The name of the book series is A Song of Ice and Fire, and while the TV show is quickly leaping ahead of the books, the theories and rumors have existed for years — Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow will band together to defeat the White Walkers. Jon Snow represents the cold north, the ice in the equation, and Dany is the embodiment of fire. Whether they’ll both hop hand in hand onto a dragon and soar north to The Wall is unknown, but with their relationship going frozen to lukewarm in the span of an episode, we’re now left wondering what’s next.
R+L=J is true and Jon Snow is a Targaryen, he just doesn’t know it. And considering Dany’s intense want for the Iron Throne, hearing that her claim as Queen is weaker than Jon’s is sure to be a blow to her (growing) ego. But the other wrinkle is the fact that this unknowing aunt and nephew might just decide it’s in their best interests to join their houses and take on the suddenly much more powerful Lannister and Greyjoy forces. And even if they find out they’re related, the Targaryen’s are all about keeping their bloodlines pure with some good old fashioned incest.
If that’s the case, it’s a win-win, because Kit Harington hinted at some possible feelings for Khaleesi in an interview with EW:
“I predicted, like everyone, they would meet this season, but I don’t think I predicted it quite as quickly. But then again, you’ve got to take yourself out of the mindset of the viewer. As far as Jon knows, he’s just meeting this queen he’s heard of and trying to negotiate with her — he’s not meeting Daenerys, who the audience has been watching for so many years. That helps with the surprise of it. He walks into the room and doesn’t expect to see such a beautiful young woman of similar age to him. Any young man’s reaction is going to be, ‘Okay…’ but he puts that aside — because he has to.”
Despite Snow being surprised by the gorgeous and powerful Queen in front of him, he still didn’t bend the knee and played damn hard to get, which might’ve endeared him to Dany. Or maybe not. Emilia Clarke added: “It was fun to play — she doesn’t like him and she doesn’t believe him.”
And yet, by the end of the episode, she allows Jon to mine the Dragonglass he needs to fight off the White Walkers. Did Tyrion help? Sure. But maybe Dany believes she’s found the strategic partner that she said she’d need when she dumped Daario in season six.