in your tent? That I should sleep with you like it was your last day on this earth.
Season 2 episode 9 - Blackwater

Then Tyrion suffered terrible facial injuries, was stripped of his post as the king's hand, lost his gold cloaks and the tribesmen. Shae came to him in his most vulnerable position. She made it clear to him that she didn't care about the money.

Tyrion: It was good of you to come.

Shae: Good of me? Of course I'm coming. I want to see you.

Tyrion: Believe me, you don't.

Shae: Did you check? I will be the first.

Tyrion: Well?

Shae: You are a mess.

Tyrion: I am both a monster and a dwarf. You should give me thisDoubleto calculate .

Shae: You think so you i'm here for money

Tyrion: That was the agreement we made. I pay you and you lie to me.

Shae: Oh. I'm a poor little rich man and nobody loves me so I joke and pay them to laugh all the time. Fuck your money
Season 2 episode 10 - Valar Morghulis

She further proved it when she next suggested that Tyrion flee into exile with her, and she agreed that he was a penniless exile and still wanted to be with him.

Shae: Let's go.

Tyrion: Go?

Shae: Exit the King's Landing. They tried to kill you. You will try again. Going to wars, soldiers fighting, that's terrible. Let's take a boat to Pentos and never come back. You don't belong here.

Tyrion: What would we do in Pentos?

Shae: Eat, drink, fuck, live.

Tyrion: I want to go with you.

Shae: So do it. Your father, your sister, all these bad people, they can't stop you. Forget her. Come with me.

Tyrion: I can not.I belong here. These bad people are what I'm good at. To talk you through, rethink. It is what i am And I like it. I like it more than anything I've ever done. Will you go ?

Shae: You have a fucking memory. I am yours and you are mine .
Season 2 episode 10 - Valar Morghulis

Then why betray him?

They started drifting apart in season 3. Shae already suspected that Tyrion found Sansa attractive. Tyrion found the idea absurd. And apparently Shae seemed pleased with his refusals.

But the drift cemented itself when Sansa and Tyrion tried to forcibly marry. Tyrion wanted to speak to Sansa and Shae separately, but Shae refused to leave and Sansa refused to let her go. Tyrion was forced to tell Sansa about his father's plan before Shae. He gave Shae a code apology, but she either didn't understand or was too angry to think about it. For her, it was Tyrion who betrayed her for a highborn girl.

The big blow came before Tyrion's marriage. Shae still hoped that Tyrion could choose exile for her, but he refused and Shae realized that she was and will always be just another whore for Tyrion.

Shae: So, am I invited to your wedding?

Tyrion: I didn't ask for this marriage. I did not want that.

Shae: No? She is a beautiful girl. You said that yourself.

Tyrion: That doesn't mean that this is a duty, not a desire.

Shae: Is that what you will tell yourself when you fuck her?

Tyrion: I have no choice. My father

Shae: Doesn't rule the world. We can still walk across the narrow sea.

Tyrion: What would i do there?Juggle? I'm a Lannister from Casterly Rock.

Shae: And I'm Shae, the funny whore.

Tyrion: My feelings for you haven't changed. I will marry Sansa Stark and do my duty from her.

Shae: While I'm emptying her chamber pot and licking your cock when you're bored?

Tyrion: I swear to you it won't be.

Shae: No? How is it going to be?

Tyrion: I'll buy you a good home somewhere in town. They will have fine clothing, guards to protect you, servants. Any children we might have will be well looked after.

Shae: kids? You think I want kids who can never see their father? Who would be killed in their sleep if their grandfather found out about them?

Tyrion: Listen. Listen to me my lady.

Shae: I'm not your wife.

Tyrion: You are. You will always be my lady.

Shae: I am your whoreAnd when you're tired of fucking me, I willbe nothing .
Season 3 episode 7 - The Bear and the Maiden Mass

Varys later tried to pay her for her departure, she refused the bag of diamonds and said if Tyrion wants her to leave, he can fucking ask her himself.

Shae still had hopes and tried several times to seduce Tyrion. Tyrion always apologized, which only widened the gap.

At this point, Shae had been noticed by Cersei. Tyrion grew ever more anxious for Shae's safety as Tywin threatened to hang the next whore he found in Tyrion's bed and decided it was time to break up for good and get Shae to safety, regardless of the cost. Tyrion was very cruel to her, even though he only pretended she had left King's Landing, but it broke Shae's heart.

Shae: What's the matter, my lion?

Tyrion: Don't call me that.

Shae: What should I call you?

Tyrion: I'm afraid our friendship cannot continue.

Shae: Our friendship?

Tyrion: A ship is waiting for Pentos in the harbor.

Shae: What?

Tyrion: You will have your own hut, of course, and a house across the narrow sea, servant.

Shae: What's that?

Tyrion: I'm married. My wife suffered a lot, as you know. I don't want her to suffer any more on my account. I have to keep my vows.

Shae: She doesn't want you.

Tyrion: I have to get it right.

Shae: You don't want her.

Tyrion: From our children.

Shae: What are you afraid of?

Tyrion: I'm not scared.

Shae: You are. You are scared of your father and your sister. Will you run away from them all your life?

Tyrion: You have to go.

Shae: I'm not afraid of you. I will not run.

Tyrion: Shae.

Shae: We'll fight them together. It's like you said, I'm yours and you're mine.

Tyrion: You're a whore!Sansa is able to bear my children and you areNot . I can't be in love with a whore. I can't have kids with a whore. How many men have you been with?

Shae: How many whores have you been with?

Tyrion: I've enjoyed my time with everyone, and I've enjoyed my time with you the most. But now that time is over. You will have a comfortable life in Pentos. Bronn will escort you to your ship.
Season 4 episode 2 - the lion and the rose

So that was it, Tyrion confirmed that to him she was just a whore and everything he said before was a lie and he would now enjoy his life with his new wife and father children, for whom Shae was unsuitable. Shae would be what Tyrion thought she was now, a whore. So it was sold out.

Later, at Tyrion's trial, she tossed him hard in Tyrion's teeth when he asked her to stop.

Tyrion: Shae. Please do not.

Shae: I'm a whoreNotice?
Season 4 episode 6 - the laws of gods and men


  1. Shae loved Tyrion with all her heart.
  2. Tyrion crushed her heart by calling her a whore and not fit to be the mother of his children.
  3. Shae paid back by selling out and being a whore.
  4. It's a twisted, sad story. They both loved each other, but both thought the other had betrayed them. Both tried to kill the other (Shae in court, Tyrion in his father's apartment), Tyrion was successful.


Yes. Plus, Tyrion seems like that kind of person in his romantic relationships who doesn't want to accept me .


@ DOBY2.0 He has a point though that he's a Lannister from Casterly Rock. What should he do when he leaves all of this behind? In this world, dwarfs are jugglers and entertainers, not the life a Lannister would like to live. He would have Shae, but what's the point of having her in your life when your life loses its meaning?


@Aegon, so outside of Westeros are you saying he couldn't have found a person who would appreciate his talents and make him his / her advisor? What is it called one hand?


@ DOBY2.0 What are the chances of this? knock Knock "Who are you, dwarf?", "I'm Tyrion Lannister, I want to meet the Sealord of Bravos", "And I want to be the Sealord myself, pissed off for all the good it does me." "But ..." "That's it, dwarf, last chance, run or suffer" .... * waddles away * .... "Oh look a dwarf, have him kidnapped and sold to a circus" ... . dies with cartwheels


I used to trust Ageon and his answers, but to be honest, based on recent developments, I'm afraid that honestly he might not know anything. =)