‘Game of Thrones’ Creators Break Down the Final Season Premiere’s Most Explosive Ep. 1 Reveal

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Jon Snow has never been a bastard, and now he knows. Long ago, he was known to his parents by another name: Aegon Targaryen. For several seasons, Game of Thrones slow played the reveal that Jon’s true parents are Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark, making him the true heir to the Iron Throne. Following the final season premiere,  however, the secret is out — to Jon, at the very least.got-s8-winterfell-13

In the final season’s first edition of HBO’s “Inside the Episode” series, which airs after each installment of Thrones, creators and executive producers David Benioff and Dan Weiss reveal how they decided to deliver the news of Jon Snow’s true story to Jon himself, considering it was no longer a secret to the audience. (Watch the interview, above.)

 

“The fact that Jon’s parents are who Jon’s parents were is not news to us at this point,” says Weiss. “What we don’t know is how Jon’s going to take this news.

 

 

“The fact that Jon’s parents are who Jon’s parents were is not news to us at this point,” says Weiss. “What we don’t know is how Jon’s going to take this news. How’s this explosion going to look?”

According to Benioff, it was important for the scene to take place between Jon and Samwell Tarly (John Bradley), rather than between Jon and Brandon Stark  (Isaac Hempstead Wright), the other keeper of the big Targaryen secret. As he explains it, Sam and Jon almost have more of a brotherly bond than Jon and his Stark half-sibling (or is it cousin?), due to their time together at the Night’s Watch.

 

“He knows this is going to hurt Jon,” Benioff says about Sam’s choice, “and that it’s going to shatter his whole worldview. For all they know, the Army of the Dead could attack the next day. Someone has to tell Jon before that.”

 

“We’ve been with these characters on a fairly regular basis for the past however many years,” says Weiss, speaking broadly about the episode’s highly anticipated character encounters. “The fact that they’re coming back together again for the first time means more to them than it may mean to us.”

 

The eighth and final season of “Game of Thrones” will premiere Sunday, April 14 at 9/8c on HBO. Follow “Game of Thrones AfterWord” for all breaking news on Facebook.    Watch the video here!

 

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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