Game of Thrones season eight welcomed Tyrion Lannister (played by Peter Dinklage) back to HBO and Sky Atlantic screens in 2019. Tyrion has had an eventful time throughout the George RR Martin-created series, stemming from his family’s resentment towards him for his part in the death of his mother, Joanna Lannister. Here’s all you need to know Tyrion’s mother and whether her family ties means Tyrion could be a Targaryen.
Who is Tyrion Lannister’s mother on Game of Thrones?
Tyrion’s mum is Joanna Lannister, who died prior to when the HBO series is set.
Game of Thrones fans, therefore, haven’t seen Joanna on-screen but have seen the impact her death has had on her family.
Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance), Tyrion’s father, and Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey), his sister, both resent Tyrion after Joanna died during his birth,
Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) is Tyrion’s other sibling and holds more of a soft spot for his brother than the rest of his family.
Joanna was already a Lannister family member prior to marrying Tywin, with her being his first cousin.
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The Lannisters aren’t ones to shy away from incestuous relationships, Jaime and Cersei being the most obvious case in point.
Tywin and Joanna’s relation stemmed from their parents, Ser Jason and Tytos.
Tytos is Tywin’s father and the brother of Ser Jason.
This makes Tytos Joanna’s uncle and, therefore, Tywin her first cousin.
Joanna and Tywin’s family connection means their children aren’t just siblings but are also second cousins.
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Is Tyrion Lannister a Targaryen?
As Joanna’s bloodline is well and truly steeped in Lannister history, Tyrion isn’t a Targaryen.
This means Tyrion cannot be a Targaryen if Joanna is, in fact, his true mother.
At present, the only surviving Targaryens are Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) and Jon Snow (Kit Harington).
Jon Snow’s true identity was revealed in a vision by Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead-Wright).
Bran discovered his father Ned Stark (Sean Bean) was present at Jon Snow’s birth where his sister Lyanna Stark (Aisling Franciosi) was in labour.
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Lyanna had secretly married Rhaegar Targaryen (Wilf Scolding), Daenerys’ brother, before his death at the hands of Robert Baratheon (Mark Addy).
King Robert was on a mission to destroy the Targaryen family and rid Westeros of their existence.
Ned’s sister knew Robert wouldn’t let her child live if he knew he had Targaryen blood.
Lyanna pleaded with her brother to raise the child as his own, resulting in Ned bringing up Jon Snow as his b****** son.
Before she died, Lyanna gave Jon his real name of Aegon Targaryen.
Where exactly Tyrion would fit into the Targaryen family tree is unclear, although stranger things have happened in Game of Thrones.
Game of Thrones season 8 airs on HBO in the US on Sundays 9pm ET and on Sky Atlantic and NOW TV in the UK on Mondays at 2am & 9pm BST.