By his own admission, Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) is only good at two things: drinking and knowing things. However, our favorite Lannister might not know enough to avoid impending disaster on Game of Thrones.
The HBO drama first began planting the seeds of a Tyrion downfall in "Book of the Stranger," when he struck a deal with the slavers that gave them seven years to phase out the practice and compensation for their losses. As if that wasn't enough, he then gifted each of the slavers with a prostitute to enjoy!
Unsurprisingly, this didn't go over well with Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel) and Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson), who didn't appreciate how cavalier Tyrion was being when he sentenced thousands of slaves to seven more years of abuse. So while they both publically supported Tyrion to quell any possible rebellion, Missandei and Grey Worm warned Tyrion several times that he was in over his head.
And they were right. Tyrion may understand how politics work in Westeros, but he isn't in Westeros anymore. Tyrion's an outsider in Meereen and his few days as a slave hardly qualify him to fully grasp the complicated cultural situation in this foreign land.
Although the killings have stopped since the peace treaty with the slavers, Tyrion still isn't satisfied. He wants the world to know that Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) is responsible for the peace in Meereen. In order to spread the word, he enlists the Red Priestess Kinvara (Ania Bukstein), specifically because she's beloved by the people and can't be bought.
But it's those exact qualities that make Kinvara such a dangerous ally. As Tyrion's sister Cersei (Lena Headey) recently learned, religious fanatics like Kinvara and the High Sparrow (Jonathan Pryce) are impossible to control - and Kinvara is definitely a person who needs to be controlled. While she promises Tyrion her priests will spread the good word about Daenerys, she also declares her plans to have all non-believers roasted alive by dragons. So, not the message of peace Tyrion was going for.
Varys - who, if you remember, has a reasonable hatred of sorcerers after being castrated by one as a child - immediately speaks out against Kinvara. But the Red Priestess isn't shaken by Varys and begins a verbal attack of her own, threateningly discussing her mystical knowledge of Varys' castration and warning the Master of Whispers that there's so much he still doesn't know.
This is not a scene that bodes well for anyone, but particularly for Tyrion. Every move he's made in these past two episodes has only estranged him from those closest to him: people he will need by his side when the Sons of Harpy strike again. And they will strike again. The trailers for this season show at least one major attack on Meereen still to come.
And who is funding the Sons of the Harpy, anyways? Varys told Tyrion that the slavers, who casually denied their involvement, were backing the insurgents, but we never actually saw Varys maintain that information. So what if Tyrion is playing this game without all the information? And would that mean Varys' Targaryen restoration plan isn't as straight-forward as he's allowed Tyrion to believe?
All of these moments seem to be foreshadowing disaster for Tyrion... But there may be a silver lining to his political downfall.
Earlier this season, we saw Tyrion bond with Viserion and Rhaegal, which isn't exactly an easy feat. And as we know, dragons don't hesitate to jump into the fray and save their master if need be. Meaning, if Tyrion does find himself alone and in major trouble during the upcoming sack of Meereen, there's always a chance one of the dragons will appear to save him, much like Drogon rescued Daenerys last year. So while Tyrion may lose political power, he could gain a dragon, which would mean even more power for him in the long run.
What do you think: Is Tyrion in trouble? Plus, learn more about Tyrion's possible fate as a dragon-rider in the video below.