Director Jeremy Podeswa explains Tyrion’s worried look in “The Dragon and the Wolf”


Towards the end of the Game of Thrones season 7 finale, Daenerys and Jon Snow gave into their temptations and had sex on a boat heading north. Strangely, Tyrion Lannister lingered outside the door to Dany’s room, looking worried. What was behind that look? “The Dragon and the Wolf” director Jeremy Podeswa told Mashable all about it.

“That moment, for me, was… really about Tyrion having witnessed what he witnessed this year, having a great deal of concern about what the consequences of this might be in the future,” Podeswa said. “There was a previous understanding of what the alliance between all these parties was about, and now that’s complicated by the fact that there’s a more intimate relationship we see [between] two of the key players in this alliance, one of whom is the person he’s really devoted his life to at this point: Daenerys.”

And let’s remember: on this show, when people get together because they love each other, it can end very badly. See Robb Stark and Talisa, Jon Snow and Ygritte, and oh yeah: Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark, who wanted to be together so badly they inadvertently plunged a whole country into war. With that history, no wonder Tyrion is nervous.

Tyrion’s look was left ambiguous (it’s a lot like the significant glance Sansa and Littlefinger shared last year that way), but as far as Podeswa is concerned, it didn’t have anything to do with romantic jealousy. Yes, Tyrion has a connection with Daenerys, but Podeswa thinks “it’s more intellectual, and more philosophical” than what, say, Jorah has with her. If there’s jealousy on Tyrion’s part, it’s because he’s afraid Jon may replace him as the person Daenerys most listens to when it comes time to make decisions. And let’s recall that this is a guy who’s decisions got him murdered by his own men.

"Now Jon will more than likely have a larger role to play, and what kind of choices is Daenerys going to make now that she has changed the dynamic between her and Jon? Is she now going to make choices based on the fact that she has an intimate relationship with him, or is she still going to be as pragmatic and strong as she would otherwise be? All that is a question now, and as her chief strategist – as her Hand – not being able to see what the future holds is a worry."

Might the union between Dany and Jon even drive Tyrion back to the Lannister camp (or, as one fan theory holds, might he be there already)? “One never knows, with this show, how it’s going to unfold,” Podeswa said. “But I feel like at this moment in the story, he’s devoted to her, and his goals are her goals. But I think the more that she acts independently, the less of a role he has to play in shaping all those things, and so where that ends up going in the future, only Dan [Weiss] and David [Benioff] know. It could go either way, I would say.”

We’re sure we’ll find out eventually.

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