(Disclaimer: If you do not subscribe to the idea that R+L=J, this theory is not for you; it is dependent on believing that the text proves Jon as Rhaegar and Lyanna’s son.)
The dragon has three heads. There are two men in the world who I can trust, if I can find them. I will not be alone then. We will be three against the world, like Aegon and his sisters.
Daenerys VI, A Storm of Swords
The theory is that Daenerys, Jon, and Tyrion are the 3 heads of the dragon because they are so uniquely similar to one another.
I support this theory by drawing a list of similarities shared between all 3 characters; similarities which meet a specific criteria:
1) The similarities are independent of one another - i.e., not directly influenced by.
2) The validity of these similarities is not determined by other, irrelevant, dissimilarities.
Dany being a female (dissimilarity) doesn’t make it false that she has a dead lover (similarity).
3) Every set of similarities applies to all 3 characters.
Daenerys, Jon, Tyrion, and Arya have all slain a villain.
However, Arya does not have a mother who died in childbirth, nor has she had a lover who has died.
Therefore, Arya does not meet the aforementioned criteria that applies to the other 3 characters.
Now that we’re on the same page, I have divided my list of similarities in order to discourage the argument that if one similarity is wrong, all are wrong. The list is divided into 2 categories:
Factual Similarities - proven in the text (see disclaimer)
Interpreted Similarities - debatable
These are the Factual Similarities:
1) Dany, Jon, and Tyrion each slew their mother in childbirth.
- Rhaella, Lyanna, Joanna
2) Dany, Jon, and Tyrion each are the 3rd child to a parent who only has 3 children.
- Dany is 3rd born to Rhaella
- Jon is 3rd born to Rhaegar
- Tyrion is 3rd born to Joanna
3) Dany, Jon, and Tyrion are each from the sibling paradigm: Male/Male/Female (a paradigm which is present in their own connection: Jon/Tyrion/Daenerys)
4) Dany, Jon, and Tyrion have each lived the life of an outcast.
- Daenerys is a vigilante
- Jon is a bastard
- Tyrion is a dwarf
5) Dany, Jon, and Tyrion have each defended the innocent.
- Daenerys defends the slaves from the masters
- Tyrion defends the people of King’s Landing from Stannis
- Jon defends the realm from the Wildlings/Others
6) Dany, Jon, and Tyrion each kill someone who has A ) Been in a position of power, and B ) Threatened their way of life
- Dany kills Kraznys (who is the the head slaver in Astapor); who would have taken Drogon away (threatening Dany's way of life)
- Jon kills Janos (who was the Commander of the City Watch); who would undermined everything Jon was working for in the NW (threatening Jon's way of life)
- Tyrion kills Tywin (who was Lord of Casterly Rock and Hand of the King); who would have executed him or sent him to the wall (threatening his way of life)
7) Dany, Jon, and Tyrion have had a lover who has died.
8) Dany, Jon, and Tyrion have each held a position of authority.
- Dany has been Khaleesi and Queen
- Jon has been Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch
- Tyrion has been Hand of the King
9) Dany, Jon, and Tyrion have each had an attempt on their life.
- The warlocks in Qarth attempt to assassinate Dany (Manticore)
- Cersei attempts to assassinate Tyrion (Mandon Moore)
- Bowen Marsh and Co. attempt to assassinate Jon (Daggers in the dark)
10) Dany, Jon, and Tyrion have all been betrayed.
- Mirri Mah Durz betrays Dany
- Bowen and Co. betray Jon
- Shae betrays Tyrion
These are the Interpreted Similarities:
1) Dany, Jon, and Tyrion are all half-Targaryen
Each combination of parents and child need to be fully explain:
I imagine this is being met by nods from some and groans from many others. What evidence is there to suggest he’s anything less than a full blooded Lannister?
Let’s examine some of the source material in this regard:
“... I cannot prove that you are not mine.”
Tyrion I, A Storm of Swords
“prove” is the stand-out word in this sentence. When Tywin says “prove”, it doesn’t just play on his hatred for Tyrion, it connotes doubt. Tywin has doubts that Tyrion is his. But, why wouldn’t Tywin be absolutely certain? If Tywin loved Joanna, and she certainly doesn’t seem a whore, why doubt? Well:
“Prince Aerys … as a youth, he was taken with (Joanna) of Casterly Rock, a cousin of Tywin Lannister. When she and Tywin wed, (Aerys) drank too much wine at the wedding feast and was heard to say that it was a great pity that the lord’s right to the first night had been abolished. A drunken jape, no more, but Tywin Lannister was not a man to forget such words, or the … the liberties (Aerys) took during the bedding.”
Daenerys VII, A Dance with Dragons
Mind you, I don’t believe the “liberties” suggest he claimed first night. I think Aerys’ antics during the bedding were simply meant to highlight Aerys’ lust for Joanna. So, given that Joanna was not a whore, that Aerys was a mad rapist who lusted for her, and Tywin’s paternity doubts, one can conclude that Aerys most likely raped Joanna at some point; Tyrion being their bastard.
“You . . . you are no . . . no son of mine.”
