Warning: Contains possible spoilers for Game of Thrones season 8.
After a tense reunion with his siblings in the season-seven finale, Tyrion Lannister set sail to Winterfell with Jon Snow and Daenerys, unintentionally seeing them engage in a bit of incest along the way (although none of them know that yet).
Tyrion is still of the opinion that he managed to persuade his sister Cersei to enter a truce and send the Lannister army to help in the fight against the Night King and his pesky White Walkers. However, in a classic Cersei move, she revealed to Jaime that she was lying and would just stay in King’s Landing, securing her position and fighting whoever remains after the epic battle.
This led Jaime to leave his sister’s side for honour’s sake and head north on his own where – barring a shock death along the way – he’ll meet up with Tyrion in season eight and tell him the truth about Cersei. This could potentially lead to Tyrion making one final attempt to persuade Cersei to join the fight or lead Jaime to confront Cersei over her treachery, but whatever happens, the future isn’t bright.
“It was heartbreaking, and the end of an era,” Peter Dinklage said of the final season in early 2018, which could point to a major showdown between the Lannister siblings, leading to the death of (at least) one of them.
But maybe Tyrion hasn’t been a Lannister all along?
The theory goes that Tyrion and Daenerys are actually brother and sister, thanks to a union between Tyrion’s mother Joanna Lannister and the Mad King Aerys Targaryen who were together – or at least in the same place, and rumoured to have had a fling, in the books – around nine months before Tyrion was born. Adding weight to the theory are Tywin’s harsh final words to Tyrion: “You’re no son of mine.”
Tyrion has been seen to have an easy-going bond with the dragons, which could mean he has Targaryen blood in him. If it pans out, it means season eight could see him become one of the three Dragon Riders (with Jon and Dany) required to claim the throne… at least according to book legend.
Fans even thought that a Super Bowl commercial of all things had confirmed that Tyrion was a Targaryen as Dinklage was seen surrounded by flames and even breathing fire at the end.
Of course, that turned out to be nonsense as Dinklage shot down the theory quickly after the advert aired. “I love every single theory the fans of our show have, because they’re so much fun,” he explained.
“They get to show the dedication and love they have for the show, but you have to understand that it is a Doritos commercial. It’s not Game of Thrones. So [fans] are sort of stretching the limit with that theory when you’re branching out to Frito-Lay commercials. But I say that with all love and respect. Please, I love them.”
Plus: one dragon down, two dragons left. You do the maths.
Whether Tyrion is a Lannister or a Targaryen, another popular theory for season eight is that it will see him reconcile with Sansa who, in case you don’t remember, was once his wife, despite the fate that she’s been married again and widowed since.
With a reunion on the cards in Winterfell, maybe we’ll see Tyrion and Sansa get back together for the good of Westeros and bring the houses of Lannister and Stark together?
If you think this just sounds like fan fiction, George RR Martin based his books on actual history, with one inspiration being the Wars of the Roses between the Lancasters (Lannisters?) and the Yorks (Starks?). In real life, the two houses were united at the end of the conflict by Henry Tudor marrying Elizabeth of York, so a similar thing could happen with Tyrion and Sansa.
One potential sticking point is that in Martin’s original pitch for the A Song Of Ice and Fire series saw only five main characters get out of the story alive: Jon, Daenerys, Tyrion, Arya and Bran. There was no room for Sansa, and while Game of Thrones can get away with incest, necrophilia might be a bit too far.
Game of Thrones season 8 will premiere in 2019. The show airs on HBO in the US and Sky Atlantic and Now TV in the UK. Season 7 is now available to buy on DVD, Blu-ray or digital download.
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