Game of Thrones director addresses theory that Tyrion is in love with Dany
Last Sunday, we saw what might be the last episode of Game of Thrones for a while. Season seven concluded with its 80-minute, spectacular and thoroughly entertaining seventh episode, and there was a lot for us to analyse and fawn over as the HBO fantasy epic begins its journey down the home strait.
There's quite a bit of food for thought in the episode entitled The Dragon and the Wolf, but we will do that as much as possible to avoid the sobering reality that we'll be waiting at least two years for season eight.
When the analysis ends and the long, difficult wait begins, we'll comfort ourselves with fan theories of varying scale and plausibility, and this particular hypothesis is quite the doozy.
Let's address the scene at the end of Game of Thrones season seven, episode seven. You know the one I'm talking about. After an entire season of flirtation, political posturing and discussions of dragons, Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen finally addressed their growing chemistry when they made love in the Mother of Dragons' chamber.
Considering we'd spent the majority of a season practically begging them to get together, the reaction to said scene was... muted to say the least, and I'm not just talking about on screens at home.
While the pair were in loving embrace, a voiceover from Bran Stark informed us that Jon Snow (formerly thought a bastard) was in fact a Targaryen, rightful heir to the throne, and that he was in the throes of getting it on with what would be his aunt. So, not exactly ideal.
While this was going on, however, Tyrion Lannister stood outside the room, his back to the door as the copulating continued, draped in shadow with a look on his face that suggested he was just as unimpressed as we were with the literal incest occurring mere feet away from him.
The thing you've got to remember is that Tyrion isn't privy to Bran's exposition, and has no idea that Jon and Daenerys are related. As a result, fans of Game of Thrones are speculating Peter Dinklage's character is upset with the union for another reason: he's in love with Daenerys Targaryen.
In a way, it kind of makes sense; Tyrion would be far from the first to get the hots for the silver-haired queen, and as Jorah "Sir Friend Zone" Mormont will tell you, Game of Thrones isn't averse to placing characters on the romantic sideline from time to time for extra drama.
As fan theories began to circulate and escalate, however, the episode's director Jeremy Podeswa confirmed that yes; Tyrion Lannister is jealous of the coupling, but maybe not in the way that you're thinking.
"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 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."
As Daenerys' trusted advisor and strategist, who knows how the new relationship will affect the dynamic of the team? Will Daenerys factor this new relationship into her decision-making? Will her judgement be clouded as a result?
Jeremy Podeswa thinks this could be unprecedented ground for Tyrion Lannister, but we won't know which way things will go for at least another two years. As the countdown toward season eight begins, let's enjoy ourselves finding out all the new theories about what is one of the most extensive and exciting fictional universes of all time.