Game of Thrones: Tyrion Lannister’s journey to Season 8

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We are just weeks away from the final season of Game of Thrones. Let’s take a minute to look at how Tyrion Lannister got to where he is now.

With just two weeks until the arrival of the final season of Game of Thrones, let’s continue our review of the character’s story arcs up until this point. Today we’re going to look at Tyrion Lannister, who, over the course of the last seven seasons, has been very busy.

The best way to sum up his journey is that he’s spent the last seven seasons drinking and knowing things, but it’s a bit more than just that. Tyrion is the Lannister child who was hated by his family, and cast out. Blamed and framed for crimes he didn’t commit, and forced to flee his country, Tyrion is a character who has had to use his wit to survive as long as he has.

So, let’s go season by season to see what brought Tyrion to where he is now.

Season 1

We meet Tyrion as he’s accompanying King Robert Baratheon to Winterfell. However, we immediately get to know his character when he immediately abandons the King’s party to visit the local brothel. He meets Ros, and gives her a Lannister necklace to thank her for her service.

Once back at the castle, not looking forward to socializing with his family and the Starks, he hesitates outside the dining room long enough to meet Jon Snow, whom he immediately has a bond with. After all, “all dwarfs are bastards in their father’s eyes.”

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When Robert and all go on a boar hunt, Tyrion is forced to join along with Sandor Clegane, or The Hound. Another introduction to a friendship that will last a bit.

After his siblings have crippled Bran Stark, Tyrion decides to forgo returning to King’s Landing right away, and instead heads to Castle Black and The Wall, where he wants to “piss off the side.” On the road to The Wall, he and Jon Stark bond even more.  They get along well enough that when they get to the wall and Tyrion gives advice to Jon about showing off, Jon takes that advice.

Tyrion befriends Yoren, a recruiter for the Wall, and they travel back to King’s Landing together. Of course, nothing can be easy on this show, and on their trip back they are arrested by Catelyn Stark at the Crossroads Inn for the attempted murder of Bran.

Catelyn takes Tyrion to the Eyrie, where he’s also accused of killing Jon Arryn by Lysa, and put in prison. He’s forced to a trial by combat to prove his innocence, and this is where he meets his companion for several seasons, Bronn.  Bronn fights, and wins, for Tyrion and the two hit the road.

And again, things aren’t easy and straight forward, so they are held up by the hill tribes, and Tyrion is forced to bargain for his life, again. The hill tribes end up reuniting Tyrion with his father, Tywin, who has no love for his youngest child. However, Tyrion is able to negotiate that Tywin honor his deal with the hill tribes.

There is a battle at Green Fork, where Tyrion leads the hill tribes in battle, and Tyrion is injured by one of his own warriors, and Bronn has to rescue him. Jaime is captured by the Northern army.

At the end of the season, with Jaime captured by Robb’s army, things look dire for the Lannisters. Tywin orders Tyrion back to King’s Landing where he will be Hand to Joffrey’s King.

And so, the season ends with Tyrion, and his new love, Shae, heading off to King’s Landing.