'Game Of Thrones' Creators Open Up On The Romance Between Daenerys And Jon
Ever since Jon and Dany met, we’ve all been waiting for things to heat up, and it happened at last in the last episode of the season. While they think they have rallied Cersei to their cause against the White Walkers, the Dragon and the Wolf got it on in the boat on their way to Winterfell.
This was also an opportunity for the showrunners to drop a dramatic plot twist, confirming that the R+L=J equation is indeed true or, in other words, that Jon is the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark.
Bran (aka the Three Eyed Raven), prompted by Samwell Tarly, travels in time and witnesses Rhaegar and Lyanna’s secret wedding. We come to understand that Robert Baratheon’s rebellion was based on a lie and that Rhaegar and Lyanna were in love, and especially that they did marry.
In "Inside the Episode", a featurette HBO recently released, the showrunners came back to this important scene, DB Weiss explaining how the romance between Jon and Daenerys was created as a way for them to explain Jon’s real origins:
"I would say that the challenge with this sequence was finding a way to present information that at least a good portion of the audience already had in a way that was dramatic and exciting. Also add a new element to it.
Part of the answer as how to go about doing that was the montage and the cut nature of it. It was about making it clear that this was once again information bound to what Jon is heading towards.
The only way to really emphasise that was to tie those two worlds together cinematically and to have Bran actually narrating these facts over the footage of Jon and Dany. Just as we’re seeing these two people come together, we’re hearing this information that will inevitably, if not tear them apart, at least cause real problems in their relationship. And, she’s his aunt."
Now that fans know for certain the two are related, and that Jon actually has greater claim to the Iron Throne, we have a feeling that post-sex things are gonna get even more awkward for the pair.
David Benioff confirmed:
"This complicates everything, on a political level, on a personal level, just makes everything that could have been so neat and kind of perfect for Jon and Dany, and it really muddies the waters."
In another featurette, "A Union of Ice and Fire", Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke also think that this relationship is not healthy but that their characters’ nascent feelings for one another cannot be that easily reined in.
Waiting until 2019 and the final season of Game of Thrones to see where all this is heading is gonna be so hard…
By Mégane Choquet, published on 30/08/2017