The seventh season of Game of Thrones came to a close this past Sunday and with it came a few inevitable revelations. The White Walkers broke through the wall on their march through Westeros, Jon Snow was revealed to be the legitimate heir to the Iron Throne, and Jon/Aegon also consummated his relationship with Daenerys Targaryen, who also happens to be his aunt.
While they don’t know (yet) that they’re related, the actors who portray Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen, as well as other members of the cast, certainly must have some thoughts on the eventual, incestual hook up. We got to find out what those reactions were courtesy of a cast commentary video that HBO has released. In it, Emilia Clarke (Daenerys), Kit Harington (Jon), Peter Dinklage (Tyrion), and Isaac Hempstead-Wright (Bran) talk about The Union of Fire and Ice.
The best reaction has to go to Clarke, who thinks it’s weird because they two of them are friends in real life as well as because of who the characters are to each other in the story. In fact, more than what she says, her face says it all.
“For us as actors, it’s just weird. The reality of what they are to each other? I don’t know how that’s gonna … I think that’s kind of… [makes a face]. That’s going to be the reaction.”
Harington takes a more measured approach, citing that, “I think it’s an inevitability from about halfway through the season that Jon and Daenerys are gonna fall into bed together…I think they both know it’s wrong. I think they both know it’s gonna cause problems. But it’s that thing…when you suddenly feel that deeply about someone, and you go through those events together, it’s like a runaway train. You can’t stop it from happening.”
Even he couldn’t help himself from reacting to the reality of the two characters getting together, however…
Dinklage echoed that sentiment, saying, “It’s dangerous, for everybody involved. I’m sure it’s good for both of them, in the moment, but you don’t even get the relief of how beautiful it could be or should be…It’s Game of Thrones, there’s a long history of romance not ending well on this show.”
What happens to this romance, we’ll have to wait a long time to find out. The final season of Game of Thrones isn’t expected to arrive for a very long time.