Slayer of Lies Posted March 14, 2014 Author Share Posted March 14, 2014 I believe that Snowfyre Chorus and Arys Redshirt may have presented the best possible scenario (so far) for readers on both sides of the debate. While each side would like (love?) text confirmation of a definitive part-Targ or Lannister bloodline, it might be viewed as best for the series (and its fan base) to leave Tyrion’s lineage more or less where it is today, with those who find Tyrion’s potential Targ lineage absurd (for the reasons stated in this thread) able to continue believing that justly, but with the door still open for those that find a part-Targ lineage appealing (also for reasons stated in this thread). Otherwise, it does appear that a large number of readers will be at least somewhat disappointed, regardless of where the chips fall. Nonetheless, what remains to be revealed is whether Tyrion will ride a dragon or not, which will be inarguable by the end of the series. Regardless of lineage, he is still fascinated with dragons, prophesied to interact with dragons (assuming at least one of Moqorro’s “dragons” is meant to be taken literally), and will be very near Dany’s recently freed dragons as TWOW begins. Tyrion’s saddle-making ability could also make a return in dragon-saddle form, whether Tyrion himself rides a dragon or not. Whatever GRRM has planned, I look forward to the first time Tyrion comes face-to-face with an actual dragon. As for dragon-bonding, though, I’ve read from people claiming both that Targaryen blood is clearly required to ride a dragon, as well as that it’s clearly not, citing Nettles as an example. However, there is not a definitive quote in TPATQ (that I have found) that confirms one way or the other whether Nettles has any Targaryen blood or not (which is also mentioned in the Wiki). Barring that, while people might take her features as non-Targaryen, I personally (whether GRRM intended this or not) couldn’t help that Nettles reminded me / made me think of Brown Ben Plumm and his “two drops” of dragon blood, wondering if the same or similar might be true of Nettles. Alternatively, the notion that she simply won Sheepstealer over by bringing him sheep every day may be more appealing to others, without a definitive lineage quote to seal the deal. All this goes to say that the door would still be open for Tyrion to ride a dragon regardless of lineage, as others on this thread and elsewhere have also claimed. After all, there are still three known dragons, and one of them has been ridden. And regardless of current reader interpretation of “the dragon has three heads,” it does seem like it’s just dangling right out there for at least one of the other two dragons to be ridden as well, if not both. Ideally this would occur via major, longstanding POV characters (as opposed to non-POVs like Aegon), and Tyrion – fascinated with dragons as he is – fits that bill better than most, IMO. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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