anonymous asked:

Hi! I have a question... do you think Tyrion is the third head of the dragon? I've heard this theory so many times, but somehow I'm not convinced :/

Hey!  So, it’s a tricky question, I guess.  And I’m of several minds about it, but I’ll try and summarize those several into one for you. 

The first mind is what does that phrase mean? It’s implied in text that it means some sort of Targaryen trifecta, both because of Aegon, Visenya, and Rhaenys and because of the sigil itself. So does that mean that Tyrion, like Jon (if you are like me and subscribe to R+L=J), is a secret Targaryen?  I don’t think so.  I’m pretty convinced Tyrion is Tywin’s son, so given that definition of “the dragon must have three heads” as three Targaryens, no.  I don’t think he is the third head.

The second mind is that GRRM likes to troll hard when it comes to prophecy, and he twists and inverts mythological parallels to enhance theme and character development.  You see this with the legend of the last hero, which has parallels for both Bran and Jon.  He makes it a little more explicit here:

“Gorghan of Old Ghis once wrote that a prophecy is like a treacherous woman. She takes your member in her mouth, and you moan with the pleasure of it and think, how sweet, how fine, how good this is . . . and then her teeth snap shut and your moans turn to screams. That is the nature of prophecy, said Gorghan. Prophecy will bite your prick off every time.” ((Marwyn)Samwell V, AFFC)

So how literal is this phrase when Dany and Maester Aemon mull it over? To me, it strikes me more as a question than an answer.  Especially when we take into account that GRRM has said “Three heads of the dragon… yes… but the third will not necessarily BE a Targaryen…“ (SSM)  He could mean Jon (I doubt it though); he could also mean Tyrion.

Third mind: Tyrion’s pov has a shitton and a half of Dragon references.  Some of them are historical references; a good number of them are references to the coin–golden dragons which have such a strong association with a lot of complexity that really deserve their own discussion independently of this response; for many of them, they reflect that dragons aren’t far from his conscience.  (I was going to write about them all here, but, honestly, I think it’s a subject for a different meta and I feel like I’d get off topic too easily since it goes into far more than just him being the third head of the dragon, so I’m cutting myself off for this ask.)  In any case, he has more than Jon does by a longshot, and I feel like most people who subscribe to the “three heads of the dragon” theories that float around out there assume that Jon is going to be one of them.  (For context: Arya has about as many as Jon does to give some perspective on that, while Tyrion has six times as many.)

So even if he isn’t the third dragon head, there is a lot of thematic build towards his being a dragon affiliate of some sort.  I’m inclined to believe that all that dragon stuff is going to go somewhere.  So I think that one trumps my reservations on the subject and makes me think he is.

I also think there’s room for him to ride a dragon without being the third dragon head given how much flexibility exists within the term. 

Chapter-by-Chapter Analysis: Jaime I, ASOS

Chapter-by-Chapter Analysis: Jaime I, ASOS

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“He remembered the pail Lady Catelyn had kicked over in his cell. A strange woman, to trust her girls to a man with shit for honor.” Synopsis: Brienne takes Jaime and Ser Cleos down the river, where they are almost caught by Ser Robin Ryger. SPOILER WARNING: This chapter analysis, and all following, will contain spoilers for all Song of Ice and Fire novels and Game of Thrones episodes. Caveat…

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Sansa/Oberyn Victorian AU

The Starks had been in the oil industry for time out of memory. Starting out as a single whaling ship, the family’s empire grew to a fleet unlike any seen before. But whale oil has become a commodity of the past. Crude oil is the future. And so Eddard Stark began to cultivate a foothold in the new energy market. It was a decision that would destroy his family.

Sansa Stark was attending finishing school when she received news of her family’s deaths. Her parents, along with her elder brother and his wife were murdered by cutthroats on their way to the opera. Her younger brothers and sister soon after disappeared from their boarding schools. With few others to turn to she was taken in by the Lannisters, her family’s business rivals.

Upon coming of age it was soon decided that as payment for their generosity, Sansa would marry Tyrion Lannister. The dwarf son of Tywin, he is none the less set to inherit the Lannister company due to his elder brother becoming a man of the cloth. Since it appears Sansa is the only heir to the Stark fortune, it is seen at least financially, as a good match.

Soon after their wedding Tyrion is sent to the dessert wastelands of the Middle East. Vast wells of oil are speculated to be lying beneath the endless sand. Taking pity on his young wife Tyrion takes Sansa with him and together they travel from London to Dorne.

Upon arrival Sansa is overwhelmed by the strange and exotic city. More so by Oberyn Martell, younger brother of Dorne’s sheik, Doran. Oberyn is kind and open, a trait she has not encountered for a long time; as he shows her how life thrives in seemingly inhospitable conditions. And despite herself she begins to fall for him. But even if she were not already married; their duties, not to mention their cultures already stack the deck against them.

However, as talks of business grind to a halt, the secret passion between Sansa and Oberyn burns hotter then the midday dessert sun. Can they find a way to be together? Or is it as hopeless a dream as grasping firmly onto sand?


Game of Thrones: Season 6 behind the scenes episodes 1&2.

anonymous asked:

About a year ago, you wrote a post defending underage marriage in ASOIAF. In it, you talked about Sansa and Tyrion's marriage and said that you had major issues with how the show did it. Was your issue the depiction of Tyrion as a nice guy for not raping Sansa, or something else?

Well, just to be clear, I wasn’t like… “defending underage marriage.” I was defending Martin exploring the topic, because I find the way he does it to have an incredibly fascinating and feminist meaning for the reader.

But yeah, the Good Guy trope for sure was part of it. Just whitewashing everything to puff up their golden boy, as usual. And that included dismissing Sansa’s resistance narrative.

I’m doing a bad job explaining myself. If you’re up for it, this essay gets into it quite heavily. I wrote it mid season 5, the week “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken” aired.