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Joanna Lannister

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Joanna Lannister
Season(s) 2, 3
Mentioned in "The Night Lands"
"Second Sons"
Titles Lady
Status Deceased
Allegiance House Lannister
Culture Andal
Family {Tywin Lannister} - husband and first cousin
Ser Jaime Lannister - son
Cersei Lannister - daughter
Tyrion Lannister - son
{Stafford Lannister} - brother
{Tytos Lannister} - father-in-law and uncle
Ser Kevan Lannister - brother-in-law and first cousin
Dorna Lannister - sister-in-law
Ser Lancel Lannister - nephew
{Martyn Lannister} - nephew
{Willem Lannister} - nephew
{Joffrey Baratheon} - grandson
Myrcella Baratheon - granddaughter
Tommen Baratheon - grandson
"You've always been funny, but none of your jokes will ever match the first one, will they? You remember, back when you ripped my mother open on your way out of her, and she bled to death."
Cersei Lannister to Tyrion Lannister.[src]

Joanna Lannister is an unseen character mentioned in the second season. She is deceased when the events of the series begin and is not expected to appear in the series. Lady Joanna was the wife of Tywin Lannister and the mother of Jaime Lannister, Cersei Lannister and Tyrion Lannister.



Joanna was the wife of Tywin Lannister, the head of House Lannister and the Lord of Casterly Rock. Joanna bore him the twins Jaime and Cersei. She died giving birth to Tyrion.[1][2] Joanna died when Cersei and Jaime were only four years old. Tywin took Joanna's death very hard, as did Cersei, who holds Tyrion responsible for her death.[3][4] However, Jaime understands that Tyrion was just an infant and had no control over what happened.

Season 2Edit

Cersei explains to Sansa Stark that when she was four and her mother died, she prayed for days hoping the gods would give her mother back until her father explained that prayer could not do that.[3]

Family treeEdit

Tytos tree
Tytos Lannister
Jeyne Lannister
née Marbrand Hose Marbrand
Jason Lannister
Marla Lannister
née Prester
Kevan tree
Kevan Lannister
Tywin tree
Tywin Lannister
Joanna Lannister
Stafford Lannister
Cersei tree
Cersei Lannister
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Jaime LannisterKingsguard mini shield
100px-Tyrion tree
Tyrion Lannister

In the booksEdit

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, Joanna Lannister was a daughter of Tytos Lannister's younger brother, Jason Lannister, making her a first cousin of Tywin Lannister.  Her surname was already "Lannister" before she married Tywin. She was the sister of Ser Stafford Lannister.

Though Tywin was always a stern and ruthless man, Joanna was said to bring out what little warmth he had, and he was even known to smile in her presence. Tywin and Joanna were very deeply in love, and thus Tywin took her death very hard. He became even more stern and was never known to smile again. Her death also fueled his unreasoning hatred for his younger son Tyrion, whom he blamed for killing her, combined with the shame he brought on their House for being born a dwarf.

Tywin later wanted to force all of his children into marriage-alliances to benefit House Lannister (as Cersei was later married off to King Robert), and he was offended that Tyrion risked such a future marriage alliance for himself by marrying a commoner for love when he was young (Tysha). The hypocrisy in this is that Tywin himself married for love when he wed his own first cousin Joanna, instead of entering into a marriage-alliance with another powerful noble family. As a minor Lannister cousin, Joanna brought no new alliances, lands, or wealth with her when she married Tywin.

According to Barristan Selmy, the Mad King lusted after Joanna. At the wedding of Tywin and Joanna, Aerys drunkenly japed about how it was a pity the First Night tradition was banned and took too many liberties during Joanna's bedding. Tywin was not amused, and that caused further friction between him and Aerys.

According to the books, Cersei and Jaime were eight or nine years old when their mother died, while in the TV series Cersei said she was four years old.

See alsoEdit


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Lord: Queen Regent Cersei Lannister Heir: (disputed)
Seat: Casterly Rock Lands: The Westerlands
Title(s): Lord Paramount of the Westerlands · Lord of Casterly Rock · Warden of the West · King of the Rock (pre-War of Conquest)
Ancestors:Lann the Clever · Tommen II Lannister · Loren Lannister · Damon Lannister
Current members:Kevan Lannister · Tyrion Lannister · Jaime Lannister · Dorna Lannister · Lancel Lannister · Cynda Lannister · Sansa Stark
Deceased members:Tytos Lannister · Joanna Lannister · Stafford Lannister · Alton Lannister · Martyn Lannister · Willem Lannister · Orson Lannister · Tywin Lannister
Household:Podrick Payne · Bronn · Gregor Clegane · {Amory Lorch} · {Polliver} · {Rorge} · {Biter}
Overlord:House Baratheon of King's Landing

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