Before we begin, if you still haven’t seen the final episode of this season of Game of Thrones, just leave now because I can’t promise you there will be no spoilers.
Let’s get to it.
The seventh and final episode of this season of Game of Thrones gave fans something we’ve all been shamelessly waiting to see for a while, Daenerys Targaryen, First of Her Name, the Unburnt, Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Breaker of Chains, Mother of Dragons..bleh bleh bleh finally got in bed with everybody’s favorite honorable royal, Jon Snow (he’s king in the North).
However, in true Game of Thrones fashion, we couldn’t just have a happy scene, they had to make us feel bad and start thinking about the consequences so first we find out that Jon Snow is secretly a Targaryen and Dany’s nephew and then right when the door to her chamber on the boat closes, we see Tyrion Lannister, standing in the hallway watching with a strange look in his eyes and it didn’t seem like it was a look of approval.
The internet has gone wild with theories since then, some people think Tyrion is hurt because he’s in love with his Queen. Some think because he loved his dead nephews and niece, he was going to betray Daenerys as he had just found out that his murderous incest-loving big sister, Cersei was pregnant again. It could be any of these or none as we have no idea what the writers are planning for Season 8.
The episode director, Jeremy Podeswa has come out to explain that it is actually about Tyrion being uncertain about the future and his position in it. Speaking in a quick chat with The Daily Beast, he explains
“Well I think there’s jealousy, but it’s maybe not romantic jealousy, in the way that it is for Jorah, for example. I think that for Tyrion, it’s more complicated. I think he has a very special relationship with Dany and he really believes in her as a true leader and has invested a lot in her. I think for him, with Jon and Dany getting together, this represents a possible undermining of his position with her and also a monkey wrench thrown into what the master plan really is meant to be around this entire alliance. The way I see it is Tyrion is a bit of a strategist—not just a bit of a strategist, he is a major strategist—and I think now, he can’t see where this is gonna go and that’s very difficult for someone who is always thinking three steps ahead. The consequences of Dany and Jon getting together are completely unknown. Is she gonna make decisions now based on this new relationship? Is she gonna be able to separate her personal [interests] from the interests of the greater group? What is this going to foretell for the alliance and what they’re all meant to do as a united front? So I think the worry for him is that now, everything is up for grabs. We don’t really know who’s going to side with who, what’s gonna happen at the end of the day, and which alliances are going to be the strongest.”
Trust Game of Thrones to keep us guessing.