Warning: This article contains spoilers to the final episode of the seventh season of Game of Thrones.
Sure Game of Thrones might have been building up towards the eventual romance between Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), however the love scene between the two in “The Dragon And The Wolf” resulted in conflicting feelings from fans.
Not only did Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) have to remind everyone that the Bastard King of the North is very much related to the fiery Dragon Queen, but the scene was further complicated by a few shots of Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) outside the hallway of the room where the two were making love.
There have been a lot of theories regarding Tyrion’s reaction – some believe that Dany’s Hand is actually in love with her, and others believe that the Imp was guilty because he had betrayed her by striking a deal with Cersei (Lena Headey).
Now, in a new interview with The New York Times, Game of Thrones episode director Jeremy Podeswa admits that Tyrion might actually be a bit in love with his Queen, but not in the way everyone expects.
"There is something to that," Podeswa commented on the theory that Tyrion might have a thing for Daenerys. "Everyone seems to be in love with Dany, in a way, and I think Tyrion's a little bit in love with her. 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?"
Instead of a direct romance, Podeswa explains that Tyrion’s actually just looking out for the Dragon Queen.
"From my point of view, Tyrion always seemed three steps ahead," the episode director explained. "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! [Laughs] 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."
While a love triangle between Dany, Jon and Tyrion could add to the drama of Game of Thrones, this explanation by Podeswa seems more rationale than every other theory. Besides, Dany and Jon already have it bad enough as it is.
Game of Thrones season 8 premieres sometime 2018 or 2019.