Once again Game of Thrones has delivered one epic season finale. And despite all the tense political machinations and the Night King's assault on the Wall, one particular scene stood out among the rest despite its simplicity.
And that is the moment that Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen finally gets intimate aboard a ship while on their way to the North. It is something that a lot of fans have been waiting for. And while we are well aware of the implication of it-something that Bran pointed out in his narration. we all still cheered for this union of aunt and nephew.
But still it is truly disconcerting the more you think about it, I mean, come on! They are first degree relatives!
The actors are just as uncomfortable
This train of thought of course is not lost on the actors who actually had to portray the scene. In a special behind the scenes commentary released by HBO, Kit Harington who plays Jon Snow and Emilia Clarke who portrays Daenerys gave their thoughts on that incestous sequence.
"For us, as actors, it's just weird," Clarke quips. "The reality of what they are to each other, I don't know how that's going to... I think (motions gagging) might be the reaction."
Harington though was more understanding of the situation, "I think they both know it's wrong. I think they both know it's going to cause problems," he said. "But it's that thing, when you suddenly feel that deeply about someone and you go through those events together, it's like a runaway train. You can't stop it from happening."
Peter Dinklage who plays Tyrion Lannister, the Queen's hand and the one who stood near the cabin when the two character hooked up, also made a comment "It's dangerous for everybody involved. 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," he explained, and then he pointed out that there might be dark days ahead for the pair's love affair. "It's, 'Oh. Just, it's not good.' It should be, but it's not. It's Game of Thrones. There's a long history of romance not ending well on this show."
Meanwhile Isaac Hempstead-Wright who portrays the all-seeing Three-eyed Raven, Bran Stark and one of the two characters who knows of Jon's parentage, gave his insight on how this impacts the wider story line.
"This whole thing that started off Game of Thrones, the King's Rebellion, was a total lie," he said and then pointed out, "It's kind of like, mad, and what's going to be interesting is for Bran, it's like, 'What am I going to do with this?' because just as everything was coming together, everyone is coming together to fight, inevitably Game of Thrones will tear us apart."
Well, it can't be that bad. Targaryens had a long standing tradition of brother-sister marriage, and Daenerys surely had grown up knowing this. But then again Jon is an honorable man who was not brought up the same way, and the love-affair of his parents brought down the dynasty and caused countless deaths over the next two decades.
Still with the Night King's army approaching they'll probably get over it.