Breaking Down the ‘Game of Thrones’ Theory That Tyrion Is a Targaryen

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Breaking Down the ‘Game of Thrones’ Theory That Tyrion Is a Targaryen


Daenerys bases her entire journey on the idea that she is the final living Targaryen, but is that true? Well, we already (basically 100 percent) know that Jon Snow is actually her nephew, but is there one more Targaryen out there?

One huge, but divisive, Game of Thrones theory says that Tyrion Lannister is actually Tyrion Targaryen — and it’s supported by a lot of evidence.

Let’s break down this major fan theory with six reasons Tyrion is a Targaryen.

1. "The dragon has three heads"

Way back when Daenerys was in the House of the Undying, she was told that “the dragon has three heads.” Does this mean there are three remaining Targaryens? Many people think so.

With Dany and Jon Snow checking two of those boxes, that leaves one more spot open, and theories point to Tyrion as the most likely to fill it.

2. Daenerys was given three dragons

Just like “the dragon has three heads” speech, Dany was originally given three dragons. She’s the rider for Drogon, but we still have Rhaegal and Viserion looking for their own riders.

It definitely seems like Game of Thrones is setting us up to have three Targaryens, not just Dany and Jon.

3. Tywin is adamant that Tyrion isn’t his son

OK, so we’ve established that Game of Thrones points to evidence of three living Targaryens, but why Tyrion? For one, Tywin repeatedly says that Tyrion isn’t his son. His final words ever are “You are no son of mine.”

Sure, we have chalked it up to Tywin’s hazing of Tyrion, but what if he’s telling the truth?

4. The Mad King was crazy about Tywin’s wife

Though it’s mentioned in the show, the books talk much more about how Aerys “The Mad King” Targaryen was obsessed with Tywin’s wife, Joanna, even making a “joke” about how he wished the king still could participate in bedding ceremonies of new brides. (Gross.)

Does Twyin hate Tyrion not just because he’s a dwarf and he killed Joanna in childbirth, but because he’s actually the product of the Mad King raping Tywin’s wife?

5. The dragons didn’t kill Tyrion

Remember when Jon Snow reached out and pet Drogon in this week’s episode of Game of Thrones? It should have reminded you of a scene back in Season 6 when Tyrion unchained Rhaegal and Viserion.

“Dragons are intelligent—more intelligent than men according to some maesters,” said Tyrion, “They have affection for their friends and fury for their enemies. I am their friend.”

Their friend or their family. The dragons not burning Tyrion to death seemed to allude to a connection between him and the beasts.

6. Tyrion dreamed of having a dragon

Tyrion has had dragons on the brain since he was a little child. Much like how Dany feels a deep connection and attachment to her “children,” Tyrion’s love for dragons could mean something deeper about his lineage.

What do you think? Is Tyrion Dany’s half brother and Jon’s uncle?

Game of Thrones Season 7 airs at 9 p.m. ET on HBO.