Literary

Tyrion Lannister (spoilers)

I love the Song of Ice and Fire books and the Game of Thrones TV series. Like many thousands of people, Tyrion Lannister is my favourite character. So far, his story in the books is more exciting than in the TV show, but that’s like saying that peanut butter is better than Nutella; Nutella is still fantastic.

Varys and Tyrion Lannister (Conleth Hill and Peter Dinklage) were last seen in Meereen, trying to rule the city with Grey Worm and Missandei in the absence of Daenerys Targaryen.
Varys and Tyrion Lannister (Conleth Hill and Peter Dinklage) were last seen in Meereen, trying to rule the city with Grey Worm and Missandei in the absence of Daenerys Targaryen.

HBO have released a series of photos from the next series, suggesting that Tyrion will still be in Meereen. He will apparently be visited by Kinvara, a new red priestess, who will offer assistance in the ruling of Meereen now that Daenerys has done a runner on her dragon. I must admit, I’m not ecstatic about another red priestess… We shall see.

The teaser trailer also seems to show a dead Tyrion (and Jon Snow), but I don’t buy this just yet.

There are many theories floating around about what might be revealed in series 6, one of which is that Tyrion is actually a Targaryen. Tywin once told Tyrion: “Mens’ laws give you the right to bear my name and display my colours since I cannot prove that you are not mine.” I’m not sure I want this to be true – it’s not exciting enough. Although Tyrion does deserve a dragon of his own.

“I think Tyrion can be the most relatable to the modern sensibility because he’s not a hero and not a villain. He has a sense of humour even in the worst of times. Who relates to Ned Stark? Is he anybody sitting at the dinner table? But Tyrion is one of the dinner party.” – Peter Dinklage, taken from this great Guardian interview.

Peter Dinklage with his wife, theatre director Erica Schmidt, in New York in 2013. Photograph: Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic
Peter Dinklage with his wife, theatre director Erica Schmidt, in New York in 2013. Photograph: Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic

Let’s face it, George R.R. Martin knows that Tyrion is the world’s favourite character, so he’s probably not going to do too well in the end…

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