Warning: Spoilers ahead for “Game of Thrones,” including speculation of future events.
Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow — the two heroic protagonists of HBO’s epic “Game of Thrones” — went from uncertain allies to holding hands and making serious eyes at each other in Sunday’s episode.
Alan Taylor, the episode’s director, told INSIDER more about what that vulnerable scene meant for Jon and Daenerys (including how she’s “falling in love again”) and how George R.R. Martin said the story was about these two all along.
Taylor directed the final two episodes of the first “Game of Thrones” season, and he said Martin was a bit more open about the series back then.
“[Martin] just sort of mentioned in passing, ‘Oh well it’s all about Dany and Jon Snow,'” Taylor said. “And at the time I thought, ‘Really? I thought it was about Sean Bean and Robb Stark?'”
“But [Martin] knew from the very beginning where he was driving and now we’re starting to see that come to fruition,” Taylor said. “We know that it’s circling tighter and tighter on Dany and Jon and their partnership is starting to form, you know, ‘fire and ice.'”
When asked if Martin had been specific about Daenerys and Jon being romantically involved, Taylor didn’t elaborate.
“I can’t say much more about what [Martin] said about where we’re going with Dany and Jon because that leaps ahead into the next season,” Taylor said. “But to me the revelation was that, at the time, we had a hundred characters and yet he knew it’s about these two.”
In Taylor’s latest episode, “Beyond the Wall,” Daenerys and Jon held hands as they each mourned the loss of Viserion. Jon also called Daenerys “Dany” — a nickname only used in the show by her now-dead brother Viserys.
“In my episode we get to take a big step forward in that Jon is no longer competing with her — he was willing to bow down and recognise her as queen,” Taylor said. “That’s a huge step. And also they’re holding hands, and the look that she gives him in that scene where she almost swoons and draws back … it’s pretty clear where this is headed, but it’s not there yet.”
We’ll have to wait for the season seven finale to see if this love continues heating up, or will it be tempered by the revelation of Daenerys and Jon actually being aunt and nephew?
For more insights from Taylor, including his thoughts on a fan theory about Longclaw, read our full interview here.
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