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Joanna Lannister
Season(s) 2, 3, 5
Mentioned in "The Night Lands"
"Blackwater"
"Second Sons"
"Hardhome"
Titles Lady
Status Deceased
Death Died while giving birth to Tyrion Lannister
Allegiance House Lannister
Culture Andal
Family {Tywin Lannister} - husband and first cousin
Cersei Lannister - daughter/first cousin once removed
Ser Jaime Lannister - son/first cousin once removed
Tyrion Lannister - son/first cousin once removed
{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 by marriage and first cousin once removed
{Martyn Lannister} - nephew by marriage and first cousin once removed
{Willem Lannister} - nephew by marriage and first cousin once removed
{Cersei's black-haired son} - grandson/first cousin twice removed
{Joffrey Baratheon} - double grandson/first cousin twice removed
{Myrcella Baratheon} - double granddaughter/first cousin twice removed
Tommen Baratheon - double grandson/first cousin twice removed
"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 and fifth seasons. 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. As Tywin's first cousin, she was a Lannister before her marriage.

BiographyEdit

BackgroundEdit

Joanna was the wife of Tywin Lannister, the head of House Lannister and the Lord of Casterly Rock. Joanna was perhaps the only person Tywin loved unconditionally. 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

When Tyrion arrives in King's Landing to serve as acting Hand of the King, Cersei is annoyed at how he is checking her power, and his quips that she is not ruling wisely. At one point she bitterly says that he is funny, but nothing will ever match his first joke: killing her mother in childbirth when he came out of her. The greatest joke of all is that she had to die so something as worthless as him could live. Tyrion is hurt and coldly reminds her that she was his mother too.[5]

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]

Season 3Edit

After the Battle of the Blackwater, Tyrion (who was seriously injured in the battle but recovered) came to his father in the Tower of the Hand. He asked that as a basic reward for loyal service, his father grant him rule of Casterly Rock itself, given that Tywin would be remaining in King's Landing as Hand of the King. Tyrion pointed out that by all laws it was his right, given that his older brother Jaime foreswore all right to inheritance when he joined the Kingsguard. Tywin refuses and when Tyrion asks why, he launches into a bitter tirade saying that he shouldn't need to explain something so obvious: Tyrion's mother died so he could enter the world, and on top of that he is a stunted dwarf whose very existence is a shame to their family. Tywin always hated Tyrion for "killing" his beloved wife.[6]

After the Red Wedding, Tyrion confronts Tywin after a Small Council meeting about his plans to force Tyrion to marry Sansa Stark, which he says is for the good of the Lannister family. Tyrion counters by demanding to know when Tywin ever did something "for the family", putting the family's interests above and at the expense of his own. Wounded and choking back anger, Tywin bluntly accuses that the day Tyrion was born and his mother died in childbirth, he was so stricken by grief that he wanted to throw Tyrion into the ocean to die - but he didn't, because Tyrion is a Lannister (and he will not be a kinslayer). Therefore he earnestly believes that Tyrion should be outright grateful for this as if it were a deep personal sacrifice: that Tywin refrained from killing his own infant son.[7]

Season 5Edit

When Daenerys asks Tyrion why she shouldn't kill him for what his family did to hers, he answers: "You want revenge against the Lannisters? I killed my mother, Joanna Lannister, on the day I was born. I killed my father, Tywin Lannister, with a bolt to the heart. I am the greatest Lannister-killer of all time."[8]

QuotesEdit

Tywin Lannister: " And I would let myself be consumed by maggots before mocking the family name and making you heir to Casterly Rock."
Tyrion Lannister: "Why?"
Tywin Lannister: "Why? You ask that? You who killed your mother to come into the world?"
Tywin Lannister to Tyrion Lannister[src]
Cersei Lannister: "You can choose the creature that killed our mother to come into this world..."
Jaime Lannister: "Are you really mad enough to blame him for that!? He didn't decide to kill her! He was an infant!"
Cersei Lannister: "Disease doesn't decide to kill you. All the same you cut it out before it spreads."
Cersei Lannister to Jaime Lannister[src]
Tyrion Lannister: "Oh, get on with it, you son of a whore!"
Jaime Lannister: "Is that any way to speak about our mother?"
Jaime to Tyrion[src]
"You want revenge against the Lannisters? I killed my mother, Joanna Lannister, on the day I was born! I killed my father, Tywin Lannister, with a bolt to the heart! I am the greatest Lannister killer of our time!"
Tyrion to Daenerys Targaryen[src]

Family treeEdit


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tytos tree
Tytos Lannister
Deceased
 
House-Lannister-heraldry
Jeyne Lannister
née Marbrand Hose Marbrand
Deceased
 
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Jason Lannister
Deceased
 
House-Lannister-heraldry
Marla Lannister
née Prester
Deceased
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Kevan tree
Kevan Lannister
 
Tywin tree
Tywin Lannister
Deceased
 
House-Lannister-heraldry
Joanna Lannister
Deceased
 
House-Lannister-heraldry
Stafford Lannister
Deceased
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Cersei Lannister
 
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Jaime LannisterKingsguard mini shield
 
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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

ReferencesEdit

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Lord: Queen Regent Cersei Lannister Heir: (disputed)
House-Lannister-heraldry
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 · Lyman Lannister
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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