Warning: Flap away on your dragon if you're looking to avoid Game of Thrones Season 7 spoilers or proceed at your own peril.
Matt Shakman's contribution to the Seven Kingdoms hosted perhaps the most Earth-shattering battle Game of Thrones has ever staged, with the Mother of Dragons finally unleashing her fire-breathing child on her Westerosi enemies to a backdrop of a ruthless Dothraki horde attack. However, amid the toil and rage of the battlefield, the greatly-anticipated Stark reunions and the swordplay between Brienne and Arya, the relationship dynamic that continued to pique our interest the most had everything to do with Daenerys and Jon Snow.
During a recent interview with IGN, the #GameOfThrones director addressed the exquisite episode that was "The Spoils of War," and gave us that much-needed hope that Dany and Jon might actually get it on at some point. Breaching the topic of their "burgeoning attraction," Shakman said:
"In the cave scene, where Jon takes Daenerys to take the cave markings, I think there is a lot of subtle chemistry happening there between the two of them, and even just Daenerys taking that tiny step forward to Jon before she asks him to bend the knee. There's a lot of tension in that that I think comes from just two great actors in that darker, more intimate location."
'There's Something Happening Between Them Personally'
Dissecting the tension in the mood-lit Dragonstone caves in the presence of the mysterious Children of the Forest's scrawls, he also noted how increasingly, the two characters find themselves in smaller, intimate spaces:
"The first time they come together they're in a large, formal throne room hall, and now we're getting a chance to see them alone without their attendants in a sort of quiet space. We looked at a lot of Lascaux caves, the paintings by prehistoric men in France. The imagery is meant to connect to that, but to see them fire-lit in front of the proof of what Jon is trying to say to her is quite powerful. She takes it in, but she's still not able to give up what she wants from him."
However, could all of the above really mean that a budding romance is on the cards? Interestingly, the director doesn't deny that a possible love story could well happen and considering Ser Davos has already made a cheeky joke to a red-faced Jon about peering at Dany's "good heart," we're more ready than ever for some increased intimacy. On whether the Dragonstone scenes convey a potential romance or just growing respect between two political allies, Shakman said:
"I think both. I think there absolutely is a political storyline that's really important, which is Jon desperately trying to convince Daenerys and everyone else that the threat that is more important than who is fighting for the Iron Throne is the fight for humanity, and that this real, dangerous force is heading for them all. That's his biggest concern. Daenerys, of course, as she loses allies, is trying to gain one in the King of the North, so there's very much a political dialogue happening in the scene. But it's also undeniable that there's something happening between them personally, as well."
So, there you go. With only three episodes left of Season 7 of Game of Thrones, Daenerys and Jon better crack on with bending those knees if we're to get a decent glimpse of them bumping beautiful bods in incestuous unison before the show's finale.
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Do you think Daenerys and Jon Snow are going to get together in Season 7?