Only one season of Game of Thrones remains before what promises to be an epic finale, and the Season 7 finale guaranteed that fans have a lot to debate during the long hiatus. The final minutes of the episode saw Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen finally give into their attraction to each other and hook up in what is almost certainly an ill-advised (and definitely incestuous) tryst. Tyrion was lurking outside the room where they were hooking up with a cryptic expression on his face. Now, more than a year after that finale aired, actor Peter Dinklage has opened up about what Tyrion was thinking:
No, ah, it's complicated... A lot of the time with Tyrion, it's professional and personal. Obviously, he has feelings for Daenerys. He loves her -- or thinks he does. She's awe-inspiring. He's questioning that because he doesn't have a good track record for falling in love. There's jealousy wrapped up in there. And he loves Jon Snow, too. They're the two people he has the most in common with, in a way -- they're both outsiders in their own families who have refused to follow the path their family has taken, and hopefully for the better. He's wondering how smart of a move [Jon and Dany getting romantically involved is], because passion and politics don't mix well. He knows the two of them getting together could be very dangerous.
Well, if Tyrion really is a secret Targaryen, as many have speculated and Peter Dinklage did not settle via Doritos commercial, what could be more Targaryen than two people with that bloodline falling in love? The Targaryen inclination for incest is so strong than Jon and Dany pulled it off without even knowing that Jon is technically the rightful heir in the Targaryen bloodline! Could Tyrion really be a secret Targaryen, with some of that Lannister inclination toward incest going for him as well? Okay, almost certainly not, and in all seriousness, it makes sense for Tyrion to have his doubts about how smart it is for these two powerful leaders to get together when the focus should really be on the army of ice zombies and the White Walkers, especially now that Viserion is an ice dragon.
Game of Thrones has not leaned heavily into the idea that Tyrion is in love with her, and it wouldn't be difficult to believe if Season 8 sees Tyrion realize that he was only ever awed and inspired by Dany than actually feeling true love for her. She has accomplished things Tyrion could only dream of for himself, ranging from turning up with dragons to commanding respect from all who see her. All things considered, I buy Tyrion genuinely loving Jon more than Dany. Tyrion and Jon have shared an odd bond since way back in the first season, and Jon may feel less larger-than-life to Tyrion than Dany does.
Peter Dinklage's comments to EW should get Game of Thrones fans more pumped than ever for what's to come in Season 8, even if we're still stuck waiting for news of when exactly Season 8 will premiere. The tiny first look recently released by HBO wasn't nearly enough to whet fan appetites after more than a year without footage, so I know my fingers are crossed that we'll get some new official information about the final season sooner rather than later.
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