For the last six seasons of Game of Thrones, events in Westeros, and King's Landing especially, have seemed far removed from Daenerys and her crew in Essos. That's why it was such a big deal to end last season's finale with the shot of her crossing the Narrow Sea, finally on her way home.
But before Dany left, we had a scene between her and Tyrion Lannister. Dany had just dumped Daario. (Sorry to hear about the end of your dragon riding days, dude!) And she was itching to head out and start the next chapter of her life.
But before they left, she had one more piece of business: promoting Tyrion to be her Hand of the Queen.
Tyrion's expression was inscrutable. Clearly, he was trying to suppress something. But was this because finally someone had recognized him for his talents and promoted him on his own merits? Or was it something more with Dany? Could Tyrion be in love with the woman who just made him a full-time hire, including health benefits, long-term disability, and 401K?
Turns out the answer is a big old fat yes.
Speaking to TV Guide, buried in the back of an otherwise big picture overview article, Peter Dinklage admits Tyrion definitely has feelings for Dany, and it's a problem.
We'll deal with how much Daenerys can trust him [to stay on her side against the Lannisters]. But he's smitten with his employer. How good can he be at his job while having those feelings?
How good, indeed? Not that I think we would worry much about him residing with the Lannisters. Cersei wants to have his head on a spike for killing their father. (Unlike those other charges, this one he is actually guilty of.) And Jaime regrets freeing Tyrion.
But with the acknowledgment that Tyrion is in love with Dany, and just as likely to wind up with her as Jorah was, things next season might get a little awkward.
But hey, if Jorah ever makes it back, at least he and Tyrion have something new to bond over, especially once she winds up with Jon Snow-Stark/Jaehaerys Targaryen. (Because that's totally happening. Mark my words.)
Game of Thrones Season 7 debuts next Sunday, July 16, 2017.