‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 8: Could Tyrion Lannister End Up On The Iron Throne?

Game of Thrones is only three episodes away from its highly anticipated finale and fans cannot wait to find out which character ends up on the Iron Throne. After an intense Battle of Winterfell in “The Long Night,” Jon Snow (Kit Harington), Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), and Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) are the obvious frontrunners, but there are some fans who believe you shouldn’t rule out Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) just yet.

'Game of Thrones' star Peter Dinklage
Peter Dinklage | Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for HBO

Fan theory makes a case for Tyrion

Aside from Tyrion’s intelligence and wit, there are clues in his backstory that indicate George R.R. Martin has big plans for the character. For starters, Tyrion’s name means “ruler” and “monarch” in both Greek and Latin. This could be a coincidence, or Martin’s way of throwing fans off the trail. There is also the fact that Tyrion’s mother died in childbirth, something he shares with both Daenerys and Jon.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the fan theory takes things a step further by claiming that Tyrion is really a Targaryen. It seems unlikely that Game of Thrones would pull that trick twice, but we have to admit that it is not completely out of the realm of possibility.

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Tyrion’s father, Tywin Lannister, often said that he was not his son, though that was probably more about resentment than anything else.

That said, Tyrion was one of the few characters to bond with Daenerys’ dragons, which is definitely enough to speculate that he has Targaryen blood.

Tyrion would make a great ruler

There is little doubt that Tyrion is capable of ruling Westeros. He has proven himself adept at playing the political game in King’s Landing and has served faithfully as Daenerys’ Hand of the Queen for several seasons. Tyrion has made a few mistakes along the way, but he is arguably the smartest and wittiest character in the entire show.

He also does not want the Iron Throne, which, along with Jon Snow, might make him the perfect person for the job.

Sansa (Sophie Turner) and Tryion (Peter Dinklage) in 'The Long Night'
Sansa (Sophie Turner) and Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) | Photo by Helen Sloan/HBO

Over the past eight seasons of Game of Thrones, Tyrion has proven himself a capable leader in a variety of stressful circumstances. After escaping Lysa Arryn’s trial, for example, Tyrion formed his own army with the Hill Giants. He also single-handedly saved King’s Landing in the Battle of Blackwater Bay, though he was never properly recognized for it.

With Jon and Daenerys turning their focus towards Cersei after defeating the Night King, they will undoubtedly lean on his intelligence in the battle to come.

What about Jon and Daenerys?

While there is a good case for Tyrion taking the Iron Throne, the fact that Jon and Daenerys are still alive makes it less likely. Daenerys has wanted to rule Westeros her entire life and has spent the past eight seasons moving towards that goal.

Jon, on the other hand, has never sought a position of authority and only recently discovered that he has a legitimate claim to the throne. There are still three episodes left in Season 8, and one of these frontrunners would likely have to die in order for Tyrion to come out on top.

‘Game of Thrones’ releases Episode 4 trailer

Jon and Daenerys make have lived to see another day after the Battle of Winterfell, but the war for Westeros is still ahead. In the official trailer for the upcoming episode, we learned that Daenerys still has two dragons at her disposal, though her forces were significantly reduced after fighting the Night King.

In fact, she lost all of her Dothraki fighters, who led the charge against the White Walkers. We still do not know how many soldiers survived the slaughter, but they are definitely outnumbered by Cersei Lannister’s Golden Company forces.

Speaking of Cersei, the trailer features a few shots of her looking more than happy with Euron Greyjoy at her side. We also catch a glimpse of Cersei’s army, which appears to be preparing for the coming battle. We have no idea how Jon and Daenerys plan to take down Cersei, but it definitely won’t be easy infiltrating King’s Landing with such a large force guarding its walls.

New episodes of Game of Thrones air Sunday nights on HBO.