The Game of Thrones showrunners, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, tease how the show's latest game-changing Jon Snow (Kit Harington) revelation may seriously complicate his burgeoning romantic relationship with Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke). After book readers spent over two decades waiting and speculating about it, the show's finally brought the two characters together for the first time in its seventh season, which concluded this past Sunday night. And despite their initial coldness to each other, Jon and Dany spent a majority of the seventh season warming up to each other and quickly developing an intense - if never straight out addressed - romance.
This all culminated in last night's season 7 finale of Game of Thrones, which featured Jon and Dany consummating their relationship while on the boat to Winterfell, following their intense "truce" meeting with Cersei (Lena Headey) and the Lannister forces. But as the show also confirmed Jon's status and the true heir to the Iron Throne - even more so than Dany - viewers and analysts were quick to point out the likely complications/power struggle that may arise between the two characters, when the truth is eventually revealed to them.
During HBO's weekly post-Thrones Inside Look at the finale last night as well, the showrunners teased how their secret blood relation to each other will bring unexpected complications into their relationship, though, it may not also completely tear them apart:
“It complicates everything on a political level, on a personal level, and it just makes everything that could’ve been so neat and kind of perfect for Jon and Dany and it really muddies the waters.”
Jon and Dany's romance was well-telegraphed throughout the past several episodes of Thrones, mostly through strategically-placed, lingering glances thrown each other's way and through the comments of some of their friends/comrades. So while some viewers may have been upset by the knowledge of Jon and Dany's familial bond going into the sex scene, the inevitability of the scene itself was more or less agreed upon by the time it happened. The confirmation of Jon's parentage and Tyrion's unsettling presence outside Dany's room just gave the scene the extra level of mystery/danger that Game of Thrones is well known for at this point.
It is worth noting that neither Weiss or Benioff straight out say that Dany and Jon will break up or butt heads because of the news, but it also doesn't come as much of a surprise that the news may kill some of the current, joyful sparks of their relationship. But how exactly these added complications to their romance end up putting either Dany or Jon's life in any more danger than they already are, will have to wait to be seen, especially now that their most feared enemy has finally figured out his way past The Wall.
Game of Thrones will return for its eighth and final season on HBO sometime in 2018 or 2019.