This Is Why Daenerys Will Kill Jon Snow in ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8

Now that the dust is setting on episode 4 of the last season of Game of Thrones, some people predict not only that Daenerys will kill Jon Snow before the show wraps for good, but that Jon Snow will pretty much deserve it.

So before the wild theories sprout up that Daenerys will slay Jon with that errant Starbucks cup that everybody’s highlighting, we’ll cover why this outcome may or may not be likely. Up to this point, all signs point to Daenerys being the vengeful type who will do whatever she jolly well pleases to sit on the Iron Throne.

Here’s where episode 4 left things

Kit Harington
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So far this season, Game of Thrones seems to be centering around women jockeying for power, whether it’s Cersei jealousy defending her Iron Throne,  Daenerys hungrily angling to take back her birthright and Arya Stark doing whatever she wants, namely dispatching the odious Night King.

Meanwhile, Jon is in his corner being honest and noble — perhaps to a fault. Daenerys, perhaps uncharacteristically, begs her lover — who is also her nephew — not to spill the beans that he is the true heir to the Iron Throne. (Jon is the child of Rhaegar Targaryen, which makes him the direct descendant to the throne.) Jon, perhaps forgetting what world he lives in, tells Daenerys: “I love you and nothing is going to change that and they’re my family and we can coexist.”

Famous last words? Maybe. In any event, it’s also clear the Starks won’t just roll over and play dead for Daenerys. In the second episode, “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms,” Sansa expressed concern about how Daenerys would oversee the northern kingdom and questioned if the Starks will retain their autonomy. Arya certainly isn’t one content to play underling.

In the episode, Jon tells Sansa and Arya, vowing them to secrecy. It appears Arya has kept her word, thus far, but Sansa takes the liberty to tell Tyrion Lannister. He, in turn, shares this information with Daenerys’ other advisor, Varys. The two spend a good chunk of the episode debating if Daenerys is fit to be queen: Tyrion is loyal and Varys believes Jon is better.

What did Daenerys whisper to Ser Jorah?

Perhaps Daenerys was begging because she was preoccupied with laying Ser Jorah to rest. When she did that, she whispered something to him, but according to Iain Glen, the exact dialogue wasn’t in the script. All the script said was” “Daenerys whispers something to him that he’ll never hear and we’ll never know…”  So Emilia Clarke improvised something.

What was it? We may never know, just like we’ll never know what Bill Murray whispered to Scarlett Johansson in Lost in Translation.

“It’s something entirely sincere and true to the moment and something that I’ll never forget,” Glen said. Pressed for specifics by EW, he begged off, saying, “You know what? “I’ll always cherish it because it’s something no one will ever know but the two of us. And that’s a memory to hold onto.”

Does Jon Snow deserve the Iron Throne?

Jon has long been a fan favorite, but not everyone has been enamored of him lately. The Verge calls him out: “He fails almost perpetually, blundering his way from one situation to the next until someone — usually a more competent woman, including but not limited to Ygritte, Melisandre, Sansa, Arya, and Daenerys — bails him out of his latest problem.” That includes being dead. He was bailed out of that too.

So will the more forthright Daenerys finally have enough and do away with Jon? We don’t have that long to find out. Whatever happens, Kit Harington, himself, called Episode 4 one of his favorites.

“The world is safe now. They’re celebrating and saying goodbye to lost friends. But as an audience you’re going, ‘This is only episode 4, something’s going to happen.’  … I think the characters are aware of this as well. There’s something twisted and uncomfortable about it. It’s so Shakespearian.”

Then there’s the issue that Jon doesn’t want the throne. But, as Varys notes, perhaps someone who doesn’t want the throne is the best fit for the throne.

Will Daenerys kill Jon Snow?

Daenerys is slowly becoming unhinged. She’s lost Ser Jorah, she’s lost two dragons, she’s loss Missandei, and she’s learned that Jon Snow is the rightful heir. Once she learns that Jon has leaked his true identity to his sisters and the news has further been spread, she may battle Jon for the throne. Sure, Jon doesn’t want it, but if he realizes she’s not the right leader, he may fight her for the people.