‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8: Will Daenerys Targaryen Kill Jon Snow?

As Game of Thrones draws ever closer to its hotly anticipated conclusion, many fans are wondering if one lover could be the death of their partner. And will it matter, considering that partner already died once?

Who are we talking about? Television’s favorite incestuous couple: Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) and Jon Snow (Kit Harington). Daenerys and Jon entered into a relationship in season 7 while fans watched in shock. The characters didn’t know what the audience did: Daenerys is Jon’s aunt.

How Jon and Daenerys’ familial ties got revealed

Jon only found out in season 8 episode 1 that he was a Targaryen, after it was confirmed to him by best friend Samwell Tarly (John Bradley). In turn, Jon told Dany about Lyanna Stark (Aisling Franciosi) and Rhaegar Targaryen’s (Wilf Scolding) love affair and how he was passed onto Lyanna’s brother Ned Stark (Sean Bean) after her death and raised as his child to ensure he’s not killed. So hi, Aunt Dany!

It was revealed that Jon’s real name is Aegon Targaryen. Dany wasn’t too thrilled with this revelation, not because of the incest, but because this means Jon/Aegon has a stronger claim to the Iron Throne than she does. In fact, instead of voicing relief that her brother wasn’t a rapist or showing discomfort in the fact that she has had a physical relationship with her nephew, Daenerys’ first point is Jon’s claim to the throne.

Though, the lack of surprise over the incest might be a “cultural” thing, according to Clarke. “The related thing, to her, is so normal,” Emilia 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.”

Daenerys and Jon’s relationship

Considering that one of Game of Throne’s many notorieties is incestuous relationships, maybe it wasn’t that big of a surprise when we learned that Jon is Dany’s nephew. Incestuous relationships aside, what’s most important for Dany is that this makes Jon the true heir to the Iron Throne. After all, a girl’s got to have priorities. Fans on Twitter relished the irony.

Jon: “tbh I’m actually your nephew and we had unprotected sex multiple times” Dany: “you mean you’re the true heir to the throne?”

— Barry McCockiner (@SportsTalkBarry)

WHY CAN JON TOUCH AND RIDE YOUR DRAGONS DANY?! HAVENT YOU BEEN WONDERING?

— elexus jionde. (@Lexual__)

Can we talk about the fact that the most chemistry Dany and Jon have ever had happened tonight… when she was clearly contemplating whether or not to murder him.

— Kierston Dunfee Harbour (@kandeegirl12)

What Kit Harington and the writers have to say

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.”

Bryan Cogman, the writer of episode 2, told EW: “Jon is avoiding Dany the whole episode because this bombshell has been dropped on him and he can’t even process how to be in the same room with her. She senses a strange tension and can’t understand why. What really upsets Jon is that he’s a blood relative to the woman he’s in love with. In the crypt, Jon is taken aback when essentially the first thing she says is acknowledging that he has a claim to the Iron Throne. And Jon’s immediate concern is the fact that that’s her immediate concern”

Cogman noted the episode was dialogue heavy, much like a play, so much of the power came from the actors. He says that will contrast well with future episodes as the series hurtles toward the finish.

“There was such a breakneck pace to season 7 that I was delighted when the [showrunners] proposed an episode of just spending time with characters in this space,” Cogman says. “I think it will make episode 3 — which is spectacular — all the richer. The moment that episode 3 starts we’re in full 100 percent battle mode.”

Will Daenerys kill Jon Snow?

Fans have watched Daenerys kill off many characters to get what she wants — the Iron Throne. Now, with Jon as a real threat, will Daenerys take his life? On one hand, Daenerys is ruthless so it wouldn’t be surprising to watch her do what she needs to do. But on the other hand, she’s emotionally invested. Whether it’s their romantic relationship or that fact that he’s her only remaining family, Daenerys may think twice before killing Jon.

Another element: Fans are speculating that Daenerys might be pregnant. If she’s carrying Jon’s child, then they’ve created the ultimate heir for the throne. This may work in favor of Jon — Daenerys might be less threatened now that their firstborn will claim the throne — or against Jon — Daenerys may not need her last family member, after all.