Game of Thrones director, Alan Taylor, confirms that a romance between Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) will happen in one of the show’s future episodes. In addition to several grand-scale battles, this season of Game of Thrones has been notable for just how many unlikely characters it’s managed to bring together over the past six weeks. That includes the ragtag, Magnificent Seven-style group of Thrones characters that were assembled for this past Sunday night’s ‘Beyond the Wall‘, which saw The Hound (Rory McCann), Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen), Gendry (Joe Dempsie), Jon Snow, and the leaders of the Brotherhood without Banners team up for a fight with the Army of the Dead.
Most notably, this season finally brought about the meeting between Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen that show fans have been waiting six seasons to see, and book fans have been waiting for even longer. Despite their understandably chilly, politically-motivated first meeting too, Dany and Jon’s relationship has grown gradually warmer and friendlier over the past several episodes of the show – with many fans and critics predicting that a Jon and Dany romance is going to happen, perhaps, even by the time the seventh season ends.
In case there was any doubt left in fans’ minds about Jon and Dany’s possible coupling, director Alan Taylor confirmed once and for all that a Jon and Dany romance is, indeed, where the show is planning on taking the two characters. While speaking with The Daily Beast about Jon and Dany’s scene together at the end of “Beyond the Wall,” Taylor said:
“There’s no secret that this is where this is going. Readers of the book have known that things were heading towards this destination for a while. Even the characters in this story know it’s heading in this direction. Tyrion is making fun of Dany about what’s brewing. So we knew it’s got to come at some point, and I was glad that I got to be there for a major step forward for them. The fact that Jon’s willing to now bend the knee to her as the next queen is a huge political step. The fact that they are starting to fall for each other is huge. It comes down to tiny moments and how they interact with each other. They’re holding hands and there’s this great look where she’s swooning and she steps back from it, but it’s clear that that’s our destination at this point.”
While a majority of the romantic tension between Jon and Dany has relied upon the acting of both Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington, the show had never quite been as explicit in foreshadowing Jon and Dany’s romance as it was during their final scene together in “Beyond the Wall.” The scene most notably featured Jon agreeing to bend the knee to Dany and name her his Queen, and even ended with a prolonged couple seconds of silence between the two, in which they held hands and – as Taylor himself hints at here – even came close to becoming romantically involved in that very moment.
So now, it appears to be only a question of when Jon and Dany are actually going to take the next step forward in their relationship. But while the Jon/Dany romance has been built up to and foreshadowed heavily in the books, the two characters getting together has proven somewhat divisive amongst viewers of the show. Specifically, many are bringing up the familial relationship between the two characters, since it’s all but been officially confirmed at this point that Jon is the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark – making Dany technically Jon’s aunt. Depending on the overall story’s trajectory moving forwards, though, seeing how exactly the show plans on tackling that possible obstacle in their relationship, could very well prove to be one of the more thought-provoking mysteries of the show’s final batch of upcoming episodes.
Game of Thrones season 7 concludes with “The Dragon and the Wolf” this Sunday @ 9pm on HBO.
Source: The Daily Beast
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