‘Game of Thrones’ finally put Jon and Daenerys in the same room and it was as icy and fiery as you’d expect!
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Game of Thrones has wasted no time pushing the limit. Both the first and second episodes of season 7 so far have been so chock full of content they could have been used as the kind of stories that herald the end of a season instead of ushering in a new one. Though last week’s trailer made it clear there’s a lot more story to tell, and the sooner Jon Snow (Kit Harington) meets Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) the more the pace can keep racing toward that ever nearing finish line.
“The Queen’s Justice” (S7E3) however, managed to take a moment to appreciate exactly what was happening. For seven years, Jon and Dany have existed in the same universe and never met. They’re not the only characters that this is the case for, but they are arguably extremely central to the overall plot. And if Melisandre (Carice van Houten) is to be believed, then it’s the role they both have to play in The Great War that makes this especially important.
This meeting was also of extreme interest because of last season’s reveal that Dany is actually Jon’s aunt. Though no one knows the truth about Jon’s parentage since Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) has yet to even tell anyone.
In any case, Jon was summoned there at Melisandre’s suggestion. But it was Tyrion’s (Peter Dinklage) vote of confidence that made Dany agree to the meeting. Her big stipulation was that Jon would bend the knee. So how did things go?
Not well, really. Which, honestly, was that a surprise to anyone? Dany is hyper focused on winning her Throne and nothing else matters. Jon for his part stole the scene from his more simple introduction, to his iconic broodiness. He feels he’s failed the North by not listening and going south and very nearly becoming Dany’s captive.Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen and Kit Harington as Jon Snow – Photo: Macall B. Polay/HBO via HBO Media Relations
Luckily, Tyrion intervenes and a deal is brokered. Jon will get his dragonglass, though Dany hasn’t quite come around to the whole idea of an army of the dead. Once she finds out about High Garden, she’ll likely want Jaime’s head, so I stand by my theory.
The important takeaway wasn’t so much that Dany and Jon stand on opposing sides in a situation that demands they become allies, but that Dany’s one-tract mind has made her less cold and calculating. Jon knows what he is fighting. Jon hates what he’s good at, but that’s because Jon feels overly burdened with the weight of the world. He misses when things were simple. Wait until Bran tells him that Dany isn’t the last dragon!
What will she do when she finds out that there is family left in this world? Does Dany have the capacity to love anymore? Or will Jon become a direct threat to her future reign?
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