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23/04/2019 7:58 PM IST

Game Of Thrones' Emilia Clarke Defends Daenerys' Low-Key Reaction To Jon Snow Revelation

"The related thing, to her, is so normal."

Warning: This article contains spoilers for the eighth series of Game Of Thrones.

Game Of Thrones star Emilia Clarke has defended her character’s rather nonplussed reaction to the news that Jon Snow was actually her nephew in the show’s most recent episode.

As Game Of Thrones fans will hopefully have seen by now, the end of this week’s episode saw Daenerys confronted with the news that she was actually related to Kit Harington’s character, a bit of a blow, given that they’ve been sleeping together for some time now.

However, as viewers saw, Daenerys was actually more bothered about the fact this meant Jon Snow had a claim to the Iron Throne, rather than y’know, the fact they’d had sex even though they were full-on blood relatives.

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Emilia Clarke in character with co-star Jon Snow

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Emilia pointed out that, in her words, “the related thing” is “so normal” to her, explaining: “She could have easily married her brother. It’s not a thing.

“It’s a thing for Jon, but let’s just forget about that. The main thing is we’re up for the same promotion and I’ve been working for it for my entire existence.”

She added: “There’s so much she’s taken on in her duty in life to rectify. There’s so much she’s seen and witnessed and been through and lost and suffered and hurt to get here… and Jon doesn’t even want it!” 

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Emilia Clarke at the New York premiere of Game Of Thrones

The most recent episode also saw a divisive sex scene involving Arya Stark and Gendry, which actress Maisie Williams recently admitted she thought was a hoax when she first read it in the script.

Game Of Thrones returns in the early hours of Monday morning for die-hard fans who want to stay up and avoid spoilers, as well as airing later that night at the more work-friendly time of 9pm.