WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for the Season 7 finale of Game of Thrones, which aired last Sunday on HBO.
Game of Thrones’ season seven finale proved to be the episode that Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen fans had waited for all season long. That scene saw the two leaders finally hook up on their way back from a critical meeting in the kingdom’s capitol. But according to the minds behind the long-running television fantasy epic, the scene was about more than just two leaders knocking boots.
In the finale, Bran Stark and Samwell Tarly discovered Jon’s true origin as Aegon Targaryen, the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark. Their discovery was juxtaposed with Jon making love to Daenerys, Rhaegar’s little sister — which means he was sleeping with his biological aunt. Their union can get even more awkward in the eighth and final season, as it was revealed that Jon’s birth was legitimized due to Rhaegar’s secret wedding to Lyanna, making him heir to the Targaryen dynasty and the next in line for the Iron Throne, which Daenerys has targeted her entire life after finding out it was taken from her father, Aerys.
Showrunner Dan Weiss elaborated on bringing the controversial scene to life in a featurette released by HBO.
“I would say 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, and also had a new element to it. Part of the answer as to how to go about doing that was in the montage, inter-cut nature of it. It was about making it clear that this was almost like an information bomb that Jon was heading towards. The only way to really emphasize 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 the information that will inevitably if not tear them apart, then at least cause real problems in their relationship.”
Game of Thrones’ final season doesn’t yet have a release date, but the penultimate season is now available in full on HBO Go and HBO Now. Based on George R.R. Martin’s bestselling fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire, the hit drama stars Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister, Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister, Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen and Kit Harington as Jon Snow.
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