Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss (lovingly known to fans as D&D) wasted little time in letting loose with the biggest reveal in the history of the show (and perhaps television as a whole). Jon Snow found out who he really was last night, not the bastard son of Ned Stark, but the true heir to the Iron Throne of Westeros.
Told by one of his best friends, Samwell Tarley, Jon’s reaction was played brillitanly by Kit Harington, keeping a puzzled and bewildered look on his face for what seemed like forever. Jon Snow had his mind blown like nothing we’d ever seen on TV (that I can remember anyway, I’m sure you folks will bring something to my attention, and it’s more than welcome).
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Harington recently spke with Entertainment Weekly about the scene, check out what he had to say below.
“The most upsetting thing in the world. 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.”
“The key to it is the audience already knows. So it’s not a shock to them. With Jon, it’s about what he says, ‘You’re telling me my father lied to me? My father, the most honorable man I’ve known my entire life, you’re saying that?’ For that moment, Samwell is nothing to him. Jon would disown this friend and beat him up if he was trying to lie to him about this. He’s quite threatening: You’re telling me this, you better be f—king right, and if you’re trying to play me — that was the way to play that scene I think. I hope it was.”
Jon is about truth, and now that he knows it, I doubt he will stay quiet. The thing is, Jon doesn’t want to rule, he never has. He has been appointed to leadership positions and more or less reluctantly obliged. It’s hard for Jon to believe that Ned Stark would be part of a lie this long, however that’s much easier to believe than Ned Stark breaking his marriage vows, so Jon must take that point into consideration.
Jon’s dilemma as it stands now is how and if to tell Daenerys. Simply mentioning it, the Mother of Dragons could take it as him making a claim for the Iron Throne, a throne she has desired for 8 years now, a throne she will do just about anything to sit on.
Daenerys on the other hand, hmm I love Dany but she does have a slight lust for power, and this lust has caused her to have moments where her father, The Mad King, shines through. An example would be executing the Tarley’s. I’m not saying Daernerys wouldn’t be a fair and just ruler, but she does have moments where I don’t like her very much.
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Source: Entertainment Weekly