Fans of the television series Game of Thrones are (jokingly) taking Peter Dinklage’s fiery performance in a Super Bowl Sunday commercial as “proof” of a long-held fan theory. The longstanding theory is that Dinklage’s character on the show, Tyrion Lannister, is truly a member of the Targaryen family, whose line have a unique relationship with dragons and fire.
Based on the A Song of Ice and Fire novels of George R. R. Martin, Game of Thrones is one of the most popular and critically acclaimed television series in the world. Easily the most successful fantasy television series of all time, Game of Thrones has won multiple honors including two consecutive Emmy Awards for Best Drama Series and the 2011 Peabody Award.
The supposed confirmation came from a Super Bowl commercial for Doritos Blaze chips. The commercial (which can be viewed above) depicts Peter Dinklage lip syncing Busta Rhymes’ song Look at Me Now, while strutting through a room on fire. At the end of the ad, Dinklage pauses to throw a knowing look to the camera and breathes fire.
The basis for the fan theory stems from a prophecy in a vision in which Daenerys Targaryen saw her older brother Rhaegar. In the vision, Rhaegar was speaking to his wife about how their son Aegon would be “the prince that was promised” – a legendary hero it was said will be reborn to save the world in a time of growing darkness – and that “the dragon has three heads.” Given that Daenerys was able to hatch three dragon eggs, it has been presumed that three children of the Targaryen line would appear to ride the dragons and use their power to defeat the growing evil. The events of Game of Thrones‘ seventh season confirmed another fan theory that Jon Snow, long thought to be a bastard son of the Stark family, was the long lost Aegon Targaryen, further fueling the idea that Tyrion Lannister is also a secret Targaryen.
There are several points that support the fan theory. The chief one is the physical description of Tyrion in the original books, which describe him as having mismatched eyes (one black, one green) and blonde hair so pale as to almost be white. This holds Tyrion apart from the other Lannisters (who tend toward golden blonde hair and green eyes) but would make him something of a compromise between the Lannisters and the Targaryens, who are famed for their near-silver hair. Tyrion was also despised by his father, who refused to name Tyrion his heir despite Tyrion being the only one who could continue the Lannister bloodline. While this was written off as being due to Tyrion’s status as a dwarf, there is evidence it was because Tyrion’s mother was either raped or had an affair with “The Mad King” Aerys Targaryen and Tyrion was the product of that union. It’s also worth mentioning that Tyrion was able to approach and even touch Daenerys’ dragons – something they did not allow anyone else to do!
Powerful as these arguments may be, this commercial is obviously not “confirmation” of the theory. It’s also worth noting that while fire will not burn a Targaryen (in the mythology of the show, at least), they did not have the power to breathe fire like dragons. Still, who knows, maybe this ad will ultimately turn out to be more prophetic than believed.
Game of Thrones season 8 premieres in 2019 on HBO.
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