Game of Thrones is lining up a conflict much more dangerous than The Night King (Picture: HBO/METRO)Game of Thrones fans have been so eagerly awaiting the battle between The Night King and the living that they’ve completely overlooked the promise that another war will inevitably follow for the Iron Throne.
And who will be the two sparring sides fighting it out? Current incestuous lovers Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) and Jon Snow (Kit Harington), probably.
Game of Thrones season eight episode one, titled Winterfell, saw Jon receive the shock of his life as Samwell Tarly (John Bradley) told him he is Aegon Targaryen, the rightful heir to the Iron Throne and his girlfriend’s nephew.
Obviously, that’s a lot to take in.
While Jon gave up his crown and bent the knee for the Mother of Dragons, as Sam pointed out, she’s unlikely to do the same – despite no longer having any claim to the throne herself.
The title of episode two has reportedly leaked, supposedly called The Rightful Queen, which suggests she’s not going to take the news of Jon’s parentage well which, for many reasons, is fair enough.
So while we gear up for the epic battle that we know is coming in episode three, and will no doubt see the majority of the last surviving residents of Westeros fall on the swords of the dead army, there’s still another epic battle ahead.
Reddit user nosefouratoo notes: ‘How Dany reacts to Jon’s true heritage could be the death knell of their love and alliance. If she reacts with anger and calls him a traitor or something to that effect, this will prove everything he has been hearing from all of his loved ones to be true.
‘He will pull away from her, and make a claim on the throne in an effort to save the realm from another monarch who puts power lust in front of all else. I think there may be some kind of inciting event during or right before the battle for Winterfell that will truly sour Jon against Dany enough to go to war or at least to redact his proclamation that she is his Queen.’
The throne will tear them apart (Picture: HBO)What’s more, George RR Martin recently tweeted a quote from William Faulkner, which read: ‘The only thing worth writing about is the human heart in conflict with itself.’
The Redditor continues: ‘Where is the human heart in conflict with itself in an ice zombie battle? Nowhere. It’s a cut and dry battle for survival.
‘A battle against Cersei would be a conflict within the human heart… for Jaime. But not for Dany, not for Jon, and not for Tyrion. It is as cut and dry for our main characters as the conflict with the Night King is.
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‘Besides, they could get Jaime to kill Cersei one on one with no armies involved. It could still be a hugely important event without being the conclusion event that most people seem to think it will be.
‘Think about it this way: what encompasses George’s quote about writing fiction more than a bitter estrangement and eventual military conflict between two lovers that found out they were actually related, and were torn apart through their advisors choosing sides and their diametrically opposed views on power and what it should mean to wield it?
‘I really don’t think the story could serve us an ending that would embody that mission statement more than that.’
Basically, they’ve got the entire season panned out and we can just sit back and watch the drama unfold.
Game of Thrones season eight episode two arrives this Sunday EST on HBO and will be simulcast on Sky Atlantic. Seasons one to seven are available to stream on NOW TV.
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