"Game of Thrones" Jon Snow being a Targaryen complicates everything

"Game of Thrones" season 7 finale confirmed Jon Snow as the right heir to the Iron throne. Watch show creators discuss what this means for the show.

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Jon Snow and Dany in Game of Thrones season 7

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Jon Snow is not just a Targaryen, he is the right heir to the Iron Throne.

While fans have known this since "Game of Thrones" season six finale, it was finally confirmed in the season seven finale.

In one of Bran Stark’s visions, it is revealed that Rhaegar and Lyanna were legitimately married after the Targaryen’s marriage to Elia Martell was annulled.

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Jon Snow and Dany meet for the first time

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His name was also revealed to be Aegon Targaryen. While Bran narrated this, viewers got to watch Jon Snow and Dany have sex.

In Inside the Episode video on HBO YouTube page, showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss spoke about how the reveal changes things.

According to them, Jon Snow being a Targaryen complicates everything

 

On challenges encountered while shooting the sex and reveal scene

"I would say the challenge with this sequence was finding a way to present information that at least a good portion of the audience already had in a way that was dramatic and exciting, and also had a new element to it," he says.

"Part of the answer as to how to go about doing that was in the montage, inter-cut nature of it. It was about making it clear that this was almost like an information bomb that Jon was heading towards."

'The only way to really emphasize that was to tie those two worlds together cinematically and to have Bran actually narrating these facts over the footage of Jon and Dany.

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."

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Jon Snow and Daenerys

 

On how this changes things;

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

"Game of Thrones" is expected to return for its final season in 2018, with 6 episodes. 

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