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This post contains frank discussion of several plot points from Season 8, Episode 1 of Game of Thrones . If you’re not all caught up or would prefer not to be spoiled, now is the time to leave. Seriously, this is your last chance and you won’t have another so get while the getting is good.

Well he finally did it. Paying off something that book readers have been expecting for decades and show watchers have suspected since at least last season , Jon Snow finally rode a dragon. This is a big deal for a number of reasons but maybe don’t start celebrating just yet. This is Game of Thrones , everything has a catch.

Okay we already learned last season (or, if we’re book readers, guessed decades ago) that Jon Snow is actually as much Targaryen as he is Stark. He’s Dany’s nephew but that little bit of incest is probably the least of his worries here. George R.R. Martin established in his books that someone must be at least part (or a good deal) Targaryen in order to tame the mythic beasts. In the books, a character named Quentyn Martell (who has some Targaryen ancestry) tried to follow Daenerys’s lead and take control of one of her other dragons, Viserion, but got torched by the third dragon, Rhaegal, for his trouble. Martell was written out of the show, but that lesson still stands. If Dany and Jon had done the reading, they might have realized that their joyride meant they were probably related. But, once again, that’s not really the issue here.

The real issue is that while Jon is certainly interested in the dragons and definitely interested in their mom, he hasn’t spent his entire life with the burning desire to ride a dragon. But someone else has. Both the books and the show have established for a very long time now that it is Tyrion Lannister’s fondest wish to ride a dragon. In Season 6 when he unshackles Dany’s dragons in her absence he tells the story of how he begged and cried for a dragon when he was a kid.

There is a prophetic dream sequence in the books that has Daenerys’s dead brother Rhaegar saying “the dragon has three heads” and, encouraged by Martin himself , readers for years took that to mean that three characters will eventually ride dragons in the books and in the show. For a long time, the popular candidates to join Dany on dragonback were Jon Snow and Tyrion Lannister . Tyrion dreamed he might ride a dragon, book readers thought he might ride a dragon. But what does it mean for the Hand of the Queen that the third dragonrider slot was snatched up by the Night King himself ?

In this episode we saw Tyrion watch Jon ride a dragon for the first time. He didn’t exactly look. . .pleased.

It wasn’t the first dark look Tyrion shot in the direction of Jon and Daenerys when he felt left out. Last season ended with Tyrion glaring at Dany’s cabin door as she and the former King in the North consummated their flirtation on the boat ride to Winterfell. This was a hotly contested moment in the fandom, but some clues from the show’s scripts indicate that, yes, Tyrion is in love with Daenerys and is jealous of her romantic interest in Jon.

In Season 6’s “The Winds of Winter.” As the dragon queen was preparing to leave Meereen, she made Tyrion her “Hand.” Tyrion, for his part, was a little distracted: “He studies her face. [. . .] Dany is staring into the distance so Tyrion is able to watch her from up close. Goddamn but she is beautiful. [. . .] He watches her for a beat too long and turns away. Lost in her own thoughts, she doesn’t notice that he’s flustered.”

In Season 7’s “The Spoils of War,” as Tyrion watches Jaime Lannister square off against Drogon and Daenerys, the scrip reads: “the brother he loves races towards his probably death at the hands of the queen Tyrion also loves.” Of course, love isn’t the only emotion Tyrion feels for Daenerys. There’s also a healthy dose of fear there, especially as Daenerys burns Randyll and Dickon Tarly alive in “Eastwatch.” Inside Tyrion’s thoughts, the script links Daenerys to her pyromaniac dad, King Aerys Targaryen: “Their last, best hope is also her father’s daughter.”

Jealous love for Daenerys would explain why Tyrion was so dead-set against her flying up North in Season 7’s “Beyond the Wall” to rescue Jon and Jorah. He called her “the most important person in the world” while begging her not to play hero.

But to make a long story short, in this episode Jon Snow not only gets the girl, he gets the keys to the car as well. What’s a Tyrion to do? For more hints at what the future for Tyrion holds, we might want to take a look at George R.R. Martin’s original outline for the story. Let’s go ahead and toss up another spoiler warning, shall we?

In Martin’s original 1993 letter to his publisher outlining his plan for Game of Thrones —which we’ve already discussed at length here—the author had planned for Jon to fall in love with his younger sister, Arya. In the current version of the story, Jon is still in love with a relative, but now it’s his much more age-appropriate aunt Daenerys. There was, however, also a third side to the love triangle in Martin’s original plan. He wrote:

Exiled, Tyrion will change sides, making common cause with the surviving Starks to bring his brother down, and falling helplessly in love with Arya Stark while he’s at it. His passion is, alas, unreciprocated, but no less intense for that, and it will lead to a deadly rivalry between Tyrion and Jon Snow.

Many of Martin’s other planned themes in that original letter have come to pass in some form or another, which could mean that a “deadly” jealous rivalry between Tyrion and Jon Snow is also on the cards. In the books, after he’s killed Tywin, Shae, and escaped King’s Landing, Tyrion is a much darker figure. We haven’t really seen the same depths of bitterness in Peter Dinklage’s performance these past few seasons, but Tyrion becoming an antagonist in the later books would probably come as no surprise to most readers. Seeing Jon ride a dragon (as well as the dragon, to use an ugly Daario turn of phrase ) may prove more than Tyrion can bear.

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