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Jon and Daenerys

Game Of Thrones' Jon and Daenerys are actually a lot younger than we originally thought

Throughout movie and television history, there are many strange of examples of grown adults playing children.

For example, Peter Parker is meant to be an awkward teenager fumbling through high school, but so far in the Spider-Man films, he's been portrayed by Tobey Maguire at 27, Andrew Garfield at 29 and most recently Tom Holland at 21.

You can kind of get behind Romeo and Juliet's romance in Baz Luhrmann's 1996 film adaption of the legendary Shakespeare play. However, this is mainly down to the fact that they were played by Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio (at his peak heartthrob). But in Shakespeare's original play, "she hath not seen the change of fourteen years", making it Danes portrayal of a teenager a little bit creepy.

The newest fictional couple for us to fawn over and ship is that of Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen in the HBO fantasy epic Game of Thrones. The seventh season has seen these two fan favourites finally meet, and after a rocky start, they're really starting to connect with one another as characters.

With one having come back from the dead to rule his family house, and the other having literally given birth to three dragons, you'd expect them to have a fair bit of life experience under their belts as they bid to rule Westeros, rescuing it from the Army of the Dead in the process.

The pair are played by Emilia Clarke and Kit Harrington, who are both 30 years old, and you would expect Daenerys and Jon Snow to be around the same age, right? In reality, though, they're a fair bit younger.

Jon and Daenerys Credit: HBO

A quick journey to the Game of Thrones Wiki page will reveal that Jon Snow was born in 281 AL (Aegon's Landing), while Daenarys is born a year later in 282 AL. So the age difference between Jon and Daenerys is about the same as their real-life counterparts. What you have to take into account, though, is the actual date that the current state of Game of Thrones is set in.

Around the time that Jon is made King of the North and Daenerys lands in Dragonstone, ready to begin her assault on the throne, the official Game of Thrones year as of season seven is 304 AL. That would make Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen just 23 and 22 years old, respectively.

Jon Snow Credit: HBO

Although that's not young enough to make their budding romance creepy for non-implied-incest reasons, it's still a great way for anyone going through a quarter-life crisis at the moment to feel utterly wretched about themselves.

At 22, most of us are hanging around at home, going from minimum wage job to minimum wage job with post-university blues. But at the same age, Daenerys is commanding a massive army, wreaking havoc on the back of a fearsome, fire-breathing dragon. Let that sink in.

Daenerys Targaryen Credit: HBO

On the other hand, although I'm poor, lonely and confused as to where to go with my life, I can rest easy in the knowledge that nobody is trying to kill me, and that I'm not going to have to fight an army of ice zombies any time soon. So I guess there's that.

  • Aug
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  • Henry Smith