Last Sunday's season finale of Game of Thrones finally delivered on one of the show's most long-running will-they-won't-they romances. Now listen to the show's stars reflect on this key moment and what it means for the show's future.
Once it became public knowledge that the Season 7 finale was titled "The Dragon and the Wolf," it wasn't too hard for most fans to see where the show was heading. When we finally got there, though, the fallout from this long-awaited coupling was already building.
On a ship back from King's Landing, after Jon declared his loyalty to her even in the face of certain danger, the King in the North visited the Mother of Dragons, Daenerys Targaryen, in her chamber. No words were said because no words were needed, and the two fell into bed together. As that was happening, Samwell Tarly and Bran Stark were back in Winterfell, finally piecing together a secret fans have been theorizing over since before the show began. Jon is not Ned Stark's bastard son, but the legitimate son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark. This makes him not only Daenerys' aunt, but according to the laws of the Seven Kingdoms the true heir to the Iron Throne.
At this point, it's hard to tell just how soon this will affect this ice-and-fire romance, or which part will hit them hardest. After all, Targaryens are known for incestuous relationships, and Queen Cersei Lannister was carrying on one of her own, in public, for much of the season. It's still a problem, but the bigger problem might actually be the question of succession. And then, of course, there's the question of whether Dany really can't have children anymore.
The cast is, of course, not revealing anything. They are reflecting on the moment itself, though, in a new video from HBO titled "A Union of Ice and Fire." The clip is brief, but the discussion ranges from the physical filming of the moment itself to reactions to the storytelling.
"For us, as actors, it's just weird," Emilia Clarke, who plays Daenerys, said.
The most precise commentary on the scene came from Peter Dinklage, who plays Tyrion Lannister.
"It’s dangerous for everybody involved,” he said. “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 ... There’s a long history of romance not ending well on this show.”
Check out the full clip below, and feel free to speculate on the fallout yourself in the comments.