If you were taken aback by Daenerys Targaryen’s reaction to learning the guy she’s in love with is her nephew in Game of Thrones season eight, episode two, then you’re not alone. Of course, in the real world that’s a big, disturbing deal. But in Westeros, it’s more socially acceptable. What bothers Dany more is that Jon now stands in her path to the Iron Throne. Well, Emilia Clarke, who plays Daenerys in the series, has a thing or two to say about that.
The 32-year-old actress chatted with Entertainment Weekly in the wake of the big “Jon and Dany are related” reveal and explained why Dany seemed not to care that she’s been shtupping her relative.
“The related thing, to her, is so normal,” Clarke argued. “She could have easily married her brother. It’s not a thing. It’s a thing for Jon, but let’s just forget about that.”
The claim to the Iron Throne thing is an entirely separate issue and—spoiler alert—she’s not chill with Jon having a greater right to it than her. Actually, Clarke has some pretty strong opinions about it all.