The eighth and final season of the fantasy drama television series Game of Thrones, produced by HBO, is scheduled to premiere on April 14, 2019. Filming officially began on October 23, 2017 and concluded in July 2018. Wikipedia
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On the many Reddit threads and comment sections dedicated to Game of Thrones, rumors flutter from peer to peer like whispers from little birds. Several theories panned out — we got the return of The Hound and the resurrection of Jon Snow at the hands of the Red Woman, Melisandre — but as we approach season 8, murkier what-ifs look like they could make or break in either direction. One has particularly high stakes for the overall drama of the series: that Tyrion Lannister is half-Targaryen.
There’s an abundance of Reddit posts such as this one devoted to backing the theory, which is founded upon a few core tenets: Tyrion’s hair is white blonde, not golden; Tyrion’s mother died during childbirth, like Jon’s and Daenaerys’; Daenerys’ dragons allowed Tyrion to approach them without attacking him; and the rumor that on Tywin’s wedding night, it was the Mad King who consummated his marriage for him.
While all of these facts are intriguing, they’re not enough to make this theory stronger than the counterfactual, that Tyrion is still a Lannister. The whole point of Tywin’s hatred for his son is based on the ironic fact that they’re so alike. The iconic scene in which Tyrion shoots his father with a crossbow while Tywin sits on the toilet serves as the crux for most theoretical Targaryen claims, because Tywin says, “You’re no son of mine.” Some people think he meant this literally, that Tyrion’s parents were Joanna Lannister and the Mad King, Aerys Targaryen.
But Tyrion’s character is far less interesting when you consider it this way. If this is a true statement, then Tyrion’s patricidal act of rebellion doesn’t return the irony it’s intended to deliver. The fact is, Tyrion is emphatically Tywin’s son. Of all his children, Tyrion is the one who takes after his father most. Cersei has the brains, but is far too remorseless and quick-to-act to truly be like Tywin. Jaime has the brawn, but he was little more than Tywin’s poster-child, a Kingsguard that was supposed to eventually settle down in Casterly Rock to start a family.
Tyrion is a tactician, a person who knows his strengths and weaknesses inside out. As he tells Jon Snow in the series’ pilot, “Let me give you some advice, bastard. Never forget what you are. The rest of the world will not. Wear it like armor, and it can never be used to hurt you.” Finding strength by acknowledging weakness is a measured, Tywinesque approach to life. Ironically, Tywin was ultimately killed because he didn’t recognize the disparity between his weakness and Tyrion’s strength. As he stared Tyrion down in that bathroom, spouting claims that he’d never let a Lannister be killed on his watch, his son called his bluff. Tyrion channelled his own weakness — even as he wrestled with killing his own father — and empowered himself with it. He thought of Shae, who had betrayed him and was in cahoots with Tywin. He thought of his life as “dwarf,” “imp,” “monster,” realizing that he never got to experience what it was like to be truly called “son.”
The real reason Tywin was resentful of his son was that he was embarrassed by him. Ostensibly, this seems to be based on the fact that Tyrion was a dwarf, a half-man — a son to be ashamed of in Westeros. In reality, Tywin was disappointed because he saw shades of himself in Tyrion. Here was the intellectual pride and joy of the Lannisters who doesn’t share the Lannister-first mindset of the rest of the family. Tyrion is a voracious reader who’d sooner talk to a drunkard than an uncle, who’d drink himself to sleep and stumble into family events smelling of wine. Mostly, Tyrion cares deeply about people. When he made perhaps the greatest play in Game of Thrones history — blowing up Stannis’ armada with wildfire at the Blackwater in Season 2 — he outsmarted the most revered general in all of Westeros. However, rather than celebrate his victory, Tyrion felt sorrowful for the irreparable damage he had dealt. Tyrion and Tywin may have different outlooks on life, but in terms of strategic prowess, Tyrion was his father’s son at the Battle of Blackwater Bay. And that’s what crystallizes the reasons as to why Tywin looked down on him — because the day he was his father’s son was the day he did something he’d regret for the rest of his life.
