Following Rhaegal’s cruel demise in “The Last of the Starks,” the fourth episode of Game of Thrones‘ eighth season, fans were shocked that only one of Daenerys’ three dragons is left representing the battle against Cersei and Euron.
But judging by the teaser trailer for episode five, this season’s penultimate episode, it appears like more dragons could be on the way — and that Tyrion may be directly occupied in this progress.
The clip opens with Tyrion gradually walking through the Chamber of the Painted Table in Dragonstone before pausing in front of a dragon on the wall. The camera lingers on this shot. The final moments then show Euron gazing up into the sky with a puzzled look on his face as a dragon roars.
Tyrion’s crucial role in season 8 has yet to come into focus as most of his storyline until now has centered on him struggling with his reliability to Daenerys and the increasing apprehension that she is going mad. However, several fans have long speculated that Tyrion’s appeal with dragons might indicate that he has a important part to play in Targaryen history.
In George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire book series, there are many clues that Tyrion perhaps is a surreptitious Targaryen and that he will be one of the three people implicated in the three heads of the dragon foresight. The three heads of the dragon prophecy comes from a book scene in which Daenerys has a visualization of her brother Rhaegar in the House of the Undying in Qarth.
Show viewers saw this sequence in season 2, but that scene, with a few others, was not incorporated. During the revelation, Daenerys sees Rhaegar naming his newborn son Aegon — his second child with Elia Martell, not Jon, whose real name is also Aegon — as a wet nurse feeds him.
“He has a song. He is the prince that was promised, and his is the song of ice and fire,” Rhaegar tells the nurse before looking directly at Daenerys and saying, “There must be one more. The dragon has three heads.”
Before the Night King killed Viserion and reanimated him as a wight dragon, several fans assumed that the three heads of the dragon was a indication to the three people who would ultimately ride Daenerys’ three dragons. But with only Drogon left over, there’s now assumption that the three heads are not three dragon riders, but rather three Targaryens who will come together to save the Seven Kingdoms.
We know that both Daenerys and Jon are Targaryens, but if there is a third living Targaryen, Tyrion absolutely seems like the most expected candidate.
One famous theory is that Tyrion is in fact the Mad King’s bastard rather than the trueborn son of Tywin and Joanna Lannister, which would make him another secret Targaryen. This theory stems from hints in the books that the Mad King was too attached to Joanna Lannister and may have raped her around the time that Tyrion was conceived.
Joanna’s bond with the Mad King is never talked about on the show, but Tywin does make numerous comments that appear to mention that he believes Tyrion may not be his son.
“You are an ill-made, spiteful little creature, full of envy, lust, and low cunning,” Tywin tells Tyrion in season 3. “Men’s laws give you the right to bear my name and display my colors, since I cannot prove that you are not mine. And to teach me humility the gods have condemned me to watch you waddle about wearing that proud lion that was my father’s sigil and his father’s before him.”
Tywin’s last words to Tyrion are also exactly, “You’re no son of mine.”
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
Tyrion finding a approach to “wake dragons out of stone” would apparently also tie directly into the Prince That Was Promised prophecy, maybe representing that Jon, Daenerys and Tyrion can only accomplish the prediction together. “When the red star bleeds and the darkness gathers, Azor Ahai shall be born again amidst smoke and salt to wake dragons out of stone,” Melisandre says in the books.
There’s also the reality that the gyroscope in Game of Thrones‘ opening credits portrays four dragons rather than three and that in season 5, Tyrion and Jorah saw a dragon flying over Valyria that was never confirmed to be Drogon.
Could more dragons really be on the way? Only a few more days until we find out.