Unlike pretty much every season before it, “The Dragon and the Wolf” is a season finale that is arguably better than the episode that preceded it, as it was much more dramatic than “Beyond the Wall” and made a lot more sense, even if it didn’t quite have as much crazy fantasy action scenes (though that final scene with the Night King was pretty incredible). We got a number of important character reunions, saw one of the show’s most detestable schemers finally meet his end and also had one of the biggest fan theories confirmed.
In other words, “The Dragon and the Wolf” was an eventful affair, but it still felt like it was a little too focused on setting up stories for next season rather than offering resolutions to pre-established ones. Still, this finale left us with quite a bit to ponder as we head into what looks to be the longest hiatus in Game of Thrones history, with the following 11 questions at the forefront of my own mind as I hunker down for the show’s return in late 2018 or even 2019.
11. Why Did Tyrion Seem So Upset By Daenerys And Jon’s Hookup?
While the prospect of Jon and Daenerys having sex wasn’t all that shocking in itself since we all knew it was coming — though that still doesn’t make it any less disturbing — the fascinating part about this scene wasn’t the steamy shots of Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke together in the nude, but rather the visual of Tyrion standing in the hall outside looking immensely troubled by what was happening on the other side of the door. Tyrion doesn’t know that Jon and Dany are actually related, so I’m pretty sure he wasn’t there protesting incest or anything. So why did he look so concerned and moreover, wouldn’t it have made much more sense if it had been Jorah standing in the hall instead?
I feel like there are a number of potential reasons for Tyrion’s reaction. It could have something to do with his lingering issues with how Jon chose not to lie to Cersei in King’s Landing or a concern that now that Daenerys is intimately close with Jon, she’ll be more likely to heed her lover’s council than the Hand of the Queen’s. He could also simply just be in love with Daenerys, which would be a lazy bit of writing but not all that surprising given how many men have fallen for her throughout the series. Whatever the case, Tyrion did not look happy about what took place and it may drive a wedge between him and Daenerys going forward.