Warning: This article is dark and full of Game of Thrones season eight spoilers.
In the wake of Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen’s unified army nearly being wiped out at the Battle of Winterfell in episode three, “The Long Night,” and Euron Greyjoy killing Dany’s dragon child Rhaegal in episode four, “The Last of the Starks,” the pressure for Jon and Dany to find more weapons is mounting. But hope may not be totally lost. Game of Thrones superfans believe the show may confirm more dragons exist and that Tyrion could be the one to raise them, confirming a long-standing theory that he’s secretly a Targaryen — all of which is hinted at in the trailer for the forthcoming episode. So, how could this work and, more importantly, how could Tyrion do it?
The trailer for GoT episode five is all about Dany and Cersei preparing their armies for battle against one another, from the gathering of troops to both sides taking their battle positions on land and sea for the last great war in Westeros. In the opening moments of the wordless trailer, we see Tyrion enter the war room at Dragonstone. As he approaches Dany, the camera cuts and he is suddenly seen standing right in front of a dragon carving on the wall. It’s easy to dismiss this as some clever camerawork paired with the obvious conclusion that of course dragons are carved into the wall of the Targaryen family home (the Targaryens are the only known family with the ability to ride dragons).
But, as Time magazine theorizes, this one shot and the final shot of Euron as a dragon roars off camera could hint at the long-held belief amongst GoT fans that Tyrion is secretly a Targaryen and, furthermore, the shot hints that he could be responsible for finding and raising secret dragons from dormancy.
Tyrion’s relationship with dragons has been an interesting one over GoT‘s run. In the books, Tyrion has spoken of his fascination with dragons, sharing with Jon in A Game of Thrones:
When I was your age, I used to dream of having a dragon of my own. Oh, yes. Even a stunted, twisted, ugly little boy can look down over the world when he’s seated on a dragon’s back. I used to start fires in the bowels of Casterly Rock and stare at the flames for hours, pretending they were dragon fire. Sometimes I’d imagine my father burning. At other times, my sister.
On the show, Tyrion managed to get close enough to touch one of Dany’s dragons while they were all camped out in Essos in season six, igniting theories that Tyrion’s actual parentage could be half-Lannister, half-Targaryen. This question of parentage is supported by the belief that all of the living Targaryen children had mothers who died in childbirth: Lyanna Stark dies giving birth to Jon; Dany’s mother, Rhaella Targaryen, dies in childbirth; and Tyrion is blamed by Cersei for the death of theirs, Joanna Lannister, during his birth. It’s theorized that Tyrion is actually the Mad King Aerys II Targaryen’s bastard and that the Mad King raped Joanna, which would make sense given that Tywin was Aerys’s best friend and his Hand for the duration of Aerys’s reign, allowing Aerys close proximity to Joanna. Tywin has also literally said to Tyrion on GoT that he is “no son of mine,” which is pretty convincing when you look at the other evidence.
Another clue could be the dragons themselves. It’s known that dragons don’t exactly cozy up to everyone as only those of Targaryen descent can get close enough to feed and even touch them. This is confirmed not only with Dany’s relationship to her dragon children throughout the series but also in the season eight premiere when Jon — who we know is actually Aegon Targaryen — rode Rhaegal during a date with Dany. Tyrion’s ability to get close to dragons and his questionable parentage all culminate in the belief that GoT will confirm it in the final two episodes.
Tyrion could come in handy as the person able to sniff out more secret dragons, which fans definitely believe exist and could make an appearance during Dany’s battle against Cersei. Fans have pointed out that there are four dragons shown on the astrolabe, which now depicts events from recent GoT history, and that in past seasons, Jorah and Tyrion saw dragons as they sailed through Valyria. Could Tyrion recall this and work to bring those dragons back to Westeros?
There are four dragons highlighted at the start the start of the show, so it won't surprise me if another just shows up. I always remember there was a dragon that flew over Tyrion and Jorah on their way through Valyria. #gameofthrones #GOT #TalkingThrones pic.twitter.com/Wsv5Alqhfp
— Spanishlaundry 🇹🇹 (@TerranceVargas) May 6, 2019
— Faith Stormborn Stark 🐺🐺 (@urbrownbae) May 6, 2019
At this point, we’re not ruling anything out. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see if this is all confirmed when GoT airs on Sunday, May 12 at 9/8c on HBO. For now, the suspense is too much!