Here's a crazy fan-theory about 'Game of Thrones' that changes everything

Be warned GoT fans! What you see here cannot be unseen! This article does not contain spoilers, but after reading it, nothing will ever be the same again!

There's a crazy fan theory doing the rounds that Cersei Lannister is actually a Targaryen - believable? We think so! Enough evidence has been collected to make us think this could be true. Let's go through it together.

Tyrion as a Targaryen

One theory states that Tyrion Lannister is actually a Targaryen, son of the Mad King Aerys and Joanna Lannister. Hardcore fans claim that the books make several references to Daenerys's evil father having a major thing for Tyrion's mother.

We know how much Tywin loathes his last born, but could it be because Joanna's son was not his, to begin with, and not because he was a dwarf, or that his mother died in childbirth, as we've been led to believe?

There seems to be some evidence in the books, particularly "A Dance With Dragons" that support the claim that she could have had an affair with the Mad King either before or after her marriage to Tywin. If it was after, then Tyrion could be their lovechild.

The Three Dragons

Nobody will forget how Tyrion bravely approached two of Dany's dragons and set them free. Did they allow his approach because they knew he was there to help them or because they sensed his Targaryen bloodline? 

Another clue that supports this theory is that Tyrion has vivid dreams about dragons and only Targaryens, those with the blood of the dragon, have been blessed with premonition-like dream abilities known as "dragon dreams."

If this theory is true, the fandom would applaud the idea that all three of Daenerys's dragons were born to be ridden by the series’ three major “heroic” characters that we have grown to love; namely the mother of dragons herself, Jon Snow, and our beloved Tyrion. But is that really the case?

Jon Snow as a Dragon Rider

Fans argue that Jon has been burned before when he was saving the Commander from a white walker and therefore has no business expecting to be a dragon rider at all.

Dany is fire-retardant and has proved this over and over again. Does Jon have to be fire-resistant to be a dragon rider and a Targaryen?

Tyrion as the Sole Lannister Heir

Tyrion appears to be the most similar in character and intelligence to Tywin Lannister. He has his brainpower and his principles, and he is an influencer with an affable character.

So what if the real reason Tywin hated him so much is that Cersei and Jaime are really children of the Mad King and Tywin found himself stuck with Tyrion, "the monster," as his only true heir? 

Tyrion Lannister: "I'm guilty of a far more monstrous crime: I'm guilty of being a dwarf!"

Tywin Lannister: "You are not on trial for being a dwarf."

Tyrion Lannister: "Oh, yes I am! I've been on trial for that my entire life!"

This is where the theory gets even wilder, and what's more, Kristian Nairn, the actor who played “Hodor," unintentionally confirmed it.

Ironically, the real-life “Hodor,”  the character with the least amount of lines, was the one to spill the beans. He appeared on Sky Atlantic's post-episode rundown and literally said about the twins:

"...with their family history and with their father, obviously being the Mad King"

Oh, he retracted his comment on Twitter fairly quickly, claiming he said the wrong name and was "befuddled" by having to catch up on two episodes before the interview, but the damage was already done and the internet went crazy with that slip.

So let's dig deep for this one and investigate it to its natural conclusion. Buckle your seatbelts, the ride is about to get bumpy!

Jaime and Cersei as Targaryens 

Jaime and Cersei could well be the illegitimate offspring of an ill-fated union between Tyrion's wife and Mad King Aerys II of House Targaryen.

The books say that the Mad King loved Joanna, and he does afford Jaime special treatment when electing him as the youngest Kingsguard ever.

Physical Looks

Targaryens have been wedding brother to sister for almost three centuries to keep their bloodlines pure believing it contains magic.

Physically, the twins are blond like Targaryens who still retain their classic Valyrian looks, and even Tywin reportedly could not tell them apart as children.


They have been lovers ever since they were young, and while incest is taboo in Westeros, it is in fact encouraged and expected among members of the House Targaryen where their twincest would not have batted a single eyelid.

Remember how Dany's brother objectified her body before he married her off to Khal Drogo to regain his crown? It would have been perfectly logical for her since childhood to assume that she should marry Viserys some day.


Tywin is a sharp negotiator and can easily plan in advance for what might happen based on any decisions he makes. It is a well-known fact that:

"A Lannister always pays his debts."

The twins consistently lack his intellect or his integrity, appearing rather dullwitted at times and completely self-absorbed. 


Cersei has proven herself to be addicted to "wildfire" – like the Mad King – and when she unleashes it within the walls of King's Landing, she started to look very much like a Mad Queen herself.

The Destruction of the Great Sept of Baelor that saw her daughter-in-law die and her son Tommen commit suicide is also the event that sprung her to the throne. For someone who adored her children, she never hesitated at being named Queen of the Andals and the First Men due to Tommen's death.


Jaime becomes the Kingslayer after killing the Mad King, but what if his crime was really the same as Tyrion's – patricide? What if Jaime killed Aerys after being told he was his bastard son?

If this particular theory is correct, then Jaime's incestuous relationship with Cersei is quite natural for the true King and Queen of House Targaryen. 

So the three heads of the dragon and the three dragon riders could be Daenerys, Jaime, and Cersei. How's that for stirring the pot? Now that only two living dragons are available, some fans predict that Jaime or Arya will kill Cersei in the next installment. What is your prediction?

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