‘Game of Thrones’ Showrunners on What’s to Come for Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen

The Season 7 finale of Game of Thrones featured a turning point for Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen, and the showrunners are now providing some hints about where this is headed in the final six episodes.

In this week’s “Inside the Episode,” producer David Benioff notes that the revelation that Jon Snow is actually Aegon Targaryen “changes everything.” Why? Well, because that means Jon Snow is the rightful heir to the Iron Throne, not Daenerys.

Producer D. B. Weiss then suggests that this revelation is going to create some serious conflict between Jon and Daenerys next season, possibly even driving them apart.

“Just as we’re seeing these two people come together, we’re hearing the information that will inevitably if not tear them apart then at least cause real problems in their relationship,” Weiss says.

Jon Snow on Game of Thrones

Jon Snow on Game of Thrones. l HBO

David Benioff agrees, saying that Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen will not be able to have the neat, perfect relationship that they expected.

“It complicates everything on a political level, on a personal level, and it just makes everything that could have been so neat and kind of perfect for Jon and Dany, and it really kind of muddies the waters,” Benioff said.

Of course, the “personal level” to this is that Jon and Daenerys don’t yet realize that they are related; Daenerys is Jon’s aunt. Incest isn’t something that’s too out of the ordinary among Targaryens, but Jon will likely have an issue with it. And on a political level, the complication stems from the fact that Daenerys spent all of these years believing that she was the rightful heir to the Seven Kingdoms, but she’s about to find out that this is not true, and the rightful heir is actually the man she is in love with.

Daenerys Targaryen on Game of Thrones

Daenerys Targaryen on Game of Thrones. l HBO

Whether or not Jon wants to rule at all, this bombshell should still cause some major strife between these two, at least as soon as Bran finds a way to deliver the information next season.