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What Jon Snow Wasn't Expecting In That Big Game Of Thrones Meeting, According To Kit Harington

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Game of Thrones spent more than six seasons building to the meeting between Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen, and fans were finally rewarded in "The Queen's Justice." In the episode, Jon answered Dany's summons and dropped by Dragonstone with Ser Davos, hoping to make an alliance that would help him defend the North against the army of the dead that's approaching. Dany just wanted the undisputed leader of the North to swear fealty to her. The initial meeting didn't go well for either of them, and Kit Harington has revealed that Jon was taken aback by something he was definitely not expecting out of the Mother of Dragons. Harington had this to say about the big meeting:

I predicted, like everyone, they would meet this season, but I don't think I predicted it quite as quickly. But then again, you've got to take yourself out of the mindset of the viewer. As far as Jon knows, he's just meeting this queen he's heard of and trying to negotiate with her -- he's not meeting Daenerys, who the audience has been watching for so many years. That helps with the surprise of it. He walks into the room and doesn't expect to see such a beautiful young woman of similar age to him. Any young man's reaction is going to be, 'Okay...' but he puts that aside, because he has to.

Apparently, all the stories about the Dragon Queen and Mother of Dragons didn't lead Jon Snow to expect a lovely young woman who didn't look any older than he is. He didn't get to see Dany overcome her domineering brother or win the loyalties of Dothraki or free the slaves of Essos. When he looked at her in "The Queen's Justice," he saw a beautiful woman on a throne, not the leader that viewers have watched her growing into over the course of the series. Judging by Kit Harington's comments to EW, whatever he was expecting out of his meeting with Daenerys Targaryen, it wasn't what he got.

Judging by what Kit Harington had to say about Jon reacting to Dany as any young man would have, it's probably a good thing that Jon doesn't yet know about the contents of Bran's vision of what happened at the Tower of Joy. He may have Targaryen blood, and the Targaryens may have been all about the incest, but he was raised a Stark. Something tells me Jon might not be too happy to find out that he was checking out his aunt, even if they are around the same age. Then again, who knows? It's not like they grew up knowing each other, a la the Targaryens of previous generations. Maybe the theory that these two crazy kids will hook up as part of the song of ice and fire isn't so wild after all.

Given what happened by the end of "The Queen's Justice," we can bet that Dany and Jon will be working together pretty closely moving forward. Thanks to Euron Greyjoy's fleet and some strategic movies from the Lannisters, Dany has already lost two of her allies in Westeros, and her Unsullied army has been cut off from her. She'll need all the allies she can get, and Jon may just be amenable now that she has allowed him to mine Dragonstone for dragonglass.

We'll have to wait and see. Tune in to HBO on Sundays at 9 p.m. ET to see what's next for Jon and Dany on Game of Thrones, and check out our fall TV premiere schedule for everything you'll be able to catch on the small screen in the not-too-distant future.

Laura Hurley

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