Certainly, there must be people who watch Game of Thrones without any knowledge of all the theories cooking up between fans online — and those people might be joyously caught up in their new favorite 'ship: Brienne of Tarth and Tormund Giantsbane. But, for those who can't stand but look toward the future of Westeros and how this all will play out, the promo for next week's episode, "The Door," was rife with hints. For instance, I believe the new Red Woman could hint at Tyrion being a Targaryen on Game of Thrones.
OK, before I lose you completely, let's take a second to refresh on the fan theory about Tyrion being a Targaryen, which is part of the larger "Three-Headed Dragon" theory. So, it's prophesied that Daenerys will conquer Westeros on the back of her three dragons, but she needs two others descended from the Targaryen line to ride them with her. Many believe one is Jon Snow because of the R + L = J theory, and the other is Tyrion. The theory goes that Tyrion is the son of his Lannister mother and The Mad King, rather than Tywin, which explains why Tywin always hated Tyrion so much. Plus, there are hints to this theory in Tyrion's connection to dragons, how his features are described in the books, and his bookish nature resembling other Targaryens.
Then, how does this new Red Woman play into it? Well, it has already been established on Game of Thrones that Melisandre is linked to Jon Snow since she saw him in the flames — and she now claims him to be the Prince Who Was Promised, or the legendary Azor Ahai. Since we know one Red Woman, which is another name for a Red Priestess of the Lord of Light R'hollr, is connected to one of the three theorized to conquer Westeros, this new Red Woman showing up in Meereen to talk to Tyrion could mean two priestesses are connected to two parts of the Three-Headed Dragon.
Plus, in the promo for "The Door" this new Red Woman says, "Knowledge has made you powerful but there's still so much you don't know." Now, I have to admit, it's unclear whether she's talking to Tyrion or Varys — especially since knowledge has given both men what power they have — but it's possible the Red Woman is referring to Tyrion not knowing his true parentage. Plus, just as Melisandre has seen Jon Snow's future, it's certainly possible that a different Red Priestess could be attuned to Tyrion's past, present, and future — especially if both characters' futures are tied to the same event: riding Daenerys' dragons through Westeros.
Of course, with only the promo to go by, we're not getting the full context of the scene from "The Door." Perhaps the new Red Woman came looking for Daenerys', or maybe she is talking to Varys. Unfortunately, we won't know until the next episode of Game of Thrones airs. But you can be sure I will be watching "The Door" looking for any and all hints to Tyrion's parentage, his future, and whether the Three-Headed Dragon theory is more or less plausible.
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