Tyrion’s look during that “Game of Thrones” scene might actually be jealousy
Warning, the following post contains spoilers from the seventh season finale of Game of Thrones. If you haven’t seen the episode just yet, make your way over to HBO faster than Gendry sprinting to Eastwatch because we have a *lot* to talk about.
It’s safe to say “The Dragon and The Wolf” was 79 minutes and 43 seconds of pure drama. From a Stark sibling takedown, to Lannister reunions, and breakups, the families of Game of Thrones were *mighty* busy. But the real drama came when Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow — who have zero idea that they’re actually related — finally sealed the deal and, to put it kindly, boarded the S.S. Boat Sex. But just to make us feel even more awkward about it, their sex scene was narrated by Bran, who along with Samwell Tarly, confirmed that Jon’s real dad is Rhaegar Targaryen, making Dany his aunt.
BUT THAT’S NOT ALL. While Jon and Dany were solidifying their alliance in more ways than one, Tyrion Lannister was lingering in the hallway, staring at Dany’s door, looking uncomfortable and a bit upset. Same, Tyrion.
According to the episode’s director, Jeremy Podeswa, Tyrion’s oddball staring maybe wasn’t as creepy as it looked.
"From my point of view, Tyrion always seemed three steps ahead," Podeswa revealed to The New York Times. "As long as there is a professional alliance between Dany and Jon, that's something that everybody wants. We can imagine that that's a helpful alliance. But when things get personal, then people make decisions based on their emotions, and that can complicate matters going forward, so I think he sees the potential here for things to get very messy. Usually, historically, nothing good comes out of relationships becoming more complicated! It's also a question of what's going to be his role within this new alliance, right? So there's a kind of caution here."
So essentially Podeswa is saying that Tyrion was in full Hand of the Queen mode, worried that Dany and Jon thinking with their hearts (or, ahem, other parts of their bodies) as opposed to brains could potentially have a disastrous outcome on Game of Thrones. That’s fair and very strategic of him but come on, do we really buy it?
But Podeswa also conceded that, like most of the other men around her, Tyrion also has feelings for the Mother of Dragons. However, he doesn’t think Tyrion’s crush on Dany is anything like Jorah’s intense affection.
"There is something to that. Everyone seems to be in love with Dany, in a way, and I think Tyrion's a little bit in love with her," Podeswa said. "But I don't think it’s an actual romantic love. There's a huge respect for her, and maybe there's a slight romantic element to that, but it's more of a jockeying in terms of who has real power. Not over Dany, but who has power in a relationship with Dany. Jorah [Mormont], who really is in love with her, his relationship with Jon is complicated in a different way. With Tyrion, it's all about who is going to have sway over her?"
Seeing how Dany and Jon’s budding relationship is most likely on a one way boat ride toward the Island of Doom, Tyrion (and Jorah, Daario, and the ghost of Khal Drogo) may not have anything to worry about. Then again, their relationship will probably be the catalyst for a *lot* of the major drama in the final season. Welp, at least we (probably) have a year and a half to speculate.