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"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 is 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]

Season 2

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 tree

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

In the books

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, Joanna was a first cousin of Tywin, the daughter of one of his father Tytos' brothers. Thus her full name was already "Joanna 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.

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 also


v  d  e
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 · 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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