Warning: Spoilers ahead for “Game of Thrones” season seven, episode six, “Beyond the Wall.”
Between the nicknaming, hand-holding, and lots of sexy gazing, the latest “Game of Thrones” episode turned the heat way up on Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen’s buildingaffections.
While last week’s episode ended with the two saying a rather unemotional goodbye, “Beyond the Wall” concluded with what could have been a marriage proposal between the two almost-lovers.
The dramatic build up to Jon and Daenerys first vulnerable moment
Daenerys and Jon may be aunt and nephew, thoughthey don’t know it yet, butthe showrunners aren’t shying away from letting the story’s two biggest heroes fall in love.
Tyrion outright told Daenerys early in the episode that Jon Snow was in love with her, and while Daenerys dismissed the idea, she was clearly fighting back emotions of her own. Plus she didn’t hesitate to fly north with her dragons as soon as he sent for help.
Jon was badly wounded in the battle beyond the Wall, and Daenerys was forced to leave him for dead when he was knocked into the frozen lake right as the Night King was getting ready to kill another one of her dragons.
But she lingered at Eastwatch, staring into the frozen wasteland and clearly hoping the King in the North would return. Her relief was palpable when the horse Benjen gave to Jontrotted out of the forest, and then later fansfinally watched her sitvigil atJon’s bedside while he laythere half-naked and scarred.
Daenerys had questioned Jon before about why Davos claimed he had “taken a knife to the heart for his people.” Jon, ever the humble gentleman, didn’t tell her that he had literally died and been reborn. But now, with the partially-healed wounds visible, Daenerys finally saw Jon for the true hero he was.
Why the nickname Jon gave to Daenerys was so important
She sat by his bed, waiting for him to wake up. When he did, the first thing he said was how sorry hewas for her loss of Viserion, and he reached out to hold her hand. Daenerys simply shook her head, fighting back tears. She vowed to help Jon defeat the Night King.
“Thank you Dany,” Jon said.
“Dany? Who was the last person who called me that?” Daenerys asked. “I’m not sure, was it my brother? Hmm. Not the company you want to keep.”
Viserys was definitely the last person to say “Dany” on the show. He screamed “Dany please!” right before Khal Drogo overturned a pot of molten gold onto his head, brutally killing him. It’s likely not a coincidence that thelast time Daenerys heardsomeone call her “Dany,”it was another Targaryen.This is also noteworthy given that Viserion, the dragon named for Viserys, was killed in “Beyond the Wall.”
In the books, the name Dany is used most frequently in the chapters written from Daenerys’ point of view. It’s effectively the name she’s given herself, while everyone around her calls her Khaleesi, Your Grace, or Daenerys.
“Alright. Not Dany,” Jon said. “How about my Queen? I’d bend the knee but …”
Daenerys looked shocked. After all his stubbornness about never bending the knee, Jon finally caved. Why? It was likely because Daenerys’ rescue of Jon made him realize how lost their war is without her. She was his savior in that moment, and he saw her as a selfless ruler willing to risk her life for him and the people of Westeros.
“What about those who swore allegiance to you?” Daenerys asked.
“They’ll come to see you for what you are,” Jon replied.
“I hope I deserve it.”
“You do,” Jon assured her.
Daenerys triedto pull her hand hand away, but he held on and looked into her eyes.
The internet exploded.
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-Dany saw Jon’s abs
-Held each other’s hands
-Jon called her ‘Dany’ & ‘My Queen’
I’m dead. #GameOfThrones
But, as always, there is a large chunk of the fandom who hates the idea of a Jon and Daenerys love story.
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Have you forgotten Jon and Dany are related?! Why is everyone hoping they’ll get together?!