Now it was Daenerys’ turn to get some devastating news in the dimly lit cavernous crypts of Winterfell.
In the second episode of season 8 of Game of Thrones, “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms,” Jon Snow (Kit Harington) revealed his parentage to Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) while standing by the statue of his mother, Lyanna Stark.
Since discovering he’s the secret son of Prince Rhaegar and the true Iron Throne heir in the season 8 premiere, Jon has mostly been upset that he’s rather closely related to the woman he loves and that he’s not actually Ned Stark’s son. But Dany quickly focused on one aspect of the news in particular: That Jon has a better claim to rule Westeros, and her reaction appeared to surprise and disturb him (“If it were true, it would make you the last male heir of House Targaryen,” she said. “You’d have a claim to the Iron Throne”). (And, in fact, a better claim).
Clarke spoke up for Dany’s response, noting that — from her character’s perspective — instantly focusing on to threat to her claim to rule the Seven Kingdoms rather than how it impacts her relationship with Jon makes total sense given her personal and family history.
“The related thing, to her, is so normal,” Clarke explains to EW. “She could have easily married her brother. It’s not a thing. It’s a thing for Jon, but let’s just forget about that. The main thing is we’re up for the same promotion and I’ve been working for it for my entire existence.”
Literally, Clarke notes, from the moment Daenerys was born reclaiming her inheritance has been her focus, and now she’s closer than she’s ever been to obtaining it.
“This is my whole existence,” Clarke emphasized. “Since birth! Dany literally was brought into this world going: RUN! These f—ers [in Westeros] have f—ed everything up. Now it’s, ‘You’re our only hope.’ There’s so much she’s taken on in her duty in life to rectify. There’s so much she’s seen and witnessed and been through and lost and suffered and hurt to get here… and Jon doesn’t even want it!”
The episode’s writer, Bryan Cogman, says in our interview breaking down episode 2’s biggest moments that Clarke and Harington both nailed this “very difficult” scene.
“What really upsets Jon is that he’s a blood relative to the woman he’s in love with,” Cogman says. “Jon is taken aback when essentially the first thing she says is acknowledging that he has a claim to the Iron Throne. Kit and Emilia play it beautifully. It’s a very difficult scene to pull off; so much has to go on behind the eyes.”
Of course, any further discussion of their romance or the future of Westeros leadership was then interrupted by a horn announcing that the Army of the Dead is now at the gates of Winterfell, and the greatest battle in the show’s history is about to commence. Fans are now left with a cliffhanger moment until next week’s super-sized 80-minute episode.
Last week, EW spoke to Harington about his reaction to getting the news in the premiere. “That’s the thing I love about Jon, his purity,” Harington says. “He doesn’t f—ing want [the Iron Throne]. He doesn’t want that f—ing information. He doesn’t want to know. He has no ambition for the throne. He’s never wanted that. The end of the world might be coming soon but at least he’s in love with somebody and knows who he is, and then comes this sledgehammer.… If Jon could go back in time and say: ‘Whatever you’re about to say, don’t tell me,’ he would. He’d happily be in ignorance.”
Fans Have A Theory About What’s Going To Happen In The Winterfell Crypts, And My Heart Is Racing
OK, so if you watched Season 8, Episode 2 of Game of Thrones last night, you know that everyone at Winterfell is gearing up for a battle with the White Walkers. Preparations are being made, hookups are happening, the works.
Oh, and Brienne of Tarth gets officially knighted!!!
But there’s one detail about the battle prep that keeps coming up: the fact that women and children are going to be staying in the Winterfell crypts, where it’s “safe.”
Jon says it:
Gilly says it:
And even Sam says it:
And because Game of Thrones has already given us seven seasons’ worth of major trust issues…this repeated detail set off a LOT of people’s spidey senses:
— Emily, just Emily (@possiblylit) April 22, 2019
Because ICYMI, a crypt is a place where you literally store dead bodies over like…centuries…
Everyone in Winterfell: It'll be safer in the crypt
— Queen Lamb, First of Her Name 👑 (@lambells) April 22, 2019
And we’re already dealing with a bit of a fighting-dead-people situation…
Sooo… who is gonna break it to Jon and crew that the *crypt* is not exactly the safest place to be when you’ve got a literal Zombie King coming to knock down your door. 🙈😬😅#GameOfThrones pic.twitter.com/tF8oloXRBm
— Plamen Novakov (@Plamen_Novakov) April 22, 2019
#GameofThrones Soo everyone's going to hide in the crypt with all the dead Starks while an army who can raise the dead approaches and no one forsees a problem with that?
We are so getting White Walker Ned.
— Harker Ryan (@HarkerRyan_) April 22, 2019
Sooo it looks like we’re in for some serious zombie trouble in the next episode…
— 𝚂𝚝𝚎𝚙𝚑𝚎𝚗 𝙵𝚘𝚛𝚍 (@StephenSeanFord) April 22, 2019
And if you still aren’t convinced that some shenanz are about to go down in the crypt, Iet me just leave this SUPER CASUAL line that Danaerys says in the episode 3 preview right here.
Get Ready Guys for some heart-wrenching moments.