There were a lot of revelations in the finale of Game of Thrones Season 7, from the marriage of Rhaegar and Lyanna to the final blow out between Cersei and Jaime. But while fans are turning over how these plot points will play out in the last six episodes, there's one question everyone has been asking since Jon Snow asked Daenerys how accurate she considered Mirri Maz Duur's assessment of her current reproductive capabilities, and then joined her in bed. Does Jon Snow become a father in Game of Thrones Season 8?
It seems almost too pat a solution for the A Song of Ice and Fire books -- George R.R. Martin is an author who likes his character's choices, made in an emotional moment, to have serious consequences they can never fix. But fans are hoping for a miracle, and that a baby Targaryen might be on the way sooner rather than later. It certainly would help in the line of succession problems that Tyrion Lannister has been worrying about. The dragons may be Daenerys' children, but they can't really inherit a throne.
Kit Harington was recently at the Italian Grand Prix -- he's been shilling for the Milan-based fashion line Dolce & Gabbana during his time off -- and fans who saw him started clamoring for answers. Check out his response.
"Do you become a father in Season 8?" yells a fan. Instead of an outright denial, Harington laughs and ducks away. Well it's certainly not a hard-pass "No" at any rate, even though it's nowhere near a "Yes" either.
I suppose Kit Harington learned how bad a liar he is during the break between Game of Thrones Season 5 and 6 when he had to pretend to be off the show for nearly ten months, and now simply doesn't say anything. Can you really blame him?
Perhaps bringing new life into Westeros at this time for the Targaryen relations shouldn't be a priority anyway. As Peter Dinklage, who plays Tyrion, noted in a behind the scenes video (below), happy ending for romances isn't what Game of Thrones does.
It's dangerous for everybody involved. I'm sure it is good for both of them in the moment, but you don't even get the relief of how beautiful it could be or should be... No, it's not good, but it should be, but it's not. It's Game of Thrones, there's a long history of romance not ending well on this show.
If that's the case, perhaps we should interpret Jon's line of questioning to Daenerys in the Dragon Pit as one that was more "double checking they don't need to worry about birth control." After all, he originally joined the Night's Watch back in the day in order to make sure he never fathered a bastard of his own.
And unless he and Daenerys raced to the altar, a child of theirs might not just be a bastard, but could very well be an orphan as well. (Though not, as the Alexander Hamilton lyric goes, "a son of a whore and a Scotsman.") Kit Harington has been very blunt that though Season 7 was oddly death avoident, that probably won't be true in Season 8.
The thing is, with so few characters left, (the viewers) should get used to and get ready for... Thrones returning to form and killing its main characters quickly. They're going to go, and they're going to go fast, and I think that the payoff of our characters not being in great peril this year will be that, next year, it's going to be a bloodbath.
That's no world to bring a child into, is it? (But then again, what world is?) Perhaps when facing such long odds of survival, and then asked such a question, you'd laugh too.