6. Daenerys’s True Colors
Jon Snow displays some masterfully poor timing when he reveals to Daenerys, in the crypts of Winterfell, that he is actually a Targaryen, with a stronger claim to the Iron Throne than her. Daenerys is at a loss for what to say, as is Jon. And then the horns sound (three blasts for White Walkers), which cuts short any sort of resolution. Will she turn on Jon out of selfishness? Will she defer to his rightful claim? Or will she find some middle ground?
We may not need to hear the answer from her lips. We may get to see the answer in the upcoming battle.
There must be a reason why the showrunners placed Jon’s paternity conversation before the battle took place; logically, if it wasn’t going to affect the battle’s outcome, it would have probably taken place afterward. We’ll be keeping a close eye on Daenerys in the next episode, to see if her decision-making betrays her heroism or villainy.
Given the opportunity to save Jon from death during the fight, will Dany hesitate at the moment of truth? Will she show inner turmoil towards doing the right thing? And how will Jon respond to this conflict and inner turmoil, assuming that he survives it?