Tyrion XI, A Storm of Swords
Outside the implications of his father being a dragon (Targaryen), Tyrion also has multiple other connections to dragons:
“When I was your age, I used to dream of having a dragon of my own … Even a stunted, twisted, ugly little boy can look down over the world when he’s seated on a dragon’s back … I used to start fires in the bowels of Casterly Rock and stare at the flames for hours, pretending they were dragonfire.”
Tyrion II, A Game of Thrones
“What do you see in those flames?”
“Dragons old and young, true and false, bright and dark. And you. A small man with a big shadow, snarling in the midst of all.”
Tyrion VIII, A Dance with Dragons
Several times throughout the series dragons, or their presence, are associated with big shadows.
Tyrion, Winds of Winter Excerpt
A sign from the old gods, in the form of a white cyvasse dragon.
A terrible beauty. Like dragonfire. Tyrion wondered if Aegon the Conqueror had felt like this as he flew above his Field of Fire.
Here we see Tyrion marveling at the wildfire he had set off in the Blackwater. He then wonders if Aegon (another dragon) felt the same way he did.
These next series of quotes and explanations detail how Tyrion survived falling in and swallowing part of the Rhoyne:
When he opened his mouth to curse them all, black water filled his lungs, and the dark closed in around him.
Tyrion V, ADwD
Tyrion opens his mouth, and swallows death (the Rhoyne)
“How long must I continue to torture myself? When will we be certain that I’m clean?”
“Truly?” said the Halfmaester. “Never. You swallowed half the river.
Tyrion VI, ADwD
Tyrion didn’t just come in contact with the river, he swallowed a good portion of it. Shortly after, we’re shown the potency of the Rhoyne's greyscale infested waters once we see how quickly it has affected Jon Cunnington:
The nail on his middle finger had turned as black as jet, he saw, and the grey had crept up almost to the first knuckle. The tip of his ring finger had begun to darken too, and when he touched it with the point of his dagger, he felt nothing.
The Lost Lord, ADwD
So, how does Tyrion survive swallowing the waters of the Rhoyne when Griff was afflicted to easily?
The eyes were where a dragon was most vulnerable. The eyes, and the brain behind them. Not the underbelly, as certain old tales would have it. The scales there were just as tough as those along a dragon’s back and flanks. And not down the gullet either. That was madness. These would-be dragonslayers might as well try to quench a fire with a spear thrust. “Death comes out of the dragon’s mouth,” Septon Barth had written in his Unnatural History, “but death does not go in that way.”
Tyrion XI, ADwD
I don’t believe it’s coincidence that Tyrion so specifically swallows a form of liquid death, survives, and reflects on this specific passage in Septon Barth’s writings. Tyrion doesn’t contract greyscale because he is a dragon; death comes out of his mouth, not the other way around.
3) Dany, Jon, and Tyrion represent each part of the Undying Triplet:
. . . three heads has the dragon . . . . three fires must you light . . . one for life and one for death and one to love . . . three mounts must you ride . . . one to bed and one to dread and one to love . . . three treasons will you know . . . once for blood and once for gold and once for love . . .
I explain each of these in posts further down the thread:
And last, but not least:
4) Dany, Jon, and Tyrion represent the 3 things used to forge Lightbringer:
“Do you know the tale of the forging of Lightbringer? I shall tell it to you. It was a time when darkness lay heavy on the world. To oppose it, the hero must have a hero’s blade, oh, like none that had ever been. And so for thirty days and thirty nights Azor Ahai labored sleepless in the temple, forging a blade in the sacred fires. Heat and hammer and fold, heat and hammer and fold, oh, yes, until the sword was done. Yet when he plunged it into water to temper the steel it burst asunder. “Being a hero, it was not for him to shrug and go in search of excellent grapes such as these, so again he began. The second time it took him fifty days and fifty nights, and this sword seemed even finer than the first. Azor Ahai captured a lion, to temper the blade by plunging it through the beast’s red heart, but once more the steel shattered and split. Great was his woe and great was his sorrow then, for he knew what he must do. “A hundred days and a hundred nights he labored on the third blade, and as it glowed white-hot in the sacred fires, he summoned his wife. ‘Nissa Nissa,’ he said to her, for that was her name, ‘bare your breast, and know that I love you best of all that is in this world.’ She did this thing, why I cannot say, and Azor Ahai thrust the smoking sword through her living heart. It is said that her cry of anguish and ecstasy left a crack across the face of the moon, but her blood and her soul and her strength and her courage all went into the steel. Such is the tale of the forging of Lightbringer, the Red Sword of Heroes.”
Davos , ACoK
- The water used first to temper lightbringer represents the birth of Dany, born in the midst of a storm.
- The lion used to temper lightbringer represents the birth of Tyrion, born in the home of the lions - Casterly Rock.
- The love of Nissa Nissa used to temper lightbringer represents Jon, born of love in the Tower of Joy.
Through these multiple connections, I believe Jon, Tyrion, and Daenerys are the 3 heads of the dragon, and will be the key players in the "war for the dawn".
Edited by pobeb, 17 July 2014 - 01:05 PM.