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Daenerys doesn’t trust that when push comes to shove, Tyrion will choose his queen over his family.
There are spoilers in this post regarding the season eight premiere of Game of Thrones.
“I used to think you were the cleverest man alive,” Sansa Stark tells Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones’ season eight premiere, “Winterfell.” The line is easily the episode’s harshest burn, as Sansa senses that Tyrion has seemingly put his fate in the hands of Cersei Lannister — someone Sansa has had firsthand evil experiences with.
And Sansa’s right.
The scene follows Tyrion’s announcement to the lords and ladies of the North that his sister Cersei will bolster their forces with an army sent from King’s Landing. But everyone except Tyrion can plainly see that Cersei has no real intention of helping the Stark/Daenerys alliance fight the Night King and his Army of the Dead. Instead, Cersei will let the two forces bleed each other dry.
Vouching for his sister is just the latest blunder Tyrion has made, despite years of being touted as one of Game of Thrones’ smarter, savvier characters.
Tyrion has spent his whole life challenging the prejudices that others hold against him because he’s a dwarf. He’s had to be smarter and more charming than his swordsman brother, more cunning than his viper sister and awful father. And he’s used the skills he’s developed as a result to not only survive but become a trusted adviser to Daenerys Targaryen.
Tyrion is a character who has always known how to play the game.
But as we begin this final chapter of Game of Thrones, it seems like Tyrion has gone from player to pawn. His cunning has dulled. He’s made a few dire mistakes. And now he’s found himself stuck in a terrible situation.
Daenerys has never trusted Tyrion when it comes to his family
The problem with Tyrion’s insistence that Cersei is coming is that it’s put him in a lose-lose situation.
The nagging issue is that pretty much everyone except Daenerys, Jon, and their advisers seems to understand that Cersei isn’t coming (see: Sansa’s reaction of “and you believed her?”). And that’s even though the only person Cersei has told onscreen that she’s not coming is her brother Jaime.
Tyrion did have that one-on-one meeting with Cersei in the season seven finale, but it’s unclear what the resolution was. So all we know for certain is that Tyrion has insisted that Cersei’s army is marching North. We don’t know whether he truly believes it — though, as Sansa points out, anyone who has ever met Cersei should know not to.
However, whether Tyrion believes Cersei’s lie about sending troops is secondary to his lack of awareness that vouching for her will damage his relationship with Dany.
If Tyrion were to tell Sansa and Jon and Dany that Cersei’s forces aren’t coming, that would be a death sentence for Cersei and her unborn child, as Dany …read more