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.
|Mace Tyrell||Alerie Tyrell|
|Margaery Tyrell||Deceased||Loras Tyrell|
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. She will be portrayed by accomplished actress Diana Rigg.
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".
- Olenna Redwyne at A Wiki of Ice and Fire. (MAJOR spoilers from the books)
|Lord:||Lord Mace Tyrell||Heir:||Ser Loras Tyrell|
|Title(s):||Lord Paramount of the Reach · Lord of Highgarden · Warden of the South · High Marshal of the Reach|
|Ancestors:||Garth Gardener · Harlen Tyrell|
|Current members:||Olenna Tyrell · Alerie Tyrell · Margaery Tyrell · Tyrell lady|
|Deceased members:||Luthor Tyrell|
|Overlord:||House Baratheon of King's Landing|