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Olenna Tyrell

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House Redwyne
Olenna Tyrell
Season(s) 3
Also known as The Queen of Thorns
Status Alive
Allegiance House Tyrell
House Redwyne
Family Mace Tyrell - son
Willas Tyrell - grandson
Ser Garlan Tyrell - grandson
Ser Loras Tyrell - grandson
Margaery Tyrell - granddaughter
Portrayed by Diana Rigg

Olenna Tyrell, nee Olenna Redwyne, is a character in the third season. She is played by Diana Rigg.

While very old, throughout her life Lady Olenna has been a master of court politics and intrigue par excellence. She's a also known for her wit and sarcasm. As a result, Lady Olenna is popularly nicknamed the Queen of Thorns.



Olenna Tyrell is the widow of Luthor Tyrell and the mother of Mace Tyrell, the Lord of Highgarden and the head of House Tyrell. She is the grandmother of his children Willas, Garlan, Loras, and Margaery. She was born into House Redwyne.[1][2]

Family tree

Luthor Tyrell
Family tree Olenna
Olenna Tyrell
née Redwyne Redwyne shield icon
Mace tree
Mace Tyrell
Alerie Tyrell
née Hightower
Joffrey tree
Joffrey Baratheon KL Baratheon shield icon
Margaery's 2nd husband
Margaery Tree
Margaery Tyrell
Renly Tree
Renly Baratheon Renly shield icon
Loras's lover
Margaery's 1st husband
Loras Tree
Loras Tyrell
Tommen Baratheon family tree
Tommen Baratheon KL Baratheon shield icon
Joffrey's younger brother
Margaery's 3rd husband

Behind the scenes

She was first mentioned in the House Tyrell family tree issued by HBO for the first season in 2012. She was confirmed as a role for the third season in May 2012.[3] She will be portrayed by accomplished actress Diana Rigg.[4]

In the books

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, her family remains the same. She is described as a wizened, cunning old woman with a wicked wit and a sharp tongue. She is known as the "Queen of Thorns" for the rose thorns in the sigil of House Tyrell. In many ways, the cunning Olenna is the true leader of House Tyrell, masterminding political intrigues which her son, Lord Mace Tyrell, then follows. Despite this she has a loving relationship with her family, including her grandchildren. Olenna is particularly close with her granddaughter Margaery Tyrell, whom she has mentored in the skills of court intrigue.

"Olenna" is pronounced "Oh-lenn-ah".


See also

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Lord: Lord Mace Tyrell Heir: Ser Loras Tyrell
Seat: Highgarden Lands: The Reach
Title(s): Lord Paramount of the Reach · Lord of Highgarden · Warden of the South
Ancestors:Garth Gardener · Harlen Tyrell · Lyonel Tyrell
Current members:Olenna Tyrell · Alerie Tyrell · Margaery Tyrell · Tyrell lady
Deceased members:Luthor Tyrell
Household:Mira Forrester · Sera Durwell
Overlord:House Baratheon of King's Landing

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