Game of Thrones actors confirm love for Daenerys Targaryen
Game of Thrones stars Iain Glen and Peter Dinklage have discussed their characters’ feelings for Daenerys Targaryen.
In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly ahead of season eight, the magazine asked both actors – whose characters have a complicated history with Emilia Clarke’s Mother of Dragons – the true feelings of Ser Jorah Mormont and Tyrion Lannister.
The season seven finale closed with Daenerys getting it on with King of the North Jon Snow (Kit Harington), without realising he is actually her nephew. Tyrion Lannister listened in, a peculiar expression on his face.
“It’s complicated,” Peter Dinklage admits. “A lot of the time with Tyrion, it’s professional and personal. Obviously, he has feelings for Daenerys. He loves her — or thinks he does. She’s awe-inspiring. He’s questioning that because he doesn’t have a good track record for falling in love. There’s jealousy wrapped up in there. And he loves Jon Snow, too.
“They’re the two people he has the most in common with, in a way — they’re both outsiders in their own families who have refused to follow the path their family has taken, and hopefully for the better.
“He’s wondering how smart of a move [Jon and Dany getting romantically involved is], because passion and politics don’t mix well. He knows the two of them getting together could be very dangerous.”
It’s a more complicated story for Mormont, who first appeared in season one as Daenerys’s aide before it was revealed he initially planned to betray her.
Daenerys sent Ser Jorah away as punishment, though Jorah has since redeemed himself in the eyes of the Queen.
“In my mind, there was a significant shift when he lost her love and made this journey to try and win it back,” says Glen.
“There has always been a profound love there but him wanting a reciprocal physical love has gone and he was just happy to be with her.”
Glen even goes so far to suggest Jorah’s approval for Jon Snow, a protege of his late father, as a match for Daenerys.
“He believes in Jon Snow like a lot of people do and has gotten to know him in their travels together last season. He thinks he’s a good match with Daenerys best interests in mind.
“It’s a complicated emotion, but I think he feels that they would be a good unification and he’s basically supportive.”
Game of Thrones returns to Sky Atlantic on April 15 at 2am and 9pm.