Game of Thrones has finally brought together the two characters fans have been waiting 63 long episodes to see united – but it didn’t quite go down how you might expect.
* Spoilers incoming – get on your dragon and fly back if you haven’t seen Game of Thrones season 7 episode 3 *
Ice and fire finally met as favourites Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen came face to face. But it was not the instant outpouring of love that some fans expected.
Soon after Snow and Stormborn (played by Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke, respectively) greeted each other, the atmosphere turned frosty, with the invading Queen believing accounts of the White Walkers were utter dragon dung.
In fact, there was surprisingly little chemistry between the two characters at all – but that was all part of the creators’ plan. “It was really fun to watch that scene and I thought [Harington and Clarke] did a great job,” showrunner David Benioff told EW. “There isn’t instant chemistry. He’s annoying and she’s annoying and they have to figure out how to make peace.”
So, what actually happened in the meeting? The tale of the get-together begins on the shores of Dragonstone when Snow and companion Davos step on shore walk across a scenic bridge when suddenly —DRAGON!
Yes, Jon Snow was knocked off his boots by one of Dany’s low-flying pets…
— Miss Ellys (@EllysManor) July 31, 2017
— FOST (@GeorgeFoster72) July 31, 2017
Then came the moment itself: Jon entered the audience chamber to see Dany perched on her throne.
— tommy1287 (@wehaveagronk) July 31, 2017
And that was followed by a very very long introduction for Daenerys Stormborn, Mother of Dragons, Queen of the Seven Kingdoms etc before Davos gave a fantastically short summary of Jon.
-This Daenerys blah blah blah blah blah blah blah
— Tommy (@TomHardyMUFC) July 31, 2017
missandei announcing daenerys and all her titles: pic.twitter.com/5pIMrApgjN
— ℐ (@wanhedaenerys) July 31, 2017
— ∴needle∴ (@withepointyend) July 31, 2017
Missandei: You stand in the presence of Daenerys Stormborn…
Ser Davos: Dis jon snow…
— M E L O D Y (@themelodyly) July 31, 2017
— Judy (@daddytywin) July 31, 2017
Many fans also noted that although claiming she’s the last Targaryen, Daenerys is actually Jon Snow’s aunt, after the R+L=J theory was proven correct at the end of the last season.
— GusReséndiz (@GUXISMS) July 31, 2017
The meeting soon turned sour after Snow refused to bend the knee to the queen.
— Bobby Baratheon (@Chappells_Show) July 31, 2017
And then Daenerys refused to believe that Snow’s stories of White Walkers were true…
— Iesha (@LifeisIesha) July 31, 2017
“You expect us to believe something as ridiculous as a corpse army?”
*3 dragons fly past in the background*
— Scott Patrick (@ManlyKnitter) July 31, 2017
#GoT Deanerys: “I have three dragons”
Tyrian: “But you can’t use them or the series will end too quick.”
— AcerGotNoSleep (@acergotglee) July 31, 2017
Dany: Did you like my dragons?
Jon: Great. Now about the army of the dead
Dany: lol no such thing
Jon: …the irony is staggering#GoT
— Hayes Brown (@HayesBrown) July 31, 2017
Which was followed by some nasty threats from Daenerys…
JON: “am I your prisoner”
DANY: “Not yet”
— Khaleesi?Banshee ? (@hagusP) July 31, 2017
— Brianna Sol (@Mestiza56) July 31, 2017
Fortunately, the white-haired royal agreed to let Snow mine Dragonstone’s mountains for White Walker-killing Dragonglass. But will that be enough? Or will the army of the undead break through the great ice wall of Westeros before season’s end? We’ll find out all too soon…
— GabriellaK (@KcatKuszel) July 31, 2017
Game of Thrones Season 7 episode 4 will air next Monday on Sky Atlantic and NOW TV at 2am, repeated at 9pm on the same day