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Game of Thrones theory corner: Is Tyrion going to lose his tongue?

Tyrion’s a talker. His facility with words has gotten him out of many sticky situations, whether he’s saving Jon from getting beaten up by Night’s Watchmen in season 1 or convincing pirates to take him and Jorah to Meereen. He also uses it in his job — as chief advisor to Daenerys Targaryen, most of what he does is talk to her, as when he convinced her to give the King in the North a chance, and we all know how important that turned out to be.

But could Tyrion one day lose his biggest asset? A new theory from Alt Shift X supposes Tyrion’s wit might lead to the loss of his tongue. Gross.

Alt Shift X notes that despite Tyrion having some of the best lines throughout the series, Tyrion’s words land him in trouble as often is they save him. And while there are only a few notable examples of characters losing their tongues on the show (Ilyn Payne, Marillion the singer), the novels by George R.R. Martin have far more. So there is precedent. Anyone wishing to punish Tyrion or take revenge on him could do no better than to take his tongue.

The list of characters threatening to cut out Tyrion’s tongue is long, especially in the novels. Everyone from Joffrey to Jorah makes the threat, and even Tyrion himself jokes to Oberyn Martell in A Dance With Dragons that Tyrion should cut it out himself for all the trouble it has caused him. But the list of people who might actually make good on the threat is shorter. Cersei ranks at the top of the list due to her long standing hatred for her littlest brother. Characters like Varys (in the interest of keeping a secret) or Euron (just because) could also do the deed.

Whoever does the deed, Alt Shift X makes the point that the Lannister siblings have a history of losing what’s most important to them. Jamie loses his sword hand, and Cersei has her beauty and status stripped from her by the High Sparrow’s walk of atonement, not to mention her children. Tyrion losing his ability to speak would be in that vein. Those losses forced Jamie and Cersei to evolve.

Forcing Tyrion to evolve into someone who does not depend on his ability to speak certainly sounds like an intriguing storyline. But therein lies the most glaring evidence against the theory. Other characters who have experienced loss on Game of Thrones, from Jaime to Cersei to Theon or Bran, have had multiple seasons to evolve afterwards. This late in the story, it seems unlikely that any character, including Tyrion, might experience such a loss.

Of course, anything is possible in Martin’s novels, where there is more room for a character to go on a soul-searching journey. With only six episodes left, we might be spared Tyrion’s brutal maiming, but nothing can be ruled out.

But more importantly, how cold is the North? YouTuber Theoretically Empirical uses high brow concepts like fluid dynamics and physics to bring us his best guess. The stunning conclusion? The North is really cold.

Mind blown.

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This ‘Game of Thrones’ Fan Theory Points to Tyrion Losing His Tongue

The final season of Game of Thrones is next — six more episodes to decide the fates of dozens of major characters fans have known for many years. It’s an emotional thing for many. And those same fans should know Thrones is no place for the weak. Not only will some of our beloved characters die in the coming Great War, they will die horribly. The past is prologue on the show, perhaps more than on any other. And that is why Tyrion Lannister may lose his tongue.

“My mind is my weapon. My brother has his sword, King Robert has his warhammer, and I have my mind… and a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.”
-Tyrion Lannister, “Tyrion II,” A Game of Thrones

More than any other trait, Tyrion Lannister’s strength is his intellect. As a dwarf, he was always physically overmatched so he needed another defense. His words became his weapons. Tyrion has survived by outsmarting everyone around him, and, with some luck, he’s landed at the side of Daenerys Targaryen as her Hand of the Queen. It’s both a strong and precarious position. Men in seats of power risk losing them to violence

Thus far on Game of Thrones, we’ve seen Lannisters stripped of their most definable traits. Jaime lost his sword hand when it was chopped off. Cersei lost her beauty when she was sentenced to the Walk of Shame. And Tywin lost his power when he was cornered on the commode, and shot by his dwarf son. There’s one Lannister left. What does Tyrion have to lose?

“You wield words as skillfully as Jaime wields a sword.”
-Cersei Lannister, “Tyrion VIII,” A Clash of Kings

Game of Thrones loves to cut out tongues. It’s downright medieval so the concept is right at home on the series. Ilyn Payne, the crown executioner, had his tongue cut out by the Mad King. Joffrey forces Marillion to choose between his tongue and hands simply because he sang a song. In the books, there are more examples: Euron’s crewmen dedicate themselves to their captain by cutting out their tongues. And Varys’ Little Birds are kept mute by the drastic measure. It’s a tried and true method of power over another.

What then, is the connection to Tyrion besides the fact losing it would be horrible poetic justice? Well, the event is foreshadowed at least a half dozen times in the books, and almost as many on the show:

“I’ll toss his lying tongue at your feet.”
-Kurleket, “Tyrion IV,” A Game of Thrones

“I should have your tongue cut out.”
-Cersei Lannister, “Tyrion V,” A Clash of Kings

“I could have your tongue out!”
-Joffrey Baratheon, “Tyrion VI,” A Storm of Swords

“Give that tongue of yours a rest unless…”
-Jorah Mormont, “Tyrion VII,” A Dance With Dragons

“Do all dwarfs have tongues like yours? Someone is going to cut it out one of these days.”
“You’re not the first to tell me that. Perhaps I should cut it out myself. It seems to make no end of trouble.”
-Oberyn Martell and Tyrion Lannister, “Tyrion IX,” A Dance With Dragons

These instances could just be empty threats and wishes, but author George R.R. Martin doesn’t usually operate by the stars. His words are carefully chosen and he often hints at future events this way.

An example of another such hint is Maggy’s Prophecy. It’s told to Cersei Lannister in a flashback to her youth by Maggy the Frog, a fortune teller. She reveals Cersei will be queen through a series of questions. She also says her three children will die. Those things have come true. The last prediction is Cersei will be killed by the “valonqar,” or “little brother” in High Valyrian.

It’s because of this third part of the prophecy that Cersei Lannister stands as the most pertinent threat to Tyrion’s tongue in the Seven Kingdoms. Not only does Cersei think Tyrion will one day kill her, she’s seemingly obsessed with cutting out tongues. She mentions it constantly in the books and, despite her merciful treatment of him in Season 7, she has a penchant for torture and, as mentioned before, silencing Tyrion has a certain poetic justice.

We’ve seen horribly defining things happen to several major characters: Jaime, Cersei, and also Bran (paralyzed), Daenerys (raped), Theon (castrated), Arya (blinded), Sansa (raped), Jon Snow (betrayed), and the Hound (beaten). There are more. Martin finds redemption in defeat. All of these characters fight through their adversities to emerge stronger than before. Might Tyrion be next?

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