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After the explosive Season 6 finale, even those Game of Thrones fans that don't dabble in the world of fan theories know the truth about R+L=J. Jon Snow is really the son of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen, and the nephew of the Mother of Dragons herself. It's a pretty big deal in the world of Westeros, since Daenerys is believed to be the sole survivor of the ancient noble House Targaryen. But are there any more secret Targaryens hiding out there? What do you know about A+J=T?

A+J=T: Is Tyrion A Secret Targaryen?

In this equation, fan favorite Tyrion Lannister is actually not a Lannister at all. As the theory goes, Joanna Lannister had an affair with the mad king Aerys Targaryen (Dany's father), which produced the drink and dragon-loving dwarf. That would make him Daenerys's half brother, and Jon Snow's uncle.

Tyrion 'Game Of Thrones' [Credit: HBO]
Tyrion 'Game Of Thrones' [Credit: HBO]

There've been subtle clues throughout the six seasons that point to Tyrion being a secret Targaryen — and nothing to disprove it, yet. But in Season 6, Episode 2 "Home," we got one of the biggest chunks of evidence so far of Tyrion's true lineage, and possibly foreshadowing for his future.

1. A Dragon For Tyrion?

As Daenarys gets carted off to the temple of widowed Khaleesis, Tyrion decides the best way to reinstate some authority in Mereen is to set the dragons free. Then he does it.

Tyrion touches a dragon 'Game of Thrones' [Credit: HBO]
Tyrion touches a dragon 'Game of Thrones' [Credit: HBO]

While it's true that the dragons are not ferocious with everyone (Missandei, for example), they are still a serious health hazard, capable of burning little children to a crisp without a second thought.

Don't eat the help 'Game of Thrones' [Credit: HBO]
Don't eat the help 'Game of Thrones' [Credit: HBO]

In their weakened, hungry and — given Dany's absence — probably scared condition, it was an extremely bold thing to do. Even Tyrion quipped about his own stupidity to Varys after the chains had been removed. But the point is, the dragons don't eat him. The second one even offers his neck to Tyrion in a gesture that is downright docile. The fact that he was able to establish a rapport with the creatures so easily might be an indication that he shares the same blood of Old Valyria that flows through Daenerys's veins.

In "Home," Tyrion opens up about his life-long obsession with dragons, the symbol of the House Targaryen; maybe the Mother of Dragons will be willing to share one of her other dragons with her half brother?

The dragons will undoubtedly continue to play a crucial role in proving Tyrion's true lineage, but there have already been other signs that could conceivably point to his hidden heritage

2. Tywin Always Had His Suspicions About Tyrion's Legitimacy

While we don't know much about Joanna Lannister on the show, in the books, Tywin was madly in love with his wife. She was beautiful and beloved by all who knew her, and the king, Aerys — whom Tywin served as the Hand — was also infatuated with her. There were several instances of him joking about wanting to take Joanna to bed, and it's possible that at some point he was able to get his wish, whether through blackmail, brute force, or seduction (although the last one seems pretty unlikely given what we know of Joanna and Tywin's love, and Aerys's madness).

In Season 3, Episode 1 "Valar Dohaeris" he tells Tyrion:

"Men's laws give you the right to bear my name and display my colors since I cannot prove that you are not mine."

Just before Tyrion kills Tywin in Season 4, Episode 10 "The Children," the old man tells him:

"You are no son of mine."

The line sounds like just another insult meant to wound Tyrion, but what if there's more truth to it than that? Tywin might actually be reaffirming his own belief that Tyrion is the product of his wife's affair with the king.

3. Tyrion's Physical Appearance Could Be a Clue, As Well

Peter Dinklage's version of Tyrion has a light brown/dirty blonde mop of hair, and bears a scar on the side of his face after the Battle of Blackwater. In the books, however, he's considerably more distinct looking. Unlike Jaime and Cersei, who have green eyes and golden blonde hair, Tyrion has a mix of pale blonde and black hair, and one green eye and one black. The ultra-fair hair is the trademark of the Targaryens, who also possess violet eyes.

4. This Would Set Up The Fulfillment Of The Prophecy

Tyrion riding a dragon [Credit: HBO/Movie Pilot]
Tyrion riding a dragon [Credit: HBO/Movie Pilot]

When Daenerys was in the House of the Undying, she heard a prophecy saying:

"The dragon has three heads."

She already has three dragons, but she can only ride one at a time. Someone will have to ride the other two, and those two will (probably) also be Targaryens. She has already bonded the most with Drogon — named for Khal Drogo — which leaves Rhaegon and Viserion. Since Jon Snow is Rhaegar Targaryen's son, then it would make sense that he will eventually form a bond with Rhaegon, the dragon named for his father.

Will Tyrion be able to bond with Viserion?

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