It’s been days and somehow fans are still processing the epic showdown that was Game Of Thrones' “Battle of the Bastards." The episode was even more suspenseful and satisfying than we ever could have predicted. While the Ramsay Bolton vs. Jon Snow smack down was the main event, it featured another bastard with a lot of face time and foreshadowing: Tyrion. In fact, there is one line from “Battle of the Bastards” that I think proves that Tyrion is a Targaryen on Game of Thrones .
Before I address the major hint about Tyrion’s parentage, let’s recap how Tyrion could be the son of the Mad King, not Tywin Lannister. I knew fans should take notice of Tyrion’s actions in "Battle of the Bastards," as clues about his father actually being Aerys Targaryen could be revealed in the aptly titled episode. Aerys is likely Tyrion’s dad because 1) He had a thing for Tyrion’s mom, Joanna; 2) Tywin really hated Tyrion; and 3) There was a pretty big hint about Tyrion’s Targaryen heritage in the Season 6 episode “Home,” when he was able to reason with Daenerys’ dragons. Could this be because he also has dragon’s blood? After all, being Dany’s brother would make him the uncle of dragons.
So, what was that one line that could be major foreshadowing about Tyrion’s parentage? Remember the scene that had us all 'shipping hard for Yara and Dany? Well, in this scene Daenerys, alongside Tyrion, says to Yara, alongside her brother Theon, “Our fathers were evil men, all of us here.” Of course, this line makes sense when applied to Tywin — as Dany intended. But, I believe the juxtaposition of brother and sister facing another possible brother and sister and referring to “our fathers” is a pretty big sign that like Yara and Theon share a father, so do Tyrion and Dany.
The episode was pretty father-heavy in other ways when it came to Tyrion. He gave Dany a big, did you know just how evil your father was speech and told her the details of the damage the Mad King did to King’s Landing. He explained, “You once told me you knew what your father was. Do you know what his plans were for King’s Landing when the Lannister armies arrived at his gates? … He would have burned every one of his citizens, the loyal ones and the traitors, the men, women and children.”
It was interesting to hear Tyrion’s perspective on the Targaryen and Lannister relationship. And I don’t think this conversation is over. In fact, it has probably only just begun, as there is a lot more likely to be revealed about Aerys Targaryen and Joanna Lannister’s relationship.
With so much other action surrounding Cersei’s trial in the Season 6 finale, I’m not sure when more will be revealed about the whole Tyrion is a Targaryen theory. Hopefully, Game of Thrones will give fans the answers to this rapidly growing list of questions about parentage next season.
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