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There's an Answer to Jon and Dany's Incest Problem in 'Game of Thrones'

Prepare for an uncomfortable conversation to be had by all in Season Eight.

BY matt miller | Jan 11, 2019 | Film & TV

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We've had something like 500 days to mull over the implications of Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen's accidentally incestuous relationship on Game of Thrones. The two went at it toward the end of Season Seven, just as the audience learned that she's really his aunt. Truly one of the weird moments in TV history.

So, as Season Eight approaches, let's go ahead and address the dragon in the room and unpack what's going to be a pretty awkward conversation for everyone involved.

In a recent interview with TV Insider, the cast and producers discussed how this aunt/nephew relationship will play out in the plot of the final season.

“From a dramatic standpoint, it makes things interesting,” creator D.B. Weiss said. “Because the story is no longer about who Jon’s parents are. It’s about what happens when Jon finds out.”

It's not going to be great for either character, as you might imagine.

“Jon is someone who plays by the book. He cannot lie,” said Kit Harington. “Finding out about Dany would be very hard for him.”

“Daenerys’s lifelong dream has been to avenge her family and claim her rightful seat on the Iron Throne,” Emilia Clarke added. “She truly loves Jon. Were she to find out about his title, it would cut deep.”

Jon now has more of a claim to the Iron Throne than Daenerys does. Despite that, Daenerys has the armies and the dragons on her side. Claims to the throne are one thing, but the real problem still seems to be that they are—and I can't stress this enough—aunt and nephew. Regardless of who takes the throne, they'll have to deal with how their relationship will be perceived by the people and by Westeros law.

Well, lucky enough for them, they have generations of Targaryen incest to back up their creepy relationship, along with precedent set by their ancestors. Incest is illegal in Westeros, and bastard children cannot have claim to the Iron Throne, that is, unless it's a Targaryen child of incest. In George R.R. Martin's new book Fire & Blood, there's a moment when Septon Alfyn, under the rule of King Jaehaerys Targaryen, decreed that incest was chill among the Dragon born family:

One god made us all, Andals and Valyrians and First Men, but he did not make us all alike. He made the lion and the aurochs as well, both noble beasts, but certain gifts he gave to one and not the other, and the lion cannot live as an aurochs, nor an aurochs as a lion. For you to bed your sister would be a grievous sin, ser... but you are not the blood of the dragon, no more than I am. What they do is what they have always done, and it is not for us to judge them.

There you have some pretty clever ancient Westeros political rhetoric that sounds like something right out of Donald Trump's playbook: Incest between Targaryens is very legal & very cool.

Anyway, Jon and Daenerys have history on their side in this situation. That doesn't make it any less weird. But, you could imagine how their claims to the throne, their unholy union, and their love for each other will make for a pretty tantalizing plot in Season Eight. Still, the undead horde marching toward Winterfell hell bent on destroying humanity is a slightly more pressing issue than who is fucking their own aunt.

From: Esquire US


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