There’s a popular theory amongst Game of Thrones fans, more specifically book readers, and if it turns out to be accurate, it will really rattle the foundation of everything we thought to be true in the entirely fictional world of GoT. It’s a theory that has been floating around for a little while:
Could Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) actually be a Targaryen? More specifically, a Targaryen/Lannister bastard child? (Which would make his real name Tyrion Rivers, because Rivers is the Targaryen bastard name in the same way Snow is the Stark bastard name.)
Your first reaction is probably to recoil and say, “No way.” But take a deep breath, grab a cup of tea and think about it for a second. Wouldn’t it explain so much? Wouldn’t it create a wonderful narrative parallel between Tyrion and Jon Snow (Kit Harington)? One is a bastard who doesn’t realize he’s actually royalty and the other is royalty who doesn’t realize he’s actually a bastard.
Let’s get to the evidence and theory: