This post contains spoilers from previous and potential upcoming Game of Thrones episodes, fan theories, and evidence from the books.
Rabid fans and theorists of Game of Thrones had a lot to be thankful for on this past Sunday’s episode titled “Eastwatch”. There was a lot to dissect including that blink-and-you-miss-it line from Gilly and the return of Gendry Baratheon.
However, there was also one epic moment that further confirmed the awaited reveal about Jon Snow’s lineage, but in addition to that, it added more fuel to a popular fan theory about Tyrion’s lineage as well.
The scene I’m referencing is the one where Drogon approached Jon after the battle against the Lannister army and let him get close enough to pet him. Anyone who knows anything about Dany’s dragons knows that they don’t just let anyone pet them, further cementing the fact that Jon is a Targaryen and that Drogon could sense it.
So, what does this have to do with Tyrion? Well, to answer that we are going to have to head back into the Game of Thrones archives.
It has been long believed by fans that Tyrion isn’t a Lannister at all, but in fact is a Targaryen. You see, in the books, Dany’s father, The Mad King Aerys, had an infatuation for Tywin Lannister’s wife, Joanna. Tywin was Hand of the King at this time. It was said that King Aerys definitely “took liberties” with Joanna during their bedding ceremony and many believed that by either force or seduction the two continued some sort of relationship.
In the show, Tywin doesn’t do much to prove the theory wrong as his hatred towards Tyrion was always extremely apparent.
Not to mention that when Tyrion kills Tywin before feeling King’s Landing, he says this to him in his final moments.
In the books, Tyrion has “a morbid fascination with dragons” and even had dreams about them, which Dany also was described as having done.
Not to mention that Dany, Jon, and Tyrion all lost their mothers during childbirth, which parallels the belief that a dragon must be “born of blood”.
The most important clue to this theory came in the Season 6 episode, “Home”, when Tyrion had a very similar interaction with Viserion and Rhaegal that Jon had with Drogon. When Tyrion found out the dragons weren’t eating while Dany was away he decided to go down and try to help, which also fulfilled a lifelong dream of his to be near a dragon.
So, it must mean something that in addition to Dany both Jon and Tyrion have had meaningful interactions with the dragons.
It’s also a well-known prophecy in the Game of Thrones universe that “The Dragon Has Three Heads,” which many fans believe equates to three Dragon riders. This could mean that Dany, Jon, and Tyrion could all saddle up on a Dragon in the battle against the White Walkers or against Cersei.
And if Tyrion were to ride a dragon one day it would certainly be a wonderful callback to this line from earlier on in the series.
Do you think that Tyrion will be revealed to be a Targaryen?
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