The resemblances and parallels between these three characters are uncanny. They go beyond mere coincidences, and definitely connect them in a way that makes them the key component of the entire A Song of Ice and Fire/Game Of Thrones story.
Obviously, this into account the R+L=J theory which is only a few episodes/chapters away from being confirmed once and for all about Jon Snow’s parentage and the events that occurred at the Tower of Joy at the end of Robert’s Rebellion, 20 years before the current events of the story.
Parallels between Tyrion, Jon and Daenerys go as follows, and they are plenty:
They Are Outcasts In Their Own Way:
– Tyrion is a Dwarf
– Jon is a Bastard
– Daenerys is a Female Exile
They Each Descend From A Different Lineage Of Humans
– Tyrion descends from the Andals
– Jon descends from the First Men
– Daenerys descends from Old Valyrian
Their Mothers Died During Childbirth
– Joanna Lannister when birthing Tyrion
– Lyanna Stark in the Tower of Joy in a “Bed of Blood”, hinting during childbirth
– Rhaella Targaryen while hiding in Dragonstone after the Sack of Kings Landing
All Three Lost Their Father:
– Tyrion killed Tywin
– Rhaegar died at the Trident at the Hands of Robert Baratheon during his Rebellion
Each Is The Third Child In Their Family
– Tyrion is younger than Jaime and Cersei Lannister
– Jon is younger than Rhaenys and Aegon Targaryen (Children of Rhaegar Targaryen and Elia Martell)
– Daenerys is younger than Rhaegar and Viserys Targaryen
Each Has A Tragic Love Story:
– Tyrion with Tysha (and Shae in the show)
– Jon with Ygritte
– Daenerys with Khal Drogo
At Some Point In The Story, Each Made An Unlikely Alliance:
– Tyrion with the Mountain Clans of the Eyrie
– Jon with the Wildlings beyond the Wall
– Daenerys with the Unsullied and the Slaves she’s liberated.
They Each Attract Attention From Red Priests Of R’Hllor
There is a very strong relation between the Old Valyrian civilization and the Religion that worships the Lord of Light. Valyrians descend of fire, just as the Lord of Light has fire as its symbol of purity. Many Red Priests are encountered in the series in both Westeros and Essos, yet something weird always happens when one of these three characters either encounters them, or mentions them.
– When Melisandre first notices Jon across the fire at Castle Black. She sees something in him over the flames.
– Her first alone time with Jon at the Wall. She senses something particular…
– This Red Priestess of Volantis, speaking of Daenerys Targaryen as “The Savior that was promised” before being distracted by Tyrion’s presence nearby. She too, sensed something in him….
– Kinvara, the Lead Red Priestess from Volantis, travels in Season 6 at Tyrion’s request to spread the good word for Daenerys Targaryen in Mereen. She agrees with no hesitation, claiming Danaerys is “The One That Was Promised”.
They Are All Targaryens
While it’s obvious Daenerys, as she bears the last name of the Dragon Family, the same is a bit trickier for Jon, and especially Tyrion. With the current Tower of Joy flashback sequence, the theory that has been lurking around ever since the first book was written in 1996 might be confirmed: that Jon Snow is the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark. He could be the “Song of Ice and Fire” himself.
For Tyrion on the other hand, the hints are more present in the books. This simple video from “Alt-Shift-X” explains how it could be a very likely possibility, even more so now with the scene of Tyrion and the Dragons in Season 6
That’s Nice, But What Could It Mean?
When Daenerys is having visions in the House of the Undying, one of these visions is her late brother Rhaegar, stating that “The Dragon has Three Heads”. Considering that the Targaryen sigil consists of a 3 headed red dragon, that their ancestor Aegon I conquered Westeros with 3 dragons, and that Danerys currently has 3 dragons, the theory points that there may be a need for 3 riders for the dragons to appear.
Three Heads = Three Riders
– We’ve seen Daenerys ride Drogon from the Fighting Pits in the last season.
– While not present in the show, Jon can warg into his Direwolf Ghost in the books. It has yet to be seen how he could connect with a third dragon, again, provided the R+L=J theory is true (which it most likely is).
The House Of The Undying: HBO Edition
Daenerys’ Visions At The House Of The Undying: Sadly, the show did not give this somehow important part of Daenerys’ storyline the proper attention it should have received. From an extensive 16 visions in the books, the show made her have 3 visions, all pointing to Tyrion, Jon, and herself:
– The Throne Room of the Red Keep covered in snow and ashes. At the time, Tyrion is the Hand of the King in Kings Landing.
– The Wall opens and she is walking beyond the Wall, near where Jon Snow would become the Lord Commander.
– A Tent where she sees what a life as a Khaleesi could have been, had Khal Drogo and their son Rhaego both lived.
The Battle Of Ice And Fire
The Starks Words “Winter Is Coming” do not only refer to the cold season, they refer to the what lies Beyond the Wall in the Land of Always Winter, ever since the First Men set foot in the North. Winter is now upon the North and Westeros and the Army of the Dead are coming with it after being dormant for thousands of years.
As shown in Hardhome, the army can double its size with all the defeated combatants of the opposite side, making them the most serious threat to the realm. Their “rebirth” thousands of years later, plus the rebirth of dragons, hundreds of years later, clearly indicate a clash between “Ice” and “Fire” (as the books are titled) to end the epic GRRM Story.