Season 8, episode 2 of Game of Thrones may have seemed like the calm before the storm that will be the Battle of Winterfell, but it ended pretty dramatically. Jon Snow (played by Kit Harington) revealed to Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) his true heritage.
Jon Snow is actually Aegon Targaryen, the trueborn son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark, and with his name comes a stronger claim to the throne than that of Daenerys.
So, will Daenerys Targaryen kill Jon Snow?
Daenerys has been through a lot to get where she is now. Daenerys was originally sold to Khal Drogo (Jason Momoa) by her brother, Viserys Targaryen (Harry Lloyd), to fund his reconquest of the Seven Kingdoms. Drogo later killed Viserys by pouring a crown of molten gold on his head, leaving Daenerys to pursue her own claim to the Iron Throne.
Following the death of Drogo and her child, Daenerys leads the remnants of her khalasar across the Red Waste, hoping to find them safety. In Qarth, the Warlocks attempt to steal her dragons and slay a great number of her khalasar.
From there, Daenerys acquired a ship and picked up her Unsullied army. She uses her new army, along with Daario Naharis and the Second Sons, to siege and take the slave cities of Yunkai and Meereen.
Following the discovery that her adviser Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen) had originally been sent to spy on Daenerys, though he quickly changed his mind and fell in love. As a result, Daenerys is forced to banish one of her best friends and most trusted advisers. She is then forced to face a revolt from the Sons of the Harpy, former slavers who oppose Daenerys' rule.
During the reopening of the fighting pits, they kill Hizdahr zo Loraq, a former slaver who Daenerys was set to marry to clam down tensions in the city. Daenerys is only saved when Jorah and Drogo intervene, with her dragon whisking her away to somewhere in the Dothraki Sea.
Daenerys is captured by a khalasar who take her to the Temple of the Dosh Khaleen in Vaes Dothrak, a home for other widowed khaleesi. Daenerys burns the Khals alive, walking out of the flames and taking command on their armies.
Daenerys arrives at Meereen just in time to stop a siege by the Masters. And from there, Daenerys finally sets sail in the Iron Fleet to retake Westeros.
So it seems fair to say that Daenerys is intent on sitting on the Iron Throne, and could see Jon Snow as a threat.
But would Daenerys Targaryen really kill her lover?
In a heart to heart with Sansa Stark during Episode 2, Daenerys admitted that she turned North to fight the White Walkers because she loves Jon Snow, and he loves her. But that could all change now that she knows they're family.
Daenerys also seemed reluctant when Sansa pushed her on the North's independence, following Daenerys' demand that Jon Snow relinquish his title of King in the North for help fighting the un-dead army.
Daenerys has already shown tendencies that make her look a lot like her father, the Mad King. During Robert's Rebellion, King Aerys II Targaryen sought to destroy King's Landing and everyone in it with a cache of wildfire. He was only stopped from doing so when Jaime Lannister killed him.
Is Daenerys the Mad Queen?
Daenerys has done plenty of things that make her seem capable of killing Jon Snow. In Season 7, she burned thousands of Lannister soldiers alive. And while she was still in Meereen, she was no stranger to crucifying slavers. While these could be justified by war, they're still pretty gruesome to think of.
And Jon knows how dangerous Daenerys can be. In Episode 1, Sam revealed that Daenerys had executed his father and brother, Randyll and Dickon Tarly, for refusing to bend the knee. Sam also implies that while Jon gave up his crown to save his people, Daenerys would not be willing to do the same.
The actor behind Sam, John Bradley, also hinted that Daenerys could kill Jon.
"Sam is now very, very aware that Dany is very imbalanced and very volatile and in quite a dangerous state with people," he told TheWrap. "He sees with his own eyes and is kind of connecting this to his own set of emotions, just how cold she is and how sacrificial she is in other people's lives."
John continued, "And he learns the lengths that she'll go to if somebody decides to disobey her and how her quest for power seems to know no moral code when it comes to that."
And fans seem to agree, with one writing, "Daenerys has been in her feelings for two seasons. Finding out the truth about Jon isn’t helping. Wonder if she’ll go crazy like her father."
Game of Thrones fans can probably expect to learn more about Daenerys' intentions when the HBO series returns Sunday at 9 p.m. EST.
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