Emilia Clarke on Daenerys’ Cold Reaction to Jon Snow Reveal: ‘We’re Up for the Same Promotion’

“The related thing, to her, is so normal,” the “Game of Thrones” star tells EW

(Warning: This post contains spoilers for Sunday’s “Game of Thrones,” titled “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms”)

Jon Snow doesn’t have the best timing.

Just before the Night King and his Army of the Dead is about to invade Wintefell in episode 2 of “Game of Thrones,” Jon Snow finally spilled the beans to his new beau-but-also-aunt Daenerys, that his real name is Aegon Targaryen and that he, not her, has the rightful claim to the Iron Throne. But before the two had a chance to talk it out, the Night King and his Army of Dead showed up mere footsteps away from Winterfell, tabling the discussion for after the battle… assuming the White Walkers haven’t turned everyone into a wight by then.

Emilia Clarke said that whole “Dany is Jon’s aunt” thing isn’t the biggest issue with her. “The related thing, to her, is so normal,” Clarke told Entertainment Weekly. “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.”

For Daenerys, her main problem with Jon’s new familial relationship is that now his existence challenges her claim to the Iron Throne, which she’s been eyeing ever since the beginning of the season. “We’re up for the same promotion and I’ve been working for it for my entire existence,” she continued. “Since birth! Dany literally was brought into this world going: RUN! These f–ers [in Westeros] have f–ed everything up. Now it’s, ‘You’re our only hope.’ There’s so much she’s taken on in her duty in life to rectify. There’s so much she’s seen and witnessed and been through and lost and suffered and hurt to get here … and Jon doesn’t even want it!”

But they’ll have to figure that out later, assuming they both survive the Battle of Winterfell next week.

“Game of Thrones” airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on HBO