Jon Snow might not know his own parentage, but nobody has a more difficult family life than Tyrion Lannister. This poor guy takes the term "dark horse" to a whole new level. Do you sometimes feel as if you're the Tyrion Lannister in your family's Game of Thrones?
Tyrion is used to rumor and ridicule in his life. He never knew his mother, who died in childbirth, and his sister blamed him for it. His father doesn't approve of his lifestyle and his talents are never recognized. Now that he's killed his father and finally alienated the only sibling who had any love for him, Tyrion is on his own in the world. This is probably for the best. I'm an only child myself, but my nuclear family has been isolated from our extended family at times — so I have always been a champion of "found families" as a valuable alternative. It's time for Tyrion to shed his Lannister roots and take Westeros (first Essos) by storm.
In Season 1 of Game of Thrones, Tyrion says to Jon Snow that "all dwarves are bastards in their father's eyes." He relates to all of the misfits in Westeros, which makes it pretty easy for all of us to channel our inner misfit and relate to him as well.
1. Your Siblings Hang Out Without You
Granted, it's a little bit of a different situation on Game of Thrones between Cersei and Jaime. Even if it's just your friends who choose each other over you, we all know that hurt.
2. Your S.O. Goes On About How Cool Your Dad Is
Like, whatever man. Get your own cool Dad.
3. You'd Rather Be Drinking
One time at a Christmas party with my mom's coworkers, I scared my parents a little bit by gulping down the punch without once questioning what was in it. It was whiskey — we're all okay.
4. Your Little Cousins Get Away With Murder
Not literally, I hope. Sure... Joffrey is Tyrion's nephew, but lines are already blurred enough in the Baratheon-Lannister clan. That doesn't make him any less of a brat. Sometimes, sometimes you get to tell them how you really feel.
5. You Are Surrounded By Idiots
Tyrion may be arrogant but he's not wrong.
6. You Just Want To Go Off On Everyone
Probably at Thanksgiving, not at your own murder trial... but still.
7. You Just Want To Read Your Book
Trust me — Tyrion wants to ride a ladder in a bookshelf like Belle from Beauty and the Beast just as much as you do.
8. You Get The Worst Chores
I don't want to mow the lawn and I don't want to sit on Joffrey's small council, Dad.
9. You Get Blamed For Everything
Whether it's a knife, a murder, or his own mother's death, everything seems to be Tyrion's fault according to his sister and father. I'm sure we can all relate to that from time to time.
10. Your FOMO Gets The Best Of You
Tyrion's adventures never go as planned, but that doesn't mean he doesn't try. If your parents never take you on vacation and your siblings aren't interested in road trips, you're a Tyrion. Think how curious he is, even when he isn't running away. He elected to visit the Wall at the beginning of the series.
11. Your Love Life Isn't Taken Seriously
Sure, everyone else is getting engaged and posting their baby pictures on Facebook, but that doesn't make your Tinder dates any less interesting. If you don't want to bring your boyfriend or girlfriend home for fear of the ridicule, you are definitely the Tyrion of your family.
12. You Don't Get Credit For Your Accomplishments
Sometimes your siblings act like they did the holiday decorations all by themselves. Sometimes your Dad rides in and saves the city under siege that you were protecting. It's rough being a Tyrion.
13. You Know You're The Best
Whatever! At the end of the day, you're great and you know it. You'll finally get out of this one horse town, and that'll show everybody, you Tyrion!
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