Will the dragon and the lion unite?
Game of Thrones is poised to stage an all-star team-up in Sunday’s episode, which will show Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) making his case to Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) as to why the two would make great allies.
Tyrion has made it to the Daenerys-controlled city of Meereen as a slave alongside Jorah (Iain Glen). This is the very spot Tyrion has been attempting to make it to since the season premiere, when Lord Varys (Conleth Hill ) revealed he was part of a group attempting to put Daenerys on the Iron Throne.
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It’s a huge step forward for the show, with the pairing of two of its most popular characters yet to occur in George R.R. Martin‘s novels. So far in the show, alliances have risen and fallen, but these two could top them all.
Jorah actor Iain Glen recently told The Hollywood Reporter that Tyrion will be impressed with Daenerys‘ leadership skills once he sees her in action, while Clarke has hinted Dani and Tyrion would become friends.
Their possible alliance poses a few key questions.
Why does Daenerys need Tyrion?
The Mother of Dragons has lost advisors left and right, with Jorah out of her good graces and Barristan Selmy (Ian McElhinney) dead. Tyrion has one of the best minds in the world and he could help alleviate the pressure on Daenerys by giving her practical advice for ruling. More importantly, he still has connections that could come in handy to Daenerys as she attempts to travel to Westeros. He might be the shot in the arm she needs to convince herself that it’s time to head back to claim her birthright.
Why does Tyrion need Daenerys?
At this point in his life, Tyrion doesn’t care about much of anything. He’s a fugitive — wrongfully convicted in his nephew Joffrey’s (Jack Gleeson) death — and on the run for murdering his father Tywin (Charles Dance). But bringing down his sister Cersei (Lena Headey) is an appealing prospect. Once he gets to know Dani, he might also grow to believe that Daenerys is the one leader who can save the realm from the coming winter.
A Daenerys‘ victory would mean the end of Lannister rule in Westeros, but it also might be Tyrion’s only chance at a pardon. His claim to the Lannister lands at Casterly Rock has been nullified (regicide looks bad on the resume), but Daenerys could always reward his loyalty by returning it to him. A side note: In the books it’s established that Tyrion loved dragons as a boy. The prospect of seeing him interacting with them on screen is fun to think about.
But can they tackle the white walkers?
Of all the people vying for the Iron Throne, only Stannis (Stephen Dillane) is truly concerned with the impending winter and the White Walkers that will come with it. Tyrion has been to The Wall so he understands to a certain extent what is going on there. He might be able to get Daenerys on board the idea that there are more important things than simply reclaiming the Iron Throne for her family.
Can anyone stand in their way?
As tough as things are for Dani right now, things are worse for the other would-be rulers of Westeros. Stannis is mired in the snow, attempting to get to Winterfell. The Boltons hold Winterfell, but they are not loved by the North. And the Lannisters are divided, with Jaime in custody in Dorne and Cersei is facing a trial for her relationship with her cousin Lancel (Eugene Simon).
All in all, the combination of Dani and Tyrion looks pretty darn good right now. But what do you think? Sound off in the comments.
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May 31, 12:16 p.m. An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified Loras as the character Cersei once had a relationship with.