So… about that Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen tension on Game of Thrones… It's just simply there, according to executive producer David Benioff.
In the HBO-produced Inside the Episode, Benioff addressed the conflict between Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) head on. Jon Snow is there for political reasons, he wants to get dragon glass and if possible convince Dany to become an ally. Meanwhile, Dany wants Jon to bend the knee.
"There's conflict and it's conflict between powerful people and then to make it all even more complicated, they're starting to be attracted to each other. So much of it is not from dialogue or anything we wrote. It's just the two of them in a small space, standing near each other, and us just watching that and feeling the heat of it," Benioff said.
You take two attractive people, put them in a cave and then…yep.
Things are finally heating up for Dany, besides with Jon Snow. She's lost two of her closest allies and fleet. "She's in a position where if she doesn't step up soon and come up with a big win for her side, she's going to lose this fight before it even begins," co-creator D.B. Weiss said. "I think she really feels the pressure of her situation more than she ever has before. It's the fight she's been waiting for for her whole life."
In the fourth episode of season seven, viewers finally saw two principal characters face-off on the battlefield when Dany and Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) went head-to-head.
"This is the first time we've ever had two sets of main characters on opposite sides of the battlefield and it's impossible to really want any one of them and impossible to want any one of them to lose," Weiss said.
The true standoff never came to fruition, thanks to a dragon and a mysterious savior. Until next week…
Game of Thrones airs Sundays on HBO.