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Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss reflect on that big meetup between Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow during the third episode (The Queen’s Justice) of season 7:

Weiss: The spine of the episode is about their meeting. It was an exciting, thrilling thing to watch happening even as we were shooting it. Once we realized that we’re kind of getting a charge out of just seeing this happen on a set, which is a notoriously boring place, we had a sense that it would carry over to the finished version of the scene.

Benioff: That audience chamber was built by Aegon Targaryen to intimidate anyone who came there.

Weiss: He (Jon) doesn’t have much insight into what she’s (Daenerys) gone through. So, I think he sees a rich girl with a fancy name, sitting in a big chair with a fancy dress on, proclaiming herself the queen of the world. So, I don’t think he’s looking upon her with as much respect as she has come to take as her due.

Benioff: He’s a very strong-willed person. He didn’t come down there to bend the knee. He didn’t come down there to join her in her fight against Cersei. None of that matters at this point, though. All that matters is.. fighting the dead.

Weiss: She looks at him and she thinks this is some unwashed barbarian from the North and a bastard. His name is Jon Snow, yet he’s calling himself king. If she knew what he’d seen, she’d be looking very, very differently.. at what he’s telling her but at this moment in time, she only sees somebody who’s trying to carve up her piece of her kingdom for himself. And if what this guy is saying is true, then it really is an issue, and she has her own very serious issues to deal with in the shape of the woman (Cersei) who’s now sitting on the throne.

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