Tywin is only concerned with the success and longevity of the Lannister name. He would change sides in a war in a heartbeat if it meant wealth and prosperity for his family. Such was the case when he stormed King’s Landing at the end of Robert’s Rebellion, fighting on the same side as Ned Stark, who he’d come to betray in later years. Tywin even had Tyrion imprisoned for his dissident behavior in defense of Lannister heritage. It was during this time that Tyrion made his illustrious “I demand a trial by combat” performance. which moved audiences all over the world. When Tywin denied him justice, he stood up and sought his own. Tywin, a truly Machiavellian character, chose The Mountain as his champion. Tyrion, on the other hand, understood when his usual champion, Bronn, announced that this time he couldn’t defend him. He didn’t attempt to manipulate him, because he recognized that his life wasn’t more valuable than his friend’s, to the extent that he would have taken on The Mountain himself had Oberyn Martell not offered to be his champion at the last second.
Ultimately, Tyrion changed sides in the war too. However, Tyrion’s allegiance was never so much to his father’s cause as it was to his brother, Jaime. While most of the Lannisters despise Tyrion, he and his brother were always connected. While other Lannisters may have dismissed Tyrion’s good heart for weakness, Jaime saw it for what it was. Jaime saw his brother as vulnerable, yes, but recognized the power in that vulnerability. As we approach Season 8 of Game of Thrones, it seems likely that Jaime, too, will choose to fight on the side of the living instead of playing political games with his sister Cersei. Perhaps the Tywinesque aspects of Tyrion’s character have inspired Jaime — after all, Tyrion is an isolation of all his father’s best qualities, having refrained from retaining the ones that made him sour..
While it’s certainly interesting to make cases for characters being secret Targaryens after the revelation about Jon’s true parentage at the Tower of Joy last season, in this case the theory doesn’t supersede the seemingly ordinary reality: that Tyrion, son of Tywin, is a Lannister through and through. He’s just more concerned with fighting for what’s right than holding up his family’s legacy.
Welcome to Final Path, a regular feature leading up to the final season of HBO’s Game of Thrones. In every Final Path, The Hollywood Reporter’s resident Westeros expert, Josh Wigler, will offer a character-by-character deep dive of their journey through seven seasons, as well as what can be expected in the upcoming eighth and final season. Up next: the dragons — Drogon, Rhaegal and Viserion.
Before it was Game of Thrones it was A Song of Ice and Fire, author George R.R. Martin’s name for the epic novel series about Westeros. Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and his side of the story in the North brings the ice. The fire? We know where that comes from, too.
Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) and her dragon-riding conquest through Essos was the major parallel storyline throughout the first six seasons of Thrones, until the day came that she and her fire-breathing children finally arrived in Westeros proper. The winged creatures have soared high above the Seven Kingdoms ever since — and one of them now flies for a new master.
Among the single most iconic aspects of Game of Thrones, the dragons are bound to have as massive an impact on the endgame as any of the human characters — more so, in many cases. It’s only fair to give them a final look back and forward, then, as we enter the last remaining days before Game of Thrones’ return. With that said, fly with us on the Final Path for Drogon, Rhaegal and Viserion.
The epic fantasy drama returns to screens next week for its eighth and final season.
Christie and her co-star Emilia Clarke have promised that viewers will enjoy the “bigger” than ever before episodes.
Speaking of the show’s ending, Christie, who plays Brienne Of Tarth, said: “You’re going to need therapy.”
Christie also said that she feels her character – a formidable warrior standing at more than six feet tall – has been involved in a movement about women being perceived in a different way.
The actress said: “I do feel emotional about it – it’s everything that the character has said to me and meant to me.
“I feel like she has been a part of a cultural movement that’s demanded that women are seen in a different way.”
Clarke said she can see similarities between the TV series, based on George R R Martin’s fantasy novels, and the current political landscape.
She said: “The overarching theme in the entire show, but especially in season eight, is power.
“It’s about what it does to people, what it actually is, who deserves it, what are the decisions that you have to make when you have it, what are the sacrifices that you have to make?
“I find it fascinating in the real world, too, looking at politicians.
“The amount of times that I read newspapers or shout at the TV, and then I think, ‘I wonder… behind those closed doors, I wonder what deals you had to cut to get where you are?”‘
Game of Thrones season eight will see regular cast members including Kit Harington, Maisie Williams, Lena Headey, Sophie Turner and Peter Dinklage return for the final time.
It will contain six episodes and will finally bring an end to the saga of who will rule Westeros. It airs on Sky Atlantic in the UK beginning on April 15